Europe’s transition to a low-carbon and circular economy will mean “a much better society”, according to Angelo Salsi, Head of the LIFE and CIP Eco-innovation unit at EASME, speaking at the LIFE Platform meeting on Climate Action and the Building Sector meeting on 17 June.
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In our next contribution to the EUSEW Newsroom, Mr Ragmar Saksing, Greentech Sector Leader from Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol, Estonia writes about green technology and its many benefits in ensuring ‘a clean planet for all’.
To manage a fast-evolving power system 24/7 and keep the lights on, European transmission system operators (TSOs) invest in digitisation. However, today, the digitisation imperative is even bigger as TSOs are to find answers to a variety of new challenges such as an increased amount of variable generation, sector coupling, power and transport connected through e-mobility, increasing electrification in particular of transport, heating and cooling, as well as the rise of the internet of energy things.
As the European Union is currently discussing its path towards decarbonisation, the essential role of boosting energy efficiency to achieve potential goals for carbon and climate neutrality is unequivocal. In the recently published long-term decarbonisation strategy - a ‘A Clean Planet for All’ - energy efficiency is featured prominently in all eight scenarios outlined by the EU executive, and is specified as the first of seven building blocks identified in the communication.
With its sparkling solar panels and majestic wind turbines, renewable energy is the visually striking symbol of the sustainable energy transition – and Europe is a world leader in its development. Back in 2008, EU countries agreed to an ambitious target of 20% renewable energy in the overall energy mix by 2020, giving the sector the EU-wide political impetus to soar.
The energy consumer will be a catalyst towards a decentralized and decarbonized energy system as stipulated in the European Commission’s Clean Energy for All Europeans communication. He/she will be able to change energy supplier, monitor and adapt consumption pattern, and produce energy.
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In an increasingly complex, but inter-connected society that faces the great challenge of achieving a fair and effective energy transition as part of our fight against climate change, joining forces is more important than ever. And this is the case in all policy areas including in our efforts to identify where the financing will come from.
The European technology industries represented by Orgalim are fuelling the ‘3-D’ transformation of our energy system driven by decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation – with digitally enabled tech facilitating new services and business models while accelerating the transition to climate neutrality that is cost-efficient.
Europe’s complex network of electricity transmission cables, power transformers, substations, and other pieces of the puzzle that deliver electricity to our homes and businesses were conceived, and built, many years ago. While electricity grids are a feat of engineering, their one-way design – that sees power produced and delivered to consumers with little ability for consumers to interact – is becoming outmoded.