A cost-effective transition: Unlocking the benefits of sector coupling
The EU is committed to the transformation towards a low-carbon economy as detailed in the 2050 long-term strategy. Climate change risks require urgent action and the ultimate challenge is to carry out the required transition towards a greener future at affordable cost for EU citizens and businesses and in line with EU energy security perspectives.
To produce a carbon-neutral, affordable and secure energy mix, all energy vectors – electricity, gas, heating & cooling – will have to evolve. New technology is already giving more options to consumers (e.g. transport and residential heating now employ workable alternatives to petrol and gas, respectively) and is physically linking the energy vectors – Power-to-Gas and Gas-to-Power. ‘Sector coupling’, the integration of energy end-use and supply sectors, could potentially reduce the costs of decarbonisation and improve energy efficiency.
In order to enable the development of the full potential of sector coupling, the interlinkages between the electricity, gas and heating & cooling sectors should be appropriately considered at all levels of policy, eliminating undue barriers and ensuring coordination and consistency.
EURACTIV invites you to this high-level Forum to discuss the challenges ahead for enabling an efficient sector coupling.
Questions will include:
- How can efficient decarbonisation be achieved? What is the objective of sector coupling in the energy transition?
- Does the current EU regulatory framework allow for efficient interaction between electricity and gas sectors?
- What role for infrastructure in bringing the two sectors together?
- What would be necessary to encourage the development of carbon-neutral technologies and infrastructure optimisation? - How to close the gaps preventing the efficient linking of the electricity and gas sectors?
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Paula Abreu Marques, Head of Unit Renewables and CCS policy, DG Energy, European Commission
Ville Niinisto MEP, ITRE Committee, European Parliament
Elena León Muñoz, Director, Planning, Management and Regulatory Positioning, Iberdrola
Lisa Fischer, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G
James Watson, Secretary General, Eurogas
Frederic Simon, Energy Editor, EURACTIV
17:00 – 17:30 Registration
17:30 – 18:00 Opening statements
18:00 – 19:00 Discussion and Q&A
19:00 – 20:00 Networking cocktail
+32 (0)2 788 36 86
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As Europe moves towards net-zero emissions, policymakers are looking at all available sources of energy, including new low-carbon gases like hydrogen, to decarbonise at least cost. But direct electrification – of transport, industry and buildings – remains the top priority for the European Commission.