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Scientific support to energy transition

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Through the European Forum for Science and Industry (EFSI), the JRC hosts a specific project on energy transition from a European perspective in close cooperation with the Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federation of German Industries (BDI).On this topic, the JRC brought together stakeholders of the European energy sector, industry, financial services and consumer organisations in the framework of four round tables.

A report on the roundtable series, presenting the main lines of arguments and discussions among the participants. has been published: Scientific Support to Energy Transition from a European Perspective.

Why energy transition

The electricity market is changing dramatically in the light of the increased use of intermittent renewable energy sources, creating new challenges for power generation, transmission and distribution. In order to cope with a growing need for flexibility in electricity production and consumption, Member States may consider co-operating regionally in a new more intensive cross-border approach. This could be pursued by countries in their regions and/or countries interested in joining forces with regard to reliability of supply.

Therefore, the ongoing transition will have to be prepared and managed at national but also at regional and European level, taking into account that national energy policy decisions have a possible impact on other Member States, while fully respecting national choices of energy mix.

Topics, presentations and minutes of the Round Tables: