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Central Europe works to ensure a sustainable energy transition


file-5Yesterday EU-11 region showed how companies and governments are looking for innovative solutions that will allow the countries to continue their economic growth while ensuring the energy transition, during the 2nd edition of the Central European Day of Energy event, in Brussels. Discussions focused on implementing policies that will allow these countries to continue this economic growth while ensuring a sustainable use of the energy resources and the attainment of all European energy and climate targets.

“Central Europe is waking up and wants to stay competitive on the global market. What we witnessed today at this event is a concrete proof that we, as a region, want to play our part” in the Energy Transition, said the Chairman of the Board of Directors of CEEP, Leszek Jesień.

The European Commission highlighted that effort and recognised that “innovative technologies are playing a key role to enable Central Europe countries to drive the Clean Energy Transition. But also, the Commission is assisting with the regulatory framework and access to financing”, as explained the European Commission’s Director-General for Energy, Dominique Ristori.

From companies perspectives, investments in energy innovation are highly risky endeavours and without public support (political and financial), no one will take the lead. This is particularly the case where high infrastructure expenditures are needed.

Panellist agreed in the importance of cooperation between Member States to accelerate the clean energy innovation and closing the innovation gaps between the Western and Eastern part of EU.

But also, “in therms of energy mix, Member States should be coordinated with Europe but also adjusted to local needs” pointed out the Director of the International Co-operation Department of PGE, Hanna Trojanowska.

Besides, the creation of solid industrial basis to support to Clean Energy Transition is a key factor, as Ristori explained. That’s why he announced the EC will launch next year the “Clean energy industrial competitiveness forum”.

Biomass, smart grids, effective refinery, renewables and e-mobility were among the projects showcased during the last session of event.

The event was co-organised by Central Europe Energy Partners and the European Commission (DG Energy), with the support of International Visegrad Fund and under the auspices of the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group.

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