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December 2020

INTEGRATING RENEWABLES

Offshore wind as a European resource

Climate activist Greta Thunberg told the UK Parliament last year, “The moment we decide to fulfil something, we can do anything.” The European Commission set the goal of exponentially increasing offshore wind from 12 GW to 300 GW by 2050 — and Member States are the “we” needed to meet this goal. By collaborating on planning, development, financing and operation of necessary infrastructure, Europe can achieve its target. Zsuzsanna Pató and Michael Hogan explain how.

   
   

DEMAND RESPONSE

It’s time to bring consumers on board the energy transition

Electricity market reforms, electrification of heat and transport, and the transition to clean energy are causing profound transformation in the European energy sector. To help weather this sea change, policymakers and power system operators have a powerful resource at their disposal: consumers. Yet these decision-makers don’t always recognise the value of consumers’ willingness to be flexible in how they use electricity. Zsuzsanna Pató explores how consumers can be active agents of change, if compensated fairly.

   
   

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Green urban freight: How to electrify our deliveries today

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, most Europeans have shopped online and used home delivery to receive their orders. Experts predict the market for express delivery will grow by more than 8.3 billion euros by 2024. Logistics companies can help cut related emissions and noise by moving to electric fleets. RAP and the International Council on Clean Transportation reveal the keys to electrifying urban logistics now: smart truck charging, relevant cost analyses and support from policymakers.

   
   

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Article 7 EED: How to maximise energy efficiency for climate neutrality

The European Commission’s 2030 Climate Target Plan proposes strengthening the EU’s energy efficiency policies in order to reach climate neutrality by 2050. The review of Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, which requires Member States to meet a certain amount of energy savings, presents an important opportunity to improve the article’s efficacy. RAP suggests five measures to upgrade the legislation and bring the targets in line with Europe’s ambitious energy efficiency and climate goals.

   
   
FURTHER NOTES

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Turkey: A quiet leader in energy efficiency

When we think of global leaders in energy efficiency, Turkey may not be top of mind. Yet the country exports energy efficiency technologies worth billions every year. RAP and the Shura Energy Transition Center studied Turkey’s energy savings potential and provide recommendations for harnessing it.

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ELECTRIFICATION ACADEMY

Electrification in the energy transition: Towards net-zero emissions by 2050

The first webinar of this series on electrification in the energy transition is now available. RAP’s David Farnsworth and Wouter Nijs of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre delve into the role electrification plays in different scenarios for meeting Europe’s climate goals.

Watch here


RAP IN THE MEDIA

“It’s a big challenge, but if the UK manages to do that, it’ll be world-leading.” — Dr. Jan Rosenow on ditching gas boilers for heat pumps.

Source: Fix the Planet, NewScientist

   
 


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