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Renewable heat needs to be prioritised to be delivering EU’s zero-carbon target

Screenshot of Just Transition Mechanism memo (source: European Commission)
Alexander Richter 14 Jan 2020

In order for the proposed Just Transition Mechanism that is to ease the energy transition of the European Green Deal, renewable heat needs to be prioritised. This is needed to reach the zero-carbon targets set by the EU, so EGEC in this statement.

In a statement shared today, the European Geothermal Energy Council reacts on the launch of the Just Transition Mechanism proposal by the European Commission.

The Transition Mechanism as part of the European Green Deal announced by the European Commission in December 2019, is an effort that is aimed at not leaving anyone behind in the energy transition by addressing the specific challenges encountered by certain regions, which will be most affected by the transformation. The Just Transition Fund of a planned EUR 100 billion (USD 111 billion), will help for state aid rules to booest green investments, transition plan and governance, as well as technical assistance.

In order for the Just Transition Mechanism to be successful “it must prioritise renewable heat to deliver the EU’s zero-carbon target”, so EGEC.

EGEC sees the Mechanism as the glue that binds social and political acceptability for delivering a successful European Green Deal. The mechanism provides financial assistance and technical capacity building to aid regions, communities and workers to fit into a zero-carbon EU.

To do so, it must prioritise geothermal and other renewable heating solutions as heat constitutes more than half of all the energy consumed in the EU. New generation of geothermal electricity will also help decarbonise the power sector.

EGEC Geothermal Policy Officer Reghina Dimitrisina underlined that “heat and electricity decarbonisation are joined at the hip. A zero-carbon Europe cannot be delivered without rapid investment in geothermal and other renewable heat solutions”.

Much of the heating demand in Central and Eastern European countries is met by fossil fuels, that are also used to produce electricity. Dimitrisina added that ”the electricity-centred EU policy debate has failed these countries because it has misunderstood this situation. The Just Transition Mechanism is how we shift the conversation from fossil fuels to geothermal and other renewable energy sources.”

The Just Transition Mechanism must be focused on financial schemes and instruments that enable the market uptake of renewable energy technologies, such as geothermal. De-risking schemes have proven crucial to this end.

Source: EGEC