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Sustainable energy in the Danube region as an integral part of EU 2020 strategy

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ISBN 978-92-79-54859-8
ISSN 1831-9424
doi: 10.2790/924285
Manjola Banja
Fabio Monforti-Ferrario
Katalin Bódis
Marina Economidou
Jean-François Dallemand
Nicolae Scarlat
Hrvoje Medarac
Albana Kona
Publication Office of the European Union, Italy

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The report contributes to the Bioenergy Nexus cluster of Joint Research Centre (JRC) initiative "Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy" in the framework of European Union Strategy for the Danube region (EUSDR). In line with Article 4 and Article 22 of the Renewable Energy Directive Danube region countries have submitted to the European Commission and Energy Community their national renewable energy action plans (NREAPs) and biennial progress reports. Danube region countries have submitted also to European Commission and Energy Community their national energy efficiency action plans (NEEAPs) as required by the Energy Efficiency Directives. The report discusses the energy mix in Danube region countries for period 1990-2013 as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy indicators as they are reported for year 2013 and the expected progress up to 2020. The current and projected development of bioenergy in Danube region countries is in the focus of this report providing a deep analysis of this development in three main sectors Electricity, Heating/Cooling and Transport. Harmonisation of renewable energy and energy efficiency policy framework in the Danube macro region is pushing towards an integrated and low carbon energy market which can be considered as one-third of the EU energy market. The use of energy in the Danube region is becoming more efficient despite the ascending pace of energy consumption in transport and services. Biomass in Danube region plays and will play an important role moving towards sustainable energy, a movement that will be accompanied with a change in the renewable energy portfolio towards new technologies. This shift is increasing the role of renewable energy in the savings of greenhouse gas emissions in the Danube region.

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