Set Energy alla Conferenza Internazionale 'Energy Forum'18/12/2013
Sopot, 16th December – 18th December 2013
Konrad Szymanski, MEP, talking about the energy policy reminded its three goals: improving the competitivenessof the European economy, increasing security of supply and sustainability. Polish politician argued that after 2007 climate policy took precedence over other goals.
In Europe nowadays we pay for electricity over two times more than in the U.S.. In such conditions new climate policy will hardly go together with economic growth. This is particularly worrying in the context of the EU-US free trade agreement. We need such an energy policy that will take into account the international context and that will break with the burden of European economies.
- We have an urgent need for intensive negotiations on climate policy at governmental level in order to change itinto more market oriented one – concluded Szymanski.
Referring to Mr. Szymanski’s address, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Mr. Janusz Piechocinski stressed the need for lowering the energy prices in Europe.
Mr. Piechocinski said that we need to extend the number of climate targets included in 3×20 package – i.e. the reduction of energy consumption along with carbon dioxide emissions and the increase by 20% of the renewable energy production by the year 2020 – with two new goals. One is to increase by minimum 20% the share of the industry sector in Europe’s GDP, the other – the reduction of energy prices by 20 %.The latter one could be achieved, according to the minister of the economy, by implementing new technologies and by saving the energy. – If the answer to the crisis is to be a huge transatlantic free trade zone, the energy prices in Europe must be reduced. Economies with such a different energy prices simply cannot function together, he said.
Piechociński reminded that starting from the year 2005, the average price of energy has increased by 25% in the EU, while in the United States – by 1%. United States attract new investments, including energy-consuming industry. Europe begins to drift and experiences serious tensions on the energy market.
According to Jaroslav Neverovic, Minister of Energy of Lithuania, development of trans-national transmission infrastructure is essential. The Lithuanian Minister stressed the importance of gas interconnectors between the countries which would guarantee the energy security.
Jaroslav Neverovic recalled that Lithuania had been facing a fundamental problem with the production capacity of energy since the nuclear power plant was closed. The development of infrastructure strengthens the Lithuanian security of supply, however in the long term, the country needs to renew its own energy capacity.
One of the ways facilitating change in European policy and concerning the energy sector- is further strengthening of cooperation while creating a single, common European energy market. This in turn requires a systematicexpansion of transmission and interconnectors. Certainly it will take some time , but in my opinion, it will succeed.The next steps will be to integrate the traditional market of renewable energy and significantly reduce the network costs stated Jaroslav Neverovic- Minister of Energy of Lithuania.