European Parliament
September 25, 2007
Resolution on the Road Map for Renewable Energy in Europe (INI/2007/2090)

The European Parliament,

- having regard to the Commission Communication entitled An Energy Policy for Europe (COM(2007)0001),


A. whereas, the Spring European Council of 8 and 9 March 2007 adopted an overall binding target for the EU to generate 20% of total energy consumed in the EU from renewable sources by 2020,


1. Calls on the Commission to present by the end of 2007 at the latest a proposal for a renewable energy legislative framework to be adopted by co-decision on the basis of Article 175(1) of the EC Treaty; stresses that this legislative framework should maintain existing legislation for the renewable electricity and biofuels sectors, but must be strengthened and improved and accompanied by ambitious legislation on increasing the share of renewable energy for heating and cooling; urges the Commission to propose a sectoral approach within the legislative framework, setting clear and realistic binding targets for the electricity, transport and heating and cooling sectors;

2. Urges the Commission in its forthcoming proposal for revision of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), to ensure the better internalisation of the external cost of energy production through the auctioning of ETS credits, so as to create a level playing field for renewable energies and to ensure a fair price for carbon;

3. Believes that renewable energy sources are abundant on our planet and that the challenge is to extract energy from them; recommends that the revenues generated from ETS auctioning and research funds should be used for research into renewable sources of energy, including promising and challenging sources, such as osmosis energy, tidal energy, wave energy, concentrated solar power, high altitude wind power, laddermill energy and algae fuel technology;

Boosting Renewables

4. Emphasises the importance of creating and implementing Renewables Action Plans (RAPs) at Community and national levels and stresses that these should serve to contribute to a real Common European Energy Policy;


61. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States.

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