RES at the core of climate and energy policies

Biogas/biomethane production can be part of the bio-economy and contribute to decreased emissions in sectors such as industry, agriculture, transport, housing or waste management. This is one of key messages  contained in EBA’s reply to the Commission consultation to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions in the long-term. The consultation will analyse cost-efficient scenarios towards decarbonisation in line with the Paris Agreement.

This initiative will take account of the different transition options, looking at the central role of sectors such as energy, buildings, transport, industrial production and agriculture. It will also examine the implications that the different alternatives will bring for EU Member States in terms of security of energy supplies, R&D, economic investments, industry competitiveness and social welfare.

All energy sectors can be fully decarbonised with a mix of low-carbon technologies and all renewable energies have their own various benefits to reach decarbonisation: they complement each other”, explains to Susanna Pflüger, Secretary General of EBA.

In the framework of the consultation, EBA has also joined forces with other associations to raise awareness on the essential role of renewable energy in this long-term strategy. This action comes after the the publication of the 1.5°C Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calling for “rapid and far-reaching transitions” in all sectors.

EBA and its partners have addressed a letter to the Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, Miguel Arias Cañete, calling for a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 with a long-term strategy that places renewables at its center. This can be possible due to the unprecedented technology developments and cost reductions in the renewable sector. RES associations explain that the renewable energy industry “is a major driver of Europe’s reindustrialisation. It creates thousands of local jobs, provides new opportunities for workers and brings economic development to European regions”.

More information:

EBA’s reply to the Future climate and energy policy – a Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reductions

Joint letter of renewable organisations on the Long-term strategy