BETTER Final Workshop was held on 4th March 2015 at UNDP premises, Brussels, Belgium.
The cooperation mechanisms of the renewable energy directive aimed to enable a cost efficient target achievement of RES targets by 2020. So far, however, only limited plans to make use of the mechanisms have emerged. Still cooperation on meeting renewable energy goals are high on the policy agenda as stressed in the EU council conclusion on the 2030 Energy and Climate framework. Also the communication on an EU Energy Union stresses the role of cooperation with neighboring regions. In this context, the aim of this workshop is to discuss opportunities and challenges of renewable energy cooperation with EU neighbor countries by 2020 and beyond. The workshop presented the results of a three-year project focusing on:
- What are the long-term economic benefits that can be reached at the EU and third country level under different energy policy cooperation assumptions?
- What are the main positive side-effects of enhanced energy cooperation between the EU and its neighboring countries?
- How can renewable energy cooperation contribute to Europe’s decarbonisation and energy security?