Under the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Romanian Ministry of Energy, in collaboration with the European Atomic Forum (FORATOM) and the Romanian Atomic Forum (ROMATOM), organized the Conference Solutions for a 2050 carbon-free Europe – the contribution of low carbon technologies.
The event took place at the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union and presented the opportunity for debates regarding the challenges to the European energy system, i.e. the transition towards the decarbonisation of the energy sector in the European Union.
The welcome address was given by Anton Anton, Romanian Minister of Energy, and by Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy.
Minister Anton Anton underlined that “we are going through a crucial moment when we have a great responsibility to our citizens, towards whom we need to take clear, predictable and intelligent decisions for the development of the European energy system. Throughout this process we have to keep in mind energy security, the affordability of costs for the population, the social and economic development of the Member States and the responsibility towards the environment. For this reason, in order to respond to these challenges and in order to reach the targets set by the European Union regarding decarbonisation, we need all the forms of clean technologies. Nuclear energy, which is globally recognised as a low-carbon energy source, can contribute to ensuring energy security and to tackling climate change.”
Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, presented the European Commission’s Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reductions, in the context of the objectives set by the Paris Agreement. The Commissioner noted that one of the future challenges will be to identify the solutions that will lead to the energy system’s transformation towards decarbonisation, while the economic competitiveness increases and new jobs are created.
At the same time, Miguel Arias Cañete held that the development and implementation of the new technologies require special attention due to the fact that, in order to reach the ambitious objectives in the energy and environment sectors, a smooth transition for the European consumers is necessary.
The Romanian Presidency’s event brought together tens of representatives from the different low-carbon emissions electricity production sectors (nuclear, wind and hydro), as well as representatives of the energy-intensive consumers (the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers – IFIEC).