The Directive for the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (Directive 2009/28/EC) was adopted by the European Union on 23 April 2009. The document sets a European binding target for an overall 20% share of renewable energy by 2020 and provides the Commission with a control power through intermediary targets.
The overall 20% target was translated into national binding targets by each Member State, which were fixed on the basis of the consumption in 2005. Member States have to adopt a national renewable energy action plan to set out national targets for the share of energy from renewable sources and indicate the way forward.
For construction craftsmen and SMEs, article 14 is particularly important, as it deals with training and certification of renewable energy equipment installers.