Putting innovation at the heart of 2030 in climate & energy policies

Start/Stop Date:
17 Mar 2014
Energy Post in partnership with Shell
Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire Parc du Cinquantenaire 10, 1000 Brussels. Belgium
Focus Areas:
Climate & energy policies
Type of Event:

Can the new EU 2030 climate and energy proposals drive European innovation and competitive edge? And what can be done to ensure this opportunity becomes Europe’s reality?

New independent energy publication Energy Post, in partnership with Shell, is pleased to welcome the European Commission’s new Director-General for Energy, Dominique Ristori , to join us for debate about “Putting innovation at the heart of 2030 climate and energy policies” from 6-8pm on Monday 17th March.

Just days before European Heads of State and Government meet to decide the new 2030 energy and climate proposals, Energy Post’s Sonja van Renssen will chair a debate on climate, energy and industrial policy, bringing together guest speakers including: Dominique Ristori, Director General of DG Energy, David Clarke, CEO of the Energy Technologies Institute, Marco Landolfi, Coordinator of Energy, Transport and Telecommunications at the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU, and President of Shell Netherlands, Dick Benschop.

Europe has carved out a niche for itself in new energy technologies. It held 40% of all renewable energy patents in the last decade – more than the US. EU energy-intensive goods still dominate global export markets – despite the US shale gas revolution – thanks to energy efficiency improvements. These achievements have come paired with job creation, even during the economic recession. But what have been the costs and could these goals have been delivered in more cost-effective ways?

Now the EU stands on the brink of a new phase in climate and energy policy: a second climate and energy package, this time for 2030, with a new emphasis on competitiveness. Everyone agrees innovation is essential. The question is: what policies can best drive it?

The EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) with its flagging carbon price? What can the EU ETS deliver either with or without specific targets for energy efficiency and/or low-carbon energy technologies such as wind, solar, bioenergy and carbon capture and storage? What is the role of R&D support and EU funding to support the demonstration of promising technologies that could lead to large emission reductions and more highly skilled European jobs? Which industries are leading the pack in energy innovation? How can Europe cut emissions by at least 80% by 2050 and deliver energy and economic security at the same time?

These are just some of the questions we will be asking on 17th March. Join us to find out or supply some answers.