EU’s Net-Zero Industrial Act aims for 40% clean manufacturing by 2030
The Act is designed to scale up the manufacturing of clean technologies in the EU and make sure the EU is well-equipped for the clean-energy transition. It was announced by President von der Leyen as a part of the Green Deal Industrial Plan.
The Act is designed to create better conditions to set up net-zero projects in Europe and attract investments, with the aim that the Union's overall strategic net-zero technologies manufacturing capacity approaches or reaches at least 40% of the EU's deployment needs by 2030.
von der Leyen said: “We need a regulatory environment that allows us to scale up the clean energy transition quickly. The Net-Zero Industry Act will do just that. It will create the best conditions for those sectors that are crucial for us to reach net-zero by 2050: technologies like wind turbines, heat pumps, solar panels, renewable hydrogen as well as CO2 storage. Demand is growing in Europe and globally, and we are acting now to make sure we can meet more of this demand with European supply."
The European Biogas Association (EBA) welcomed the recognition of biomethane among the strategic net-zero technologies identified by the Act.
"The new regulation proposal puts the supply of clean technologies at the centre," it said. "Earlier last year the REPowerEU's action plan featured the objective of 35 bcm (370 TWh) annual biomethane production by 2030, a twelve-fold increase from 2020 production volumes. Today’s NZIA proposal will facilitate the roll-out of the necessary industrial capacity to achieve the REPowerEU's objective."
It added that the biogas and biomethane sector today provides more than 220,000 jobs, and will provide 420,000 and 1 million jobs, by 2030 and 2050 respectively.