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CORDIS Express: Energy outlook – seeking sustainable solutions

This week's Express takes a look at the research efforts on sustainable energy that will help the EU and beyond deliver on its climate commitments.
CORDIS Express: Energy outlook – seeking sustainable solutions
‘EU companies already hold 40 % of global patents for renewable energy technologies, but to stay ahead of the game we need to keep investing in research’ – this was one of the key messages from Arias Cañete as he launched the International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Outlook - 2015 Special Report on Energy and Climate.

The launch event, which took place during this week’s EU Sustainable Energy Week conference, left participants in no doubt about the importance of stepping up research efforts on energy to tackle the climate crisis. According to Commissioner Cañete, EU research budgets are primed to meet the challenge: ‘We have doubled the funding for energy research from 2014 to 2020 and we have ring-fenced 35% of all research money for climate action technologies.’

Indeed, a huge range of projects funded under the FP7 programme are currently uncovering ways to make the switch to more sustainable energy – from exploring and enhancing renewable options and funding to investigating how alternative energy can be integrated into grid. And, as the Commissioner noted, more and more will come on stream under Horizon 2020.

So, as COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris draw ever closer and the pressure grows to ensure high level of climate mitigation ambition, we take a look at the research efforts on sustainable energy that will help the EU and beyond deliver on its climate commitments.

- EU scientists set to catch next wave in renewable energy

- Unleashing the potential of Crowdfunding for Financing Renewable Energy Projects

- Reliable future electric supply across Europe

- Catching waves for renewable energy production

- Trending science: Evaporating water powers mini car

Source: Based on coverage of the EU Sustainable Energy Week Conference.

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