FoodDrinkEurope views on the review of the Renewable Energy Directive

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FoodDrinkEurope represents the interests of Europe’s food and drink industry. Food and drink manufacturers’ are committed to be part of the solution to the challenges of moving towards a low carbon society.

In implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, European food and drink manufacturers reiterate their active commitment to mitigating and adapting to climate change and to engaging with partners along the supply chain, and other key stakeholders, to address the challenges raised by climate change. A call for climate action was made in our “A Time to Act”[1].

Food and drink manufacturers are shifting their energy consumption towards renewable energy sources, with increased procurement of electricity from renewable energy or co-generation. For example, Unilever pledges to become carbon positive by 2030, by eliminating fossil fuels from its energy mix and switching to 100% renewable energy[2] and Mars’s goal is to ensure 100% fossil fuel free energy consumption by 2040.

In this context, FoodDrinkEurope welcomes the “Clean Energy for all”[3] package including the European Commission’s proposal for a reviewed Renewable Energy Directive (RED) that will help to speed up action and implementation of the Paris Agreement and is in line with our industry's actions.

FoodDrinkEurope therefore supports as a minimum the 27% binding headline target of renewable energy sources (RES) in the final EU energy consumption. Increased levels of renewable energy share will encourage the deployment of renewable energy capacities, encourage the shift to a low-carbon economy and stimulate economic growth. Ambitious but realistic targets are important tools to ensure that investments in renewable energy infrastructure and innovation are encouraged.

[1] http://www.fooddrinkeurope.eu/uploads/publications_documents/FoodDrink_Europe_Climate_Action_Brochure.pdf
[2] https://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/reducing-environmental-impact/greenhouse-gases/
[3] https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/news/commission-proposes-new-rules-consumer-centred-clean-energy-transition

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