The EUA Energy & Environment Platform connects EUA members and partners who are active in energy and environment research, education and innovation and represents universities in EU energy and climate policy, in particular the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan process. It aims to facilitate the full participation of European universities in energy- and environment-related EU programmes and to achieve the creation of the Energy Union and a sustainable energy future for Europe.
The Platform’s current activities are based on the priorities and objectives outlined in the “Roadmap for European Universities in Energy”, published in December 2016 as part of the UNI-SET project.
The Platform has been active in EU energy research policy since 2008 and acts as the voice of universities in a variety of domains and events. The inaugural conference took place in 2012 at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
- Strengthen research and education: The Platform supports universities in developing their research and education portfolios, as well as their institutional strategies in the field of energy and environment. The mission is to maximise the impact of research, innovation, education and outreach activities in the two fields. The network achieves this through regular events, projects and publications and the sharing of good practices between university leaders and partners.
- Support policy and advocacy at EU level: The Platform serves as the voice of universities in the European debate on energy and environment research, education and innovation. It is a recognised SET-Plan stakeholder and contributes, on behalf of members and alongside stakeholders and partners, to the SET-Plan process, the European Technology and Innovation Platforms and other fora.
- Foster outreach and societal engagement: The Platform connects universities with European stakeholders, including policy makers, European networks, companies and research organisations. It facilitates dialogue about higher education and energy research with a variety of partners. It also encourages universities to broaden their relations at the local, regional and national level to fully use their potential in specific contexts.
- Facilitate networking and clustering: The Platform organises regular events and workshops to support networking and clustering around thematic priorities. This allows members to create new connections and opportunities. In particular, the Energy Clustering Events are a platform for high-level dialogue on energy research and education in Europe.