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Brussels reviews bioenergy targets

The European Commission has launched a review of its bioenergy policy as part of a renewable energy package set to be released later year.

It will consult stakeholders and EU citizens in a survey open until 10 May on its strategy for 2020-30.

Targets in the consultation include a requirement for 27% of the EU’s energy to come from renewable sources and for greenhouse gas emissions to drop by 40% relative to 2005.

Responses to the consultation will be published online.

The Commission recently outlined its plans to even the disparity among energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities across the continent, with northern European plants at overcapacity while those in south-eastern Europe having little or no capacity.

Its roadmap aimed to lessen the south-eastern member states’ dependence on landfill by processing their waste at EfW plants with capacity elsewhere.

Such a strategy “might contribute to better waste management and to a more efficient use of the network of EfW facilities in the EU”, according to the roadmap.

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