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28 March 2022

Ukraine - Russia conflict: NEW URGENT request from the European Commission

In light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the European Commission proposed in the REPowerEU communication a way forward to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels well before 2030, starting with gas.

The REPowerEU plan will seek to diversify gas supplies, speed up the roll-out of renewable gases and replace gas in heating and power generation. This can reduce EU demand for Russian gas by two thirds before the end of the year. In the Versailles declaration, the European Council reiterated these objectives and invited the Commission to propose this plan by end May. According to the Commission’s planning, it will actually be out on 18 May.

In this context, it is of paramount importance to seize every opportunity to accelerate the reduction in use of Russian gas. To this end, we invite individual companies to explore ways to maximise their energy efficiency, for instance by using more scrap metals instead of primary materials, or by increasing the use of oxygen in high-temperature continuous processes. Please do reach out to us if you deem that an envisaged solution deserves additional support or if its deployment could be widespread across the ecosystem.

In addition, we need to assess which investment projects with the potential to accelerate the reduction of the use of Russian gas could be brought forward. Rather than exploring new projects, we here seek to identify which ones are already in the pipeline and await for European or national de-risking in order to begin promptly.

To this end, we invite companies to answer the below questionnaire by Friday 1st of April close of business, so that we can plan our common response: spreadsheet EII survey decarbonisation DG GROW European Commission (12 KB)

The information you provide will remain confidential and within the Commission.

The answers should be directly addressed to the Commission through the functional mail box: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Questionnaire from the European Commission – DG GROW

Supporting the decarbonisation and energy saving of energy intensive industries

Does your company currently have a project being assessed for public funding?

If so, what are the project’s name and acronym?

Is your company the project coordinator or a participant?

What is the project’s location (Member States, region and/or city)?

What is the project’s sector?

Please describe the project(s) in a few lines. Please mention 1) envisaged annual capacity, 2) overall CAPEX investment and 3) EU/national support needed to close the financial gap of your project, 4) earliest entry into operation date:

Has the project been submitted as part of:

-             the first large scale call of the innovation fund? (yes/no)

-             the second large scale call of the innovation fund? (yes/no)

-             the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) on hydrogen? (yes/no)

-             a national aid scheme under the Climate, Energy and Environmental Aid Guidelines (CEEAG)? (yes/no)

-             a national resilience and recovery plan? (yes/no) If yes, for which Member State?

-             a funding scheme of the EIB, EBRD or a national promotional bank? (yes/not)? If yes, please specify which bank and which ID number when appropriate.

-             another funding or support scheme? Please specify.

What is the starting Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of your project and the TRL that you aim to reach with your project?

What could be the energy saving in terms of volume of reduced fossil fuel consumption or decarbonisation contribution of the project in the short term (by 2023) and in the long term (by 2025 to 2030)?”

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