Three questions to Jerzy Buzek
Jerzy Buzek is a Polish politician, former Prime Minister of Poland and former President of the European Parliament. He has been an MEP since 2004 and currently chairs the EP's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). He is an initiator of the European Energy Community, a former rapporteur for 7th Framework Program, the SET Plan and the EU Internal Energy Market, and current rapporteur on the Security of Gas Supply Regulation as well as for an own-initiative report on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation.
What does sustainable energy mean to you?
Sustainable energy production and consumption is usually defined as maintaining equilibrium between human development and environmental protection. To me it has a broader meaning. Making energy sustainable means ensuring its secure supply, a curbed environmental burden and - last but not least - low prices, benefiting citizens and the entire economy.
None of the goals should dominate the others. The Energy Union aims to balance them and sets a strategy I have been advocating for several years. It will boost sustainability by making our energy systems integrated, interconnected and coherent at EU level and by supporting the development of new technologies.
What are the trends that we should look out for in sustainable energy? And what impacts do they have on what you’re doing now or in the future?
The ITRE Committee is working on the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package, a significant element of which is the energy market design. Today we are adapting the market to the growing share of renewable energy, including energy that is generated in a dispersed way by prosumers in their own gardens and on the roofs of their houses. We are looking for storage technologies and — at least before we find these — for the most efficient backup methods since the supply from unconventional, renewable sources is still intermittent. Because of this, conventional energy still has great importance in ensuring the security of supply to end-use customers.
Given the high pace of technological change and progress, we should be well prepared for many different scenarios. I am sure that in several years’ time, the market we are working on now will need to be adapted again to new trends and technologies.
Do you plan to attend the EUSEW Policy Conference and if so what do you hope to get out of it this year?
Yes, I do. I look forward to the discussions on different aspects of energy security and the integrity of our systems and networks. Conferences like this are an excellent opportunity for an open, inspiring exchange of views between representatives of different parts of the energy scene: public and private sector, activists, scientists and other stakeholders. This gives the conference an important role in fostering understanding and trust between all these groups and their interests.