Šefčovič and Piccard: The future is clean
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Solar Impulse founder Bertrand Piccard set out plans for the transition to a clean energy system.
In a live video chat on 28 March, Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Bertrand Piccard, founder of Solar Impulse — the project for the first round-the-world solar flight — discussed their plans to promote a future successful clean economy.
The focus is on innovation. Prof. Piccard has created a World Alliance for Efficient Solutions. This aims to bring together 1 000 profitable solutions by the next conference of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change in November 2018 – COP 24. “Renewable energies and energy efficiency are profitable and create jobs,” he says.
Meanwhile, the European Commission wants to make it easier for consumers to produce clean energy in their homes, to become ‘prosumers’, says Vice-President Šefčovič. It also plans to present a clean mobility package before summer 2017, to be followed by other measures supporting cleaner transport technologies.
Other efforts to achieve a clean-energy economy are global. The Commission is working with partners in the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy for smart, energy-efficient cities and Mission Innovation, a worldwide initiative to drive forward affordable clean energy.
Prof. Piccard will join Vice-President Šefčovič’s Energy Union tour this year. “The European Commission has given hope to citizens for 60 years by introducing peace in Europe,” says Prof. Piccard. “Now the vision that can bring hope is the energy programme … [to] reduce unemployment, pollution, allow growth, social wealth and political stability.”