EASAC Energy Programme

The Energy Programme provides independent and leading edge scientific assessments and advice to EU energy and climate policy makers.

Topics are selected by EASAC Council on the basis of advice from the EASAC Energy Steering Panel and can encompass a wide range of energy issues of priority interest to the EU, including energy resources, energy systems integration, renewable energies, energy efficiency, GHG emissions, electricity grid management, and key aspects of energy security and sustainability.

The EASAC Energy Steering Panel is nominated by the national science academies.  It advises on the focus of the energy programme and makes inputs to energy debates internationally.  It also helps to communicate the findings of EASAC working groups to policy makers at EU and National levels. The Energy Steering Panel meets twice per year under the Chairmanship of Professor Wim van Saarloos.

The Energy Programme has produced 23 reports and statements since 2004, some of them jointly with the EASAC Environment Programme.

Work is currently on-going to support the dissemination of the report on electricity storage, which was launched on 19 June 2017 and of the report on multifunctionality and sustainability in the EU’s forests, which was launched on 11 May 2017 (jointly with the EASAC environment programme).  A project on “Decarbonisation of Transport” started in July 2017 with a target for publication early in 2019. 

Looking to the future, EASAC’s energy steering panel is actively exploring other areas of EU energy and climate policy to which it could contribute independent science based evidence and advice, notably in areas of energy efficiency as well as in energy supply systems and technologies.