Cross-sector stakeholders launch European Net Zero Alliance
An alliance of 17 European associations advocating for cross-sectoral and cross-vectoral climate neutrality solutions was launched on March 30, 2021. The European Net Zero Alliance (ENZA) brings together stakeholders in energy, industry, buildings, mobility, forestry, and agriculture, and aims to bridge the gap between energy vectors and energy-consuming sectors to reach 2050 climate neutrality.
The members of these organizations are committed to climate neutrality following the “we can – we want – we will” approach. ENZA will allow stronger stakeholder alignment on policy options and support decision-makers to identify the most comprehensive, impactful, and cost-efficient solutions for climate mitigation.
This new platform will seek to promote progressive and sustainable crosscutting solutions with a strong EU footprint.
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, said ENZA Chair Paul Voss at the launch.
ENZA presented its ten guiding principles which call for:
- 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;
- ambitious short- and long-term targets to incentivize renewable, decarbonized, and low-carbon energy production;
- coherence between current and future legislation;
- use of existing and new infrastructure for efficient solutions;
- clear network access rules to leverage synergies between vectors;
- credible and tradable certificates;
- technology neutrality;
- fit for purpose state aid rules to support climate-neutrality;
- efficient and affordable decarbonization solutions for end-users;
- facilitating and integrating decentralized solutions while harnessing Europe’s well-functioning Internal Energy Market.
The European Net Zero Alliance (ENZA) currently consists of Bioenergy Europe), CEDEC, Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), Cogen Europe, European Biogas Association (EBA), European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET), Association of the European heating Industry (EHI), European Renewable Ethanol
Association (ePURE), European Engine Power Plants Association (EUGINE), Euroheat & Power, Eurogas, EU Turbines, European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association (EWABA), Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), GEODE, Hydrogen Europe, and Solar Heat Europe (ESTIF).