The EIF dinner debate on smart grids on 12 April coincided with the publication of the European Commission Communication "Smart Grids: from innovation to deployment". Currently only 10% of European households use smart technologies. The Commission Communication is looking to find consensus on the various challenges facing further smart grid deployment.
Carbon emissions are the most material impact on the environment. In December last year in Paris, 195 nations agreed to limit global warming to well below 2°C. The EU and its Member States have set their own carbon reduction targets to achieve this goal.