White Paper on renewable sources of energy

Source: International Energy Agency
Last updated: 18 December 2019

The White Paper establishes a strategic goal of achieving a 12% penetration of renewable energy sources (RES) in the Union by 2010. This overall goal would require individual member states to establish RES targets. Identifies possible growth sector areas for RES:


-Wind energy

-Solar thermal collectors

-Smaller contributions from: photovoltaics, geothermal energy, and heat pumps

-Passive solar for heating and cooling demand in buildings


The white paper proposes various measures to be undertaken in order to achieve the above target, including:

-Implementation of the electricity Directive, allowing preference to be given to RES-E

-Developing electricity transmission and distribution networks so as to be favourable to RES-E

-Promoting the use of RES in buildings

-Supporting use of financial and fiscal schemes to promote RES-E in Member States

-Reinforcing priority given to RES in Community actions

-Strengthening cooperation between Member States in RD&D

-A campaign for take off of renewable energy, promoting the implementation of projects in various renewable energy sectors (photovoltaic systems, large wind farms, biomass installations, integrating renewable energy in communities)

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