The top ten problems for renewable energy in Europe are not linked with nature protection

Categories: Climate Change, Nature
Types: Briefing
Published: 17 May 2022
Size: 1.30 MB

While the draft REPowerEU strategy identifies environmental regulation as the main obstacle to the uptake and upscale of renewables in Europe, the real bottlenecks proved to lie elsewhere. We analyse in this policy briefing what are the real top 10 barriers to renewable energy, which are related to lack of skilled professionals, grid connections and resource allocation.

To scale up the deployment of solar and wind technologies, the EU would need to remove these and other bureaucratic barriers. This can and should be done through robust spatial planning (with go-to and no-go areas) and more resources for environmental authorities, not at the cost of weakening environmental legislation.