The Fourth EU-U.S. Energy Council
Posted on January 30, 2013
The EU-U.S. Energy Council met on 5 December 2012 in Brussels to reaffirm the importance of EU-US cooperation in energy research and innovation. The Council was chaired by EU High Representative/Vice President, Catherine Ashton; Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger; Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and Deputy Secretary of Energy, Daniel Poneman.
The Energy Council used the meeting to take stock of 2012 but also to look ahead to the future. In particular, the Council acknowledged the importance of new, clean and low-carbon technologies to drive economic growth.
The Energy Council welcomed the work carried out by the Technology Working Group to enhance collaboration and finalisation of a Joint Rolling Action Plan. The aim of the plan is to guide cooperation through joint and coordinated research, twinning of projects and exchange of researchers, focused on the four priority areas endorsed by the Council in 2011. These include: smart grids including energy storage; materials including critical materials; nuclear fusion; and hydrogen and fuel cells.
The Council called for further action in these areas over 2013, as well as continued work on existing and new cooperative activities in the working group's overarching technology areas.
Such partnerships are a precursor to further development, none so more important than between the EU and U.S., which has led the development of hydrogen fuel cells. This has in part has been driven by industry and consumer demand for sustainable and secure access to energy.