Energy: international cooperation is key to newer, cleaner and more efficient global action. Romana Jordan MEP
Romana Jordan MEP, Vice-Coordinator in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament, Rapporteur for the Energy Roadmap 2050 Opinion and the EPP Group Shadow Rapporteur for the Regulation establishing an Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation, today addressed the International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE) in Anaheim, USA.
The theme of the conference was 'Energy Mix for a Sustainable and Bright Future'. Ms Jordan summarised the links between energy supply and CO2 emissions: "We have a shared responsibility for this global problem and therefore need to work together on a joint global approach for the development of an energy strategy that will meet increased demand without further potential damage to the planet."
Romana Jordan explained that real progress has been made in the EU by a combination of individual Member State actions and a Europe-wide strategy of working together to:
- Liberalise the energy markets bringing real competition to reduce energy prices;
- Invest in technologies to increase energy efficiency and reduce harmful emissions;
- Create a positive economic climate to attract the essential investment to realise the challenges in hand.
Ms Jordan continued: "Much remains to be done but, only by working together - in the EU and globally - can the goals be achieved. Pollution has no respect for national borders and the responsibility is upon all of us to reduce CO2 and other emissions that seem to increase with economic development."
She compared emissions from the USA, China and the EU:
- The USA has 5% of the world population but is responsible for 25% of world CO2 emissions.
- China produces about the same amount of CO2 emissions as the USA but with 20% of the world population
- The European Union produces about 14% of global CO2 emissions with less than 10% of the world population.
Romana Jordan said that she had identified more problems than solutions, but clearly outlined a real advantage of nuclear energy alongside other low-carbon energy sources as being of great value in the future energy policy mix.
As a politician, having spent the early years of her career as a researcher devoted to energy sector challenges, Romana Jordan has accepted the challenge to combine her political and industrial experience to promote international efforts and cooperation so desperately needed to allow economic recovery and development without adding to the serious problem of climate change and energy dependency.
On Thursday 2 August, Romana Jordan will also welcome a group of students from the EU that will be attending the ICONE-20 Conference. They will discuss current topics related to nuclear energy, energy policy, climate change and the work of a Member of the European Parliament.
For further information:
Romana Jordan MEP, Tel: +32-2-2845280
Klemen Žumer, EPP Group Press and Communications Service, Tel: +32-498-514589
Notes to Editors:
Romana Jordan is a nuclear engineer and holds a PhD in nuclear science and is a Slovenian Member of the EPP Group. She has devoted her professional life to the energy sector in both industry and politics.
The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 271 Members and 3 Croatian Observer Members.