Joint statement of EU environmental organisations on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive under the REPowerEU plan

Categories: Climate & Energy, Nature
Published: 13 September 2022
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Together with the largest environmental networks and organisations in Europe, EEB issued a joint statement calling on EU policymakers to scale-up renewable energy capacity in a nature-positive and people-centric way. Contrary to what the ‘RePowerEU’ plan intends, rolling back environmental protection legislation will slow down, rather than speed up the deployment of renewables in Europe. Scrapping key environmental assessments will create legal uncertainty and trigger litigation at the local level, thus hindering the energy transition when the EU is seeking to boost its energy sovereignty and reduce its dependency on unsafe, climate-harming sources.

As we highlight in the joint letter with the Green10, EuraNatur and Clientearth, Europe must find the right balance between accelerated renewable deployment, energy efficiency, public participation, and nature protection.

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