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News 10 March 2021

The work done by SUPEERA with the NECPs helps define priorities to be acted upon to realize the SET Plan and the Clean Energy Transition

During the “Scenarios for Low-Carbon Futures of the European Energy System” online workshop, Ivan Matejak, SUPEERA Project Coordinator, talked about the importance of the work conducted within the framework of the project, discussing possible pathways to reach the Clean Energy Transition.

The “Scenarios for Low-Carbon Futures of the European Energy System” online workshop, co-organised by SUPEERA and openENTRANCE, took place on the 4th of March with the aim of formulating and defining key storylines of low-carbon futures for Europe. The event was divided in two parts. The first one, “Energy Transition Scenarios: What policy options, societal attitudes, and technology developments will realise the EU Green Deal?”, focused on discussing pathways for the decarbonisation of the European energy system, elaborating on consolidated findings in terms of their relevance for the latest EU strategies such as the SET Plan and the EU Green Deal. The second part, “Pathways realization from a Macroeconomic perspective”, presented advanced openENTRANCE scenario study analyses including macroeconomic implications, investment barrier determinants, electricity market design characteristics and others.

Ivan Matejak, SUPEERA Project Coordinator and EERA Operations Director, and Tiina Koljonen, VTT Research Team Leader involved in the SUPEERA project, held a session on the relevance of the energy transition scenarios for the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and the design of the Green Deal policies, based on the work of both SUPEERA and, more broadly, the EERA community.

As SUPEERA strives to connect the dots by facilitating the coordination of the research community in support of the execution of the SET Plan towards the Clean Energy Transition, the analysis of the National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) constitutes an activity of crucial importance for the advancement of the project. Such analysis serves as a useful tool to examine the efficacy of the plans set out by each Member State and, based on it, to detail pathways to reach the EU’s 2030 climate targets. In order to do so, different realities in terms of technological maturity and regional coverage are defined and covered by this analysis. Furthermore, based on the conclusions of this approach, researchers involved in the SUPEERA project are able to define sectorial and cross-systemic recommendations as well as to set priorities to be acted upon, and to foster a dialogue between industry and energy experts.

Building upon the work conducted within the framework of the SUPEERA project, Matejak discussed possible scenarios and pathways to reach a climate-neutral and fair society by 2050. “Driving the Clean Energy Transition should go beyond technological innovation and requires an understanding of a range of socio-economic aspects and dimensions that affect the transition of the human society as a whole" SUPEERA’s Coordinator concluded.