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GIE is proud to be part of ENZA

Brussels, 30th March 2021

The European Net Zero Alliance (ENZA) is an eclectic alliance: it brings together 17 associations from different energy vectors and sectors. Together, we can, we want, we will make climate neutrality a reality.

ENZA was launched today via a successful event. Knowledgeable speakers from the European Commission and the industry provided a good overview of what’s coming next for energy, industry, buildings, mobility, forestry, and agriculture in Europe. 142 participants tuned in to discover the objectives and vision of the alliance. Such attendance reflects the increasing importance holistic approach in decision making.

ENZA Chair Paul Voss stated at the event: “Our members have come together because the easiest and most cost-effective pathway to 2050 climate neutrality is to take advantage of synergies across a range of both sectors and vectors. We hope our cooperation is a living example of this principle translated into practice.” 

Boyana Achovski, GIE Secretary General, explained: “A fair, secured, and sustainable world is around the corner. To make it happened, we need to join forces between regions, sectors, energy infrastructures. It’s now crucial to connect energy vectors and energy-consumers together, and ENZA is the right place to bridge that gap.

She added: “By transporting and storing renewable and low-carbon molecules including hydrogen, GIE operators are part of that good puzzle. With ENZA colleagues, we are innovating and finding solutions to enhance decarbonisation. With the right policies and incentives, we can set the European Union on track towards leaders in hydrogen technologies.”

ENZA calls for 10 guiding principles:


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The achievement of climate neutrality in the EU by 2050 at the latest, through the clear and identifiable achievement of the 2030 target and intermediate energy and climate objectives that will help manage our common carbon budget in a cost-effective way;


2
 

Ambitious short- and long-term targets to incentivise renewable, decarbonised and low-carbon energy production;


3
 

Coherence between current and future legislation;


4
 

Use of existing and new infrastructure for efficient solutions;


5
 

Clear network access rules to leverage synergies between vectors;


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Credible and tradable certificates; technology neutrality;


7
 

Fit for purpose state aid rules to support climate-neutrality;


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Efficient and affordable decarbonisation solutions for end-users;


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Facilitating and integrating decentralised solutions while harnessing Europe’s well-functioning internal energy market.

Meet ENZA members:

  • Bioenergy Europe
  • The European Federation of Local Energy Companies, CEDEC
  • The Confederation of European paper industries, CEPI
  • The European Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration, COGEN Europe
  • The European Biogas Association, EBA
  • The European Federation of Energy Traders, EFET
  • The European Heating Industry, EHI
  • The unified voice of the European renewable ethanol industry, ePURE
  • The European Engine Power Plants Association, EUGINE
  • Euroheat & Power
  • Eurogas
  • EUTurbines
  • The  European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association, EWABA
  • Gas Infrastructure Europe, GIE
  • The association of independent gas and electricity distribution companies, GEODE
  • Hydrogen Europe
  • Solar Heat Europe
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Who is GIE?

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the association representing the interests of European gas infrastructure operators. GIE members are active in transmission, storage and regasification via LNG terminals of renewable and low-carbon gases, including natural gas and hydrogen. Gathering 69 industry entities from 27 European countries, GIE perfectly embodies the multiple transitional decarbonisation pathways of the EU regions. The association's vision is that by 2050, the gas infrastructure will be the backbone of the new innovative energy system, allowing European citizens to benefit from a secure, efficient and sustainable energy supply.

 

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