Greening Europe - European Policy Summit
23/11/2011
Europe’s uncertain energy future
  

With the participation of

   

Fatih Birol

Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

 
Oettinger

GÜNTHER OETTINGER

EU Commissioner for Energy

 

09.30-10.00

Welcome coffee and registration of participants

 

10.00-11.00

SESSION I

WEO 2011 PRESENTATION: THE RISING TIDE OF UNCERTAINTIES


The Arab spring, the Eurozone crisis, Fukushima and rising prices from oil to nuclear energy have greatly changed the outlook for Europe’s transition to a low-carbon energy system. What new trends are highlighted in the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2011, and what are the implications for EU and national policymakers? What is likely to be the impact on Europe’s economic recovery of higher energy prices and how fundamentally will Fukushima affect the nuclear sector? With the uncertainties stemming from the Arab spring, what will Europe’s long-term oil supplies from the Middle East look like? What is the impact of these recent developments on the 2°C target for limiting climate change?

 

Presentation by Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA) on the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2011, followed by comments and dialogue with the Summit's participants.
 

Co-moderated by Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe, and Willy De Backer, Head of Friends of Europe’s Greening Europe Forum

 

11.00-11.30

Coffee break

 

11.30-13.00

SESSION II

THE GOLDEN AGE OF GAS: OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKS

 

Both the shale gas revolution in North America and the booming LNG trade are stimulating interest in Europe and around the world, with global demand for natural gas forecast to surge by up to 44% between 2008 and 2035. Will new developments in gas decrease Europe’s dependence on Russia, and could it also be that the coming gas revolution will delay investment in renewable forms of energy? If EU governments cut support for renewables, could the ‘Golden Age of Gas’ mark a backward step in the struggle against climate change? How will forecasts of cheaper gas affect the planned Caspian pipelines to Europe? Will Europe ever see substantial production of shale gas, and what are the environmental pros and cons of a future gas revolution?

 

Speakers

Maria da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Michael Hoffmann, External Affairs and Communications Director, Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

Heinrich Herm Stapelberg, Public & Government Affairs Manager, Central Europe, ExxonMobil

Martin C. Stewart-Smith, Transactional Lawyer, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Sven Teske, Director of the Greenpeace International Renewable Energy Campaign

 


Co-moderated by Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe, and Willy De Backer, Head of Friends of Europe’s Greening Europe Forum

 

13.00-14.00

Lunch

 

14.00-15.30

SESSION III

DECARBONISING AND SECURING EUROPE’S ENERGY FUTURE

  

The European Commission Roadmap for Europe’s energy future that will be published by the end of the year will identify policies and instruments urgently to be put in place if Europe is to achieve a low-carbon energy system by 2050. What vision lies behind this roadmap and what are the limits of an EU-only action? Will it bring Europe closer to one integrated energy market and why do we need it? Is it essential to integrate our European electricity systems? Can it help ensure that Europe reduces its dependence on fossil fuels, and does it point to a future for renewables and nuclear power in the EU’s energy mix? How does energy efficiency fit into the new EU vision, and what scale of investment will be needed in smart grids and new energy infrastructures?
 

Speakers

Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy

Ben Caldecott, Head of European Policy, Climate Change Capital

Andreas JohnMember of the Board and Head of Transmission Systems Operations, Swissgrid

Auke Lont, Chief Executive Officer, Statnett

Isabelle Muller, Secretary General, European Petroleum Industry Association (EUROPIA)

 

 

Co-moderated by Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe, and Willy De Backer, Head of Friends of Europe’s Greening Europe Forum

 

15.30

End of summit

 
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