Electricity transmission grid operators committed to address climate change challenges for the energy system

Ahead of COP26, ENTSO-E, Med-TSO and GO15 are joining forces to affirm the commitment of electricity transmission system and grid operators to fulfill their central role in addressing climate change challenges.

With electricity demand in Europe alone predicted to rise by as much as 250% by 2050, electricity transmission system and grid operators are developing and deploying essential solutions in the midst of a transition unprecedented in its scope and speed, all while maintaining security of supply.

Reducing carbon footprint

Electricity transmission grid operators build the necessary infrastructure to connect and transport large quantities of renewable energy and zero-carbon sources often located farther away from consumption centres.

They innovate into smart solutions in electricity markets, networks, and operations to deal with more variability in energy sources. They work towards enabling all consumers to actively contribute to and participate in the energy transition.

Enabling the needed solidarity and security of supply

Rising global temperatures already have dramatic consequences for millions of people across the world. Electricity grids need to adapt and become even more resilient to these increasing extreme weather events. The robustness of the electricity grids is key for the necessary continuity of the economic life of countries, providing solidarity across them and their regions.  While the pandemic has been successfully overcome, TSOs will continue to prepare the system for all types of crises, thus improving societal resilience.

Grid operators are investing and implementing powerful cross-border interconnections. The reinforcement of these infrastructures will enable to mitigate the risk of local imbalances increased by the growth of renewable sources, and a better use of flexible resources, thanks to a larger and more diversified geographical scale. It will allow for more security of supply, more sustainable power, while also addressing the issue of affordability.

Substantial efforts will have to be made to develop the electricity networks from 2030 onwards. This requires strong anticipation and public commitment to long-term planning, assessment of costs and citizens’ consultations to explain and engage them in the development of new infrastructure.

Fostering global cooperative action

Collaboration among transmission system operators extends beyond infrastructure. For the objectives of the Paris Agreement to be achieved, grid operators must bring together expertise and innovation from across the globe to integrate cleaner energy into the world’s power systems. Electricity transmission system operators are more than ever committed to continue their historical fruitful international technical cooperation, best practices, and capacity-building exchanges, notably through their global, European, and Mediterranean associations.

GO15, ENTSO-E and Med-TSO thus reaffirm their commitment to support an acceleration in the transition towards a greener, more sustainable, resilient, and competitive energy system – bringing a key contribution to meet the objectives set forth in the Paris Agreement.