Int-E-Grid – Powering Electromobility in Poland and Germany

About the project

Bilateral exchange on the integration of electric vehicles into the power system

Road transport is one of the major causes of GHG emissions both in Poland and Germany. Moreover, it is one of the main contributors to air pollution in Polish and German cities. The project Int-E-Grid investigates how to safely integrate electric vehicles into the power system, especially in the context of the ambitious European climate protection plan aiming at carbon-neutrality by 2050 with the European Green Deal.

At the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in Katowice in 2018, Germany, among more than 40 countries, signed up to the Katowice Partnership for E-Mobility, proposed by the Polish COP-Presidency. This declaration has laid a strong foundation for a close, trans-national cooperation. The project Int-E-Grid aims to fill this partnership with life, by building a comprehensive Polish-German Platform on Electromobility, as well as developing policy recommendations for both local and national authorities.

A bilateral, Polish-German, multi-stakeholder cooperation aims to foster mutual learning to align approaches and also lower the costs of climate protection in sectors of energy and transport. Smartly designed EV deployment, combined with a transformation of the power industry can be a unique opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions as well as significantly improve air quality. It will simultaneously catalyse climate protection by both efficient integration of increasing shares of renewables in the grid, as well as mobility transition in cities.

The project Int-E-Grid has three main areas of focus:

  • Creating a wide-ranging, multi-stakeholder platform involving ministers, policy makers, local authorities, transmission and distribution system operators (TSO & DSO) as well as representatives of innovative companies (automotive, public transport) from both countries.
  • Development of policy recommendations for the integration of e-mobility in the Polish power system based on a report commissioned within the project.
  • Development of policy recommendations and best-practice guidelines on integration E-mobility in sustainable and clean urban transport.

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Ist implementation is supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

About us

Int-E-Grid is a joint undertaking of Agora Verkehrswende from Germany and the think tank Forum Energii as well as the Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation from Poland.

News

Video Conference
16 June 2020

First meeting of the Polish-German Platform on E-mobility

On June 16th 2020, around 40 participants from the Int-E-Grid project met in a video conference to talk about the prospects of electromobility in Poland and Germany. Polish Minister of Climate Michał Kurtyka and German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth opened the discussion with key note speeches. They emphasized the close economic relationships between the two countries, especially in the automotive sector, and that the economic stimulus package in Germany could contribute to faster electrification and digitalization of mobility.

The presentations and discussion mainly focused on the challenges and opportunities in both countries as well as possible cooperation projects. Topics such as: network-friendly charging of electric vehicles (Smart Charging), expansion of the power grids and charging infrastructure, urban and traffic planning, possibilities of action for municipalities, handling of combustion vehicles and the perspective of road users were discussed. This exchange of experiences and topics is to be continued and deepened in the course of the project.

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