EC launches consultation on energy research strategy
On 4 March 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the development of an Integrated Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy aimed at facilitating the EU’s transition to a sustainable, competitive, energy-efficient and low-carbon economy.
The strategy 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 reinforce the need to step up efforts for reaching agreed climate targets.
The Commission is inviting all stakeholders and interested parties, including EU citizens, private and public organisations to share their views on how to achieve the EU’s energy and climate targets, as well as sector-specific research, development and innovation goals needed for the transformation. The consultation will also look into the competitiveness of EU economic actors and new business opportunities, and examine how transport – one of the main energy users in the EU – can contribute to achieving the overall climate and energy goals.
The consultation will run for 12 weeks and its findings will feed into the integrated Research, Innovation and Competitiveness strategy to be presented at the end of 2016. This strategy will be prepared with close involvement of Commissioners for Climate Action and Energy, Transport and Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
The deadline for the consultation is 31 May 2016.