REN - Redes Energéticas Nacionais has joined the RGI - Renewables Grid Initiative, an entity that brings together non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and Energy Transmission System Operators (TSO) across Europe, to strive for fair, transparent and environmentally sustainable grid development in line with the Paris Agreement.
'Joining RGI gives us the opportunity to share our own experiences and apprenticeships with other European TSOs and NGOs, building a common knowledge on biodiversity protection whilst building and maintaining electricity networks and jointly find new solutions to avoid, mitigate, compensate and communicate the impacts that grid infrastructures may have', explains REN's COO João Conceição.
'REN is at the centre of decarbonisation in Portugal, enabling the expansion of almost 13 GW of renewable energy in the last 15 years, while maintaining security of supply as a priority in a context of coal phase out. We will continuously develop a safe and reliable energy backbone, doubling down on electrification by 2024 and leading decarbonisation through hydrogen enablement ', says João Conceição.
REN's membership to RGI is aligned with the company's sustainability strategy and is another step towards the integration of renewable energy sources, demonstrating its commitment towards the accomplishment of carbon neutrality objectives by 2040, the boost of sustainable development and the fight against climate change, while strengthening the company's financial soundness and operational performance of excellence.
The Renewables Grid Initiative is a unique platform that promotes and initiates innovative approaches to foster the effective integration of 100% renewable electricity into the grid. It was launched in July 2009 and has grown to 13 members across Europe today. Since 2014 it awards the 'Good Practices of the Year' Prize recognizing initiatives that demonstrate exceptional practice within the areas of Communication, Technological Innovation and Environmental Protection. In 2021 it distinguished REN's project 'Environmental Impact Studies: Virtual Visit' under the category 'Communication & Engagement'.