In order to meet the greater ambition of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions by large amounts in 2050, new generations of technologies must be developed through breakthroughs in research. On one hand, the transition to a low carbon future, should prioritize the improvement of the European innovation system on energy technologies by creating at first the framework conditions and incentives for the development of new energy technologies. In order to achieve this, a formulation of a coherent strategy is necessary, coordinating the efforts of all Member States. On the other hand, effective strategic planning requires regular and reliable information and data. Essential components to provide this information are tools or methods that offer a better insight in technology transition analysis and planning, along with tools that focus on energy systems modeling.
To achieve the transition of Europe to a low carbon future the Strategic Energy Technology Plan has been launched, focusing on strengthening and giving coherence to the overall effort in Europe in the direction of new energy technologies development, and deployment. This will help in the acceleration of innovation in low carbon technologies which facilitate the achievement of the environmental targets set for 2020 and the analysis of the energy system for 2050.
The SET plan proposes a number of concrete actions to develop a more coherent energy research landscape in Europe one of which is the establishment of an information system which will "map" technologies and provide updated information to support policy making (SETIS).