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Sustainability: Renewable energy in Europe’s clean energy transition

18-10-2017

Sustainability: Renewable energy in Europe’s clean energy transition

Climate change is an urgent issue that demands global action. Following the Paris Climate Agreement, Europe has embraced the clean power transition and set itself a goal of becoming the world’s number one in renewables.

This requires significant efforts from policymakers to achieve the political goals of decarbonizing the economy, achieving world leadership in renewables and ensuring a secure supply of energy to Europe’s 500 million energy consumers.

At the same time, digitization of all sectors of the economy will soon make data centers some of the major consumers of electric power. The tech sector needs to keep working on a sustained basis to build, and operate, greener datacenters that will serve the world well; which means the corporate demand for renewable energy will only increase.

The EU is currently discussing a proposed Clean Energy Package, attempting to bring solutions to the complex challenge of expanding the availability of renewable energy in Europe, and to the challenges that companies are facing when trying to purchase it.

The Package promises to unleash the potential of a powerful clean energy transition in Europe, remove administrative barriers to corporate long-term power purchase agreements to finance renewables, and facilitate their uptake.

Join us for a lively audience discussion where we will discuss these issues, and ask:
- How can the Clean Energy Package help governments make progress toward their clean energy goals, and still make good business and economic sense?
- What are the challenges facing the renewable energy market today, and how can the Clean Energy Package increase access to renewable energy in Europe? What are the practical steps needed?
- What is the role of companies in securing a clean energy future, and what are the challenges and opportunities they see?
- Can access to clean energy provide countries with a competitive advantage in the future?

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Location

Microsoft Center
Rue Montoyer 51, 1000 Brussels

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Speakers

Siim Meeliste, Counsellor for Energy, Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU
Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group
Megan Richards, Director for Energy Policy, DG ENERGY
Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Officer, WindEurope

Schedule

17:30 - Registration
18:00 - Welcome
18:05 - Panel Discussion
18:30 - Q&A
19:15 - Networking

Contact

Irene Marchi
eadebates@euractiv.com
+32 (0)2 226 58 23