Climate Change & Clean Energy

Energy systems

The European energy sector is undergoing a period of rapid transformation away from fossil dependency. Power generation has become progressively more decarbonised, distributed and renewable. Wind power and solar photovoltaics have been part of this trend and will continue to dominate in the future, although other options such as hydrogen are considered to decarbonise hard-to-electrify sectors such as heavy industrial processes, aviation and maritime transport. As the renewable sources increase in market share, so will the volatility of the supply side of the power system. In parallel, power systems are increasingly digitalised and interconnected with other sectors and infrastructure. Information Communication Technologies (ICT) have opened new possibilities in the active management of power systems and strengthened the ability of the demand side to react to changes to the price of electricity. Standards offer the technical foundation for this transition. Our goal is to ensure a clean, smart and secure energy system.

What we are working on

  • Improving the system and component interoperability within the smart home, and reflect shortcomings at the political level;
  • Developing the ‘Customer Energy Manager’ standard to support demand-side flexibility in smart buildings;
  • Standardisation developments related to Smart Energy Grid and Smart Meter, including home and buildings;
  • The European Commission’s Smart Grid Task Force Expert Group on Demand-side Flexibility, with the aim to support coherence between smart grid standardisation activities and EU policies.
  • Enhancing the sustainability of bioenergy systems, for instance, through banning the use of primary biomass for energy applications.
  • Improving traceability and certification of hydrogen through work on EN 16325 on Guarantees of origin
  • Participating in the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance to make sure that hydrogen is produced from additional renewable electricity and is only channeled to sectors which are hard to electrify.

Related news

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    Earlier this year, eight cities in the Belgian region of Flanders signed a manifesto committing to fossil-free heating in all homes by 2050. Citizens will be encouraged to join heat networks or install heat pumps, among other zero-emission solutions, contributing to the phase-out of natural gas and fossil fuels. Angelos Koutsis, energy policy officer at the Belgian NGO Bond Beter Leefmilieu, explains how this action came to life.

  • Setting ‘green’ rules for a booming market – Pros and cons of the EU Battery Regulation proposal

    Batteries are crucial both for the energy transition and clean transport. However, clear rules need to be set right at the outset of this revolution, so that batteries do not damage our environment. In Europe, policymakers and members of the standardisation community are deciding on the rules that should mitigate the impact of these products. The latest legislative proposal put on the table by the European Commission might be hard to follow – but not with our EU Battery Regulation cheat sheet here below.

  • Smart standards for a smarter future – these two could change our lives

    2021 will see the publication of two new standards essential for smart charging. Under the cryptic names ‘ISO 15118-20’ and ‘EN 50491-12’, hide the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) standard and the Customer Energy Management (CEM) standard. Both are set to boost the deployment of smart charging infrastructures, affecting the daily lives of millions of people across the world.

Contact person

Rita Tedesco
Programme Manager+32 2 894 46 38

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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