European Grid Declaration

The "European Grid Declaration on Electricity Network Development and Nature Conservation in Europe” (EGD) was publicly signed by 24 signatories, including Europe’s largest transmission system operators and environmental NGO’s, and handed to European Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, in November 2011. The Declaration clearly states that a renewables grid for Europe can and must be built in line with nature conservation objectives. Signatories commit to a set of principles on how to achieve this. During this work focusing on environmental concerns, the idea for an extension of the EGD on “people’s concerns” arose.

RGI therefore worked on a second part of the EGD focusing on participation and transparency throughout 2012. It includes principles on how “people’s concerns” should be incorporated and respected in grid expansion projects. This part of the Declaration will strengthen the coalition of stakeholders supporting grid expansion to integrate renewables. The extension of the EGD was publicly signed and handed over to Commissioners Oettinger and Potocnik at the 2nd European Grid Conference in Brussels.

To discuss ways to implement the European Grid Declaration, RGI has organized the workshop "How can Grids protect and enhance the Environment? Implementing the European Grid Declaration" on October 3rd in Paris. You can find more information here.

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