The Electrification Alliance

Electricity for an Efficient and Decarbonised Europe

Position papers

Response to Inception Impact Assessments Revision of the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and of the Directive on energy efficiency

September 2020

The Electrification Alliance welcomes the initiative by the European Commission to review the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive to allow a cost-efficient integration of renewables in all energy end uses, to increase demand-side flexibility and system efficiency. And the Alliancerecommends the following actions for a successful revision of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Directives:

  1. Adopt an upwards revision of the EU’s 2030 renewable and energy efficiency targets to support the increased 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target, including an update of the sectoral target for the use of renewable energy in heating
  2. Prioritize direct electrification of all end-use sectors combined with energy demand reduction and the deployment of renewable electricity sources, as the most cost-effective way to decarbonise the EU
  3. Ensure that administrative procedures support the development of renewable energy projects to successfully meet the EU renewable energy target
  4. Enhance demand-side flexibility across all sectors to smartly manage an energy system with large shares of renewables and to reduce unnecessary grid investments
  5. Ensure the Primary Energy Factor supports increased system efficiency delivered by electrification in end-use sectors
  6. Create a Clean Energy Package Implementation Platform to promote best practices in Member States’ decarbonisation strategies and share technical guidance
  7. Renewable-based indirect electrification could play an important role to decarbonise “hard to abate” sectors such as heavy industry, aviation, and shipping, where direct electrification may be less cost effective

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Taking an integrated approach to building decarbonisation in the EU: 10 Principles for a successful Renovation Wave

June 2020

The Electrification Alliance welcomes the upcoming Renovation Wave initiative of the European Commission. We believe that the following 10 principles will help make it a success and speed-up the full decarbonisation of the EU building stock:

  1. Acknowledge the multiple benefits for EU citizens and the energy system
  2. Take an ambitious approach to building renovation and electrification
  3. Prioritise the electrification of heating and cooling in buildings
  4. Accelerate on-site renewable electricity generation
  5. Deploy e-mobility smart charging infrastructure
  6. Foster the demand-side flexibility of buildings
  7. Align internal electrical installations with a higher level of ambition and safety
  8. Encourage innovative business models enabled by digitalization
  9. Set up up-to-date skills programmes for workers
  10. Make the best use of the Clean Energy Package laws

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Contribution from the Electrification Alliance on the Smart Sector Integration Strategy

May 2020

The Electrification Alliance welcomes the initiative by the European Commission to set out a comprehensive strategy for smart sector integration, which, we believe, can greatly contribute to a “green” and “digital” recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Enhanced smart sector integration is mostly a matter of making electrification work. Direct electrification must be the top priority of the Strategy as we must ramp up rates of direct electrification from today’s 24% to at least 50% by 2050. Investing in power grids and in the technologies and supply chains that will deliver climate neutrality must be central to the EU’s plan for a speedy and future-proof recovery.

Here are the 5 priorities of the Alliance for a successful roadmap on the Smart Sector Integration Strategy:

  • Prioritise direct electrification, as it is the most cost-effective way to decarbonise the EU economy
  • Enhance demand-side flexibility across all sectors to smartly manage an energy system with large shares of renewables and reduce costs for grid extension
  • Accelerate the deployment of a smart and climate-resilient electricity grid infrastructure
  • Revise the Energy Taxation Directive to ensure that all energy sources can compete on an equal footing, promote clean innovative technologies and ensure competitive energy costs in Europe
  • Allow renewable-based indirect electrification to play a key role for “harder to abate” sectors

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