Minister for Energy, Business and Industry and
Deputy Prime Minister
SE-103 33 Stockholm
Brussels, 7 June 2023
Dear Deputy Prime Minister,
We, large energy consumers, renewable energy producers, energy flexibility, storage, and grid
technology providers, supply chain, and civil society organisations, are writing to express our serious
concern with the delays and uncertainty regarding the final adoption of the Renewable Energy
As you know, the revised Renewable Energy Directive will be central to the delivery of our energy
security and climate objectives as set out in REPowerEU, Europe’s energy response to the Ukraine
While we welcome the overall political agreement reached back in March , the embedded target will
remain purely academic in the absence of delivery measures.
We are extremely concerned that the adoption of these measures is held up by a disagreement
within Council on exemptions regarding a sub-target for the use of renewable fuels of non-biological
This disagreement is delaying the implementation of provisions, in particular on permitting, that are
indispensable to the accelerated development of renewables. According to the International Energy
Agency, renewable energy auctions in Europe went undersubscribed by 14 GW in the last year,
largely due to slow and cumbersome permitting.
Every day that passes without a fi nal Renewable Energy Directi ve slows the deployment of
renewables projects that are badly needed to deliver globally competitive and home-grown energy
to European businesses and families.
We therefore urge you to ensure the final adopti on of the Renewable Energy Directive which your
Presidency has skilfully steered to this point.
We trust you share our sense of urgency as we work to ensure Europe gets the most out of
renewables to address the energy crisis and stay the course on climate action.