23 September 2011
European energy and climate policy is governed by the overarching goal to reduce the demand for non-renewable energy sources and cut down greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
It also aims to reduce import dependency, provide security of supply, affordability and local employment. It is strongly believed that this goal can be achieved by a rapid uptake of the use of renewable energy sources and a considerable increase in energy efficiency, notably in the heating and cooling sector. If properly executed, it will be nothing less than the third industrial revolution focusing on locally available energy sources, produced decentrally and consumed in an optimal way via smart grids in smart cities.