Graham Watson MEP
Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar
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Published on Thursday 15th March 2012
The European Parliament will today debate and vote on its report on the Commission's Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy by 2050. The report establishes a policy framework for the EU to achieve a 80-95% reduction in its CO2 emissions by 2050, and it is expected that MEPs will endorse it by a large majority.
Sir Graham Watson MEP, who is the Chairman of a global network of MPs and MEPs from all mainstream political parties campaigning to increase government investment in renewable energy and electricity supergrids called the Climate Parliament, as well as a Liberal Democrat MEP and President of the ELDR party.
Commenting on the section on energy infrastructure and renewable energy, Sir Graham said:
"What the European Parliament is saying in this report is that the way to integrate large amounts of renewable energy into our electricity supply is to allow for power exchanges across borders and build an interconnected European supergrid."
"Each country does not have the variety of renewable energy sources to be able to move to 95% renewables by 2050 on its own, while still guaranteeing reliability of supply. But with an electricity supergrid that spans the continent, we do."
"I am delighted that the Climate Parliament and other partner organisations have succeeded in making sure this is one of the key priorities on renewables and energy infrastructure."
The report was authored by Liberal Demcrat MEP Chris Davies. Graham continued:
"We all owe Chris Davies MEP a big thank you for having put this ambitious report together."
Notes to Editors
Paragraph 76 of the report on power generation states:
Invites the Member States and the Commission to invest more in the energy infrastructure necessary for the transition to a sustainable economy; emphasises that Europe should be at the cutting edge in the development of standards and interoperable energy-related Internet technologies and energy-efficient ICT applications, in particular smart grids, the full and timely deployment of smart home systems such as smart meters designed to benefit the consumer, and modernising and developing an interconnected European electricity supergrid and LNG infrastructures; emphasises, with regard to interregional connections, the need to launch an investment plan based notably on the European Energy Infrastructure Package, so as to secure the diversification of energy supply sources; calls on the Commission to propose practical solutions for the efficient integration of large amounts of renewables by promoting market rules that allow for efficient and transparent international power exchange; calls, therefore, for the swift integration and uptake of crossborder electricity markets; recognises the urgent need for a long-term vision, given the many years required to build energy infrastructure with a long lifetime; welcomes the focus on energy infrastructure in the proposed Connecting Europe Facility;