The Wuppertal Institute and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences organised the "Perspectives of Renewable Energy in the Danube Region" Conference, which was held in 26-27 March 2015 in Pécs Hungary. The conference was aimed at exploring the potential of Renewable Energy Sources in the Danube Region, towards the transition into the post-carbon and post-nuclear era.
The energy production in the Danube region is predominantly based on fossil and nuclear energy sources contributing to climate change and endangering the ecosystem and lowering the quality of life. While in the last decade the share of renewable energy sources (RES) has grown steadily in final energy consumption, the national energy strategies in the Danube region are still mainly based on fossil and nuclear sources. The international financial crisis and the prolonged recession have pushed the issues of environmental protection and sustainable energy production in the region into the background. The existing RES technologies and plants are in some cases only pilot or small scale projects and they cannot spread to their full extent due to political, legal, administrative, economic and technical barriers.
The goal of the conference was to advance in the sound assessment of RES potentials in the Danube Region as well as in understanding the ecological, economic and societal aspects related with the deployment of those potentials. In this way the conference will also contribute to identify existing gaps (e.g. data availability, assessments, etc.) and the need for further research.
Main result of the conference is the book of proceedings which is online available at the website of the conference.