Renewable energies

Eine Solaranlage auf freien Feld, im Hintergrund drehen sich WindkrafträderClick to enlarge
Renewable energies include wind and solar power, biomass, geothermal energy and hydropower

Windräder und Solaranlage

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What is renewable energies’ share in electricity production? How can we use biomass sustainably? How do the European mechanisms to promote renewable electricity generation work? What do we need to bear in mind when we burn wood on open fires or in stoves?

Renewable energies, or just renewables, include wind and solar power, biomass, geothermal energy and hydropower. Renewable energies can make a significant contribution to climate protection. They also help to ensure supply security and to prevent conflicts over resources. The basic principle underlying the use of renewable energies is that electricity, heat and fuel are produced using either processes that occur in nature or renewable raw materials.

We monitor and evaluate the development of innovative and environmentally sound technologies. We advocate for the use of renewable energies by proposing appropriate instruments and measures that simplify the integration of renewable energies and support their sustainable expansion. The Renewable Energy Sources Act plays an important part in promoting renewable electricity. The Renewable Energies Heat Act and the Market Incentive Programme are designed to increase the share of heat generated that is renewable.