The Manifesto emphasizes the need for a dedicated Electrification Action Plan within the first 100 days of the incoming European Commission’s mandate. At the launch event, European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson was awarded the inaugural ‘European Electrification Award’ for her unwavering commitment to advancing the EU Green Deal and promoting the direct, smart electrification of Europe’s energy system with homegrown, clean electricity.
According to Giles Dickson, CEO of WindEurope, “Electricity is only 23% of the energy we consume today. The rest is the petrol we put in our cars, the gas we burn in our boilers at home and the fuel we put in our planes and ships. Nearly all of that is fossil. We can take the fossil fuels out by electrifying transport, heating and industrial processes. Electrifying is the quickest and cheapest way to decarbonise energy. It’s a no brainer. The EU must embrace it.”
Commissioner Kadri Simson commented, “Electrification will play a crucial role in the next decades to deliver an efficient, secure, decarbonised and integrated energy system. Electricity will become our main energy carrier by 2040, and we need to ensure that both the market conditions and infrastructure will push the transition forward. I look forward to continuing our good cooperation with the power sector to build a strong EU-market where electricity is always produced in the cheapest and cleanest possible way, and delivered to where it is needed.”
The Electrification Alliance also presented its inaugural ‘European Electrification Award’ to Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy, for her exceptional contributions to accelerating the direct electrification of Europe’s economy. The award ceremony took place at the Audi Brussels factory site, renowned for its CO₂-neutral production processes and significant efforts toward carbon neutrality.