On March 2, 2020 Cepconsult s.r.o. took part in closed-door expert level conference for governments in Central and Eastern Europe ‘Increasing Renewable Energy in Central Europe’ organized by British Government, COP26 Committee and hosted by the Residence of the British Ambassador in Vienna, Austria.
Under the moderation by Pieter de Pous, E3G’s Senior Policy Advisor, Matt Webb, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Dr. Michael Losch, Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Fintan Slye, Executive Director in charge of the UK National Grid Electricity System Operator, Juraj Kubica, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investments and Informatization, Vicky Bullivant, Head of Sustainable Business at Drax and others shared knowledge and experience on the transition to clean energy.
UK electricity system is planned to be carbon free by 2025 and the entire British energy sector is to become net zero CO2 by 2050. However issue of long term period balancing between electricity consumption and production remains unsolved.
Slovakia looking for closing down its coal sector by 2023, finding an appropriate solution for the social factor. Meanwhile the Czech Republic does not show big ambitions and just picks up common EU goals in transition.
From Austrian point of view, integration of well-developed national electricity market with neighboring countries will make Austrian transition process more expensive and complicated.