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21st of July 2010

Transparency platform


Author / Source: European Commission

In the Directive Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, the European Commission required establishing a Transparency Platform for the publication of documents concerning renewable energies in the EU Member States.

The Directive sets target for each Member State so the EU will reach a 20% share of renewable energy by 2020 and 10% in the transport sector. Until December 2010 the new Directive should be implemented by the Member States. Respective documents that are required by the Commission are available at the web based Transparency Platform.

Following documents are published at the transparency platform:

  1. Forecast documents
  2. National renewable energy action plans

Forecast documents

Article 4 (3) of Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament requests Member States to publish a forecast on the use of the flexible cooperation mechanisms laid down in the Directive for achieving their targets.

In their forecasts Member States are to indicate their estimated excess production of energy from renewable sources compared to the indicative trajectory, which can be transferred to other Member States and their estimated potential for joint projects until 2020. Or, on the other hand, its estimated demand for energy from renewable sources to be satisfied by means other than domestic production until 2020.

Summary of the Forecast documents of the CE countries:

Austria states to achieve its goal of 34% of gross final energy consumption through renewable energy sources in its own country in 2020.

The Czech Republic assumes that its share of renewable will reach 13% but do not expect transfers of surplus energy produced.

Germany states in this document that it will reach its goal of an 18% share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption by 2020 by using own resources. Germany does not expect to import renewable energies until 2020. They expect even a surplus of 0.7% according to current estimates.

The proportion of use of renewable energy sources to be achieved by Hungary by 2020 is 13% of total energy demand. Hungary strives to be self-sufficient in increasing the use of renewable energy sources, and cooperation activities within the EU will probably be limited to the field of biofuels.

Italy, however, expects to import electricity form renewable sources. Italy needs to achieve 17% of gross domestic energy consumption by 2020.

In Poland the share of energy from renewable sources in final consumption of energy in 2020 is 15%. Poland sees potential for possible joint projects in the period up to 2020 due to an estimated excess of energy from renewable sources of 0.48% in the year 2020.

Slovakia expects to meet the share of 14% energy from renewable sources in 2020 with the possibility of statistical transfers of energy to other countries.

Slovenia expects to need joint projects in order to reach its target of 25% share of energy from renewable sources in final energy consumption by 2020.



The national renewable energy action plans

These plans provide detailed roadmaps of how each Member State expects to reach its legally binding 2020 target for the share of renewable energy in their final energy consumption. Member States must set out the sectoral targets, the technology mix they expect to use, the trajectory they will follow and the measures and reforms they will undertake to overcome the barriers to developing renewable energy. The plans are published at the transparency platform in the original language, allowing public scrutiny. The Commission will evaluate them, assessing their completeness and credibility. In parallel, the plans will be translated into English.


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