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Decree Law No. 60/2020

Publication: Republic Diary No. 159/2020, Series I of 2020-08-17
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 60/2020
  • Pages: 16 - 43

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law amends the scheme for the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources by creating guarantees of origin for low carbon gases and for gases of renewable origin.

What is going to change?

This decree-law establishes:

    • the mechanism for issuing guarantees of origin for low carbon gases and for gases of renewable origin.
"Guarantee of origin" is the electronic document that proves to the final consumer that a certain share or amount of energy was produced from renewable energy sources.
"Low carbon gases" means gaseous fuels produced from a process using energy from non-renewable sources, but whose greenhouse gas emissions associated with their production do not exceed a certain limit.
"Gases of renewable origin " are gaseous fuels produced from processes that use energy from renewable sources as provided for in the European Directive.
    • Targets for the use of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy and energy consumption in all modes of transport for the year 2030.
    • Possibility for electricity producers, who participate in auctions for the allocation of capacity in the Public Service Electricity Network, and in situations where their remuneration scheme brings a gain for the National Electricity System to transact their guarantees of origin.
What advantages does it bring?

This decree contributes to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 through the creation of mechanisms that encourage the use of renewable resources, notably through the energy sector.

This decree-law broadens the scope of certification of the renewable origin of the energy consumed to include low carbon gases and gases of renewable origin, and also promotes the production of these gases.

Gases of renewable origin and low carbon gases play an important role in the decarbonisation of the economy, as they can replace fossil fuels in industry and transport, as well as in the production of heat/cold and electricity.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on 18 August 2020.

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