In December 2019, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal. Europe is aiming to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and the proposed Green Deal outlines the policy framework that will be applied to achieve this goal.
EGEC’s key messages on the European Green Deal are the following:
- Decarbonising heat consumption in homes, buildings and industry is the only way the European Green Deal can deliver emission reductions whilst building social inclusivity and acceptance for change.
- Increasing binding renewable energy and energy efficiency targets are the best ways to deliver decarbonisation, investment and an employment rich European Green Deal.
Philippe Dumas, EGEC’s Secretary General, underlines that “The Green Deal must put heat decarbonisation front and centre if it is serious about facilitating carbon neutrality whilst ensuring no one is left behind. The most effective way to do so is to tap into the full potential of all renewables, especially geothermal energy. The Green Deal should support the next generation of geothermal power technologies and bring new investments in this area of technological development”.