16 September 2019
Archive of Featured Articles


Summer 2019

Clean Energy for All Europeans - An important step for enabling the clean energy transition
By Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission


The biggest innovation in energy is efficiency
By Monica Frassoni, President, European Alliance to Save Energy


Innovation in the automotive sector - A long term vision
By Miriam Dalli, MEP


Belgian perspective on innovation within the EU Energy Union Policy
By Lieve Wierinck, MEP and Lydia Peeters, Flemish Minister for Finances, Budget and Energy


3.3 Degrees
By Adel El Gammal, Secretary-General of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)

Spring 2019

What does sustainable shipping look like?
By Gesine Meissner, MEP


LNG for maritime transport. Challenges and prospects
By Sandro Santamato, Head of Unit, Maritime Transport & Logistics, European Commission (DG Mobility and Transport)


Carbon capture and storage to fight climate change
By Paula Abreu Marques, Head of Unit, Renewables and CCS policy, European Commission, DG ENER


Advances and challenges in bioenergy and biofuels
By Piotr Szymański, Nicolae Scarlat, Laura Lonza, Directorate C – Energy, Transport and Climate, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission


CCS and CCU. The opportunity that Europe cannot afford to waste
By Graeme Sweeney, Chairman of the European Zero Emission Technology and Innovation Platform (ZEP)


Slovenia as trend-setter of technological breakthrough in energy transition
By Alenka Bratušek, Minister of Infrastructure, Republic of Slovenia

Winter 2018

The future role of gas
By Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Director for the Internal Energy Market, DG ENER, European Commission


A Clean Planet for all? Energy poverty and decarbonising Europe's economy
By Pierre Jean Coulon, President & Kristian Krieger, Policy Officer Energy Section Transport, Energy, Infrastructure, Information Society of the European Economic and Social Committee


Getting to 1.5 degrees - Tackling one-third of global carbon emissions through heating and cooling
By Lily Riahi, Lead of District Energy in Cities Initiative, UN Environment


Fuel cell and hydrogen technology promises a greener world for all
By Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)


"Home grown" problems of the German energy transition
By Prof. Dr. Angelika Niebler, MEP

Autumn 2018

The future of fossil free transport is not technology neutral
By Kathleen Van Brempt, Member of the European Parliament


Electrification through partnerships are key to reach climate goals
By Magnus Hall, Vice President, Eurelectric


Rooftop PV and self consumption of electricity in Europe
By Arnulf Jäger-Waldau, (pictured), European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate C: Energy, Transport and Climate, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Unit Via E. Fermi 2749, TP 450, I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy


New Danish Energy Agreement boosts renewable energy
By Lars Christian Lilleholt, Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate


A joined-up approach for ocean energy in the next financial framework
By Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

Summer 2018

Energy Efficiency First is a concrete priority with positive impacts for all Europeans
By Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission


Why we need more champions for a renewables based future
By Antonella Battaglini, CEO of the Renewables Grid Initiative


Energy Efficiency and Innovation
By Patrizia Toia, MEP


EU Energy Transition
By Adel El Gammal, Secretary General, EERA


Towards a new Research and Innovation Policy Regional perspective
By Pirita Lindholm, Director, ERRIN

Spring 2018

Biofuels and the Renewable Energy Directive
By Seán Kelly, MEP


The Rooftop Potential for PV Systems in the European Union to deliver the Paris Agreement
By Thomas Huld, Katalin Bodis, Irene Pinedo Pascua, Ewan Dunlop, Nigel Taylor, Arnulf Jäger-Waldau - European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Directorate C: Energy, Transport and Climate, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Unit
Via E. Fermi 2749, TP 450, I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy


Energy Storage: Many Technologies for a Competitive European Storage Industry
By Brittney Elzarei, EASE Policy Officer


Finland scaling up the success of Energy Innovations and PPP on the road towards Carbon neutral society
By Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing of Finland

Winter 2017

Clean energy for All Europeans – putting energy efficiency first
By Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission


One very important step towards energy efficiency
By Bendt Bendtsen, MEP


A New Dawn for CCS in Europe
By Graeme Sweeney, Chairman of the European Zero Emission Technology and Innovation Platform (ZEP)


Breaking the silos: An integrated approach to smart energy
By Frauke Thies, Executive Director, smartEn – the European association for smart energy solutions


Energy efficiency to fight climate change: the vital role of ICTs
By Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary General


The Data Rush: towards an energy efficient Europe
By Roberta D'Angiolella and Cosmina Marian from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe

Autumn 2017

Brexit and Irelands energy supply: time to look seriously to LNG?
By Seán Kelly MEP


How Dieselgate must encourage us to leapfrog right into the electric era
By Kathleen Van Brempt (pictured), MEP, Former chair of EMIS ("Dieselgate" inquiry committee)


Electric vehicles: sparking your interest
By Professor Joeri Van Mierlo (pictured), MOBI research group, Vrije Universiteit Brussels


The EU port policy and green ports
By Rémi Mayet, Deputy Head of the Port and Inland Navigation Unit, European Commission

Summer 2017

EUSEW and energy efficiency
By Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission


Energy Efficiency-Hunting for the low-hanging fruits
By Morten Helveg Petersen, MEP,Vice-Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy


An Energy Union for European citizens
By Pierre Jean Coulon, President of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN) of the EESC


Climate change: how digital grids help in mitigation
By Laurent Schmitt, Secretary General of the European power transmission system operators' association, ENTSO-E


Europe must show the way on climate action
By Kristian Ruby, Secretary General, EURELECTRIC

Spring 2017

How shipping can contribute to the global climate effort
By Jos Delbeke, Director-General, DG Climate Action, European Commission


The role of the storage in the future European energy system
Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit "New energy technologies and innovation" – DG Energy – European Commission


Revolution/evolution in the natural gas markets
By András Gyürk, Member of the European Parliament


Innovative technologies to lower cost of energy offshore wind farms
By Dr. P.J. Eecen, ECN, R&D Manager Offshore Wind Energy

Winter 2016

Energy savings and the market economy
By Paloma López Bermejo, MEP


Costs and Economics of Electricity from Residential PV Systems in Europe
By Arnulf Jäger-Waldau (pictured), European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit


International collaboration to promote Smart Grid as an enabler for sustainable development
By Karin Widegren, Adviser to the Director General at the Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate


How Intelligent Energy – Europe II supported policy making and implementation for the market uptake of bioenergy in Europe
By Silvia Vivarelli, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, European Commission, Emilio Font de Mora, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, European Commission, and Pat Howes, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Autumn 2016

The way forward after COP 21
By Knut Fleckenstein, MEP


European ports are thinking climate
By Isabelle Ryckbost


Secure energy: Market First
By Adina Ioana VĀLEAN, Vice-President of the European Parliament


Europe at Crossroads: defining the face of future mobility
By Hans ten Berge, Secretary General, EURELECTRIC

Summer 2016

Building the Energy Union in a Fast Evolving Energy Landscape
By Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission


Aviation Emissions: A Global Solution for a Global Issue
By Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport


How IoT Will Play a Crucial Role in Slashing Energy Use
By Mario Campolargo


We Must Place Citizens at the Heart of the Energy Union
By Theresa Griffin, Member of the European Parliament

Spring 2016

How is European Transport Contributing to the Fight Against Climate Change?
By Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport


How Shipping Can Contribute to Efforts to Limit Climate Change
By Jos Delbeke, Director-General, DG Climate Action, European Commission


Smart Manufacturing
By Pilar del Castillo, MEP, Industry, Energy and Research Committee (ITRE)


Digitalisation of Energy: A Vision Becoming Today a Reality
By Maher Chebbo, Chairman of the ETP SmartGrids Energy Digitalisation group, Patrick van Hove, Senior Expert Smart Energy Systems at European Commission DG Research & Innovation and Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou, Chairman of the ETP Smartgrids

Winter 2015

Smart Cities: Energy Efficiency and More
By Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission


In Paris We Have An Appointment With History
By Kathleen Van Brempt, Vice-President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament


Electrification - A Key Solution For A Decarbonised Europe
By Hans ten Berge, Secretary General, EURELECTRIC


The Transformation To Smarter Cities
By Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES Secretary General


Covenant of Mayors: The Way Forward For The EU’s Flagship Climate Initiative
By Frédéric Boyer, Head of the Covenant of Mayors Office


Doing More With Less: Smart Regulation For The Future
By Herbert Reul, MEP


Building Blocks For Market Design
By Patrick Clerens, Secretary General, EASE the European Association for Storage of Energy

Autumn 2015

LNG - Promising Solution for Ships
By Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission


Energy-Efficiency, More Than a Buzz Word for European Ports
By Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General ESPO


EU Initiatives to Decarbonise Maritime Transport and Port Activities
By Rémi Mayet, Deputy Head of Unit, Ports and Inland Navigation, DG for Mobility and Transport, European Commission


Heating Our Homes: Gas Innovation Now and in the Future
By Noel Regan, EU Affairs Director, Eurogas


Perceptions Versus Real Change: Is the Building Market Ready to Value Energy Efficiency?
By Cosmina Marian, Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)


Smart Lighting as a Stepping Stone Towards Smart Cities
By dr.ir. Elke den Ouden. TU/e Fellow New Business Development in Public-Private Value Networks, Eindhoven University of Technology


Does Europe Abandon Photovoltaics?
By Arnulf Jäger-Waldau, European Commission, Joint Research Centre; Institute for Energy and Transport, Renewables and Energy Effi ciency Unit

Summer 2015

The New Politics of Energy: Supply, Demand - and, of course, Power
By Michael Edmund


Joining All Energies to Deliver Innovation for Transport
By Mr Aguiar Machado, Director General, European Commision


Smart Grids in Europe: Policy Drivers, Technology and Investments
By Manuel Sánchez-Jiménez and Flavia Gangale, European Commission


European Standards - Supporting Innovation in the Energy Sector
By Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC


Show Time: Demonstrators in the Sky
By Eric Dautriat


A Long Road To Securing Energy
By MEP Nils Torvalds

Spring 2015

Why Europe Needs a Strong Energy Union
By Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy the environment spokesman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)


Waste-to-Energy: Essential for Future Energy Systems, Essential for the Circular Economy
By Dr Edmund Fleck, President, ESWET


Investing in Negawatts, The World's 'First Fuel'
By Kathleen Van Brempt, MEP and S&D's vice-president responsible for sustainability


Ship Energy Efficiency – Why Regulatory Action is Needed to Save Energy and Fight Climate Change
By Jos Delbeke, Director-General of DG Climate Action, European Commission


An EIB Perspective on the European Commission Directive "Clean Power for Transport" and its Implications for Shipping
By Mark Clintworth, Head of Shipping, European Investment BankSpring


Blue Energy: Why an Energy Transition Has to Start Offshore
By Gesine Meissner, Member of the European Parliament


Development of European CO2 Infrastructure Networks
By Beatrice Coda, Policy Officer, Unit B1, Internal Market I: Networks and Regional Initiatives, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission

Winter 2014

Energy Efficiency – A Winning Argument for Europe
By Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission


Mobility From the Electrical Outlet?
By Michael Cramer MEP, Chairman of the Committee for Transport and Tourism


Climate Change: Local Action for Global Results
By Lot van Hooijdonk, deputy mayor of Utrecht for transport and mobility, energy and environment and chair of the EUROCITIES Environment Forum


Delivering an Efficient EU Energy System to Benefit Industry, Commerce and Homes
By Fiona Riddoch, COGEN Europe


Carbon Capture and Storage: The Train is Moving
By Didier Houssin, Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology, IEA


Potential Growth of Renewables and Corresponding Progress in Greece
By Eva KAILI, Member of the European Parliament

Autumn 2014

Alleviating Fuel Poverty in Europe
By the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)


The Role of LNG in the Directive on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure
By Mr José Fernandez Garcia, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission


A Security Risk Assessment Methodology for Gas Infrastructure Operators
By Thierry Deschuyteneer, Executive Secretary, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)


EU Energy Policy: Impact on European Ports
By Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General ESPO


Creating the Right Framework for Investment: Targets and Renewable Energy
By Dr James Watson, CEO, European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA)

Spring 2014

EU's Energy Efficiency: Innovation Through Regulation
by Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission


Turning Energy Challenges Into Opportunities: Horizon 2020
by Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission


Energy Efficient Shipping: Things Are Changing
by Gesine Meissner, Member of the European Parliament


Energy Efficient Shipping and Impact on Shipbuilding Evolution
by Luciano Manzon, Chairman, SEA RDI

Winter 2013

Shared Efforts Towards a Greener Maritime Sector
by Dimitrios Theologitis and Jakob Slot


The Contribution of Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies (CCS) to the Decarbonisation of European Energy Systems Towards 2050
by Beatrice Coda, Policy Officer, Low Carbon Technologies Unit, Directorate General for Climate Action, European Commission


Security of Supply Needs Investment Security
by Andreas Renner, Managing Director of astora GmbH & Co. KG

Autumn 2013

Making Nuclear Energy In Europe Even Safer
by Philip Lowe, Director General for Energy, European Commission, DG ENER


Sweden's Road To A Sustainable Energy Future
by Anna-Karin Hatt, Minister for Information Technology and Energy, Sweden

Spring 2013

Green Photonics: At the Heart of Europe's Innovation
by Commission Vice-President, Neelie Kroes


Europe's Energy Challenge: The Role of Renewables
by Philip Lowe, Director General, European Commission, DG ENER


Renovating Buildings to High Energy Performance Standards
The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)


Photonics Technologies for the Low Carbon Economy
by Iain Weir, Director, Optimat Ltd


Stimulating LED Innovation - New Focus for Demand-side Management
by Nils Borg


Smart Specialization: Education Meets Automotive
by Lambert van Nistelrooij, Member of the European Parliament


Knowledge and Data Collaboration for Better Building Energy Performance Policies to Mitigate Climate Change
New Global Knowledge Platform - www.gbpn.org


Energy Efficiency Drives Ongoing Transformation of the Lighting Industry to LEDs
by Tim Whitaker

Winter 2012

A New Architecture for the EU's Gas Supplies?
by Jacques de Jong, Senior fellow Clingendael International Energy Programme


DSM Paves the Way for the Smarter Energy System
by Hans Nilsson, IDE DSM


Renewable Energy Targets for 2030
by Julian Scola, Communication Director, European Wind Energy Association


More Than 100 Years Old and Still Innovative
by Thomas Nowak, Secretary General, European Heat Pump Association (EHPA)


Security of Gas Supply and Liberalisation: What are the Challenges Ahead of Us?
GIE - Gas Infrastructure Europe


Smarter, Faster, eCar?
by Dr. Angelika Niebler, MdEP

Autumn 2012

Reducing Impacts, Increasing Benefits: How ATM is working to improve aviation's environmental performance
by Luc Tytgat, Director Single Sky, EUROCONTROL


IEA Technology Network Tours the Netherlands from North to South
by NL Agency and IEA Technology Network, Netherlands


EIT: Excellence for Energy in Dutch and European Regions
by Lambert van Nistelrooij, MEP, Rapporteur for Regional Policy 2014-2020


EU Research and Innovation Intensify Efforts Towards Electro-mobility
by Frédéric Sgarbi, Directorate-General for Research, Head of Automotive Innovative Systems, European Commission


The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
by Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking


A Clean Sky for Europe: Technology for aviation in the 21st Century
by Siim Kallas, Vice President and EU Commissioner for Transport


Clean Sky 2
by Eric Dautriat, Executive Director Clean Sky


Austria's New Energy Future
by Dr Reinhold Mitterlehner, Federal Minister for Economy and Energy, Austria


European Aviation Industry to protect the environment and the energy supply
by Dr Naresh Kumar ACARE Communication Group Chair


Towards More Efficient use of Energy
by Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy


Hydropower is at the Heart of Flexible Power Generation
by Philip Lowe, Director General for Energy, European Commission


A New Golden Age for Dams
by Michel de Vivo, Secretary General, ICOLD


Leveraging ICT's potential
by Mr Stancic, Deputy Director-General, European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology


Photovoltaics and our Future Energy Supply
by Dr Arnulf Jäger-Waldau


Through the Glasses of Innovation: Solar energy technologies for a European solar future
by Professor Vladko Panayotov, MEP (ALDE, Bulgaria)