New webinar series to inform EERA’s community on impact of EU policies on renewable energies.

On 17 December, the Wind Joint Programme and the EERA Secretariat jointly organised a webinar to update EERA’s research community about selected EU policy dossiers and their impact on renewable energies. 

The agenda points comprised an update on the EU taxonomy, the COP26 discussions, the EU Action Plan on the Digitalisation of the Energy Sector as well as on several policies streams stemming from the Fit for 55 Package, namely the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) and the Carbon Border Trade Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).

The JP Wind Coordinator Peter Eecen introduced and moderated the session, while EERA’s Senior Policy Officer Rosita Zilli took care of bringing the participants through the agenda. Every item was open for discussion, and several participants took the chance to express their comments and points of view.

For instance, the relevance of the definition of “green hydrogen” within the new EU taxonomy regulation was mentioned as key for the development of renewables. Also, it was noted that the issue of biodiversity loss should become more prominent, given its scale and increasing relevance. On the digitalization of the energy sector, the existence of the EERA transversal Joint Programme Digital for Energy was recalled, with an invitation to the attendants to actively participate in its activities. Among the main focus points for the JP, the importance of cybersecurity and system resilience were mentioned.

Regarding the RED recast, a discussion took place on the design of flexibility markets, as well as on the opportunities and challenges opposing micro-consumers and producers to large scale consumption and production. A member of JP Energy Storage underlined the potential of Power2X as a long-term storage solution. On the EU ETS, exchanges focused on the increasing prices of CO2, whereas discussing the CBAM it was noted that the mechanism regulating the imported goods falling within the scope of the legislation remains unclear today. On the tracking and monitoring of CO2 emissions, it was mentioned the programme Copernicus, with a call to EERA to better explore its remit and functions.

Finally, the work of the EERA Policy Working Group was presented. Meeting the last Thursday of every month, it aims at bringing the EERA community up to speed with the latest EU and international policy developments and identifying common lines of action: it is open to EERA members for participation and active engagement is strongly encouraged.

The participants expressed a positive feedback on the webinar, and a second session will be organized on 18 March 2022. More information on the next session will be posted very soon.

Here you find the presentation of the webinar.

Here you find the recording.