Is the Renewable Energy Problem Almost Solved in the European Council?

The second day has started! The delegates are extremely enthusiastic about negotiating on the topic of renewable energy. In this context, France took the floor and illustrated the fact that not only does transition to renewable energy have a beneficial economic impact, but it also has an important effect on social shift. Moreover, Germany approved and highly encouraged the idea of deepening the discussion about the Super Grid. The delegates emphasized the importance of economic aspects.

According to Germany’s wish to find measures on the Super Grid, Belgium proposed a moderated caucus on the topic of the European Super Grid. The delegates started the debate by giving a speech about the importance of the European Super Grid in terms of profit and environmental issues. In opposition, the delegate of the Czech Republic pointed out the fact that not everyone in the European Union can afford the construction of the European Super Grid. This approach was supported by the delegate of Bulgaria which suggested that even  with all the financial help offered by other states, some countries cannot afford this cost. Responding to these statements, Germany and Hungary underlined the fact that cooperation is the solution for implementing the Super Grid in the European Union. The purpose is to end the dependency on Russian energy. Furthermore, the head of states were concerned about the transportation methods. However, they were in favor of a Super Grid, as the energy is clean and it encapsulates the best solution taking into consideration the environment, pollution, financial aspects and feasibility. The other delegates have to convince the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Austria proposed an unmoderated caucus in order to fix some issues and to negotiate regarding the building of a Super Grid that would provide energy for the member States. After that, it came the informal discussion where the delegates worked together to envisage the best solutions for renewable energy. The Lithuanian delegate presented the fact that the member states took into consideration the wind and solar energy and also the Super Grid that had been discussed previously. Sweden  enumerated in a speech the effective solutions that they found during unmoderated caucus such as programs for raising awareness, eco-friendly education for EU citizens and the creation of a body concerned with strategic investments in order to subsidize renewable energy.

In order to achieve a solution suitable for all Member states, Croatia proposed a moderated caucus on hydropower. Therefore, Croatia stressed the idea that hydropower represents an important measure for the further development of renewable energy. This point was sustained by Germany which also featured the idea that hydro energy does not depend on climate change. However, Hungary believed it is difficult for some countries to benefit from this kind of energy as they do not have the resources to develop it. Sweden was eager to share its expertise in hydropower highlighting the economic benefices. Given the situation where not every member state has the possibility to access hydropower, Bulgaria encouraged the delegations to come up with solutions. Denmark would like to propose the creation of an administrative body in order to give a democratic emphasis of the Super Grid.

Another topics discussed by the countries were biomass, transportation and cap and trade system. All there play an important role for finding the perfect solution. The member states agreed on improving them in order to make a cleaner environment.

All in all, this morning ended really well, as the countries agreed on many aspects mostly on financial and social aspects. Until now we can hope that European Council can solve the problem of climate change and renewable energy as they pointed out a lot of solutions.

 

Written by Irina Baciu, Press Officer

 

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