Coordinating energy research for a low carbon Europe

For civil society

How civil society benefits from EERA

Efficient and targeted use of tax money

Research on clean energy is often financed with public money, which goes for instance to universities and public research centres or is used for competitive funding in public research programmes. By contributing to a coordinated approach and bringing national governments and research organisations together, EERA helps them identify common research priorities and avoid duplicate work. This allows for a more efficient and targeted use of tax money spent on energy research.

Sustainable, secure, efficient and affordable energy

Energy needs to be sustainable (to preserve our environment), secure (to avoid shortage), efficient (to avoid wasting it) and come at a low cost (to be affordable for everyone). The low-carbon energy technologies that are researched by the EERA member organisations fulfil all these requirements. Have a look at the different fields of research in low-carbon energy covered by the EERA Joint Programmes.

Clean air and a healthy environment

More and more cities are forced to ban cars with noxious emissions from their centres. This is just one example for the reason why low-carbon energy technologies need to be further developed. EERA’s researchers work on solutions for the different sectors that are contributing to these emissions – traffic, industry, housing etc. This research lays the groundwork for innovations that contribute to cleaner air and a healthy environment.

A liveable future

In 2015, 195 states agreed on common goals to be achieved to avoid the continuous destruction of our planet. The Paris Agreement contains, among others, the limitation of the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C (even 1.5 °C) above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century. This is only possible if we all step up our efforts. EERA’s mission is to contribute to this goal and help preserve a liveable future.