Energy & Climate: Revision of Renewable Energy Directive

Published: 11 May 2021

Policies & Issues: Energy & Climate

Europe’s technology industries, represented by Orgalim, welcome the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (EU) 2018/2001 (henceforth RED II) as an opportunity for further alignment with the new climate ambition.

We believe that renewable energy will play a key role in delivering the higher greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. To achieve this, the renewable energy target should be raised to 38-40% and it should be binding at EU level.

Enabling Energy System Integration

To deliver on the EU strategy for Energy System Integration, which aims to link various energy carriers – electricity, heat, cold, gas, solid and liquid fuels – with each other and with the end-use sectors, such as buildings, transport and industry, it is important to:

  • Apply the Energy Efficiency First principle across the whole energy system in particular, by giving priority to demand-side flexibility whenever that is more cost effective than investments in the expansion of the grid.

  • Accelerate the creation of markets for energy demand flexibility.

  • Speed up the digitalisation of the energy system.

  • Increase renewable energy deployment in the heating and cooling, transport and industry sectors.

  • Improve the use of waste heat, for instance from industry or data centres.

  • Boost the development of renewable hydrogen and renewable liquid fuels in those sectors where direct electrification is not feasible.

 

To read our recommendations in detail, please download the position paper attached.

Authors

Mikalauskaitė
Toma Mikalauskaitė
Adviser - Energy and Environment

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