Maroš Šefčovič, VIce President of the European Union Energy Union Commission writes in the EUObersver about the transformations of Europe’s energy infrastructure in an article ‘From dark coal toward a brighter future’ and says “The energy transition is one of the most exciting challenges of our time.”
His main thesis refers to a ‘6Ds’ model:
and most significantly, Disruption.
From the article:
The last D is tricky. Disruption is indeed important but it means that the process will be more difficult for some regions than for others. The challenge is particularly present in coal-intensive regions which will have to reinvent themselves in order to flourish in the new economy.
Coal was at the heart of Europe’s economy for many decades. Its tremendous economic and social importance was leveraged politically to unite our devastated continent after WWII (in the form of the Coal and Steel Community which later evolved into the European Union).
Yet, this 20th century technology is now being phased out in favour of cleaner solutions.
NOTE: On January 4, 2018 in Brataslava, Slovakia, Mr. Šefčovič will participate in the opening ceremony for the first ever battery assisted fast charging system in Central and Eastern Europe.