Watson: Greening EU power supply: hit ‘panic button’ now, not in 2049

Sir Graham Watson MEPThe European green energy community will come together tonight (Wednesday 11 July) for the launch of a new report which has been commissioned by the Smart Energy for Europe Platform set to be the new ‘study of studies’ on greening Europe’s power supply.

The report compares and contrasts EU energy roadmaps to 2050 authored by organisations such as Greenpeace and the electricity industry, the European Climate Foundation and finally – the one that counts – the European Commission.

Sir Graham Watson MEP, who is the Chairman of a global network of MPs and MEPs from all mainstream political parties campaigning to increase government investment in renewable energy and electricity supergrids called the Climate Parliament, as well as a UK Liberal Democrat MEP and President of the ELDR party, is hosting the launch. At the event, he will say:

“What this report shows more than ever is that we need to bring the ‘panic button’ forward – and not hit it in 2049.”

“It also highlights that there is still no consensus on nuclear and CCS. Is nuclear clean power or pushing the emissions further up the chain? Is banking on CCS becoming viable in the next 15 years a sound bet for humanity – or will necessity once again prove to be the mother of invention?”

The report, entitled “Decarbonisation scenarios leading to the EU energy roadmap 2050″ concludes that what is agreed is that we need to push forward on energy efficiency and electric vehicles, invest in research to bring down the cost of renewables and adapt our grids to fluctuating energy sources. Sir Graham continued:

“The Climate Parliament group in the European Parliament is trying to put the theory into practise in the next EU budget.”

“But what the report doesn’t say is that we can do EU energy roadmaps until we are blue in the face and it will make no difference global climate change. We need to grab the window of opportunity to ‘lock in’ green growth in developing countries now.”

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