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Decarbonising our economy and avoiding the worst effects of climate change requires us to stop adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Energy is a key piece of this puzzle. However, the technical challenges associated with the transition are just one factor in the equation. If we are serious about becoming a climate-neutral society, a comprehensive strategy for a fair and sustainable Clean Energy Transition is needed.
This goal will not be reached without international collaboration, partnerships, and alignment across the globe. Europe has the opportunity to be the leader of this development as it is the first one to put a concrete roadmap on the table. In the words of EU Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni presenting the ‘Fit for 55’ policy package, “Early movers have advantages, but they also face risks”.
The challenges connected to the Clean Energy Transition are multiple and cross-sectorial, but so are the potential solutions. As stated in the progress reports of the UN IPCC, time is running out to find solutions that will keep average temperatures from increasing beyond 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels. The Clean Energy Transition can answer our questions, but it needs to be carefully developed and implemented in the most efficient and sustainable way.
The EERA White Paper, which will be officially released at this occasion, offers our overview on these challenges, but also on the opportunities that lay ahead as we drive the Clean Energy Transition and make it a reality for the EU and its citizens.
Join us in this EERA event, featuring high-level discussions and invited speakers from the EU institutions and Member States/Associated Countries, leading international organisations (e.g., UN IPCC, IEA, IRENA), and prominent research institutions in Europe.
It is foreseen that the event will be conducted in a hybrid mode, in compliance with official health recommendations, on 20 October 2021 in Brussels and online.