COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Accompanying the document REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL..
Subject headingsEnergy Policy
This staff working document accompanies the Report of the renewable energy progress report and covers the legal obligation of the Commission to report on the progress in the promotion and use of renewable energy, and to monitor and report on measures taken to respect the EU biofuel sustainability criteria and impact of the EU biofuel consumption on sustainability in the EU and the main third countries of supply in accordance with Articles 17, 18 and 23 of Directive 2009/28/EC. The document draws on the Member States' official 2011 progress reports1, external analysis undertaken for the Commission2 and internal Commission analysis. This document provides supplementary data and analysis for the progress report. It confirms the messages of the progress report that initial progress in developing renewable energy has been good or reasonable in nearly all Member States, but that the prognosis is less positive. Deviations from national plans increase the regulatory risk faced by investors and barriers that should, but have not yet been addressed through the implementation of the renewable energy Directive remain to be overcome. This is particularly the case for administrative barriers regarding planning and permitting regimes (2.1), and for infrastructure development and operation (2.2). The general economic conditions in the EU today together with disruptive changes to support schemes for renewable energy (again, raising regulatory risk), add to the conclusion that further measures will be needed in nearly all Member States in order to stay on the trajectory and for the targets to be achieved.