Europacable highlights the need for more grids to fully decarbonise Europe’s energy system

Yesterday, Dr. Volker Wendt, Director Public Affairs at Europacable spoke at the DecarbEurope Forum 2018 in Brussels

Dr. Wendt, Director Public Affairs at Europacable stressed: 

“Europe needs more electricity grids both at transmission and distribution level to meet its goal to fully decarbonise its energy system by 2050. The European Commission has recently increased the expected investments needs to 180 billion euros by 2030 whilst ENTSO-E has quantified the cost of not having the grids at 43 billion euros per year.”

He also highlighted that “delays in relation to the completion of transmission projects are a major barrier to expanding the grids. Against this background, partial undergrounding complementing overhead lines in sensitive areas may represent the right solution. This is why, Europacable together with RGI is currently elaborating a framework for including partial undergrounding within the TSO ‘toolbox’.”

The event saw the participation of more than 60 stakeholders and key European Commission officials.

DecarbEurope is a multichannel media campaign initiated by the European Copper Institute with the support of ten organizations and two media partners. Its goal is to engage decision-makers in policy and industry by showing cost-effective technical solutions that each reduce European GHG emissions by several hundred million tons per year.