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Scientists call for pan-European research and innovation agenda

Europe can decarbonise its economy, while still creating jobs and growth, as long as its member states increase investments in energy research and renewable energy technology.
“We need climate-positive solutions to reach the Paris Agreement. European leadership is critical if we are to preserve our planet and ecosystems,” says Nils Røkke, the Chairman of the Board of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and EVP Sustainability, SINTEF.

Representing more than 50 000 researchers in Europe at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, Røkke calls for quickly bringing pilot projects to market, and that we should be optimistic about the necessary change.

There are technologies such as Carbon Capture and Storage that need a full-scale demonstration plant to make it a reality. Pioneering projects like this absolutely rely on support from government and research institutions. We need more solutions that are sustainable, effective and realistic by 2030. The best way to realize the necessary solutions is to link national funding to EU programs, spend existing research funding more wisely and ensure that the public and private sector partner. This will incentivise and accelerate climate-friendly and market-worthy businesses and ideas, Røkke said.


The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is an alliance of European public research centres and universities. EERA brings together around 250 research centres and universities across 30 countries. Actively working together in currently 17 joint research programmes (the EERA Joint Programmes), they build on national research initiatives and work on shared priorities and research projects. EERA works together with industry stakeholders to coordinate research and innovation priorities. This collaboration aims to foster world-class technology and innovation in Europe’s energy sector and to reduce the time-to-market for technologies.

Norway-headed SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations. SINTEF is a broad, multidisciplinary research organisation with international top-level expertise in the fields of technology, the natural sciences, medicine, and the social sciences. SINTEF conducts contract R&D as a partner for the private and public sectors and is one of the largest contract research institutions in Europe.

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