Fostering business competitiveness

20 June 2017 - 17:30 - 21 June 2017 - 19:15

With the United States of America pulling out of the Paris Agreement and the rest of the world willing to fill the void, innovation in the energy transition has never received such impetus for acceleration. On one hand, the EU, China and the international community have renewed their commitments to further foster the clean energy revolution at this year’s Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial meetings in Beijing, providing the opportunity to leverage high-level political will to drive ambitious, real-world clean energy policies and actions. On the other hand, private sector leadership is gaining traction with companies forging ahead as the new drivers of the shift towards a low-carbon future. Major innovative technological advances, new business strategies, as well as changes in social behaviour, such as new options to energy storage, can help bring down the next barriers to the successful and sustainable deployment of renewables across Europe and the globe.

  • What is the role of “cleantech” as a cross-cutting element for enhancing the competitiveness of European industry?
  • What policies and industrial initiatives should Europe favour to enable new technological developments, taking into account the need for energy security, affordability for citizens and businesses, and competitiveness ?
  • How to ensure a better alignment between Research, Innovation and industrial policy priorities in the energy transition?


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Innovation in the energy transition.

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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).

17.30 – 18.00

Welcome of participants

18.00 – 19.15

Cafe Crossfire


End of debate and networking cocktail

Dharmendra Kanani
Director of Strategy
Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was Director of Policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England Director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Kanani has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sector and was advisor for numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.  
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