In line with the ‘Next Generation EU’ recovery package and the European Green Deal, the European Commission presented its strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen on 8 July. Both initiatives are part of the EU’s efforts to transform the energy system and lead the green transition by achieving climate-neutrality by 2050.
The Energy System Integration Strategy aims to provide a framework for the green transition by establishing an energy system that links energy carriers, infrastructures, and consumption sectors. The strategy sets out 38 actions for a more integrated energy system, which are based on three pillars: a more circular energy system, a greater direct electrification of end-use sectors and the promotion of clean fuels.
The Hydrogen Strategy aims to support the decarbonisation across Europe and start a gradual transition to renewable energy technologies through investments and regulations of these energy sources. Moreover, the Commission announced the launch of a European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, formed by public and private actors. The main goal of this Alliance is to deploy hydrogen technologies by 2030 and build a European global leadership in this field.
“The EU's energy system has to become better integrated, more flexible and able to accommodate the cleanest and most cost-effective solutions. Hydrogen will play a key role in this, as falling renewable energy prices and continuous innovation make it a viable solution for a climate-neutral economy,” Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson stated during the presentation earlier this week.
Simson also reminded the audience of the upcoming energy initiatives for this year: the Renovation Wave, the Offshore Energy Strategy and the TEN-E revision.