27 September 2016
Strategic research and innovation agenda 2016
Research and innovation will play a fundamental role in achieving these objectives, and we need a strategic vision to shape future R&I priorities. A shared vision for Europe’s R&I is now reflected in this Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
The cost of wind energy has continued to fall despite the polluter pays principle still not being fully applied in most markets. This is an achievement to be proud of and has been driven by intense research and innovation. However, academia and industry need to work together more closely to drive costs down further making wind energy a technology of first choice.
The pressure on renewable energy is increasing as energy commodity prices (coal, oil, and gas) are at historically low levels in real terms. Electricity demand in the developed world will continue to decrease in the short term due to increasingly lean production technologies, energy efficiency, and the emergence of postindustrial societies.