The price and promise of a clean energy future

17 October 2017 - 09:00 - 13:30
Marcel Beukeboom, Edward Calthrop, Anne Chassagnette, Luca Cosentino, Jill Duggan, Patrick Graichen, Kaja Kallas, Patrick Labat, Claude Nahon, Richard Northcote, Yvon Slingenberg, Hans Van Steen, Rachel Solomon Williams, Changhua Wu

Following the recent announcement by the United States of America that it will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, leaders around the world have reiterated their commitment to filling the void left by the USA, giving new life to the discussion on the transition to sustainable energy. This year’s edition of our flagship summit on Climate and Energy provides the perfect opportunity to re-examine the importance of strengthened European leadership, global cooperation and international governance to reinvigorate the shift to a green and resilient economy.

Further adaptation of European energy landscapes to facilitate the development of a market fit for fully-integrated and cost-effective renewables will require stronger incentives from both European governance and the private sector, in order to ensure effective consensus on appropriate policy mechanisms, such as reinforced emissions performance standards and an aligned price on carbon.

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08.30 – 09.00

Welcome and registration of participants

09.00 - 10.15


The United States has pulled out of the Paris agreement, and the rest of the world is eager to fill the void. It’s time for the energy transition to step up a gear to strengthen European leadership, global cooperation and international governance and move to a green and resilient economy.

Progress is being made. China, which accounts for about 30% of global emissions, is pledging to invest $360bn in renewables over the next three years. In 2014 more than half of all Latin America’s electricity came from renewables, more than double the world average. We will look at the importance of reinforced international public and private commitments to spur the clean energy revolution and provide high-level political will for ambitious, real-world policies and actions.

  • In the run up to the Paris rulebook in 2018, how can we ensure countries turn objectives into ambitious policies and long-term decarbonisation plans?
  • What extra economic and technological cooperation is needed between Europe and China to achieve climate and energy targets faster and more efficiently?
  • Can new alliances strengthen the international community by helping national leaders meet common and individual climate targets?
  • Can more be done with existing climate cooperation tools, such as the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility?
  • How can we improve the structure international discussions to engage the private sector in the global fight against climate change?
10.15 – 10.45

Coffee break

10.45 - 12.00


Despite Europe’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the electricity sector, and the substantial growth of renewables, coal – the most carbon-intensive fuel – still accounts for nearly 80% of the EU power sector’s emissions and its share in the mix is virtually unaltered.

Europe’s role as a climate leader and the growth of intermittent renewables ask for an evolution of its energy mix towards greater flexibility and lower carbon emissions. The European Commission’s Clean Energy Package represents a historical turning opportunity to make the EU’s energy market ready for the future.

  • How do EU leaders translate European objectives into ambitious national policy? And how do they reshape a market still primarily designed for fossil fuels?
  • What policies are more effective in supporting the switch towards cleaner energy technologies?
  • What is needed to support stable long-term investment in renewables beyond 2020?
  • What will be the future for high-priority dispatch for renewables – and how can we ensure a level playing field for all energy sources while continuing to reduce emissions?
12.00 – 12.30

Coffee break

12.30 - 13.30


Average carbon prices in 2020 are likely to be almost nine per cent lower than forecasted in 2016. This makes it less attractive for stakeholders in the EU carbon market to invest in the technology needed to hit emissions targets.

At EU level, talks on the fourth phase of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) continue, but with little consensus: effective change towards a European economy-wide carbon price requires more time. But in the run-up to major elections in Europe, the national level is stepping up: the recently-elected French President Emmanuel Macron put forward climate policies to raise the carbon price to €100 per tonne by 2030 – twenty times the current level.

  • Can the EU ETS remain the main driver of decarbonisation of the EU economy?
  • How can disruptive national leadership and a clear political vision reinforce European incentives on a strong carbon price signal? Can the French government’s actions inspire others towards change?
  • What will the next phase of the ETS look like – and can a more coherent climate policy be implemented?
  • How can EU leaders effectively agree on an aligned European pricing strategy on carbon while avoiding a massive phase-out of production means in the short term?

End of debate

Siobhan Hall
Senior Editor for EU Energy Policy at S&P Global Platts
Siobhan Hall started reporting on the European energy sector in 1999 in London, first for Financial Times Energy and since 2001 for Platts (now S&P Global Platts), where she edited the UK Gas Report for three years. She then became Platts first full-time EU energy policy editor covering all aspects of EU gas, power and emissions policies. With more than 15 years’ experience as a journalist and editor, including more than 12 years focused on European energy policy, she understands how the EU works, what is important and how to communicate it clearly.
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.  
Marcel Beukeboom
Special Envoy for Climate Change at the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and Environment
As Special Envoy for Climate Change, Marcel Beukeboom represents the Netherlands internationally at intergovernmental and multilateral meetings on climate change and oversees the development and implementation of Dutch policy in this area. He brings to the position excellent diplomatic skills and seventeen  years of experience in trade policy, multilateral affairs, partnerships and development cooperation developed throughout his career in Dutch Foreign Service, including postings in Pretoria and Washington D.C. Most recently, Marcel led the Food and Nutrition Security team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Edward Calthrop
Senior economist at the European Investment Bank (EIB) Renewable Energy Projects Directorate
As an economist specialised in low-carbon infrastructure investment, Edward Calthrop has over ten years of experience at the European Investment Bank, largely within the renewable energy team. This role requires interacting with project developers, contractors and financiers across a wide range of technologies and countries. He also took part in several discussions with policy makers regarding the scaling up of low-carbon investment.
Anne Chassagnette
Group Head of Environmental and Social responsibility and Vice-Chair at the ‘Rassembleurs d’Énergies Fund’ at ENGIE
Anne Chassagnette is currently in charge of environmental and societal responsibility at ENGIE Group, a global energy player the fields of electricity generation, natural gas, nuclear and renewable energy. In recent years, she has specifically worked on coordinating the preparation of the COP 22. In addition to her responsibilities at ENGIE, Anne is a Board member of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), having previously sat on the Board of Directors at Elengy, French LNG terminal operator, and the Steering Committee of Global Compact France.
Luca Cosentino
Executive Vice President for New Energy Solutions at ENI
Seasoned expert in energy transition to renewables, Luca Cosentino has held various operational positions in Italy and abroad since joining ENI more than three decades ago. Notably, he has served as Operation and Asset Manager at ENI North Africa, Managing Director of ENI Congo, and as Senior Vice Chairman for non-operated business performance and stranded resources valorisation, prior to his current appointment in 2015. Under his supervision, recently ENI together with several big-name companies launched the Make Power Clean campaign aimed at building a cleaner future through the right electricity market design.
Jill Duggan
Director of the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, United Kingdom
Jill Duggan brings with her extensive experience of international climate and energy policy from both government and industry perspectives. Having been deeply involved in the development of climate policy in the UK Government and European Commission, Jill has also worked extensively in the United States and Canada on disseminating some of the lessons learned from early implementation of climate policy. Prior to joining the Cambridge institute for Sustainability Leadership, she was Director of Policy for Doosan Babcock and ran her own consultancy, Carbon Policy Associates.
Patrick Graichen
Executive Director at Agora Energiewende, Germany
Patrick Graichen currently leads Agora Energiewende, a think tank and policy laboratory developing scientifically based and politically feasible approaches for ensuring the success of the German energy transition. Patrick has an impressive commitment to the energy transition, having previously worked at the Federal Ministry for Environment, first in the area of international climate policy and later as Head of the Unit for energy and climate change policy. During this time, he head economic negotiations for EU and international treaties such as the Kyoto Protocol, the Integrated Energy and Climate Programme of the Federal Government, as well as the EU’s Climate and Energy Package.
Kaja Kallas
Member of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy; Shadow Rapporteur on the Proposal for a Regulation on the Internal Market for Electricity; and EYL40
Estonian politician, currently a Member of the European Parliament, Kaja Kallas focuses her work on the Digital Single Market strategy, energy, consumer policies, and the rights of SMEs. A proponent of innovation, she believes that regulations cannot and must not hinder the technological revolution. So far, she has been the author of five reports in the European Parliament, including of an own-initiative report on the Digital Single Market. For her enthusiasm and dynamic ways of thinking, Kaja has been listed among the top 40 MEPs and named a ‘rising star’ by Politico.
Patrick Labat
Senior Executive Vice-President for the Northern Europe Zone at Veolia
Currently Senior Executive Vice President for the Northern European Zone at Veolia, recognised as one of the world's leading environmental services company, Patrick Labat also sits on the group’s executive committee, ensuring energy and environmental services for municipalities, industries and businesses. Veolia focuses on controlling energy costs and reducing carbon footprints through energy-efficient and customised solutions, notably the introduction of renewable fuels into the energy mix where it is viable. Prior to taking up his current assignment, Patrick served as CEO in other leading energy companies, such as Weiss France, Dalkia’s Polish and Hungarian branches
Claude Nahon
Senior Vice-President for Sustainable Development at EDF
Claude Nahon has been EDF’s Director of Sustainability and Environment for more than a decade, having previously served as Head for Hydro and Renewable energies. In her current capacity, Claude represents EDF Group on different occasions and at different institutions. Most notably, she is Liaison Delegate of EDF’s CEO at World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Vice-President of Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, and a member of the leadership council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. For her commitment to sustainable development and SDGs, Claude has been named a Knight of the Legion of Honour and an Officer of the National Order of Merit.
Richard Northcote
Chief Sustainability Officer at Covestro
Richard Northcote is a corporate sustainability professional and passionate advocate of the Triple Bottom Line (people, profit and planet) and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a wealth of substantial consulting experience in the chemical and construction industries. In his current capacity, Richard covers all work related to sustainability, determined to lead ground-breaking innovations in the field of materials transformations and mitigation. In addition to his responsibilities at Covestro, Richard also sits on the Board of numerous leading research institutes, most notably Tongji University Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development and Oxford University Business Economics Programme, to name a few.
Yvon Slingenberg
Director for Climate Negotiations and Mainstreaming at the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action
During the first two years of the Juncker Commission, Yvon Slingenberg served as senior adviser in the cabinet of European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Arias Cañete, where she was in charge of issues related to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) - key tool of EU Climate Policy to drive emission reductions in the most cost-efficient manner, - energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Prior to that, Yvon was Head of Unit specifically in charge of the implementation of the EU ETS. In that capacity, she was also closely involved in the negotiations on the 2020 climate & energy package.
Hans Van Steen
Advisor to the European Commission Director for renewables, research, innovation and energy efficiency
An experienced professional in renewable energy support schemes, Hans Van Steen currently advises Director at DG Energy on providing secure, affordable and clean energy for EU citizens and businesses. Among other things, he works on the Clean Energy Package aimed at addressing key challenges in the European electricity market and accelerating renewable energy innovation. Prior to that, Hans served as Head of Unit with responsibilities for International Energy Relations and Enlargement. In that capacity he was in charge of the implementation of the actions set out under the external dimension of the Energy Union Strategy.
Rachel Solomon Williams
Managing Director at Sandbag
In her present capacity, Rachel Solomon Williams oversees the organisational management and strategic policy direction at Sandbag, focused to ensure that climate policies are robust enough to drive rapid, sustainable and cost-effective emissions reductions, notably through reforming the Emissions Trading Schemes. Rachel is a former civil servant with particular expertise in energy and the environment. She worked in a number of policy areas across Defra and DECC, including as policy lead on the UK Climate Change Act, running the controversial review of the Feed-in Tariffs Scheme, and leading plans for siting a geological disposal facility for the nations legacy of nuclear waste.
Changhua Wu
Director for China and Asia at the Office of Jeremy Rifkin; and Chair of the China Redesign Hub, a partnership and innovation platform aimed at helping China achieve its emissions reduction target
A leading expert in the field of China’s policy in climate change, environmental protection, green and climate financing, and technology innovation, Changhua Wu has been a strong voice and opinion maker of China’s pursuit of sustainable development and clean revolution in the last two decades. As China/Asia Region Director at Jeremy Rifkin’s Office, Changhua Wu currently works on advancing the Third Industrial Revolution agenda to create new growth drivers for a new and clean economy through a systemic change. Changhua also chairs China Redesign Hub, a partnership and innovation platform aimed at helping China to achieve its emissions reduction target, in addition to numerous other commitments.

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