Renewable Energy Progress and Biofuels Sustainability 2014

Detailed analysis of the progress in renewable energy in the European Member States and of the sustainability impacts of biofuels consumed in the EU transport sector

Published: 02/07/2015

On 15 June 2015, the European Commission published its latest Renewable Energy Progress Report. Ecofys, with partners Fraunhofer ISI, the Energy Economics Group at TU Vienna, BBH, Stockholm Environmental Institute and IIASA supported the Commission in its reporting requirements under the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) by evaluating the progress reports of all EU-28 Member States. The research provides a detailed analysis of the progress in renewable energy in the European Member States and of the sustainability impacts of biofuels in the EU in 2011-2012.

Within the report, Ecofys and partners analysed the current and projected deployment of renewable energy as well as the implemented and planned policies per Member State. Elements like administrative burden, systems on guarantees of origin and grid integration of renewables are taken into account in the analysis.

The analysis on sustainability impacts of biofuels consumed in the EU, includes an assessment of the international trade of biofuels and their feedstocks resulting in an understanding of the origin of feedstock used for EU consumed biofuels. We have addressed greenhouse gas emissions savings, land use (and change), as well as a range of environmental and socio-economic sustainability impacts.

Deployment and impacts were assessed for the reporting years 2011-2012. The study is the second in a series. Earlier, Ecofys and partners carried out the analysis for the years 2009-2010.

Find the full study available for download at: ec.europa.eu

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Production of electricity from ‘new’ RES-E technologies in the EU-28 for 1995-2012 (actual) and 2013-2020 (projections)   © 2015 European Commission