Jan Desmet, Professor in electro techniques and the chair of the IE-net group, insists that politicians should look further than the present parliament, at a horizon of up to 30 years ahead. The engineers believe energy is both the cause and the solution of the problem. They suggest investments should be made in research and development and in training. Infrastructure too needs to be beefed up. Investments are needed in the infrastructure required to import, transport and store energy.
They engineers believe the investments should be made as part of long term policy within a European framework. Urban and countryside planning, renovation, improved mobility and recycling can all help to speed up behavioural changes needed to arrest climate change.
They also favour a minimum CO2 tax on all fossil fuels that should be introduced gradually.