On 18 May, the European Commission published its long-awaited REPower EU Plan to transform the energy system. T&D Europe welcomes the range of initiatives to make Europe independent from fossil fuels before 2030 and to speed up the development of renewables.
On Monday 2 May, transmission system operators, technology providers and the wind industry came together to formally launch the READY4DC project. READY4DC will create a community of experts to work out recommendations on how to plan and build an interoperable and expandable direct current grid in Europe. The project is supported by the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme.
On 5 April 2022, the European Commission published its proposal for a revision of the EU F-gas Regulation, which will contribute to reducing emissions by at least 55% by 2030 and making Europe climate-neutral by 2050.
On 15 April, the European Commission’s public consultation on the revision of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation ans Restriction of chemicals (REACH Regulation) ended after a 13-week period. The revision aims to ensure that the provisions of the REACH Regulation reflect the ambitions of the Commission on innovation and a high level of protection of health and the environment, while preserving the internal market, as provided for in the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.
In a letter to Vice-President Timmermans and Energy Commissioner Simson, T&D Europe has called on the European Commission and Governments to take decisive measures to step up and accelerate the much needed investments in electricity networks. The technology for future-proofing the network is already available. It just needs to be deployed at a much wider scale than it is today.