The increased use of energy from Renewable Energy Sources (RES) plays an important role to climate change mitigation through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It also contributes to promoting security of energy supply and sustainable development.
The European Community, having recognized the importance of renewable energy use, has prepared a proposal for a Directive on Renewable Energy Sources (RES). According to the RES Directive 2009/28/EC, a mandatory target of a 20% share of renewable energies in overall Community energy consumption by 2020 has been set. Each Member State will have to achieve its national target by addressing three separate sectors where renewable energy can be used: electricity, heating and cooling and transportation.
The RES-H Policy project was set up to help the participating Member States to examine all aspects related to the sector of heating and cooling from Renewable Energy Sources. Member States have been assisted in defining their sector specific targets and the way of achieving them. The results of the project will be disseminated throughout the European Union.
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