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Hintergrundinformation (EN)

 

The international conference on: “Energy Paths – Horizon 2050” within Austria’s EU-presidency in the first half of 2006 aims to strengthen the long-term energy perspective of the European Union with the clear goal to achieve a sustainable and secure energy future based on the implementation of appropriate technologies.

Energy infrastructure takes time to build up and has a useful life that in most cases is measured in decades. New energy technologies take time to develop and even longer to reach their maximum market share. Increasing concentration of greenhouse gases from human activities affects ecosystems and global climate over a long period - from decades to centuries.

In this context the goals of the conference are:

  • to help decision makers both from the public and private sectors to identify the main dimensions and drivers that shape our future sustainable energy system,
  • to understand the dynamic links among the main drivers as well as the related technological areas, and to assess their relative importance (in terms of potential impacts) to create sustainable energy paths,
  • to provide a more systematic and full analysis of uncertainties that lie ahead in our future energy and environmental system.

The identification of factors that affect our energy system over a 40- to 50-year period is essential in making policy choices. Exploring and identifying the uncertainties over such factors become critical in order to formulate strategies that, given the uncertainty, produce the fewest drawbacks, if not the greatest benefits for our society.

Through appropriate European policy and regulatory frameworks, policy responses can foster the development of a rational mix of the most efficient, environmental friendly and economical energy technology options at each stage in the long journey towards sustainable energy systems.

The contents of the conference will include presentations and discussions about different long-term European perspectives taking into account public, industrial and NGO views.

The outcomes of the conference will contribute to a common understanding by deepening the dialogue between the different stake holders. Strategy discussions and actions within the European Union should be encouraged and supported by the results of this conference towards a secure and sustainable energy future. Furthermore decision makers will recognise the relationship between short-term and longer-term objectives, and how they change over time under the pressure of long-term trends and factors.

 

Datum: 02.02.2006