In autumn 2019 the European network of engineering academies Euro-CASE published the report Energy transitions in Europe: common goals but different paths. It offers broad information on European energy issues and tasks as well as it renders insight in different energy policies, the EU climate protection targets and the efforts that have been put in place by the member states to date.
Furthermore, it informs about the various efforts of the EU member states to replace fossil energy sources with renewable energy sources such as water and wind power, photovoltaics, geothermal energy or biomass. Moreover, it sheds light on the difficulty in dispatching the electricity from such sources on demand and not as available.
The academies emphasise in their report that all countries must increase their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as highlighted by the Paris Agreement and that Europe should play a leading role in this effort.
The EURO-CASE Energy Platform was responsible for writing the report. The platform’s chair is Eberhard Umbach, member of acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering and the academies’ project “Energy Systems of the Future”.
The European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering is the union of national engineering academies from 21 European states. The engineering academies provide independent, non-profit and science-based consultancy for politics and society in their respective states. Euro-CASE aims to be an independent and scientifically working partner to the European Institutions and elaborates solutions to meet global challenges as well as to provide for evidence-based expertise as a basis for political decisions. Through its member academies, Euro-CASE has access to top expertise from science as well as from the economy – around 6,000 experts.