The mission of the Energy Union Choices is to provide practical, independent and objective analysis on the choices and decisions required to remain on track to a low carbon economy. It is an innovative way of engaging and testing critical choices around infrastructure deployment, energy security trade-offs, system flexibility and value of integration.
Based on extensive technical analysis conducted by the Artelys, ElementEnergy and Climact, the study looks at which infrastructure investments are lowest risk and regret to ensure resilience throughout the transition, and whether an integrated view on infrastructure (gas, power, buildings) help meet security of supply challenges at a lower cost. It finds that, overall, the existing gas infrastructure in Europe is resilient to a wide range of demand projections and supply disruptions. In places where gas security of supply concerns do occur, the report finds that an integrated, regional approach that looks at gas, electricity and buildings together, can help meet these challenges at significantly lower costs.
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The paper draws out the public interest and policy implications from the report and concludes that a new approach to gas infrastructure is needed to avoid stranded capacity and ensure taxpayer and consumer money is well spent.
Energy Union Choices aims to provide practical, independent and objective analysis on the next set of choices and decisions required to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy in line with energy security, environmental and economic goals of the European Union.
Energy Union Choices is an initiative of the European Climate Foundation, in close partnership with E3G, Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership, Agora Energiewende, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) and WWF, as well as other partners in the network ECF. A consortium of modeling teams from Artelys, ElementEnergy and Climact provides the analytical backing.
Energy Union Choices gathers a diverse group of forward-thinking organisations united around a shared perspective on the challenges and solutions to accelerate the European energy transition. Energy Union Choices functions as a quality control mark to show unity and consistency in the diversity of the work and products of the said organisations.
Energy Union Choices aims to gradually, over time, develop an analytical fact-base to get a better grip on the next challenges that come with decarbonisation and integration of energy systems. Extensive research has made it clear that the key drivers of economy-wide decarbonisation are around renewables, efficiency, fuel shift to electrification, system flexibility and market integration. However, the system integration that comes with a combination of these factors is less well understood and requires new up-to-date analytical capacity. A consortium of modeling teams from Artelys, ElementEnergy and Climact is providing the analytical backing. Energy Union Choices is committed to take the necessary steps to gradually build transparent, inclusive analytical capacity that provides better perspectives on tomorrow’s energy transition challenges and solutions.
Energy Union Choices conveys the multi-layered complexity of the energy transition as energy systems integrate. It also speaks to the importance of shared assumptions and a common understanding of challenges to ultimately make the right choices to accelerate the transition pathway in an affordable, sustainable and secure way. Energy Union Choices also stands for uniting diverging views around the challenges and solutions in a transparent, inclusive and the non-confrontational manner. Ultimately, only a shared understanding of the context, challenges and solution space will allow Europe to make progress.