The 2018 SET-Plan conference took place in Vienna from 19 to 21 November 2018. It addressed among other topics the 2030 and 2050 European energy and climate strategies, the financing instruments to support Research & Innovation (R&I), the EU's position in the world, and the importance of engaging citizens, cities and regions.
Lidia Borrell-Damian, EUA`s Director for Research and Innovation, spoke at the conference in the session “Citizens asking for and investing in the energy transition: how can R&I answer?”. In her intervention, she stressed the need for flexible smart grid policies to reflect the variety of citizen behaviours in the energy field. She also highlighted the importance of educating citizens about their energy rights and equipping students and professionals with interdisciplinary skills and up-to-date knowledge to respond to the complex challenges of the energy transition.
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The session on “citizens in the energy transition” was moderated by Heidelinde Adensam (Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism). Other panellists included Johannes Reichl, (Johannes Kepler University Linz), Luc Hossenlopp (Schneider Electric), Josh Roberts (REScoop), and Wolfgang Urbantschitsch (Council of European Energy Regulators). Some of the topics investigated during the discussion were the reinforcement of links between academia, research and industry; the need for combining scientific knowledge with real-life challenges and cases; and importantly, the coupling of the energy transition with a social dimension.
EUA, through its EUA Energy and Environment Platform (EUA-EPUE), has been involved in the SET-Plan consultations since 2013, firstly in the Education and Training Roadmap and then in the SET-Plan Integrated Roadmap. EUA-EPUE is engaged in the SET-Plan Temporary Working Groups and brings the voice of universities on energy and environmental matters. In close collaboration with its university experts, it has contributed to a number of SET-Plan Implementation Plans (Smart Solutions for Energy Consumers; Smart Cities and Communities; Energy Efficiency in Industry; Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Batteries and e-mobility; and Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels).