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19 November 2010

EU-US Energy Council meets in Lisbon


EU-US Energy Council meeting

The EU-US Energy Council met for the second time on 19 November 2010 in Lisbon. The aim of the Council is to increase cooperation on energy policies, thereby creating transparent global energy markets and more efficient energy technologies.

One of the aims of the Council is to deepen collaboration on nuclear energy, both fusion and fission. For fission the aims are safety, geological waste disposal and plant lifetime management.

The Council has three working groups on the following areas:

  • Energy Policies: biofuel sustainability, nuclear safety, energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and smart grids/electric vehicles,
  • Global Energy Security: Southern Corridor/Trans-Caspian and global energy markets,
  • Energy Technologies Research Cooperation: solar power, biofuels, energy efficient buildings.

The EU participants in Lisbon were EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, Energy Minister Freya Van den Bossche for the EU Presidency and Energy Commissioner G√ľnther Oettinger. The US side was led by the Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, accompanied by Ambassador Morningstar and the Deputy Secretary of State for Energy, Daniel Poneman.

Low carbon energy technologies, including nuclear fission, were a focal point of the discussion. Technologies of long term strategic importance such as fusion were also discussed. Ministers asked that researcher exchanges on low carbon energy solutions be increased, and that safety norms be applied.

The planned work of the Energy Policy and Standards Working Group, which will include nuclear safety, was also mentioned, with the aim of working towards common standards. Ministers recognized the importance of developing energy resources in a safe, reliable and environmentally sustainable way.

Contacts

EC Communication Officer:
Marta Wysoczynska Marta.Wysoczynska@ec.europa.eu, Tel. +32 229-96590

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