Renewable groups are demanding clarity from the European Union on its green deals.
SolarPower Europe and WindEurope are among four associations who have worked together to issue a declaration from the EU so that they can clearly set out policy recommendations that will help to give a boost to the renewable sector and therefore achieve the energy goals and Green Deal’s 2050 climate agreement.
With the European Climate Law publication set to be released soon, Renewables Grid Initiative and SmartEN along with the two already named associations are pushing for the new legislation to hurry up the process of implementing the Clean Energy Package, ensure the European Commission secure the delivery of the European Union’s climate and energy targets for 2030 on a national level and improve its Nationally Determined Contribution so that it is in line with the Paris Agreement.
Any revision of State Aid rules must be consistent within the frameworks.
The associations are holding the European Union accountable for ensuring there is a collaborative and integrated planning for electricity infrastructure, which must include the integration of any decentralised energy and the flexibility of resources.
The argument for this being done is that it will in theory help strengthen the electricity grid throughout Europe. This will be done through a backbone of smart sector integration and a renewable based electricity generating system. In turn also preventing any extra costs on the tax payer by having stranded assets.
It is hoped that the policymakers in the European Union will acknowledge the future strategic importance of renewable energy and smart energy technologies which will lead the transition into a net zero world. Thus, accompanying these technologies into supply and demand side policies for the government.
The European Green Deal will therefore promote a simple and easy transition into a carbon neutral world, which will help communities and households throughout Europe get on board with the new technologies and innovations.
The deal should also, importantly, include the re-skilling programmes that will be needed to be provided to those effected by changing job into the renewable energy sector. This will help limit any issues that may otherwise arise and make the transition for everyone involved as smooth as possible.
To successfully decarbonise Europe will mainly depend on vastly increasing renewable energy projects and the efficiency in which they run at, as well as improving energy storage systems to aid supplying electricity when it is demanded. For example, on days when renewable energy does not produce much electricity due to lack of wind or sun battery storage systems need to be able to supply this electricity.
The decarbonisation cannot just rely on one of these factors, all need improving at the same rate to help support one another. Every building, car, home electrical appliance and power plant will play a major role in reaching a carbon neutral Europe.
This all means that it is a very exciting time to be working within the renewable energy sector as it is the future of electricity production in Europe and in forecasted to dominate the next ten years.
Achieving a 100 per cent renewable Europe would ensure that the future is secure and sustainable, which means ambitious industry targets and strategies need to be planned and delivered in the coming years.
Clarity from the European Union would therefore be the first step in achieving these goals and would provide the outline of the plan for renewable energy for the coming decades in providing a net zero carbon neutral future.