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Eera event 25 November 2020 - Online

Clean Energy Transition in Green Recovery times: What role for low-carbon energy research?

The EERA SET Plan Conference Side Event

Achieving a climate neutral society by 2050 constitutes one of Europe’s highest political priorities. This objective is anchored in the set of policy initiatives under the EU Green Deal aiming at supporting the Clean Energy Transition and reaffirmed by the European Recovery Plan.

The Clean Energy Transition entails a sustainable and socially fair transformative process, encompassing technological, social, economic, and political dimensions, towards a cleaner and integrated energy system. Research and innovation (R&I) plays a central role in accelerating these essential transformations by designing, demonstrating, de-risking and deploying innovative solutions. Moreover, the upcoming Horizon Europe framework programme will generate a wave of multidisciplinary mission-driven R&I actions to support the transition, such as the Clean Energy Transition Partnership (CETP) that will be central to this effort.

For its part, the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan), which currently sets the roadmap by which the EU aims to meet its Energy Union targets by 2030, is also crucial in setting the direction in the wider context of the Green Recovery and the new long-term EU climate policies pertaining to the Clean Energy Transition. In this regard, the redefinition of the SET Plan priorities should seize the opportunity for better integrating the multidisciplinary aspects of the transition, notably Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), as a critical element in achieving a climate neutral society.

The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) has aligned its mission to Europe 2050 climate targets and has recently expanded its endeavours to support such target, by advancing research and supporting policy-making in all key dimensions of the transition beyond technology excellence. Central to this effort is the White Paper on the CETP, which proposes a robust framework for approaching the transition from a holistic, systemic, cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary perspective.

In this framework, the EERA SET Plan Conference Side Event 2020 ambitions to:

  • Analyse how to leverage existing projects and initiatives for greater impact, and
  • Reflect on new initiatives that could further increase the impact of EU collaboration and substantially accelerate the speed of the transition.

Preliminary Agenda

09:00 Introduction - N. Røkke, President, EERA

09:05 Connecting the dots and building capacities: Building a robust framework  - A. El Gammal, Secretary General, EERA

09:20 Part 1: Connecting the dots

  • Policy and regulation – Støa, SINTEF (NO)
  • Market design & Sector coupling – De Vries, TU DELFT (NL)
  • Environmental sustainability – Malerba, Ciemat (ES)
  • Social sustainability – Robinson &C. Foulds, Anglia Ruskin University (UK)
  • The CET Partnership approach - Breembroek, RVO (NL)

09:50 Panel Discussion I - Moderator: G. Gladkykh, Energy Transition Expert, EERA

10:35 Part 2: Building capacities

  • EU R&I strategy: CET Partnership and SET Plan - Chraye, DG RTD, HoU Clean Energy Transition
  • Accelerating R&I national & EU collaboration, SET Plan Steering Group view - March (to be confirmed), Ministry of Science & Innovation (ES)
  • Accelerating R&I national & EU collaboration, Partnership & Alliances - Bouchet, CEA (FR)
  • NECPs – Linking climate with R&I strategies - Moorkens, VITO (BE)
  • Green Deal – State of EU competitiveness (CPR) - Berrutto, DG ENER, HoU Innovation, Clean Technologies and Competitiveness

11:20 Panel Discussion II - Moderator: A. El Gammal, Secretary General, EERA

11:50 Concluding remarks - N. Røkke, President, EERA


Registration is limited (first come, first serve basis).
Pending on the availability of free spots, registration is open until 23rd November.

Post-Webinar Materials

In case you did not have the opportunity to follow the whole webinar, a recording of the event is now available online. To access it, please visit the following link.

The presentation is also available at the following link.


Contact Ivan Matejak ( or Maria Luisa Fernandez (, should you require any additional information.

Practical information


25 Nov 2020


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Maria Luisa Fernandez Vanoni