Roundtable for Europe’s Energy Future: “Recovery through an accelerated Green Deal” action plan sent to the Commission
On 9 April, REEF sent an action plan to EU Energy Commissioner Simson with the goal of mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on the European economy. This is in response to the Commissioner's request made during the last video conference with REEF Chairman Claudio Facchin on 3 April. To supporting the European Commission in its efforts to address the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the alliance proposed to consider, in particular, three main focus areas:
Put people first: reduce the human impact of the crisis through initiatives that protect jobs and small and medium size companies;
Accelerate Green Deal implementation: follow through on Green Deal commitments and work with big players like China and the US to make a bigger global impact in climate change mitigation;
Work better together: leverage technology and digitalization initiatives to foster greater cross- stakeholder collaboration and smart sector integration.
REEF stressed that through the ongoing crisis caused by COVID-19, the importance of a secure and sustainable energy supply as well as a reliable digital infrastructure for society has become particularly apparent. In this context, it was important that roadblocks are cleared to ensure reliable power supplies – in areas like movement of people and essential goods and manufacture of mission-critical equipment for life services. The alliance also recommended the establishment of a Crisis Response team that can connect virtually and advise on electricity for humanitarian needs and critical public services (e.g. hospitals) for the duration of the pandemic.
Energy Roundtable calls for a Green Deal Rescue Package
The Roundtable for Europe’s Energy Future (REEF) is calling for a Green Deal Rescue Package in its joint messages entitled „Realising the European Green Deal in a time of global emergency“ which were presented to Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy in a video-conference on 3 April.
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, REEF draws attention to the importance of secure and sustainable energy supply and reliable digital infrastructure, and also to the fact that in times of crisis, European partnerships and stability are all the more important to protect society and save our citizens. At the same time, the alliance points out that the current crisis should not distract from the long-term goal of meeting the Green Deal's objectives. What would be needed after the crisis is a Green Deal bailout package aimed at green growth, jobs, and climate innovation. Accordingly, it was vital that the economic measures taken by the EU promoting green investments that contribute to the decarbonisation and reconstruction of Europe.
Besides, REEF member companies ask to ensure the financing and expansion of infrastructure projects, to meet the 2030 and 2050 targets. For this, they say, carbon pricing and a strengthened emissions trading scheme are crucial to promoting green transition in a cost-effective way. Also, digital transformation should be embraced to improve energy transmission and increase the use of data to optimize the network to allow flexible consumption.
Generally, the alliance urges for more cooperation between energy producers, TSOs, DSOs, digital companies, and consumers. During the video-conference with Commissioner Simson, REEF Chairman Claudio Facchin (ABB, President Power Grids) also stressed that during and after the crisis, REEF will support the Commission in implementing an ambitious Green Deal.
Energy Roundtable on the European Green Deal
interesting to hear your views on the #GreenNewDeal💚🤗🔍📝 @SebDance @MarinaKaljurand @VilleNiinisto @NielsFuglsang enabling the European #energyfuture & Vision #newEU @EU_Commission pic.twitter.com/VVLhrhMchY— Energy Roundtable_REEF (@Roundtable_REEF) 9. September 2019
Happy to speak at the Roundtable for Europe's #Energy Future @Roundtable_REEF. #Digital is a huge opportunity for the energy sector to become more efficient and greener and deliver better services to consumers. Better access to and sharing of #data is crucial in this context. pic.twitter.com/PXhtUC8bDQ— Roberto Viola (@ViolaRoberto) 10. September 2019
On September 9 and 10, the Roundtable for Europe’s Energy Future (REEF) met in Brussels to discuss current developments in the digital and energy sector as well as the European Green Deal and to exchange with several guests from EU institutions.
Given Commission President-elect von der Leyen’s timing to reveal the Commission portfolios on September 10, the roundtable took place under meaningful conditions. This has provided an opportunity to write a letter with recommendations to the new President-elect. The CEOs from REEF member companies met to discuss the Green Deal with four Members of the European Parliament: Marina Kaljurand (S&D), Ville Niniistö (Greens/EFA), Seb Dance (S&D) and Niels Fuglsang (S&D). MEP Kaljurand highlighted the importance of cybersecurity and called on REEF to support more actively the Paris Call for trust and security in Cyberspace (2018).
In the morning of 10 September, the REEF spoke with the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete only a few hours before von der Leyen dedicated the climate portfolio to Vice-President Frans Timmermans. In his speech, Cañete highlighted the electrification as an accelerator for the next steps towards climate neutrality but warned against opposition from the car industry. Hereafter, the REEF met with the Finnish EU Presidency, Mr Petteri Kuuva, Deputy Director General for Energy, who explained the aims of the Finnish presidency including aspects such as an increase in sustainability or the take-up of 5G networks. In the Roundtable’s Mini-Forum, Petteri Kuuva, REEF CEOs, Roberto Viola (DG Connect), Paula Pinho (DG Energy) and Georg Zachman (Bruegel) discussed possible contributions of industry to the New Green Deal. Several topics were discussed such as the REEF’s proposal on EU cyber security and energy system infrastructure.
A key conclusion of the REEF-meetings was in order to make the Green Deal happen there must be support from stakeholders such as REEF to give the professional input and to provide assistance and advice. The results of the REEF meeting and the objectives and activities which are very much aligned with the Green Deal have been collected in a letter for President-elect von der Leyen and was sent to her a few days later.
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The European Commission should continue to provide political support and targeted funding for new electricity infrastructure, in particular interconnectors, to facilitate the integration of low-carbon technologies and reduce costs for consumers. Significant progress can be achieved on this issue in the coming years and the regional level is the right place to address these challenges. Further, there is a significant scope to increase coordination of national Member State policies, which should be fully recognised.
New technologies provide for “new actors”, such as distributed generation, demand response and storage, to participate in the market. All markets should be open for their integration, ensuring efficient price signals and fair competition between old and such “new participants” in the market. For that purpose, existing regulatory barriers should be removed. This will in particular equip the consumers with the relevant instruments and place them at the very centre of the market. The most distorting support and subsidy schemes should be removed.
The new decentralized and renewable system requires a much higher level of communication and commercial interaction between producers, consumers and system operators. Decentralised generation, battery storage and demand side management (DSM) shift the sources for flexibility from the transmission level to the lower voltage level of the system and require new forms of cooperation. In order to support the necessary digitalisation in the energy sector, proper investment incentives should be given to innovation.
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The importance of energy and climate change in the Brexit negotiations – letter from the Roundtable for Europe’s Energy Future
During a meeting between the Roundtable for Europe’s Energy Future (REEF) and the Council's General Secretariat Task Force on the UK on 22 March in Brussels, it was agreed that the REEF should send a letter to the Council and Parliament services as well as to EU and EEA governments and UK authorities, in order to lift the importance of energy in the coming Article 50 negotiations.
Consisting of CEOs from leading European energy companies, TSOs and technology providers, the REEF is providing energy to more than 220 million consumers across the European Internal Energy Market. Accordingly, a clear and effective framework which fosters innovation and economic growth for all European citizens is crucial. For this, the REEF calls for regulatory stability for the industry. In particular, the REEF recommends a continued cooperation within a framework as close as possible to the Internal Energy Market in order to secure the efficient use of energy infrastructure through barrier free trade of energy between the EU and the UK. The Roundtable has jointly elaborated and approved this letter which has been signed by Chairman Boris Schucht in the name of all REEF member companies. A copy of this letter was sent on 22 May 2018 to Mr Barnier, Mr Davis, the members of the Brexit Steering Group in the European Parliament, Mr Tusk, Mr Ristori and to the Offices of Director-Generals of the EU and EEA Energy Ministries.
You'll find the full version of the Letter here.
As follow-up to our Roundtable CEO meeting with Commissioner Cañete in March 2018, and our previous meeting with Vice-President Ansip, we have developed two position papers on the digital energy union: cyber security and data ownership.
The transition to a smart, secure and sustainable energy system requires first and foremost bridging energy and digital economy. Data and communication are key to Energy and ICT companies in the Roundtable, therefore we increase cooperation in order to exploit the value of energy data. Also, cybersecurity needs to be fully interconnected to digitalisation in the energy area. These are key issues in the transition to a decarbonised, decentralised and digitalised energy system.
To benefit the Energy Union and the Digital Single Market, the Roundtable for Europe’s Energy Future (REEF) wants to contribute to this domain as its member companies have key competences to share in this area.
You'll find the two position papers on the digital energy union here.
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