The Net-Zero Industry Act: CEN and CENELEC ready to support the future of European innovation in clean technologies

On the 16th of March, the European Commission released the proposal for the Net-Zero Industry Act. CEN and CENELEC welcome the Commission’s proposal to strengthen European Green Industry and are excited to see how standardization can continue to foster innovation in clean technologies.

CEN and CENELEC are dedicated to the twin green and digital transition and emphasise the key role that standards play in this endeavour. Emerging and existing clean technologies form an essential component of the transition, and the Net-Zero Industry act will foster European innovation in the many industries contributing to the EU’s net-zero goals.


CEN and CENELEC have already carried out standardization work in many of the sectors designated as Strategic Net-Zero Technologies. CEN and CENELEC are dedicated to using standardization to advance battery technologies and are members of the European Battery Alliance. Several Technical Committees such as the CLC/TC 21X 'Secondary cells and batteries' are currently producing deliverables for batteries. CEN and CENELEC have also been active in the field of Sustainable biogas/ biomethane technologies, with CEN/TC 383 ‘Sustainably produced biomass for energy applications’ working on standards such as EN 16214-4. EN 16214-4 is a detailed methodology helping economic operators in a biofuel or bioliquid chain to calculate the actual GHG emissions associated with its operations.


Furthermore, CEN and CENELEC eagerly welcome the proposed act’s designation of electrolysers and fuel cells as strategic net-zero technologies, a key component of hydrogen technology. We look forward to continuing our strong cooperation with European Commission in this area, especially in light of the recent of Roadmap on hydrogen standardization.


Standardization is a proven tool to foster the uptake of innovation in the Single Market and clean technologies are no exception. CEN and CENELEC look forward to utilising standardization to foster a greener, more innovative Europe under the direction of the Net-Zero Industry Act.


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