This week the new European Commission under the Presidency of Urusla von der Leyen started its work. The first major policy initiative of the Commission is the European Green Deal, which is expected to see the light of day on the 11th of December. The European Green Deal is central to Mrs Von der Leyen's ambition to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
T&D Europe, the voice of Europe’s grid technology providers, welcomes the European Commission’s initiative for the development and implementation of a European Green Deal. We look forward to working with the European Parliament, Member States, the European Commission and all stakeholders to make a real step change.
As a proactive stakeholder T&D Europe has developed 12 recommendations for a Flagship Initiative for Energy Infrastructure to be included in the Green Deal. They contribute to an ambitious, pragmatic and effective approach that will help deliver a demonstrable positive impact on the life of all Europeans. This week T&D Europe has shared its proposal with the European Commission.
Grid technology providers are part of the Electrification Alliance Declaration signatories. The Declaration calls on EU policymakers to accelerate the uptake of clean and renewable electricity as the most cost-effective and energy efficient strategy to deliver a climate neutral Europe.
What can grid technologies achieve and why do we use them? T&D Europe experts publish new papers on how to better integrate distributed energy resources into the electricity system and on the benefits of monitoring and controlling the medium voltage (MV) and low voltage (LV) network.
Today T&D Europe bids farewell to Nadi Assaf, one of its founding fathers. After a long career in the French and European transmission and distribution industry, Nadi Assaf will retire from his professional activities as Deputy Chief Executive at Gimélec, and dedicate his time to family and other passions. All T&D Europe members wish him all the best in his new endeavours and adventures.
Nadi Assaf was instrumental in the creation and the launch of T&D Europe in 2008 on the basis of former associations COTREL and CAPIEL HV. He played a central role in the subsequent development of T&D Europe as the voice of Europe’s grid technology industry. Nadi was appointed as the first Secretary General between 2008 and 2010. He agreed to a second mandate as Secretary General from 2016 until February 2018. Throughout his career Nadi has been an actively and passionately engaged in ensuring the voice of Europe’s grid technology sector was heard. During this period the association grew from its original 9 member associations to 12, while also welcoming 5 corporate members to T&D Europe.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the association, T&D Europe members have awarded Nadi with its first ever Honorary Membership during the meeting of the Executive Committee in Berlin.
“With Nadi’s retirement we will miss the enthusiasm and energy he brought to T&D Europe. He has helped to strengthen the voice of T&D Europe in Brussels and beyond. He leaves behind an association that is in a very good position to contribute to the development of a future-proof electricity system, which enables the transition to a low-carbon society in Europe”, says Diederik Peereboom, Secretary General of T&D Europe. “We wish him and his family all the best in the new phase that will start now. And of course, we hope to hear from our first Honorary Member from time to time.”
Digitalisation is one of the key enablers for a successful energy transition towards a carbon emission free energy supply.