How can the EU meet its 2020 renewables targets?
Keynote Speakers: Professor Lena Treschow Torell, Chair of Euro-CASE, Lord Browne FREng FRS, Academy President, Andris Piebalgs, EU Energy Commissioner
In January 2008, the European Commission put forward renewables targets for all EU member states, with the overall goal of meeting 20% of Europe’s primary energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. Meeting these targets will require a concerted eff ort by all stakeholders to tackle the barriers to the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies across the continent.
On 3 November, the Academy brought together 100 of Europe’s leading engineers and policy-makers in an attempt to start addressing the engineering elements of that challenge.
The event, entitled How can Europe meet its 2020 Renewables Targets?, was the fi rst annual conference of the European Council of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE), an organisation bringing together 21 European engineering academies.
In the course of the day, speakers from 12 countries addressed a range of renewable technologies. The overwhelming message from the conference was that the targets could be delivered, providing that the right policy support was put in place.