Press Release: Electrification Alliance issues Declaration

6 November 2019 – Entitled “Powering a climate neutral, competitive and secure Europe”, this declaration calls on EU policymakers to accelerate the uptake of clean and renewable electricity as the most cost-effective and energy efficient strategy to deliver a climate neutral Europe.

AIE and its 8 fellow Electrification Alliance core members have received the support of 100 organisations from major industrial sectors and civil society, all rallied behind the Alliance’s vision of climate neutrality and electrification.

The Declaration released today calls on EU policymakers to deliver a meaningful Green Deal and fast-track Europe’s electrification by:

• Mainstreaming clean and direct electrification in the heating, cooling and transport sectors (including heat pumps and electric vehicles), as the most cost-effective and energy efficient strategy to address climate change;

• Supporting a robust industrial strategy towards climate neutrality to ensure Europe’s leadership in renewables-based, decarbonised and digital electricity solutions including electrolysers;

• Ensuring that investments in energy networks, especially smart electricity grids, support the transition to a climate neutral economy;

• Modernising the energy taxation regime to accelerate the shift towards decarbonising electricity consumption and increased uptake of clean electricity in end-use sectors;

• Securing sufficient financing in the EU budget to support regions and Member States with a different starting point, including a meaningful Just Energy Transition Fund;

• Targeting Research and Innovation funding to accelerate a cost-effective transition in hard to abate sectors (e.g. cement, shipping, aviation), notably through an increase of the Horizon Europe budget to €120 bn.

Read the Declaration here.