The European Commission has set up the Clean Energy Technology Observatory to help address the complexity and multi-faced character of the transition to a climate-neutral society in Europe. The EU’s ambitious energy and climate policies create a necessity to tackle the related challenges in an extensive and comprehensive manner, recognizing the important role for advanced technologies and innovation in the process.
CETO is a joint initiative between the Joint Research Centre (JRC), implementing the Observatory and DGs Research and Innovation (R&I) and Energy (ENER) on the policy side. Starting from 2022, CETO monitors the EU research and innovation activities on the clean energy technologies needed to achieve the European Green Deal’s objectives. It builds on the previous work within the Low Carbon Energy Observatory.
One of the main purposes of CETO is to provide a repository of techno- and socio-economic data on the most relevant technologies and their integration in the energy system. It targets in particular the status and outlook for innovative solutions as well as the sustainable market uptake of both mature and inventive technologies. The project is particularly relevant to the Commission’s annual Competitiveness Progress Report, serving as a prime data source. It will also support the implementation of the SET Plan and research policy development. CETO will produce a series of annual reports addressing the following themes: technology maturity status, development and trends (2030 – 2050 and beyond), value chain analysis, global market and EU positioning along with the question of clean technology system integration.