European Scientific Advice Mechanism: Energy transition needs to accelerate urgently. Illustration: Gerd Altmann, Pixabay ​​​​​

Energy transition needs to accelerate urgently

​There are several viable paths towards a carbon-neutral future, and it is possible to achieve it by 2050. But it requires immediate action. That is the message from various European academies, including the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), which has been commissioned by the European Commission to provide advice on how to facilitate the energy transition  in Europe.
Filip Johnsson"Our report shows big challenges but also significant opportunities in the transformation of the energy system", says IVA fellow Filip Johnsson, professor of Energy Systems at Chalmers, one of the experts behind the advice prepared for the European Commission. 

On 29 June 2021, the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism publishes two major documents on a systemic approach to the energy transition in Europe: 
  • ​An Evidence Review Report from SAPEA presents the latest scientific evidence and a series of evidence-based policy options.
  • The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors’ Scientific Opinion, informed by this evidence, presents key policy recommendations.
The expert group emphasises that the transition to sustainable energy is not just a technical challenge. To enable the transition, a huge systemic problem must be solved by coordinating investment, consumption, and behavior across Europe. This means transforming the entire European energy system — a change which will affect every part of our society and require huge investment during the transition. And we already need to accelerate progress if we want to achieve the EU’s target of net zero emissions by 2050.

“Thanks to the enthusiastic engagement of top experts from academies across Europe, both within Euro-CASE and across many other disciplines represented within the SAPEA consortium, we are able to present this comprehensive report to the European Commission. Our advice could not be more timely, as the EU prepares to publish its strategy for a zero-carbon future, and the world wakes up to the urgency of fighting climate change.” says Tuula Teeri, IVA’s President.

In the work on the Evidence Review Report, SAPEA selected experts from different disciplines. The group was led by Professor Peter Lund.

The full report and a complete list of the working group can be found at​​

Facts about Euro-CASE
Five years ago, the European Commission set up SAM (The Scientific Advice Mechanism). Through it, the Commission asks European academies to provide scientific evidence for future policy decisions. One of the networks is Euro-CASE (European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering) that brings together European academies that focus on engineering and technology, IVA being one of the academy members.

Page manager Published: Fri 02 Jul 2021.