Cooking a meal, heating a house, lighting a street, keeping a hospital open, running a factory, driving a car – energy is at the heart of everybody's life. It is also a crucial factor for economic competitiveness and employment.
The current fossil-fuel based energy system is unsustainable, not only due to scarce resources, but also because of a negative impact on climate change. Therefore, the European Council has unanimously decided that the EU requires to largely decarbonise its energy system by 2050.
Energy research and innovation has an essential role to play in addressing the challenge of satisfying security of energy supply, competitiveness of the EU industry and ensuring affordable prices for the citizens, whilst at the same time combating climate change. While doing this, we are looking for synergies with other sectors, e.g. telecoms and ICT industry.
To provide European citizens with the widest energy source choice, while respecting the right of Member States to decide on their own energy mix, several energy and ICT technologies need to be available. In parallel, we need to stay in line with:
Therefore, the energy research is a very complex area including various technologies and covering the following fields: