Next to its policy and communications activities to promote the interests of the European renewable energy sector, EREF, supported by relevant Members and Sponsors, carries out additional specific activities, so-called campaigns.
EREF’s Small Hydropower Chapter, composed of national (small) hydropower associations from EU Member States, represents the interest of the European small hydropower sector by promoting the benefits and opportunities of small hydropower at EU level to secure and enhance its place as an equally important part in the EU renewable energy mix and to create business opportunities for the many small and medium-sized enterprises throughout Europe.
The Chapter campaigns for favourable and secure long-term investment conditions for the small hydropower sector, the removal of barriers to hydropower development and an increase in hydro-electricity production in Europe and abroad. EREF focuses on the alignment of the objectives of the Renewable Energy and the Water Framework Directives. EREF informs decision-makers about the sustainable quality of modern hydropower technology which enables an entente cordial between environment and energy objectives.
EREF’s position paper on the European Parliament’s report on the 2050 Energy Roadmap advocating for a stable and predictable mid-term policy framework for 2030, with ambitious binding targets for renewable energy, November 2012
Joint paper of EU renewable energy associations on Commission’s proposals to amend Directives 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable resources and 98/70/EC on fuel quality, October 2012
EREF’s answer to the Commission’s public consultation on the Review of Community Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and environmental support measures in the General Block Exemption Regulation, October 2012
Open letters, Post-2020 Renewable Energy Directive and Governance
Joint call of EU renewable energy associations call to the Heads of State and Heads of Governments regarding more ambitious targets and appropriate instruments for the Energy package 2030, October 2014
EREF letter to the European Commission College on upcoming State Aid decisions appealing not to open full investigation against the German Feed-In Law and to review the draft Guidelines for Energy and Environment, December 2013
EREF Press Release on Case T-694/14 European Renewable Energies Federation vs. European Commission- action for annulment of chapter 3.3.2 of the Guidelines for Environmental and Energy Aid 2014-2020, January 2015