A European agreement against climate change
Leading electricity companies have signed the Electrification Alliance to contribute to the energy transition towards more sustainable models in order to achieve the Paris Accord objectives.
The energy transition from coal to clean energies is already an unstoppable fact, but the USA pulling out of the Paris Accord could slow down the process, and combating global warming is an urgent priority. The planet cannot wait.
In this scenario, initiatives such as the Electrification Alliance are a lifeline that supports this much-needed transition. It has been recently signed by the European Union of the Electricity Industry (Eurelectric), with Unesa as the Spanish industry representative, to which Endesa belongs. According to the responsible parties, “The central aim of the agreement is to electrify the European economy and to lead the fight against climate change.”
But the real breakthrough is that, for the first time, the European electricity sector has joined forces to counterbalance the weight of fossil fuels in the industry. We have past examples of the influence of the carbon-based sector: at the end of the 19th century, the first series production car was electric and in fact there were more of them than cars powered by steam or petrol. However, according to some experts, electrically powered engines probably didn’t evolve at the time due to the power of the oil industry.
The organisations which have joined the Electrification Alliance are convinced that Europe must be decarbonised by 2050. To this end, electricity companies have shown their clear support for clean energies: The signatories affirm that “We will extend the investment in non-emitting energies such as renewable energies, energy storage and smart networks towards a decarbonised electricity mix.” Likewise, they call on the public authorities to further support electric mobility. They call for an increase in the recharge point network, an improvement in the calculation of the primary energy factor and an intensification of the promotion of emission-free vehicles.
In the case of Endesa, the electricity company has already designed a road map for total decarbonisation by 2050. By 2030 it envisages 63% emission-free production, reaching 100% twenty years later. The company is also implementing emission reduction strategies in its own operations: by 2020, it will have reduced the emissions of its fleets by 20% through the progressive electrification of the vehicles and promotion of car-sharing. It will also reduce the emissions of its buildings by 30% by reducing electricity consumption and more efficient space management.
The importance of responsible consumption
The Electrification Alliance believes that consumers can play a more active role, individually or collectively, in energy transition through the different sectors: energy, mobility, heating and cooling, and for this reason they support greater transparency in the market, so that users are always aware of the option that best contributes to reducing emissions.
And this leads us once again to the Paris Accord: “We must acknowledge and support the crucial role that decarbonised electricity and efficient electric technologies will play in the achievement of European climate and energy objectives,” say the organisation’s spokespersons, concluding that: “In short, we must acknowledge that electricity must also be carbon-free in order to become a key vehicle for a sustainable European economy.”