It was clear from the outset that the Energy Community RES targets should be calculated using the EU methodology and reflect an equal level of ambition as in the EU. The Parties agreed to use 2009 as the baseline year. Yet, the calculation of the targets was delayed due to missing and inconsistent statistical data. In Spring 2012 the RES 2020 targets were recalculated on the basis of a biomass consumption survey study. This time the calculations also included the new Contracting Parties, Moldova and Ukraine.
The Ministerial Council Decision 2012/04/MC-EnC adopted the Directive 2009/28/EC and laid down the national RES 2020 targets in 2012. Whilst the decision on the national RES targets was subject to several debates, the drafting and implementing of the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAPs) poses the the Contracting Parties an equally challenging task. NREAP provides a detailed road map of how a Party is expected to reach its legally binding 2020 target for the share of renewable energy in their total energy consumption. In the plan, the Contracting Parties are to set out sectoral targets, the technology mix they expect to use, the trajectory they will follow and the measures and reforms they will undertake to overcome the barriers to developing renewable energy.
In its Conclusions in Oct 2015, the 13th Ministerial Council took note of the Secretariat's RES Progress Report and deplored the lack of progress in implementation of the Directive 2009/28/EC. To speed up the process, it decided to establish the Renewable Energy Coordination Group until 2020. The Group will become operational after Jan 2016.