This section aims at giving an overview of the EU bioenergy-related policy.
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Recent EU Policies
In December 2005, the Commission released the Biomass Action Plan (BAP). It's role was to map out the potential for biomass in the EU renewable energy mixture and to present guidelines on how to harness this energy in a sustainable manner.
Following on from the BAP was renewable energy and are covered by this directive: electricity, hthe EU Strategy for Biofuels released in February 2006 which contained further specification following on from the released in December 2005. The report is based upon a threefold objective: further promotion of biofuels in the EU and in developing countries, preparation for the large-scale use of biofuels, and heightened cooperation with developing countries in the sustainable production of biofuels.
For further information on bioenergy policy documents, please visit our newpolicy documents page, where you will find a list of bioenergy related documents from the EU Institutions, outlined on this page, as well as from other international organisations.
The energy package includes a proposal for a directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, such as wind, photovoltaic, solar, biomass, and geothermal. The proposal contains binding national renewable energy targets for each Member State aimed to achieve the 20% the share of renewables in EU energy consumption by 2020. Three sectors are implicated by the directive electricity, heating and cooling, and transport. Member States can choose the mix that best suits their resources and needs to achieve their own national targets.