PR: As European leaders agree on a 2030 target, the renewable industry waits to be impressed

The renewable energy industry associations give a cautious approval to the outcomes of the negotiations between the European Union co-legislators on the Renewable Energy Directive, setting the objective for renewable energy deployment in the upcoming decade. The 32% renewable energy target to 2030 is a welcome improvement compared to what had been proposed back in November 2016, which was based … Read More

PR: Good but not enough: heating and cooling in today’s REDII agreement

Brussels, 14 June 2018 – Today, co-legislators have found a political agreement on the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), opening the way to the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling (H&C) sector. But more efforts are crucial: to reach long-term EU climate objectives, decarbonisation of H&C must become a priority for both European and national policy makers. The … Read More

PR – RED II set the first European-wide sustainability criteria for solid biomass

Brussels, 14.06.18 Understanding the key role played by solid bioenergy, EU negotiations on RED II opted for a constructive approach towards sustainability in the last round of trilogue negotiations. However, the compromise found fall short on creating a level playing for sustainability criteria.  For the first time, European-wide sustainability criteria have been adopted for solid bioenergy. The European Biomass Association, AEBIOM, … Read More

European businesses at the forefront of the energy transition call for an ambitious Energy Union Governance

Our organisations are committed to . To achieve this goal, we call on European policy-makers to agree on a Governance Regulation that mirrors the ambition and the regime agreed in the Paris Agreement on climate change. In the global race for clean energy investments, . Investors and businesses must have a strong signal that a low-carbon economy supported by global … Read More

Joint DecarbHeat PR: Industry and policy-makers join forces to move H&C to the top of the EU’s decarbonisation agenda

On Thursday 7 June 2018, the event “Heating & Cooling in Europe – How can we decarbonise the sector by 2050 and fulfil the Paris Agreement?” took place in the framework of the European Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels. Representatives from DG Energy, EU Commission (Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director Renewables, Research & Innovation, Energy efficiency), the Austrian Permanent Representation (Michael Steurer, … Read More

Small is Beautiful: Joint letter ahead of the Market Design trialogues

In November 2016, the European Union made a clear commitment to achieve global leadership in renewable energies and put energy efficiency first. To deliver this ambition, the legislative framework must encourage both the large-scale rapid deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, and the uptake of small-scale, local citizen and community owned distributed renewable energy and highly efficient cogeneration … Read More

Open Letter – In support of at least 35% earmarking for climate-related work in FP9

AEBIOM together with 20 other organisations signed  a letter  asking the European Commission to earmark 35% of the budget of FP9 to climate-related work. Such an earmark exists in Horizon 2020 but the EC says “the targets for expenditure on sustainable development and climate action have not yet been met” ( Key Findings, Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020 ). “It is expected that they will be achieved by the … Read More

Joint Briefing Paper – EU primary energy factor for electricity, getting the methodology right

The EU Primary Energy Factor for Electricity (EU PEF) value of 2.0, proposed by the European Commission in the 2016 review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), reflects several inaccurate methodology choices, disregarding recognised standards and undermining the ultimate objectives of the EED to deliver energy savings across the entire energy value chain. The joint briefing paper that AEBIOM signed … Read More

Open Letter – The Austrian Presidency of the EU Council, a driving force for Europe’s industrial leadership in renewables

On March 28th 2018, AEBIOM, together with 9 other european renewable energy associations,  sent an open letter to Elisabeth Köstinger, Austria’s minister of sustainability and tourism, and Sebastian Kurz, the country’s Chancellor regarding the importance that the Austrian upcoming presidency of the European Council may have on the future of the Clean energy package.  To back up the future of a competitive … Read More

Joint Briefing Paper – EU PEF for electricity, getting the methodology right

The EU Primary Energy Factor for Electricity (EU PEF) value of 2.0, proposed by the European Commission in the 2016 review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), reflects several inaccurate methodology choices, disregarding recognised standards and undermining the ultimate objectives of the EED to deliver energy savings across the entire energy value chain. This is why AEBIOM together with five … Read More