On 6 June 2012, the European Commission published a communication entitled “Renewable energy: a major player in the European energy market”. This document outlines a series of policy options for the period beyond 2020, namely:
The Communication also states that the Commission will evaluate the effectiveness of current sustainability criteria by 2014 as required by the Renewable Energy Directive. In addition, the Commission will shortly produce reports and proposals to further develop the EU's sustainability framework. It will also investigate the most appropriate use of bioenergy after 2020 to ensure that is consistent with the EU energy and climate ambition to 2030, whilst fully taking into account environmental, social and economic considerations. CEMBUREAU has always advocated that sustainability criteria should not be applied to biomass waste.
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