09 Jul, 2020

Kadri Simson presents clean energy strategies

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.



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