Policy Priorities

EASE supports the EU’s ambition to achieve a net-zero emissions power system by 2050, advocating for an increased deployment of energy storage, a key enabler for the transition from an energy system dominated by centralised fossil fuel generation to a renewable, low-carbon future.

EASE supports the creation of a policy and regulatory framework that allows energy storage to compete on a level playing field, and drives investments in energy storage research development, innovation, and deployments to develop a sustainable and competitive industry in Europe.

Recognise energy storage as an essential enabler for the energy transition

EASE is committed to supporting the EU’s efforts to achieve a net-zero emissions power system by 2050.

In the shorter term, EASE calls for the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to be raised to 55% compared to 1990 levels. Increased deployment of energy storage solutions is needed to support a cost-effective energy transition. Energy storage can facilitate integration of high shares of variable renewables, support energy efficiency and energy optimisation behind-the-meter, empower consumers to participate in the energy system, and link the energy sector with gas, heating and cooling, and mobility. Policymakers must recognise the pivotal role of storage and include measures to support storage in all relevant EU policy files.

Remove barriers to energy storage deployment

Keeping in mind the need for increased energy storage deployment to achieve very high shares of renewables, policymakers should intensify efforts to drive the development and deployment of all energy storage solutions.

EASE supports the creation of a policy and regulatory framework that allows energy storage to compete on a level playing field. Rapid implementation of the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package across all EU Member States is essential to support the achievement of the European Green Deal objectives. Other barriers to energy storage – such as double charging of energy storage devices – must be addressed at EU and national level in order to allow for energy storage solutions to compete on a level playing field with other flexibility providers.

Drive investments in energy storage research, development, innovation, and deployment

Investing in energy storage research, demonstration, and deployment is essential to support the EU’s global leadership in clean energy technologies and to achieve the 2030 and 2050 targets.

EASE provides advice and support to policymakers to ensure that EU funding programmes including Horizon Europe, the ETS Innovation Fund, and the Just Transition Fund invest in promising energy storage solutions at all technology readiness levels.

Enable technology neutral policymaking

EASE seeks to ensure that technology neutrality is a defining feature of EU energy storage policy: the whole ‘toolbox’ of different energy storage solutions should be developed and deployed across the EU in order to provide flexibility in different locations and at different timescales.

All energy storage solutions – including Power-to-X – have a role to play in the energy system, whether they are deployed at grid scale, in commercial & industrial applications, or behind-the-meter.

Support the development of a sustainable and competitive energy storage industry in Europe

With more than 70 members from across the energy storage value chain, EASE is committed to strengthening the European energy storage industry by gathering data and insights on various storage applications and business cases and removing barriers to deployment and investment.

EASE also seeks to address pressing issues such as sustainability and safety of energy storage technologies.