On June 30th, EPRC organised a stakeholder meeting with energy research and innovation experts in Wales. The meeting was hosted by EPRC and Welsh Governance, both of which are partners of the Horizon 2020 project TRACER. The project supports nine coal-intensive regions across Europe to (re-)design their Research and Innovation strategies to facilitate their transition towards a sustainable energy system.
The co-creative workshop in Wales aimed to continue the dialogue that started in 2020 with interviewing key stakeholders in the Welsh energy transition. The workshop presented findings from the interviews and provided the opportunity to discuss the changes in the Welsh energy R&I context since mid-late 2020. This included the post-Brexit and pandemic landscape, as well as new policies and strategies introduced, such as the publication of both the Regional Investment in Wales Framework, the strategies developed in Wales during the Regional and Local Area Energy Planning processes, and the recently published recommendations by the Innovation Advisory Council for Wales on the future of innovation policy in Wales. This discussion enabled revisiting identified challenges, strengths and priorities in light of these recent developments. Specifically to the energy transition, participants indicated whether priorities had changed, became clearer, or less/more urgent. Particular areas of attention were R&D needs, skills and labour market priorities, and local embedding of energy developments (see Briefing here).
The EPRC team will continue the discussion of R&I priorities, organise an event about energy-related funding opportunities, and feed the research findings into future projections for the energy sector and roadmaps for R&I strategies and implications for skills and the labour market.
The European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) is one of the partners in the TRACER project (2019-2022), which is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation. The project supports nine coal-intensive regions in their design of research and innovation strategies that lead to a transition to sustainable energy. Six regions are located in EU Member States: South East Bulgaria, North West Bohemia (CZ), Lusatian Lignite District (DE), West Macedonia (GR), Upper Silesia (PL) and Jiu Valley (RO). The other three regions are Wales (UK), Kolubara (Serbia) and Donetsk (Ukraine).
Read more about the TRACER project here.