By sending a reasoned opinion, the European Commission has asked Poland to ensure the correct implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive in particular as regards biofuels. The Directive includes key provisions for achieving the objectives of reaching 20% share of renewable energy in final energy consumption in 2020. It also includes key provisions setting individual targets for the overall share of renewable energy in each Member State's energy consumption and for achieving a target of 10% share of renewable energy in transport in 2020. Biofuels can be used to achieve this target, but they must meet a set of sustainability requirements. Member States must also treat biofuels and their raw materials equally regardless of their origin. Contrary to what is foreseen by the Directive, Polish law treats sustainable biofuels and raw materials of different geographical origins differently in an unjustified manner. The Commission has addressed similar problems in infringement procedures against Spain and Portugal. More information about the Renewable Energy Directive on the website of DG Energy.
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