RED II must truly promote renewables

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Making sure that the EU Commission’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) truly promotes renewables is the Swedish Forest Industries Federation’s main target in the negotiations currently underway.

The EU Commission has in its proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) suggested a renewable energy target of at least 27 per cent by 2030, which is to be compared to the already decided 2020 target of 20 per cent. This revised target and measures to achieve it sustainably are currently under negotiation in the European Parliament and in the Council. While there is a focus on renewables in electricity, heating and the transport sector, forestry is also impacted by the proposed, new sustainability criteria for forest biomass. This legislation is of key importance to the forest industry, as it may have an impact on the supply and demand of both renewable energy and raw materials.
The Swedish Forest Industries Federation's main target is making sure that renewable energy is truly promoted in the revised legislation. This might sound self-evident, however depending on how parts of the proposal are finally decided, it could actually risk promoting fossil energy sources. That is why it is important to:

  • Keep the Directive simple to assure cost-effective compliance and to keep the administrative burdens as low as possible.
  • Support the proposed risk-based approach for sourcing of forest biomass, as this classifies countries as low-risk areas when relevant legislation and procedures are in place.
  • Differentiate between fossil-based and renewable energy. To exemplify, waste-based fossil fuels should be excluded as they are not from renewable sources.
  • Secure a level playing field between different types of renewable energy, as they are all needed to address the climate challenge.
  • Encourage active forest management, as this brings numerous climate benefits.

Read more in the Swedish Forest Industries Federation's Position Paper.