EU is to launch Science and Technology Network on shale gas development in Europe
Launch of European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction
EU launches a new science and technology network to provide independent scientific analysis on development of European shale gas. The European Science and Technology Network will give policy and decision makers around Europe access to source of information about various aspects of unconventional hydrocarbon extraction.
The Shale Gas Europe Service announces that European Science and Technology Network, led by Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), is to be launched soon.
The Network is primarily aimed to collect and review results from research projects on shale oil and gas production as well as assess the development of technologies used in unconventional gas and oil projects. The Network will bring together practitioners from industry, research, academia as well as civil society.
The Network has been created since January 2014 when the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission received a mandate to establish the Network (publication of the Commission's Recommendations and Communication on Shale gas). The Network will be established in close cooperation with DG Environment and DG Energy, involving also DG Research & Innovation, DG Climate Action and DG Enterprise & Industry.
Spokesperson for Shale Gas Europe, Marcus Pepperell, said: “Science and academia have always been at the forefront of progress and the development of new technologies and industry. The European debate on shale gas needs to move away from rhetorical arguments based on ideology and NIMBYism. Europe urgently needs to ensure the security of its supply at a price it can afford to the collective benefit of all its citizens. Shale gas could make a valuable contribution to diversifying Europe’s domestic energy mix at a time when we are importing an ever increasing amount of our energy from abroad.”
He added: “The creation of the Network brings together leading experts in their respective fields who will be able to provide scientific based evidence to complement research being undertaken by individual Member States. It will give policy and decision makers around Europe access to one holistic source of qualitative research and analysis to guide the development of this crucial new energy source within an environmentally sustainable framework.”
source: Shale Gas Europe