For the wood-based panels industry, the main element of the EU’s Energy Union Package is the European Commission’s proposal (COM(2016) 767 final/2) for a recast of Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of renewable energy sources, commonly known as the Renewable Energy Directive recast, or RED II.
As of mid-2018, RED II is agreed at the European Council level and awaits publishing in the Official Journal of the European Union. After this it will be issued to Member States for individual implementation. RED II covers the period up to 2030 and the most significant target is that by 2030, at least 32% of Europe’s energy should come from renewable sources.
EPF’s advocacy on RED II focused mainly on ensuring that a level playing field exists for the purchase of woody biomass as used in wood-based panels. For this to happen it was important for RED II to prescribe that subsidies for bioenergy from biomass should not distort raw materials markets, and also for the principles of the circular economy and waste hierarchy to be respected. EPF celebrated the conclusion of the RED II negotiations with the following press release.