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Policy Recommendations

Our research-driven, science-based policy recommendations aim to address pressing challenges and opportunities in hard-to-abate sectors. Based on our own analysis and workshops and aligned with industry trends, we aim to identify specific steps that will remove roadblocks and bridge the innovation gaps to reach net zero by 2050. You can find our different recommendations, supporting evidence, and open letters below.

Future Cleantech Architects' response to consultations

Anchoring innovation in the European Renewables Energy Directive’s revision (RED III)

We were asked by European lawmakers to share our thoughts on how to integrate support for high-impact innovation in the process of revising upcoming legislation on renewables. For this, we teamed up with our friends from EUREC – The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres.

Our recommendation of 5% for innovative renewables was included as indicative target in the provisional deal:

We should adopt specific sub-targets for innovative RES within the renewable energy targets in RED III.
Our specific request was to set a target of 5% of the new capacity to be installed to reach the overall 2030 RES target to be innovative technology.

Future Cleantech Architects provided its feedback on Terna’s assessment “STUDIO SULLE TECNOLOGIE DI RIFERIMENTO PER LO STOCCAGGIO DI ENERGIA ELETTRICA,” in line with Resolution 247/2023/R/EEL, open for consultation until 4 September 2023. Including:

Include Thermal Energy Storage (TES)
We recommend the inclusion of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) for power-to-heat-to-power facilities in the list of technologies. This omission is notable, as TES represents a well-established and promising solution for energy storage.
Reconsider the 10 GWh threshold for minimum global installed capacity
While this criterion may be well-intentioned, it is overly restrictive and may exclude technologies that possess a high TRL but are still in the early stages of commercialization.

Last year we began expanding our presence in the European capital. While our roots are in Germany, our mission has no borders. Our presence in Brussels signifies our commitment to driving cleantech innovation harder on local, regional, and global scales. We look forward to continuing our work on the hard-to-abate sectors, such as aviation, cement, long duration energy storage, and thermal energy storage, in new spaces. Join us in this endeavor!


Open Letters



Open Letters

See our policy brief on Aviation