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Sustainability is now high on the boardroom agenda for every company. They have more to lose than policymakers because their bottom line is at risk with the choices they make. Should we let businesses set the pace of change for the energy transition? Would it result in realistic and achievable results?
I believe there needs to be considerable cooperation – and communication – between industry and the energy sector. The energy sector needs to secure the contracts to supply energy-intensive industries to allow them to invest in enabling infrastructure. And in turn, they will be able to supply green energy and be the backbone of the pathway to carbon neutrality.
Paddy Young, Director, Enlit Europe
The energy transition must remain largely policy led. Business looks to government to set the overall direction of travel and the broad rules of the game. However, policymakers need to consider what is commercially viable for business and should provide a framework that gives business both some incentivisation to work toward the goals, but also some flexibility on how the goals are to be achieved.
Jonathan Robinson, Energy Research Director - Power (Industrial), Frost & Sullivan (Enlit Europe Media Partner)
If the net-zero goal is to be met and the earth’s carbon balance restored, it will be achieved through the combined efforts of motivated individuals and businesses. It is the role of policymakers to remove roadblocks to decarbonisation, but a net-zero approach must become the default position for the industry for any new project or refurbishment.
Nigel Blackaby, Associate Editor, Power Engineering International
Businesses and industries have plenty of reasons to push for net-zero, and certainly with ongoing competition and COVID-19 in the back of our minds, this will have the potential to go faster than expected. Businesses and industry will have an increasing drive to push for net-zero with current policies being put into place, although they would not jeopardise their competitive advantage or risk a negative ROI; policymakers need to be involved to guarantee a safe-level playing field.
Rogier Kuttschreuchter, Utility & Partner Liaison, Enlit Europe
Without policymakers setting and timely updating long term energy and climate goals, investments in energy transition would be riskier and the path to decarbonisation would slow down.
GB Zorzoli, President, FREE - Coordinamento Fonti Rinnovabili ed Efficienza Energetica
The energy transition involves different actors. A synergy of roles and skills to achieve the decarbonisation goal, which could be favoured by further development policies and measures. Our member companies are ready to take on this challenge.
Elettricità Futura, Enlit Europe Partner
Only free, competitive and transparent markets are able to activate major investments necessary to achieve the energy transition. Just as in nature, the “biodiversity” of the energy supply system, guaranteed by a solid regulatory structure, is the main lever that allows us to optimistically look into the future.
Businesses contributing more to shaping a more efficient, speedy and market-friendly transition would certainly be positive, mixing (or switching) the roles between businesses and regulation is not: as it happened in the past with energy providers and network operators, the best way ahead is for everybody to fulfil correctly its role, without being tempted into confusion or overlaps. Setting clear rules (and, even more, effectively policing them) is a job that clearly belongs to politics & regulation, and the more leveled is the resulting playing field, the better is for competition, efficiency, the businesses involved and for society.
AIGET, Partner of Enlit Europe
Getting to net zero requires a massive, concerted effort from all elements of society. We need to overhaul our energy system, growing renewable electricity generation and scaling up technologies that are today in their early phase, such as clean hydrogen.
Camilla Palladino, EVP Corporate Strategy & IR, SNAM
If board of directors and businesses lead the change, regulations funding and consumers may be left behind. If governments lead the change they can miss out on the best options and be captured by special interest groups. If consumers lead the change their focus might be distorted by short-term concerns and they may miss out on grid, systemic and long term perspectives.
Mark Howitt, CTO and Co-Founding Director, Storelectric Ltd; ETIP SNET WG1
To some extent, policymakers need to develop an agenda that bridges the gap between reward-driven actions (expected monetary or non-monetary returns on investment) and less rewarding domains (e.g. protection of biodiversity).
Aurélie Fare, ETIP SNET Co-Chair WG5
An understanding of sustainability lays the ground for an enhanced and more structure tier levels based approach to the energy transition, where private and public funding and investments are shifted to long-term horizons and associated with clear climate and sustainable pathways and objectives.
Maximilian Niederehe, Productivity Manager - M.Eng in Energy Systems | ETIP SNET
With the COVID-19 crisis, climate change may not be as much a priority as originally foreseen, as other priorities will be to prevent an economic recession. Policymakers need to reset climate as a policy priority under the post COVID-19 recovery plan.
Pawel Jamrozek, Business & Investment Developer at EDF Fenice | ETIP SNET
Existing technologies alone will not deliver the energy transition at the pace that is needed. We need greater innovation. How do we unlock greater innovation in the energy sector?
How much power could the consumer have? How much power should the consumer have? What would they do with that power? And what can the rest of the sector do to empower them?
Convergence has already changed the face of energy in Europe – and yet it could do so much more. Convergence of companies, policy, financing and sectors should breed collaboration, and that in turn could create the business models needed for a 21st-century energy sector.