The 12th SET Plan Conference -held from 12-14 June, at the Politechnica University of Bucharest, under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU- was combined with the European Committee of the Regions ENVE (Environment, Climate Change and Energy) Commission Conference.
Capitalising on this specific setting, the three days event focused strongly on the interaction of different stakeholders with local and regional authorities on the road towards a clean energy transition. This was accomplished by the strong involvement of the European R&I community to discuss common priorities and ways of improving cooperation among public and private stakeholders that will bring relevant technologies and innovations to the market.
The Conference was inaugurated by Dominique Ristori Director-General for Energy, European Commission (Chair of the Opening session), Karl-Heinz Lambertz President of the European Committee of the Regions, Doru Vișan Secretary of State, Romanian Ministry of Energy, Robert Negoiță President of the Romanian Municipalities Association and Mihnea Costoiu Rector of the University Politechnica of Bucharest.
Stathis Peteves chaired the discussion of the panel on how research and innovation could accelerate the transformation of our building stock with the aim to improve the efficiency. The discussion addressed the main technological barriers, as well as non-technological elements such as socio-economics, financing, and legal barriers. The panel was composed of experts from the industry sector (EEBus Bosch Siemens and Schneider Electric), regional and local authorities (1st Vice-Chair of the ENVE Commission CoR) and national research associations and agencies (ROENEF, Romanian National Research Institute and Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH –as the Chair of the SET-Plan Implementation Plan “Towards Positive Energy Districts for sustainable urbanisation”)
The SET Plan has been instrumental to structure national and EU energy R&I programs around shared objectives including those from the energy R&I stakeholders’ community from research and industry sectors. Building on this, it is part of the enablers to achieve the 2020 and 2030 EU targets on energy and climate and a key instrument to trigger public and private investments in Europe on Energy Union R&I priorities.
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