Sector integration: How can the EU best create and leverage an integrated energy system?
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To become climate-neutral by 2050, the EU plans to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of its greenhouse gas emissions.
In July 2020, the Commission presented an EU strategy for energy system integration. The strategy aims to link the various energy carriers - electricity, heat, cold, gas, solid and liquid fuels - with each other and with the end-use sectors, such as buildings, transport or industry. Linking sectors will allow the optimisation of the energy system as a whole, rather than decarbonising and making separate efficiency gains in each sector independently.
The new EU strategy will involve various existing and emerging technologies, processes and business models, such as ICT and digitalisation, smart grids and meters and flexibility markets. Together with a new strategy on hydrogen, it aims to lay the foundation for the decarbonised European energy system of the future.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss how the integration of the EU’s energy system can help the EU achieve its 2050 climate target. Questions to be discussed:
- What are the main barriers to energy system integration?
- How can the EU strengthen the necessary links across different sectors in the energy system?
- Where is the biggest energy efficiency and cost-efficiency potential in system integration?
- What will energy system integration look like in different EU Member States?
Guido Bortoni, Senior Advisor, Green Transition and Energy System Integration, DG ENER, European Commission
Morten Helveg Petersen, MEP, Vice-Chair of ITRE, European Parliament
Lisa Fischer, Programme Leader, E3G
Paul Voss, Managing Director, Euroheat & Power
Jürgen Fischer, President, Danfoss Climate Solutions
Frédéric Simon, Journalist, EURACTIV
14:30 – 14:35 Welcome
14:35 – 14:50 Panellists statements
14:50 – 15:40 Discussion and Q&A
15:40 – 15:45 Closing statements
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