Europe in the global energy scene

20 November 2017 - 10:00 - 12:00
Marco Alverà, Fatih Birol, Maroš Sefčovič

The global energy scene is in a state of flux, thrown off-balance by falling costs for a range of technologies, led by wind and solar, and shale oil and gas. Understanding Europe’s role in the dynamic interplay of energy markets, technologies and policies has never been more critical. The presentation of the 2017 edition of the International Energy Agency’s flagship World Energy Outlook, regarded as the gold standard in energy analysis, shed lights on key questions for the Europe’s energy future.

Join IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol and key European leaders to hear how the outlook for European energy markets is set to evolve under pressure from two leading players: the United States, which is currently leading the shale and gas revolution, and China, the newly-established pioneer in low carbon resources, efficiency and innovation.

  • How can Europe’s economic and policy choices shape not just its national prospects but global outcomes?
  • How can the EU strengthen its position on the international scene? Can China and the United States influence Europe’s energy strategy?
  • What are the opportunities and uncertainties for gas in Europe in the transition to a cleaner energy system?
  • What is the role of gas in tackling local pollution and what are the risks of methane emissions?
  • Taking into account energy demand and supply projections through 2040 under different scenarios, what will be the consequences for energy security, economic prosperity, efficiency, investment, air quality and climate change?

Join the discussion on our Twitter using #EnergyOutlook.


After 20 years of negotiations, 195 countries signed the Paris agreement to limit global warming. The focus now moves to implementation, and success will depend on the support and contribution of all – including industry, citizens, regions and cities.

We look at the role of regulation, competition, innovation, and the impact of consumption and production in sectors such as agriculture and transport (especially aviation and maritime transport). We debate the merits of different low-carbon economic models (including beyond growth and the circular economy).

09.30 ‒ 10.00

Networking & registration

10.00 ‒ 12.00

World Energy Outlook high-level conference


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Dharmendra Kanani
Director of Strategy
Marco Alverà
President of GasNaturally and Chief Executive Officer of Snam

Recently appointed President of GasNaturally, the partnership representing the European gas industry, Marco Alverà has participated in the upstream, midstream and downstream aspects of the oil and gas industry. He held positions of increasing responsibility at Enel, ENI, and served as Vice President of EUROGAS. He is currently also CEO of Snam, overseeing the promotion and reinforcement of the Group's growth on the international and domestic natural gas market.

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.

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.

Sarah Bentz, Programme Manager
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 23

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Dharmendra Kanani
Director of Strategy