Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn calls for European research and innovation ecosystem in the energy sector
"We need to develop in the coming decade a truly European research and innovation ecosystem in the energy sector that builds on national capacities and covers the entire innovation chain from blue sky research to market up-take measures.", according to Máire Geoghegan-Quinn European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science. Speaking today in Dublin at the opening of sixth Conference of the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn argues that the previous model of national energy innovation "…had its roots in an earlier era of cheap energy and fewer carbon constraints." The SET Plan was designed to bring about the changes required of the energy sector in the 21st century that delivers more efficient and cost-effective low carbon energy technologies. Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn pledges increased funding for energy research and innovation in the EU's next research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020.