Fit for 55, the EU approves the rules on gree energy sources

Fit for 55, the EU approves the rules on gree energy sources
Fit for 55, the EU approves the rules on gree energy sources

As part of the package of reforms and regulations of the EU called Fit for 55 with the aim of accelerating the decarbonisation process, the European Council approved a series of common rules on the internal market regarding green energy sources, with specific reference to low-carbon renewable gases and hydrogen. Furthermore, the new regulation and the related directive intervene to review the current community legislation on gas from fossil fuels. Specifically, the regulation provides rules for the supply, transport and storage of gas
natural and hydrogen in order to better organize the gas market and support the development of the hydrogen market, including dedicated infrastructure.

Energy efficiency first of all

The new rules on green energy sources in the EU are inspired by the principle of energy efficiency first of all and provide for the creation of an integrated and transparent network in all countries of the Union which includes, among other things, the creation of a permanent demand aggregation platform. The reduction of greenhouse gases through the progressive elimination of fossil fuels represents one of the objectives of the Fit for 55 reform package. In this sense, starting from 2049, long-term contracts will no longer be stipulated with suppliers of gas of fossil origin. For this reason, Member States will be required to offer incentives and discounts on tariffs to encourage the market penetration of green energy sources such as renewable gas, low-carbon gas and hydrogen. For hydrogen, the development of a voluntary mechanism is also planned to support the market for five years. Furthermore, rules are envisaged that aim to protect the most economically vulnerable citizens and those affected by energy poverty also through a specific focus on remote areas which entails greater protection from energy supply interruptions and the identification of suppliers of last resort in order to guarantee the continuity of services. Member States have two years from the date of publication in the Official Journal to adapt national legislation to the new community provisions.

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