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EU has cost-effective potential to use more renewables

At the request of the European Commission, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has prepared a report titled 'Renewable energy prospects for the European Union', to support discussion of the regulatory framework to support renewable energy deployment proposed as part of the Commission's 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' package.

It also contributes to IRENA’s global REmap analysis, which sets out a practical roadmap for doubling renewables in the global energy mix by 2030.

The report identifies cost-effective renewable energy options across all EU countries, sectors, and technologies, in order to meet – and even exceed – the proposed 27% renewables target for 2030. 

It also provides an open platform for EU countries to assess the impacts of their national renewable energy plans at an EU level, provides insights into the environmental and economic impacts of further deployment of renewables in the EU, and highlights the role that renewables could play in the long-term decarbonisation of the European energy system.

The report also shows that all individual EU countries have the potential to deploy more renewables cost effectively, especially by generating more solar and wind energy. Moreover, in the heating and cooling sector, which accounts for about half of the EU’s energy demand, more than two thirds of the renewables options identified in the report are cheaper than the conventional alternative. The report makes a number of recommendations aimed at helping the EU decarbonise its economy and limit global warming to well below 2°, in line with the Paris Agreement, as well as bringing substantial health benefits for citizens.




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