EU 2050 strategy

Europe’s strategic long-term vision strongly relies on the clean energy transition to achieve a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy by 2050.

The energy transition will consist in a socially fair and cost-efficient process moving from fossil fuels to a clean energy system based on increased use of renewable energy sources, their systemic integration and the reduction of remaining greenhouse gas emissions. It will encompass the technological, societal, economic and political dimensions of human interactions and will require cross-sectorial, collaborative and effective actions to become a reality.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has chosen climate action as one of the key priorities for her mandate, aiming at making Europe the first climate-neutral continent. The European Green Deal will be the main framework to deliver on bold climate actions and accelerate the transition to a clean energy future. Climate action will also be integrated in the whole EU budget and in particular in the EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme Horizon Europe.

The Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) is an essential framework to foster the clean energy transition in Europe. It sets the roadmap by which the EU aims to meet its Energy Union targets by 2030. It is therefore necessary to support the realisation of the existing framework, while setting the direction in coordination with new and long-term EU climate policies pertaining to the clean energy transition.

EERA and its members are actively engaged in shaping the clean energy transition and collaborate closely with the European Commission, EU Member States, and further key stakeholders.