To speed up the switch to low-carbon energy, innovators need more support from committed citizens, says a resolution to be debated on Monday and voted on Tuesday.
To succeed, the transition from fossil fuels towards a lower carbon energy mix needs better coordination of EU and national funds, a bigger research and innovation budget, plus a change in the mind-set of EU citizens when it comes to consuming and saving energy, says a draft non-legislative resolution prepared by Jerzy Buzek (EPP, PL).
The text also advocates crowd funding and lower barriers to energy market entry for innovators, and energy efficiency education and engagement schemes for citizens.
“Energy transition” measures should take full advantage of digital technology to ensure that energy is more affordable, secure, and reliable, and is used more sustainably, it adds.
The resolution is Parliament’s response to the EU Commission Communication on “Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation”, which is part of the Clean Energy Package launched in November 2016, which in turn is crucial to complete the Energy Union, a key priority of the Juncker Commission.
The 2017 Global Cleantech Innovation Index ranks five EU countries among the top 10 on emerging clean technology innovations, eleven EU member states being in top 20, and twenty in top 40 worldwide.
Procedure Code: Accelerating clean energy innovation, 2017/2084(INI)
Debate: Monday, February 5
Vote: Tuesday, February 6
Procedure: Own initiative report (INI)