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2020 is a make-or-break year for the climate emergency. COVID-19 has devastated the economy, and governments have to rebuild as fast as possible. This moment, however, also offers an opening to rethink our current models and build a sustainable future.

Our high-level annual event brings together senior decision-makers and innovative leaders from governments, industry and civil society to have a discussion on the climate emergency, energy innovations and the role that Europe can play in advancing climate action.

This year, Friends of Europe’s Climate and Energy Summit explores what a green recovery can look like, how innovations in energy systems and transport can be a central element to that, and where investments are most vital.

An exciting mix of high-level speakers and several hundred participants, including policymakers, academics, industry leaders, civil society representatives and members of the international press from Europe and beyond will join the discussions online.


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Session I – Beyond COVID-19: Europe as a catalyst for green ambition Expand Session I – Beyond COVID-19: Europe as a catalyst for green ambition

In June, temperatures in Siberia reached 38°C – another telling sign that the dress rehearsal for climate change is over. However, 2020 could be the year that kickstarts the world into taking serious action. The COVID-19-caused drop in carbon emissions and increase in major government spending could inspire a transformation in line with the Paris Agreement and the ambition of the European Union to become climate neutral by 2050.

Governments across the world now face the daunting task of recovering as fast as possible from the worst economic shock since the Great Depression, while at the same time taking action against climate change and creating jobs. Future generations will hold them accountable if they fail to deliver a recovery in line with a sustainable future.

Questions include:

  • What must be done for the EU – and the world at large – to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis with a modern, cleaner energy system?
  • How will the EU allocate money to ensure that economic recovery is consistent with the European Green Deal?
  • What can the EU do to get global players on board for a sustainable recovery?

SPEAKERS

Hauke Engel

Partner in the Sustainability Practice of McKinsey & Company

Thierry Kalfon

Managing Director for Renewables Global Business Line at ENGIE

Helen Mountford

Vice-President for Climate & Economics at the World Resources Institute (WRI)

Valentino Rossi

Head of Public Affairs, Regulation and Antitrust for Europe at Enel Group

Diederik Samsom

Head of Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans

Katrina Williams

Deputy Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the EU

Continue to 27 Oct
Session II – The future of transport: a long and winding road Expand Session II – The future of transport: a long and winding road

As life ground to a halt during the COVID-19 crisis, so did transport. The airline and car industries are scrambling for bailouts, but despite calls for governments to link these to strong commitments to greening the industry, most bailout schemes have left a lot to be desired.

The transport sector is one of the bulwarks of the EU economy but is responsible for 27% of EU emissions. To consolidate its place in a sustainable future, we need a strong focus on electrification and energy storage solutions. Both a hydrogen strategy and a battery market will be indispensable coming out of the COVID-19 crisis. As part of the European Green Deal, the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy should focus on these innovations, while prioritising the modal shift and low-carbon transport options across the continent.

Questions include:

  • What investments are needed to build an independent battery market for Europe? How can the European Battery Alliance help?
  • The EU needs to invest in a network of charging stations to make electric vehicles a logical alternative. How can member states cooperate to make this happen?
  • What incentives should policymakers introduce to make sustainable transport affordable for everyone?

SPEAKERS

Claudia Gamon

Member of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

Erkki Maillard

Senior Vice-President for European and International Affairs and Diplomatic Advisor to the CEO of EDF Group

Lilyana Pavlova

Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB)

Maroš Šefčovič

European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight

William Todts

Executive Director of Transport & Environment (T&E)

Continue to 28 Oct
Session III – Greening the grid: harnessing the power of electricity Expand Session III – Greening the grid: harnessing the power of electricity

2020 has been a record setting year in the world of renewables. A sunny April resulted in record solar output for Europe, only to be topped in May – when more than half of the continent’s power came from renewables. This, combined with the steep drop in oil demand during the COVID-19 crisis, offers a glimpse into a future where Europe is built on renewables.

If the EU is to be climate neutral by 2050, it should use this opportunity to build a cleaner and more flexible energy system. Investments in renewables, digital innovations and responsive demand systems will be central to that. In addition, member states should unite to give aging grid networks a face-lift.

Questions include:

  • How can Europe leverage its recovery plans to become a leader in the renewable energy market?
  • Electrification is a key element of the European Green Deal. What should be done to ensure that investments are put towards greening the grid?
  • A comprehensive strategy should focus on interconnections, energy storage and flexible grid systems. What should the EU do to make this a focal point?

SPEAKERS

Laura Cozzi

Chief Energy Modeller of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Niels Fuglsang

Member of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

Olivier Grabette

Vice-President for Economy, R&D, Expertise and IT of Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE)

Tinne Van der Straeten

Belgian Minister for Energy

In conversation with Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy
End of Summit
Speakers

Speakers

Laura Cozzi
Laura Cozzi

Chief Energy Modeller of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

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As Chief Energy Modeller, Laura Cozzi oversees the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) outlooks and forecasts. She is in charge of ensuring the consistency of the modelling work and the resulting messages. Cozzi is also Head of the Demand Outlook Division, responsible for producing the annual World Energy Outlook: the IEA flagship publication that is regarded as the gold standard in energy analysis. The Division produces medium- to long-term energy demand, efficiency, power generation, renewables and environmental analysis for this report and other publications.

Hauke Engel
Hauke Engel

Partner in the Sustainability Practice of McKinsey & Company

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Hauke Engel is a Partner in McKinsey’s Sustainability and Advanced Industry Practices, where he focuses on climate change and the e-mobility transition. He advises a broad range of clients, including automotive and energy companies, financial institutions and investors, NGOs and governments, on questions of sustainability and strategy. Engel also leads McKinsey’s work on climate change globally and is developing an integrated decarbonisation pathway for the European Union. In addition to his client work, he undertakes extensive research and knowledge-building programmes within McKinsey. He leads a major study on the socioeconomic impacts of climate change and the ways that decision-makers can recognise and prepare for them.

Niels Fuglsang
Niels Fuglsang

Member of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

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Niels Fuglsang is determined to use his experience to create a strong green agenda for the European Parliament, starting with a commitment to the European Green Deal and a greener common agricultural policy. He represents the Danish Socialdemokratiet party in the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committees, where he sits with S&D. Fuglsang is also the Vice-President of the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES) and he is finishing a doctorate at Copenhagen Business School. Fuglsang has previously acted as advisor to former MEP Dan Jørgensen, who currently serves as the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities.

Claudia Gamon
Claudia Gamon

Member of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

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Claudia Gamon is an Austrian Member of the European Parliament for the liberal party Das Neue Österreich und Liberales Forum (NEOS). She is the NEOS spokesperson for all things European and sits with the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament. Gamon focuses mainly on digitalisation, science, research, energy and technological progress – topics that feature heavily in the ITRE Committee Own-Initiative Report, which outlines an ambitious EU-wide strategy for energy storage that she was the rapporteur of. Previously, Gamon represented NEOS in the Austrian Parliament.

Olivier Grabette
Olivier Grabette

Vice-President for Economy, R&D, Expertise and IT of Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE)

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Olivier Grabette has worked for Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE), the electricity transmission system operator of France, for the past decade and has been Executive Vice-President for more than half of that time. He began his career in the engineering department of Électricité de France (EDF) and now serves as Executive Vice-President and Member of the Board of RTE, where he is in charge of Economy, Research and Development, Expertise and IT. He previously worked for the top management of the company’s National Centre for Grid Expertise. In 2012, he created the Research and Development Department of RTE and he has been responsible for Economy and R&D since 2014.

Thierry Kalfon
Thierry Kalfon

Managing Director for Renewables Global Business Line at ENGIE

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Thierry Kalfon has more than a decade of experience at ENGIE. Prior to his current position, Kalfon held the positions of Group Controlling Director and Deputy Chief Financial Officer. At ENGIE, he also served as Financial and Legal Director of GRTgaz; Director of Strategy, Economy and Tariffs for France and Financial Director of Renewable Energies Europe. Before joining the company, Kalfon served as advisor to the Minister of Energy and Sustainable Development and Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington. He started his career at the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Erkki Maillard
Erkki Maillard

Senior Vice-President for European and International Affairs and Diplomatic Advisor to the CEO of EDF Group

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In his current role, Erkki Maillard is in charge of supervising the definition and implementation of EDF’s strategy supporting CO2-free regulations and projects in the EU and abroad. Maillard draws from more than fifteen years of professional experience in European and diplomatic affairs. He previously served as head of the India section at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before joining the EU constitutional treaty task force. As a diplomat, he was posted to a number of countries, including to China and Italy, where he served as deputy head of mission. Maillard also served twice as chief of staff – once of the Minister of European Affairs, then of the Minister of Higher Education.

Helen Mountford
Helen Mountford

Vice-President for Climate & Economics at the World Resources Institute (WRI)

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At the World Resources Institute, Helen Mountford helps governments, companies and civil society identify and advance the deep structural shifts needed to successfully address climate change. She is also Programme Director for New Climate Economy – a project that provides evidence on actions which can both strengthen economic performance and reduce the risk of dangerous climate change. Mountford previously worked as Deputy Director of Environment for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she headed the work on green fiscal reform, climate change finance and economics, fossil fuel subsidy reforms, water pricing, biodiversity incentive measures, and economy-environment outlooks and modelling.

Pavlova Lilyana
Lilyana Pavlova

Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB)

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Lilyana Pavlova is Vice-President and Member of the Management Committee of the European Investment Bank (EIB). She took up her duties in November last year and is the first Bulgarian national to join the Management Committee. Pavlova is responsible for transport financing and has more than twenty years of experience in the field of management of European funds and projects. She held various public functions in Bulgaria and has been a Member of the Bulgarian Government since 2009. Pavlova was Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2018 – the first time that the country held the rotating presidency.

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Valentino Rossi

Head of Public Affairs, Regulation and Antitrust for Europe at Enel Group

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Next to his position as Head of Public Affairs, Regulation and Antitrust for Europe, Valentino Rossi is also the Head of the Brussels Office in the Enel Europe Unit. Rossi has served as Head of Business Development for Enel Green Power and has been with the Enel Group for more than ten years in a variety of roles, including Head of Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions for Enel and Chief Financial Officer for 3SUN.

Diederik Samsom
Diederik Samsom

Head of Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans

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Before joining the Cabinet of the Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Diederik Samsom was a member of the Dutch Parliament for the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid). He also served as the leader of the Labour Party and has been the party’s spokesperson on environmental subjects. Samsom has a long history in the field, working for Greenpeace Netherlands and as the Chief Executive Officer of Real Energy (Echte Energie), a small green energy trading company.

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Maroš Šefčovič

European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight

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Maroš Šefčovič is a Slovak diplomat and politician, currently serving as a Vice-President in the von der Leyen Commission. He also coordinates the EU Battery Alliance, a cooperative platform seeking to drive the clean energy transition, and was the Vice-President for Energy Union until 2019. Prior to that, he was Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. Before joining the European Commission, Šefčovič served as Slovakia’s Permanent Representative to the EU, Director General in the European Affairs Department of Slovakia’s Foreign Ministry and as Slovakia’s Ambassador to Israel.

Kadri Simson
Kadri Simson

European Commissioner for Energy

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Kadri Simson is an Estonian politician who currently oversees the European Commission’s work on energy. She was previously the Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure in the first cabinet of Jüri Ratas from 2016 to 2019. During the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Simson chaired the meetings of both the energy and transport ministers in the Transport, Telecommunication and Energy Council. She also chaired the meetings of the economy ministers in the Competitiveness Council. From 2007 to 2016, she was a Member of Estonia’s Parliament and served as the Chair of the Estonian Centre Party and the Deputy Chair of the National Defence Committee.

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William Todts

Executive Director of Transport & Environment (T&E)

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William Todts heads the leading clean transport campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E), which advocates for cleaner, safer and smarter mobility. Concretely, this means a zero-emission system that is affordable and has minimal impacts on our health, climate and environment. Todts has worked at the organisation for almost a decade, serving as Climate and Freight Director before becoming Executive Director. In that position, he led the campaign to regulate CO2 emissions from trucks for the first time. Todts previously worked at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU and in the office of Member of the European Parliament Kathleen Van Brempt.

Tinne Van der Straeten
Tinne Van der Straeten

Belgian Minister for Energy

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As the newly-minted Minister for Energy of the De Croo government, Tinne Van der Straeten wants to work on ambitious climate and energy policies while keeping energy affordable. She has a long history with Groen, one of Belgium’s green parties, and served in the Chamber of Representatives of the Federal Parliament before taking up her current position. Van der Straeten previously worked as a climate and energy lawyer, building a successful law firm which works for many major players in the electricity sector and industry.

Katrina Williams
Katrina Williams

Deputy Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the EU

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Before becoming the Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union, Katrina Williams served as Director-General in the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Prior to those positions, she was Deputy Head of the European Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, coordinating Whitehall policy and advising the Prime Minister on European matters during the UK’s 2005 Presidency of the EU. In addition, Williams has twice served in the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.

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