The European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation on the development of its Integrated Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy for a low-carbon economy.
It is linked to the implementation of the Energy Union Communication, which called for more research and innovation to ensure that the energy transition happens via modern, user-friendly, safe, sustainable and secure solutions to the benefit of EU citizens and businesses.
Commitments taken at the COP21 international climate conference in Paris in December 2015 reinforced the need to step up efforts for reaching agreed climate targets.
Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the EC for energy union, said: “Energy transition is perhaps the greatest challenge of our time whose pace will be determined by our capacity to innovate. In this endeavour, Europe can be led or be a leader. I choose the latter.”
Carlos Moedas, European commissioner for research, science and innovation, said: “Research and innovation are important to every part of the Energy Union Strategy.
”With a comprehensive, integrated strategy that enables quick uptake of new technology and innovation by the markets, Europe can keep its leadership in developing competitive low-carbon solutions, improve our quality of life and create jobs and growth.”
More information can be found on the European Commission’s website.