EU State aid decisions have a major impact on how – and if – markets enable decarbonisation and the energy transition. This project analyses recent State aid decisions as to their consistency with decarbonisation objectives and the energy transition. Case studies are used to engage with decision-makers and stakeholders. Our objective is to raise awareness of the importance of State aid decisions for decarbonisation and the need for consistency to ensure that market forces work in support of decarbonisation and the energy transition.
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
The case studies are based on European Commission decisions that authorise aid measures given by Member States to the energy sector. The themes of capacity mechanisms, renewable energy, energy efficiency, carbon pricing and industry decarbonisation have been selected, either because of the perspective they provide due to a large number of cases since 2014, their controversial nature, or their political importance. In all cases, these themes are directly relevant for the decarbonisation of Europe.
Latest news & events
Conference organised by ClientEarth and Agora Agora Energiewende on ‘State aid perspectives on the “Coal-to-Clean Transition” in Europe’.
Workshop: Is the existing State aid framework in support of a decarbonised Europe? A critical assessment of the EU State aid Guidelines for renewable energy sources.
We have written to the European Commission arguing that there is no proven need for the UK’s Capacity Market – and that as designed, it favours coal and gas power plants over cleaner technologies.
About this project
Managed by Agora Energiewende and ClientEarth with financial support by EUKI/BMUB, the project aims to analyse the trends in the European Commission’s decisional practice on State aid cases relating to environmental protection and energy and to confront them with the reality of the energy market and the desired developments in the context of the energy transition.