Smart specialisation in energy, driving societal challenges

With smart specialisation strategies in the implementation phase, clean energy is one of the main priorities for most EU regions. This workshop showcases how different sectors of society are taking an active role in energy action. This is addressed by smart specialisation strategies at the regional level through a bottom-up process.

This local action involves the public and private sectors and research, academic and civil society representatives taking joint decisions on regional energy priorities (e.g. bioenergy and energy efficiency in buildings). The target group includes stakeholders and practitioners of smart specialisation strategies that have included energy-related priorities at the national and regional levels. The central topic of EUSEW, Clean Energy for All Europeans, will be exemplified in the specific cases of bioenergy, energy efficiency in buildings, smart grids and marine offshore energy .

The Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy) was launched in May 2015 as a joint initiative of the Directorates-General for Regional and Urban Policy and for Energy and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). It aims to bring together representatives from EU institutions, Member States and their regions, energy experts and stakeholders to carry out joint action for an efficient implementation of smart specialisation strategies in the energy sector.

EU Cohesion Policy has a key role in the realisation of the Energy Union — in Europe's regions and cities — by providing about EUR 69 billion over 2014-2020 for investments related to all five dimensions of the Energy Union, This includes some EUR 29 billion for energy efficiency, renewables, co-generation, smart energy infrastructure and low-carbon research and innovation. It also supports its aims by ensuring key enabling conditions, such as capacity building, technical assistance and territorial cooperation.