“We must use every tool we have to encourage investment in renewable energy. This new mechanism will provide another option for Member States to contribute to our energy and climate targets, investing in locations where renewable resources are abundant and developing them makes the most sense”, Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, said.
Ultimately, the mechanism will feed into the European Green Deal ambition of achieving EU carbon-neutrality by 2050, according to the EU Commission. The new financing mechanism should be in place by the start of 2021.
Simson also pointed out the advantage the new mechanism will have on the economy after the COVID-19 crisis: “It is especially relevant in the context of the post-crisis recovery, where the mechanism could help stimulate the economy in hard-hit Member States, both by getting large-scale projects off the ground and by supporting local SMEs and creating jobs”.