EU wants 45 percent of renewable energy by 2030

The European Commission has presented the final version of REPowerEU: a plan of action to reduce dependence on Russian fuels and have 600 gigawatt-peak solar panels by 2030.
By Thomas Voets - Jul 04, 2022

The European Commission has presented the final version of REPowerEU: a plan of action to reduce dependence on Russian fuels and have 600 gigawatt-peak solar panels by 2030.

As part of the REPowerEU plan, the European Commission has now presented a series of measures and underlying legislative proposals to not only reduce energy consumption, but also to accelerate the generation of renewable energy. Between now and 2027, the additional investments envisioned by the European Commission will require €210 billion.

From 40 to 45 percent

De belangrijkste Europese doelstelling voor 2030 is het verhogen van het aandeel hernieuwbare energiebronnen van 40 naar 45 procent in het kader van het Fit for 55-pakket. Door deze algemene verhoogde ambitie vast te stellen, wordt het kader gecreëerd voor andere initiatieven, waaronder waaronder een specifieke Europese strategie voor zonne-energie (red. de EU Solar Energy Strategy) om de geïnstalleerde capaciteit aan zonnepanelen tegen 2025 te verdubbelen tot 320 wattpiek en tegen 2030 tot 600 gigawattpiek. In 2027 moet zonnepanelen het Europese gasverbruik al met 9 miljard kubieke meter terugdringen.
Het 2030-doel ligt overigens 100 gigawattpiek hoger dan persbureaus Bloomberg en Reuters afgelopen week onthulden op basis van Europese bronnen. Het totale Europese doel voor hernieuwbare energie was als onderdeel van het vorig jaar zomer gepresenteerde Fit for 55-pakket nog vastgesteld op 1.067 gigawatt(piek), maar wordt onder de vlag van REPowerEU nu verhoogd naar 1.236 gigawatt(piek). Bovendien moet een Hydrogen Accelerator ervoor zorgen dat Europa in 2030 jaarlijks 10 miljoen ton groene waterstof produceert en in staat is om nog eens 10 miljoen ton import groene waterstof te importeren.

Mandatory on roofs

Another initiative that is the European Solar Rooftops Initiative with a legal obligation to install solar panels on new public and commercial buildings and new residential buildings. This obligation will be introduced in phases.

The European Commission will also tackle slow and complex permitting processes for large renewable energy projects and amend the Renewable Energy Directive to recognize renewable energy as an "overriding public interest. Furthermore, the European Commission wants to double the deployment rate of heat pumps, to have 10 million heat pumps within 5 years, and take measures to integrate geothermal and solar thermal energy (ed. solar thermal) into modernized district and municipal heating systems.

Industry and personnel

Another part of REPowerEU is the EU Solar PV Industry Alliance that aims to restore European manufacturing of solar panels and other components.

Through the EU large-scale skills partnership, the European Commission wants governments and educational institutions to work together to train workers for the solar energy sector while creating local jobs.

Source: Solarmagazine.nl, 18 May 2022

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EU wants 45 percent of renewable energy by 2030