The European Union provides all EU citizens and organisations with the possibility to share their thoughts and ideas on legislative proposals and programmes the EU is developing. To ensure the voices of citizens are heard, REScoop.eu has provided inputs to the following consultations over the last few weeks:
European Union Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism
To advance the aims of the European Green Deal, the EU Commission has recently proposed Regulation on the Union Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism, a tool for supporting renewable energy project across the EU. While the recast Renewable Energy Direction (RED II) of the Clean Energy Package acknowledges Renewable Energy Communities (RECs), their barriers to market entry and the need for Member State level support, there is currently no mention of the issue under the new regulation relating to the Mechanism.
The Commission’s Green Deal has committed to supporting citizen investment and ownership, therefore we call on the EU to support RECs under the Union Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism to build a socially fair and inclusive energy transition and ensure future resilience, contributing towards the EU’s post-COVID19 recovery.
Smart Sector Integration Roadmap
The European Green Deal aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The Commission has recognised the need to integrate sectors of the energy system to exploit synergies, highlighting current barriers to allowing industry and citizens embracing cleaner energy alternatives.
To support this endeavour, we highlighted the work of cooperatives in the fields of heating and cooling, electric transport, building renovation, and digitalisation in our response to the consultation, linking to best practices.
EU Renovation Wave Roadmap
We welcome the European Commission’s Renovation Wave for Public and Private Buildings, which aims to increase the rate and quality of renovation of existing building as a method of decarbonisation.
Building on from our work with the European Climate Foundation, the Coalition for Energy Savings, and Stefan Scheuer Consulting in the citizen-led renovation report, our consultation response shows examples of how energy communities can play a part in energy efficiency.
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