RES Policy Monitoring Database: Final report reveals that European energy independence is ‘blocked by bureaucracy’‘

On 14 March, eclareon has published a new first-of-its-kind report, identifying and assessing the barriers blocking wind and solar energy projects in all 27 EU countries and the UK. The report comes less than a week after the European Union announced plans ‘to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels well before 2030’ as a response to President Putin’s war in Ukraine. Accelerating the construction of wind and solar projects will be essential if the EU and UK are to break Putin’s grip on the European energy market. Eclareon’s new research finds significant barriers to projects in all countries, with administrative processes like planning and permitting being the most common and most serious issues blocking new renewables developments in Europe. Under the report’s index system, no country had ‘low’ or ‘minimal’ barriers. In fact, researchers found that barriers in many places made the rollout of wind and solar projects effectively impossible.

For more information, please see the full report and the RES Policy Monitoring Database, which contains information about barriers and best practice for Wind and Solar projects in Europe.