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Renewable Energies Directive

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The "Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and on the amending and subsequently repealing of the directives 2001/77/EC and 2003/30/EC" (short EE-Directive) was adopted in December 2008 as part of the European climate and energy package.

This was accompanied by the establishment of goals to increase the share of renewable energies in overall EU consumption to 20% by 2020 and the percentage in the transport sector in each member state to 10%. The directive sets for each member state the share of renewable energies in final energy consumption separately (Article 5 of the Directive) which has to be achieved by the member state in 2020. The target for Germany is 18 %.

For the national implementation of the EE-Directive, several relevant laws were amended by the “Act to adapt legislation on renewable energies to European law" ("Europarechtsanpassungsgesetz Erneuerbare Energien"). The amendment of the "EEWärmeG" (Renewable Energy for heat law) played an important role particularly for the building sector.

In course of the EU-Commissions “Winter package” of 2016 (“Clean Energy for All Europeans – unlocking Europe's growth potential”), the Renewable Energies Directive will be amended. When the amendment process is completed, this site will be reissued.

For more information, please visit the website of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

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