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.

TheEASAC 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 statementssince 2004, some of them jointly with the EASAC Environment Programme.

Work is currently on-going to support the dissemination of the report on “Decarbonisation of Transport”, which started in July 2017 and was published in April 2019. Work continues also on the dissemination of EASAC reports on electricity storage, which was launched on 19 June 2017 and on multifunctionality and sustainability in the EU’s forests, which was launched on 11 May 2017 (jointly with the EASAC environment programme).

Looking to the future, EASAC’s energy steering panel will continue to monitor EU energy and climate policy developments and the progress of related work by the scientific community. In particular, it aims to inform the development of EU energy policies triggered by the EU strategy “A Clean Planet for All”. Against this background, the EASAC energy steering panel is currently gathering information and developing a programme of work to produce an EASAC report on the decarbonisation of buildings and heating (provisional title), with a view to publication in 2021. Building on its earlier work and the work of its member academies, EASAC is also considering the option of publishing a Commentary on synthetic fuels in 2020.