Innovation and the Energy Union

The transition towards a clean energy system is a process of innovation on a massive scale. It translates in the adoption of new technologies, business models and behaviours.

In the past, innovation was technology-centred and considered foremost as a responsibility of utilities and other companies such as manufacturers. It is now recognised that innovation requires a broader ecosystem with other key agents, for instance energy consumers, start-ups, cities and public entities.

Many energy innovations take time, imply significant investments and require public support via economic, policy and regulatory incentives.

The objective of this event is to analyse the state of play of the energy innovation in the framework of the Energy Union. Specific focus will be on the efforts of the European Union to accelerate clean energy innovation, the role of smart cities and start-ups.

The event will look into new ideas on the role of innovation for the Energy Union, with a view of feeding the debate on the implementation of the European Commission’s Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation communication. In addition, it will pay a special attention to collaboration between European Member States and Regions, which is a fundamental element for the implementation of the European Integrated Strategic Technology (SET) Plan.  


Deputy Director General
DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Chief Executive Officer
KIC InnoEnergy
Energy Chair at Orkestra
Head of Smart City programs
EU Campaign Manager
Energy Cities
Research fellow
Jacques Delors Institute