Renewable energies are a key component of the EU energy strategy. According to the European Commission, by 2020 the European renewable energy technology sector could employ almost 3 million people. EU 2020 strategy supports the renewable sector’s development to be economically competitive as soon as possible, especially in this time of economic crisis.
On Wednesday 25 April, the ‘Energy, Environment & Transport’ task force welcomed Mr Tom Howes who is the Deputy Head of Unit of the unit ‘Renewables and CCS policy’ from DG Energy. The task force members had the opportunity to get some first hand insights on the renewable energy policy and CCS.
Mr Howes gave an overview of the renewable energy progress to date and the different technologies resulting from the national energy action plans. Further he explained the role of CCS in the electricity mix and the necessary conditions for a successful implementation. Mr Howes also gave some key figures of a public consultation on renewable energy.
During the Q&A session, there was an animated debate on the lack of cooperation and coherence between the different Member States. Also, some questions were raised about the current problems with CCS demonstration plants and the energy saving targets.
Topic: Renewables and CCS
Speaker: Tom Howes, Deputy Head of Unit, Renewables and CCS, DG Energy
The British Chamber would like to thank Grayling Belgium for hosting this event.