SET Plan Conference 2014

SET Plan Conference 2014

10 December 2014 to 11 December 2014

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Driving the energy transition together

The move towards a low-carbon Europe with secure energy at affordable prices, with the achievement of the EU 2020 and 2030 energy targets, requires a profound transformation of the entire energy system, from the supply to the demand side. The SET Plan aims at increasing and focusing the efforts in research and innovation while enhancing the market uptake of new solutions as well as strengthening EU leadership in the development of low-carbon energy technologies. The Conference will represent a unique forum for all stakeholders (experts, energy companies, universities, research institutes etc.), and representatives of national and EU institutions to have in-depth discussions on the new developments of the SET Plan in view of the Integrated Roadmap, and the actions needed to respond to the grand energy challenges ahead of us.

Press Release

Rome, 10 and 11 December 2014, over 650 energy stakeholders from all across Europe and beyond were gathered in Rome for the 7th Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) Conference. The two-day conference - organised by ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) and the European Commission offered a unique opportunity for all stakeholders and representatives of national and EU institutions to have in-depth discussions on the new developments of the SET Plan towards an Integrated Roadmap and Action Plan addressing research & innovation challenges and needs of the EU energy system.

The ' towards an integrated Road Map' document which will ultimately lead to the Action Plan was presented at the event, and is the result of in depth consultation and inputs from more than 150 stakeholders and the SET Plan steering committee from the Member States. The document has been compiled based on these inputs by the European Commission's Directorates – General for Energy, Research and Innovation and the Joint Research Centre.

The high-level opening speeches from the European Commission, acknowledged that "this event could not fall at more opportune time, where the need to ensure a competitive, secure, affordable and sustainable energy system is without a doubt one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Indeed, the construction of a resilient Energy Union with a forward looking climate change policy has been identified as key priority of the current European Commission. European Energy R&I policy has a major role to play".

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