To transform the challenges that an ominous and sudden event like the war in Ukraine introduced into opportunities to reduce and eliminate dependence on Russian gas and speed up transition to renewable energyin an attempt to bring the climate goals as close as possible to save the planet.
Thus, Europe had arrived in a very short time to lay down the principles for REPowerEU and to present it now to the member states, in response to the climate of insecurity created by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
FROM 2030 ENERGY AUTONOMY MANDATORY FOR NEW BUILDINGS
Among other things, the plan will gradually imposecommitment between 2026 and 2029 for new and existing public and commercial buildings over a certain size to have solar panels on the roof and the same obligation will fall on newly built residential properties. Should the installation prove impossible for technical reasons, the obligation will be to purchase energy produced from renewable sources.
Since 2030 in addition, all new buildings, including homes, must be energetically autonomous discharge from solar cells the energy they consume. All this, as mentioned, to tackle the climate crisis e.g. “stop EU dependence on Russia’s fossil fuels, which are used as an economic and political weapon and cost European taxpayers almost 100 billion euros a year”.
‘INVITATIONS’ TO STATES AND PLANS IN THE EVENT OF A RUSSIAN GAS BLOCK
In order to increase energy efficiency, which is the fastest and most economical way to tackle the energy crisis and reduce billing costs, the European Commission has proposed strengthening long-term energy efficiency measures, calls on the Member States to apply tax breaks such as reducing VAT on the most efficient air conditioners or promoting measures to increase the insulation of buildings.
In addition, the Commission has prepared for the worst casenamely, a disruption of Russian supplies: advice will be published soon (officially “guidelines”) on the priority criteria to be applied to customers.
NEW INITIATIVES TO ACCELERATE THE GREEN TRANSITION
These are the measures to deal with the crisis in the immediate future, while medium-term initiatives are planned for a “massive expansion and acceleration of renewable energy “ to more quickly achieve energy dependence on Russia and fossil fuels that the planet can no longer afford.
The Commission proposed to bring 40 to 45% the main target for 2030 for renewable energy so from “lay the foundation for other initiatives”among which:
- common strategy for double up by 2025 the energy produced by solar cells and has 600 gigawatts installed by 2030
- gradual introduction (see previous section) of the installation obligation solar panels on new public, commercial and residential buildings
- doubling the diffusion rate of heat pumps
- measures to speed up and simplify the procedures regarding authorization for major projects within persistent which involves lower environmental risks
- set a goal about 10 million tonnes of internally produced renewable hydrogen and the same amount of renewable hydrogen imported in 2030 to replace natural gas, coal and oil
- definition of an action plan for biomethane
BY 2027 210 BILLION EUROS IN ADDITIONAL INVESTMENTS
In support of REPowerEU is 225 billion euros already foreseen of loans in the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRF), but they are necessary 210 billion euros in additional investment in 2027 it “must be supported by the public and private sectors at national, cross-border and EU level”. However, the Commission considers that the reduction in imports of Russian fossil fuels is worthwhile annual savings close to 100 billion euroswhich adds up to the beneficial effects on the climate.