Renewable Energy Policy Action Paving the Way towards 2020
In December 2008, the European Parliament adopted the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable energy sources which provides the legislative framework for implementing the binding 20 % RES target. The Directive foresaw the obligation for Member States (MS) to develop and submit by 30 June 2010 to the European Commission national Renewable Energy Actions Plans (NREAPs) outlining how to achieve their binding Renewable Energy Sources (RES) target by 2020 with concrete measures in the electricity, heating and cooling and biofuels sectors.
The specific objective of REPAP2020 was to facilitate the process of implementation of the RES Directive on a national level. The main target groups of REPAP2020 were Parliamentarians and Civil Servants in national administrations as well as national industry associations. REPAP2020 aimed to support their political work in the field of Renewable Energy – mainly related to the NREAPs.
REPAP2020 – in a first phase before the notification of the NREAPs to the European Commission – accompanied the development of the NREAPs by offering good advice to the relevant authorities on the design of the NREAPs. Furthermore, REPAP2020 empowered national industry associations to come up with their individual national RES roadmaps, which served as an important tool to influence the drafting phase of the NREAPs.
The European Renewable Energy Council compiled the individual roadmaps to an EU industry roadmap to 2020.
In a second phase, the project evaluated the NREAPs in order to facilitate a constant feedback and learning process. REPAP2020 came up with good policy practice and highlighted missing pieces in the individual NREAPs.
The results of the evaluation were presented by the scientific project partners Fraunhofer ISI and EEG Vienna, in a NREAP evaluation report.
Finally, EUFORES synthesised these results in a Policy Recommendations Brochure.
REPAP2020 aimed at creating a network of key players in the field and at offering a platform for the RES industry as well as for Parliamentarians (both EU and national Parliaments) and National Administrations in charge of energy issues. These key actors have been involved both as input providers and disseminating partners. REPAP2020 enabled them to express their views on the political process and help to improve the upcoming political decisions on RES within Europe and especially on the Member States’ level.
The project ended in September 2011.http://www.repap2020.eu
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