RGI releases its position on the 'Fit for 55' package

These messages reflect RGI's strong belief that a renewable-based electrification of our economy, coupled with the sustainable expansion and modernisation of EU electricity grid, is the fastest and most cost-effective way to achieve significant CO2 emission reductions over the coming decade.

The European Union is getting ready for a major overhaul of its climate and energy legislation to make the EU "fit" to enable at least 55% emissions reduction by 2030. On 14 July the European Commission is set to table a part of the ‘Fit for 55‘ package, that will strengthen the EU Emissions Trading System, update the Energy Taxation Directive, and propose new CO2 standards for cars, new energy efficiency standards for buildings, new targets for renewables, and new ways of supporting clean fuels and infrastructure for clean transport.

This is one of the most ambitious policy overhauls in EU history and a unique opportunity for the EU to set the foundations for an at least 55% GHG reduction by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050.

RGI strongly believes that a renewable-based electrification of our economy, coupled with the sustainable expansion and modernisation of EU electricity grid, is the fastest and most cost-effective way to achieve significant CO2 emission reductions over the coming decade. Therefore, we recommend that the following messages should be considered in the revision.

These can be found below, and the full position can be downloaded at the end of this page.

·      Efficiency and electrification should come first.

·      Accelerated deployment of renewables should be jointly tackled with the development of the needed grid infrastructure and of flexibility services and market products.

·      The electrification of buildings and mobility should be accelerated in order to achieve the 2030 target.

·      Electrification will have to be complemented by the use of green molecules in hard-to-abate applications.

·      Electrification should be unlocked through rebalancing energy taxation and levies.

·      All economic sectors should contribute to emission abatement according to their potentials.

·      Climate measures must be socially fair and equitable.

Our full position  and a detailed explanation on the above mentioned points can be downloaded through the below link. In case of any questions, please get in touch with cristina@renewables-grid.eu.

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Cristina Simioli
Senior Manager - Energy and Policy Systems

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