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Published draft version of the revised 2030 National Energy and Climate Plan

Published draft version of the revised 2030 National Energy and Climate Plan
alarmPublication date: 03 July, 2023
Category: National News

On June 30, the Ministry for the Environment and Climate Action (MAAC) published the draft version of the 1st revision of NECP2030 – National Energy and Climate Plan 2030. This document sets out the energy and climate goals and guidelines by 2030  (and beyond), updating the 2020 version (RCM 52/2020).

The purpose of the NECP is to establish goals, objectives and policies & measures regarding: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, incorporation of energy from renewable sources, energy efficiency, energy security, internal market and research, innovation and competitiveness.

Among other aspects, the new NECP version moves forward the target of 80% renewable energy in electricity generation to 2026 (previously set for 2030), with a view to ensuring climate neutrality in 2045 and not in 2050.

NECP work will continue in the coming months, since the date for the final version to be submitted to the European Commission is June 30, 2024.

At LNEG we contributed to this 1st version as follows:

  • Following up and supporting the technical modeling work with the TIMES_PT model, as well as analysis of results;
  • Supplying data on the technological potential of renewable energy (electricity, solar thermal and bioenergy) later used to define the maximum market potentials up to 2030 and 2050;
  • Revision of techno-economic assumptions of biogas, biomethane, biorefineries and green steel production technologies being considered, as well as of new technological options in the TIMES_PT model database;
  • Translation of some of the investments foreseen until 2030 in the light of the Resilience and Recovery Plan (and other) into concrete inputs for TIMES_PT modeling;
  • Assessment of the maximum participation of renewable generation in the national electricity system in 2030: technologies and minimum capacities to be installed, occurrences of “dunkelflaute” (i.e. periods when solar and wind power generation are not possible) and storage needs.

More information on the draft version of the PNEC here.