Title: Energy and Research in the European Union
Citation: Proceedings of the International Conference on Secure Energy Supply p. 1-8
Publisher: Slovak Nuclear Society
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC38193
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC38193
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In 2000, the European Commission (EC) published a Green Paper Towards a European Strategy for the Security of Energy Supply (COM(2000)769) which identified six priority areas where action was necessary to address the challenges we face and for which the corresponding strategies needed to be developed at Community, national and regional levels in order to address various energy challenges as well as the development of an integrated approach to tackle the climate change. One of the priority areas is related to innovation, development of a strategic European energy technology plan. Research significantly contributes to development of new technologies in the Energy sector. Europe must ensure that its industries are world leaders in implementing technologies and processes in energy sector. The 7th European Research Framework Programme recognizes that there is no single solution to our energy problems, but considers a wide spectrum of technologies that could provide a reasonable energy mix to ensure sufficient power generation and could be environmental friendly as well. In the nuclear area, Europe needs to face the challenges from ageing plants, from diversity of nuclear plant types in enlarged European Union (EU), from the potential risks of proliferation and from the problems and public concerns about waste disposal, whilst exploring and evaluating new innovative concepts. In order to address these challenges, both technologies and policies have a major role to play, which justifies and even calls for a role and action by the EC-JRC (Joint Research Center) in this area. This presentation provides an overview of various activities that support implementation of the strategic energy technology plan in the European Union.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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