New energy legislation creating profound shifts across the industry
NEW LAWS: AMBITIOUS TARGETS AT THE NATIONAL AND EU LEVELS
The European Union’s Europe 2020 strategy includes three energy-related targets: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the proportion of renewable energy in the energy mix, and improving building energy efficiency. These are the three pillars of the “3 x 20” energy and climate package—the most ambitious efforts to combat climate change anywhere in the world—adopted by EU Member States. At the national level, France passed its Energy Transition for Sustainable Growth Act in 2015. The legislation sets the target of 23% renewables as a proportion of total gross energy consumption by 2020 and 32% by 2030.
France’s Energy Transition Act: flagship measures
- Renovate existing buildings
- Improve the energy and environmental performance of new buildings
- Expand clean transportation
- Combat waste and promote the circular economy
- Increase the production and use of renewable energy
- Make nuclear energy safer
- Simplify the regulatory environment
- Fight energy poverty
The French energy agency ADEME deems that technology, the economy, and consumer behaviors will have to undergo some profound changes if the targets set forth in the nation’s Energy Transition for Sustainable Growth Act are to be reached
AUVERGNE-RHONE-ALPES, AN INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR ENERGY
Tenerrdis’ home base, France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, is an international center for energy. The region is leading the way in hydropower, solar energy, and wind energy and setting the example in the field of renewable energy production, which accounts for 31% of the region’s energy mix. Regional economic development, innovation, and international development policies focus heavily on energy. In short, energy is a key industry in the region, providing more than 60,000 jobs. Finally, the region is home to several leading global energy companies, highly-innovative small- to mid-sized businesses operating across the energy industry, and some of the world’s top centers for research, be they government-funded or private-sector. The vast majority of these organizations are members of Tenerrdis.
The region has also allocated resources to developing expertise in several energy-related fields:
- Multi-scale smart grids
- Multi-energy storage systems
- Energy performance and efficiency
- Sustainable mobility
Of course, the region’s policies align with France’s recent industrial renewal strategy. The region’s energy stakeholders are supporting national efforts to develop smart grids (part of the “sustainable cities” pillar of the national industrial renewable strategy) and driving advances in hydrogen energy (part of the national “environmentally-friendly mobility” pillar).
TENERRDIS: A SHARP FOCUS ON KEY INDUSTRIES
Tenerrdis is supporting the development of renewable energy to help drive the energy transition.
Tenerrdis’ programs focus on the major challenges of the energy transition. The cluster leverages innovation in energy—demand-side solutions, diversifying the energy mix, energy security, carbon-free mobility, energy poverty—to support economic growth.
Whether it is by providing insights into public policies to combat climate change or investigating new energy business models and ways of consuming energy, Tenerrdis is at the forefront of the energy transition.