The transition towards electrical energy generation from renewables is one of the key prerequisites for creating a greener and more sustainable future for all of us. Great progress has been achieved in integrating renewable sources into the network, and according to the International Energy Agency, the electricity generation specifically from photovoltaics will grow 15% per year until 2030. This is a success - however, the integration of photovoltaic plants also comes with quite a few challenges.
In 2007, Landis+Gyr started its sustainability journey by measuring its carbon footprint for the very first time. While having reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by over 30 percent until today, the company has steadily expanded the monitoring of its environmental impact and reported these findings in its yearly Environmental Profile. Today, Landis+Gyr’s extended Sustainability Report includes all relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts of its activities. As the latest report shows, the journey continues successfully.
“The EU can set its own goals, but it needs the rest of the world to get on board as well”
In this Q&A with Brussels based FTI Consulting, John Harris VP Head Governmental Affairs & Public Relations at Landis+Gyr addresses five climate questions ahead of the COP21 meeting taking place in Paris between November 30th - December 11th 2015.
”. . .the most ambitious European project since the formation of the coal and steel community.”1 Energy Union for Europe, launched in February of this year, is a new EU initiative aimed at formulating an integrated European energy strategy that covers security and diversification of supply, energy efficiency, decarbonization (renewables), innovation and the internal energy market. The announcement on 25 February 2015 laid out the vision and goals of future EU energy policy as well as a list of 15 action points; translating those visions and goals into actual policy still has to come in the form of concrete initiatives, both legislative proposals and non-legislative policy documents, with two sets of measures per year, a winter and a summer package.
Intelligent transition from a traditional one-way distribution system to a fully controllable and flexible power grid allowing for integration of distributed energy resources requires significant investments and industry insights.
At this year’s smart grid technical forum SGTech Europe 2015, more than 250 energy professionals will come together to share latest project experiences and technological innovations to support the industry’s drive towards the smart grid.
(Reuters) - Electrical grids in Europe succeeded in managing the unprecedented disruption to solar power from Friday's 2-1/2-hour eclipse that brought sudden, massive drops in supply.