Energy transition towards climate neutrality: the EU’s support for clean energy technologies and innovation

EUSEW2020 | Day 1 | Energy transition towards climate neutrality

In this high level session, European Commissioner Kadri Simson and IEA Executive Director Dr. Fatih Birol will discuss the driving role of clean energy Research and Innovation in the recovery context and the impacts of the pandemic on global and European energy markets, energy resilience, and climate change. 

The session will explore how Clean Energy R&I will provide concrete and real-world solutions to keep the Clean Energy Transition at the centre of the economy, creating sustainable jobs and economic growth.

The Acting Director on Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency Hans van Steen and IEA Director Mechthild Wördsdörfer will further debate with the audience on the main challenges to be addressed.

The session will address the IEA’s technology innovation work at the global level and the EU’s efforts to put R&I at the service of the Green Deal through evidence and impact-based policy in order to strengthen clean technologies’ competitiveness and Europe’s long term green recovery. The European Green Deal and the new recovery context require a stronger focus on the relation between research and innovation activities, technologies, sustainable economic growth and Green Deal objectives. In this context, gathering and structuring evidence can be an important instrument to support the public debate on setting technology and innovation priorities and strengthen the impact of the Horizon Europe Programme.


EU Commissioner for Energy
European Commission
Executive Director
Director of Sustainability, Technology & Outlooks
Acting Director on Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency
DG ENER, European Commission