WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK – Europe’s options in a volatile world

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This high-level conference is co-organised with the International Energy Agency to host the official Brussels launch of the World Energy Outlook 2015.

The event will start with the presentation of the latest IEA flagship publication by Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA, followed by a high-level panel debate, moderated by Chris Burns, Strategic Adviser at Friends of Europe.

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09.30 – 10.00 Welcome coffee and registration of participants

10.00 – 12.00 Presentation of the WEO2015 followed by a high-level panel discussion

The global climate negotiations leading up to December’s Paris conference, along with the precipitous fall in oil prices, and conflicts and instability in the Middle East are all making energy markets around the world more volatile than ever. What are the economic, environmental and security implications of so much uncertainty for Europe? How does Europe fit into the changing world energy panorama? If lower oil prices persist, what will that mean for markets, policies, competitiveness, investment and the energy mix in the EU? Will other countries’ climate pledges have an impact on Europe and will they in any case be enough to limit the global temperature rise to below 2°C?

High-level panel discussion by

Fatih Birol / Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Giles Dickson / Chief Executive Officer of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)

Susana Quintana-Plaza / Senior Vice President for Technology & Innovation at E.ON

Maroš Šefčovič / EU Vice-President for Energy Union

Eirik Wærness / Chief Economist of Statoil

Moderated by Chris Burns / Strategic Adviser at Friends of Europe

12.00 End of the conference and sandwich lunch


  • Fatih Birol

    Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
    Dr. Fatih Birol took office as Executive Director of the IEA in September 2015, twenty years after first joining the agency. He previously held the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, with responsibilities that included directing the flagship World Energy Outlook publication. Dr. Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene.

  • Giles Dickson

    Chief Executive Officer of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) - Giles Dickson is the new head of EWEA, the association representing the voice of the European wind power industry with over 600 members. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Global Public Affairs at Alstom and member of the Board of Directors of the International Emissions Trading Association. He was also a civil servant in the UK government for over 15 years.

  • Susana Quintana-Plaza

    Senior Vice President for Technology and Innovation at E.ON - Susana Quintana-Plaza has over ten years of experience in the aerospace and energy industries, having worked with Boeing, Booz & Co and GE. She joined E.ON in 2009in its Climate & Renewables division, and, prior to her current position, was Vice President of Innovation Scouting & Co-investments, leading the team in search of new trends and innovations that will impact the energy world.

  • Maroš Sefčovič

    European Commission Vice President for Energy Union
    Maroš Šefčovič joined the European Commission in 2009 and is currently its Vice President responsible for coordinating the efforts to develop an EU-wide resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy. As a Slovak diplomat by profession, he served in Zimbabwe and Canada, was formerly Ambassador to Israel, Permanent Representative to the European Union and Director General in the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Eirik Wærness

    Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Statoil
    Eirik Wærness is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Statoil. He previously served as member of the Executive Board of the Central Bank of Norway and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority since 2016. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Future of Energy. Waerness’ experience includes different positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Total E&P Norway, Pöyry Management Consulting/Econ Centre for Economic Analysis. He has also served as member of two public expert groups on tax reforms.


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