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The EU strategy on energy system integration will play an essential role in the green recovery of Europe’s economy. Eurelectric calls on the Commission to ensure an efficient use of a decarbonised energy system, driven by direct electrification, in its response to the public consultation.
Achieving the climate neutrality ambition requires a substantial transformation of the way energy is generated, transported and consumed, as well as stepping up the interactions with end-users. This strategy could bridge the different sectors of the economy and provide them with a long term vision towards a sustainable future.
Direct electrification, complemented by other decarbonised and renewable energy carriers, such as power-to-gas fuels, are the most efficient ways to achieve a carbon neutral economy. Therefore, this strategy is an opportunity to unleash the full potential of an integrated energy system if it ensures that:
- Taxes and levies provide efficient and stable decarbonisation signals, are fairly set across energy carriers and are aligned with energy and climate targets.
- System operations have a deeper coordination, while infrastructure needs are soundly planned. This should reflect the evolution of the electricity networks, and the increased interaction with the gas grid.
- Burden sharing between the sectors falling within and outside the scope of the Emission Trading System is adjusted. The most efficient tool for each sector must be consider.
- Leadership and market-based approach in the development of key emerging technologies coming from the energy system are maintained.