Today and tomorrow, the European Commission, together with the Luxembourgish Presidency, will hold a high level conference on the new Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan. The event will present to the public the new SET Plan Communication adopted on 15 September and launch the debate on the next steps to implement its actions.
The conference will be opened by the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, and MEP Claude Turmes. Conclusions will be drawn by the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete and the Minister of the Economy of Luxembourg, Etienne Schneider. A key note speech will be delivered by the Director-General for Energy Dominique Ristori.
Speaking at the opening event, Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation said: "Innovation and research are essential in bringing about a fundamental transformation of the energy systems in Europe. That is why we are doubling the budget for energy research in Horizon 2020 to give a new and meaningful impetus for the innovation and research in energy technology agenda and develop more innovative and cost-effective solutions to build the Energy Union." Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said: "Becoming the global leader in renewable energy, facilitating consumer participation and accelerating the progress to a smart energy system are at the very heart of our Energy Union strategy. The SET-plan is a major step towards achieving these research and innovation goals."
The conference will be followed by the Informal Council of the EU Energy Ministers in Luxembourg, thereby placing research and innovation in energy at the heart of Luxembourg’s Council Presidency. Energy technology is key to a successful European energy system transformation. The new SET Plan keeps on supporting the development and deployment of key low-carbon energy technologies and it reduces their costs. It focuses on ten actions, which will support the implementation of research and innovation priorities of the Energy Union. The EU has doubled the budget devoted to energy research in Horizon 2020 as compared to FP7, with € 5.9 billion for the period 2014-2020.