EASING THE ENERGY TRANSITION FOR EUROPEAN INDUSTRIES

Creating A Green Industrial Economy

23 September 2019 - 13:00 - 14:00
Klaus-Dieter Borchardt
Introduction

Heads of state recently reiterated the importance of sustaining effort in refocusing and reinvigorating the European Union’s industrial policy in order to better contend with international stakeholders. In its conclusion from the 21-22 March Summit, the Council called on the European Commission to draft strategies to strengthen and deepen the single market, industrial policy and digital policy. 

In light of this, Friends of Europe is offering its members a series of exclusive, off the record, roundtable debates with key policymakers, hence providing an opportunity to directly share their insights and expertise. The product of these roundtable exchanges will be a series of recommendations which will be shared with the new EU mandate in the aim to better shape the EU’s future industrial strategy in accordance with the needs of the different stakeholders.

Our ‘What the Chiefs Say’ discussions are an opportunity to engage in an exclusive, closed door discussion with a selected group of senior representatives from industry, civil society and diplomacy. These 60-minute discussions include a one-on-one exchange with the moderator, followed by an off-the-record question and answer session with our members. 


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Heads of State recently reiterated the importance of sustaining effort in refocusing and reinvigorating the European Union’s industrial policy in order to better contend with international stakeholders. In its conclusion from the 21-22 March Summit, the Council underlined the need to build a strong economic base for Europe's prosperity and competitiveness. It called on the European Commission to draft strategies to strengthen and deepen the single market, industrial policy and digital policy. 

Programme
12.30-13.00

Registration of participants and welcome lunch

13.00-14.00

With many sectors moving away from price-volatile and environmentally-degrading fossil fuels, the demand for sustainable energy is set to massively increase in the coming decade. This transition calls for a restructuring of Europe’s supply network and a swift modernisation of member states’ energy infrastructures and its interconnectivity as set out by the Energy Union. With current market trends pointing to an increase in electricity demand, there’s also a growing need for forward-looking energy frameworks, such as those in relation to Guarantees of Origin (GO) and corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).
Policymakers have a key role to play in making sure that industries actively contribute to the EU’s ambition of net zero emissions by 2050. Industry leaders are calling for a better integration of Europe’s world-class environmental policies with the ambitions of the Energy Union. Additionally, immediate and sustained investment over the next investment cycle will help ensure that the EU is home to forward-thinking, green corporations.

  • What policies should be advocated by the incoming EU mandate to ensure a sufficient supply of green energy to European companies and a smooth energy transition?
  • How can EU companies remain competitive while also complying with EU 2030 renewable energy targets?

With
Klaus-Dieter Borchardt
, European Commission Deputy Director General for Energy

Moderated by
Dharmendra Kanani
, Director of Insights at Friends of Europe
 

14.00

End of debate

Speakers
Klaus-Dieter Borchardt
European Commission Deputy Director General for Energy
A civil servant for the European Commission since 1987, his experience spans several sectors, including as the director of the Commission’s international agriculture policy. Furthermore, he was previously head of cabinet to Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel and has worked as a Member of the Cabinet of the German Judge at the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg. Borchardt has been in charge of the Internal Energy Market since 2013.
Registration

This event is for members only.

Marthe Krijger, Programme Manager
Tel.: +32 (0)2 893 98 18 
Email:
marthe.krijger@friendsofeurope.org
 

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Event starts
23 September
2019
13:00