FEU calls for increased safety measures for Europe’s energy transition

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The Federation of EUropean Fire Officers (FEU) has raised a call to action for improved safety measures as part of Europe’s energy transition. The FEU highlights the importance of prioritising safety, advocating for the incorporation of robust fire safety provisions, addressing regulatory discrepancies, and promoting cross-sector collaboration.

These measures aim to ensure the success of Europe’s energy transition while prioritising the safety of European citizens and first responders.

The FEU has voiced support for the European Union and its Member States in their commitment to achieve a net domestic reduction of at least 55% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

This commitment aligns with the ambitious transition towards alternative and diverse energy sources, involving a transition from traditional fossil fuels to innovative materials and technologies.

The establishment of expansive infrastructure for renewable energy production, storage, and transportation is an integral part of this energy transition.

However, in light of the robust targets set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement, the FEU emphasises that the safety implications of energy transition solutions should be given due consideration.

New technology

“While reliability and affordability are vital components for the advancement of new energy projects, safety remains an equally important requirement. However, it often does not receive the primary consideration it should. Regular revisions of rules and legislation are necessary due to the evolving nature of new technologies,” the FEU stated.

With a focus on comprehensive risk management, the FEU urges European institutions to devote adequate attention to the safety aspects of the energy transition.

The federation has recommended the inclusion of the European Parliament’s proposed fire safety provisions in the final versions of revised directives. This includes those regarding the energy performance of buildings, roofed car parks, electric vehicles (EVs), charging stations, and Lithium-Ion batteries.

Moreover, the FEU emphasises the need to identify and address gaps in existing laws and regulations related to the energy transition to formulate effective and comprehensive safety policies.

“Neglecting to address these concerns could lead to significant safety hazards for both citizens and first responders, thereby putting the success of the energy transition at risk,” warned the FEU.

Members of the FEU are committed to achieving a safe energy transition. As part of their commitment, they have launched a multi-annual programme to collect and disseminate knowledge and experience among FEU members actively.

This programme aims to align energy transition goals with fire safety measures at the European Union (EU) level.

The FEU further underscores the importance of maintaining open lines of communication and collaboration to prevent fire safety issues from being sidelined.

This approach ensures that energy transition solutions are not only sustainable but also safe, thus providing the necessary independent professional advice and oversight.

About the Federation of EUropean Fire Officers

The Federation of EUropean Fire Officers (FEU) is an organszation that works tirelessly to ensure the safety of citizens and first responders during Europe’s energy transition. They are committed to fostering collaboration, promoting best practices, and providing expertise in fire safety regulations and policies.

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