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State of the Energy Union: Progress made on the clean energy transition and a basis for green recovery

On 14 October, the European Commission adopted the 2020 State of the Energy Union Report and its accompanying documents focused on different aspects of EU energy policy. This year's Report is the first one since the adoption of the European Green Deal, and looks at the Energy Union's contribution to Europe's long-term climate goals.

Individual assessments of the 27 National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) analyse the pathway and ambition of each Member State towards the current 2030 climate and energy targets. The overall assessment shows that the Member States are capable of meeting these targets and are mostly making good progress towards them. The Reports underline the contribution the energy sector can make to the EU's recovery from the economic crisis created by COVID-19.

The German contribution to the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target is set at a renewables share of 30% in gross final consumption of energy in 2030. According to the Assessment of the final national energy and climate plan of Germany, the energy production from biomass is expected to fall slightly by 2030, with a notable reduction in power production and small increases in transport and heat. Germany indicates that the bioenergy used is to be based more on waste and residues in the future and that no additional land is expected to be available in Germany for bioenergy production.

Please also see the press release by the European Commission for further information.

European Commission