EREF is the federation of national renewable energy associations from EU Member States, representing sectors such as wind, solar, small hydro, bio-energy, tidal, wave, and geothermal.
The European Renewable Energies federation (EREF) is the federation of national umbrella and sector renewable energy associations from EU Member States, representing all relevant forms of renewable energy.
EREF’s objective is to promote the interests of independent power, fuel and heat production from renewable sources and to promote non-discriminatory access to the energy market. EREF is striving to create, maintain and further develop stable and reliable framework conditions for renewable energy sources. The association continuously advocates for ambitious and legally binding targets for all renewable energy sectors beyond 2020.
EREF facilitates capacity and competence to renewable energy stakeholders to use all existing rules as well as to create and maintain an overall political and regulatory atmosphere which enables further independent growth and substance to provide the renewable energy producing industry with support to survive the mounting and varied pressure and tactics by the incumbent industry.
The federation monitors energy market developments and flags unfair preference for the incumbent industries by open and hidden legal or illegal subsidies. EREF speaks up when support mechanisms in EU Member States are deteriorated, endangering investment and jeopardising achievement of renewable energy targets.
EREF supports the renewable energy industry by legal action in the European institutions as well as in EU Member States. EREF is the only European renewable energy association which files complaints and court cases against unfair favouritism for nuclear and fossil power, centralised power dominance and discrimination of independent renewable energy producers and production.
EREF is a member of and , as well as a founding member of the . Additionally, EREF is also a member of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy () – a membership-based non-profit association which generates and provides evidence-based knowledge and analysis of policies as well as facilitates co-operation and networking.