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Innovative technologies that promote climate neutrality give tools for attaining climate targets

Innovative technologies that promote climate neutrality can help the EU achieve its climate and energy policy targets. The rapid deployment of new technologies is necessary so that the tighter climate targets can be reached in Europe and across the globe.

These technologies are covered in the national energy and climate plans (NECPs) and the EU’s 2050 long-term climate strategy (LTS) which will be discussed during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

New technologies boost European competitiveness

Innovative technologies that promote climate neutrality are important for European exports. Technologies that promote climate neutrality not only help achieve the EU’s climate and energy goals but also facilitate competitiveness, economic growth and job creation in Europe.

New technological solutions paving the way for a competitive and climate neutral Europe were discussed by the EU ministers responsible for competitiveness in their informal meeting in Helsinki on 5 July 2019, and they will be discussed again by the energy ministers in the Council meeting in Brussels on 24 September 2019.

Energy technology SET Plan conference in Finland in November

The European strategic energy technology plan (SET Plan) was created in 2007 to coordinate European cooperation in research and innovation in energy technologies. Among the outcomes of SET Plan cooperation are goals and action plans to develop energy technologies. Finland’s Presidency will organise a SET Plan Conference in Helsinki on 13–15 November 2019.

Innovative technologies promoting climate neutrality are linked to several topical EU financial instruments. From 2020 onwards the Innovation Fund will support the deployment of new technology solutions in Europe. Horizon Europe will fund research on technologies that promote climate neutrality, among other fields, in 2021–2027.

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European Commission: draft national energy and climate plans

EU 2050 long-term strategy

SET Plan

Innovation Fund

Horizon Europe

Inquiries

Miika Tommila, Senior Energy Specialist, Finland’s Permanent Representation to the EU, tel. +32 470 914 281 [email protected]

Sanna Ek-Husson, Senior Energy Specialist, Finland’s Permanent Representation to the EU, tel. +32 470 206 178, [email protected]

Juhani Tirkkonen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. 029 506 2140, [email protected]

Juho Korteniemi, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 50 567 0715, [email protected]

Timo Ritonummi, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 50 592 2103, [email protected]