On Monday 21st September, a coalition of 40 industry organisations, including T&D Europe, wrote a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calling for decisive action to solve implementation issues within the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD), specifically the Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) database.
The signatories, representing a very significant part of the European Economy, request urgent resolution of implementation issues in a database designed to support the circular economy as expressed in the European Green Deal. This “SCIP” database is required by Article 9.1 of the updated Waste Framework Directive.
Grid Investments – The enablers of the EU Green Deal
On the 3rd of September 2020, T&D Europe hosted two webinars on the important issue of grid investments. Here is our summary take on two interesting and lively debates.
Electricity and electricity networks are the backbone of Europe’s energy system and play acritical role in supporting the transition to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. While Europe is home to a world-class electricity network, it is clear that future networks will be different. Due to the energy transition, increased consumer focus and participation and further electrification it is crucial that networks receive sufficient investments. In its long-term decarbonisation strategy, the European Commission published 8 scenarios for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. These include average annual investments in the power grid of €80 billion to €110 billion between 2031 and 2050, compared to a baseline for the 2021-2-3- period of €59.2 billion. (European Commission (2018), In-depth analysis in support of the Commission communication COM(2018) 773, p. 202). The question is if and how these investments become a reality.
Today T&D Europe joined 26 organisations representing the renewable energy sector in a call to Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Energy Commissioner Simson to stress the important potential for direct electrification.
The letter states that “More than 60% of final energy consumption can be covered by direct electrification of final energy uses, such as road transport, heating and buildings, and industrial processes, with an energy system based on renewables. The upcoming Energy System Integration Strategy must accelerate the deployment of renewable electricity across these sectors, modernising Europe’s electricity grid infrastructure and driving the electrification of the economy.”
As Europe’s grid technology providers T&D Europe members fully support the energy transition towards a climate-neutral Europe. The EU Green Deal will play a crucial part in unlocking the necessary investments in Europe’s electricity networks.
T&D Europe has joined a large group of stakeholders in signing a request to ensure that he EU Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) 2022 works with scenarios that are compatible with the Paris Agreement, the priorities of the European Green Deal and the European Council's decision to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
T&D Europe welcomes Next Generation EU and the reinforced long-term budget
Brussels, 28 May 2020
T&D Europe welcomes the European Commission’s proposals for Next Generation EU and the reinforced long-term budget for the EU, as presented yesterday. Europe’s grid technology providers support the EU Green Deal as Europe’s growth strategy, which is aimed at driving the green and digital transitions.
“Investments in Europe’s energy infrastructure need to be at the heart of Europe recovery and investment plans”, says T&D Europe President, Yann Fromont. He added: “Europe’s electricity system has proven its robustness and resilience during the COVID19-crisis and we need to make sure that the system is equipped to ensure further electrification of for example the transport and heating sectors, to integrate increasing shares of renewable energy, and empowering individual consumers and communities. This requires investments in both traditional assets and the further digitalisation of the energy system.”