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Photo Album | EVENT | UNiT-e Project Presentation and Panel Debate on the way forward for cleaner road transport

INVITATION | The project UNIT-e: real-life implementation feedback to legislators for a major EU Long Distance e-mobility project & Panel Debate on the way forward for cleaner road transport (June 26)

We are delighted to invite you to an afternoon discussion followed by a  debate on the way forward for cleaner road transport, which will be held on the 26th of June at the premises of The Office, rue d’Arlon, 80, Brussels.

This event will consist of a presentation on the results of the UNIT-e project, from 15.00 to 18.00, followed by a panel debate on the way forward for cleaner road transport, from 18.30 to 20.00.

The reception for the panel debate will start at 18.00.

The entire event will be moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist.

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This event was organised in partnership with


  EVENT PROGRAMME 

UNIT-E Session (15.00-18.00)

15.00 > 15.05 | Introduction |

  • Patrick GAGNOL, Electric Mobility Project Manager, EDF

15.05 > 15.20 | Keynote speech |

  • Richard FERRER, Senior Project Manager, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), European Commission

15.20 > 15.30 | UNIT-e project |

  • Patrick GAGNOL, Electric Mobility Project Manager, EDF

15.30 > 16.05 EV market outlook and needs in term of charging infrastructure by EV manufacturers

  • Odile GARÇON, Project Director, Electrical Vehicle Program, Infrastructures & Connected Services, Renault (France)
  • Kiyoko KURABAYASHI, EU Affairs Manager, Nissan (France)
  • Dr. Abayomi Otubushin, Corporate and Governmental Affairs, Representative Office Brussels, BMW Group (Germany)

16.05 > 16.45 Operators vision & UNIT-e implementation

  • Lucas MALACARNE, Project Manager EM, Sodetrel (France)
  • Geert LEPPENS, Customer Experience Manager, EDF Luminus (Belgium)
  • Andrea TREBIANI, Business Development Manager, ABB (Italy)
  • Simon CROWFOOT, Board Director, Ecotricity (UK)

16.45 > 17h00  COFFEE BREAK


17.00 > 17.50 

The Italian recharging infrastructure situation 

  • Pier Giuseppe NASO RAPPIS, General Secretary, IIC Istituto Nazionale delle Comunicazioni (Italy)

 Cross-border interoperability: assessment and recommendations 

  • Gilles CRAGUE and Anne GUILLEMOT, Researchers, Ecole des Ponts (France)

French Operator association AFIREVs’ vision: European interoperability issues 

  • Gilles BERNARD, President AFIREV Association Nationale pour le Développement de la Mobilité Électrique (France)

Round table:  eMobility services and interoperability in Europe

Patrick Gagnol (EDF), Gilles Bernard (AFIREV), Eric van Voorden (Last Mile Solution), Simon Crowfoot (Ecotricity), Odile Garçon (Renault), Kiyoko Kurabayashi (Nissan)

17.50 > 18.00 Future: towards high power « 350 kW » fast charging stations? 

  • Patrick GAGNOL, Electric Mobility Project Manager EDF (France)
  • Andrea TREBIANI, Business Development Manager ABB (Italy)

18.00 > 18.15 UNIT-e session closure by the European Commission

  • Helmut MORSI, Advisor to Director “Investments, Innovative & Sustainable Transport”, DG MOVE,  European Commission

18.00 > 18.15  COFFEE BREAK


PANEL DEBATE ON THE WAY FORWARD FOR CLEANER ROAD TRANSPORT

18.15 > 18.30 | Registrations |

18.30 > 18.40 | Keynote speech | Ismail Ertug MEP (S&D/DE), Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, European Parliament

18.40 >19.45  | Panel discussion |

  • Claire DEPRE, Head of Unit, DG MOVE C3, Intelligent Transport Systems, European Commission
  • Ismail Ertug MEP (S&D/DE), Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, European Parliament
  • Gregory PLANTET, Chief Financial Officer, Sodetrel
  • Christian EGENHOFER, Director Energy Climate House, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
  • Marie France Van Der Valk, Director European Affairs and Representation to the European Institutions alliance, Renault Nissan

19.45 > 20.00 | Question & Answer session |

The debate will be moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist

20.00 | Networking cocktail |

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About the UNIT-e results presentation and the panel debate on the future of electric mobility

Directly affecting public health, especially in city centres, the ever growing emission of CO2, PM and NOx is now high on the political agenda in Europe as well as on a global level. There is now a strong political push towards cleaner mobility. This is opening the field to a wide range of technological developments, for which sound business models still have to be found.

The Commission has recently come out with a set of legislative proposals to decarbonise the transport sector. Electric mobility, the recent progress in batteries allowing to consider the adoption of electric vehicles for intercity journey, is considered part of the solution. The deployment of charging infrastructure to accompany this transition has been supported by the Connecting Europe Facility Program, leading to the existence of fast chargers along mobility corridors in Europe.

From a user’s perspective, this has to be implemented seamlessly, while ensuring a continuity of service when driving across borders. Charging time is also a challenge that must be addressed, compromising between user’s experience and acceptable costs.

This part of the event will present the results of UNIT-e, an EU Project, which deployed the infrastructure and services allowing electric driving from Dublin to Genoa, setting the foundation for an EU-wide interoperability of electro-mobility services.

These presentations will serve as a basis for an open debate between market players and legislators on the way forward for cleaner road transport.

Which is the most adequate infrastructure to support the deployment of electric mobility in Europe? Will the electricity system sustain this additional demand? Are incumbents well-positioned to develop the market or are we awaiting new players? What are the best measures to unleash private investment?

 

About the UNIT-e project

The European project UNIT-e, co-financed by the European Commission through the CEF program, brings together some important European e-mobility stakeholders such as energy suppliers, constructors, charger suppliers, city operators and academics. These include EDF and its affiliated companies Sodetrel and EDF Luminus, but also Renault, Nissan, BMW, Porto Antico di Genova, IIC (Istituto Internazionale delle Comunicazioni) and ENPC (Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées).

The project foresees the installation of fast charging stations at strategic locations along the Belgian, French, Italian and British motorways. This initiative sets the basis for an operational e-mobility network linking northern and southern Europe.

UNIT-e has created one of the first interoperable fast charging networks for electric vehicles in Europe (close to 300 FC available). It is connected to networks from previous projects including TEN-T, Corri-Door, and RCN. 38 stations «50 kW» have been installed : 5 in France, 6 in the UK, 4 in Italy (+ 4 stations 22 kW on the same sites), 23 in Belgium.

To learn more about the project UNIT-e you can also watch this video

 

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[FR] Album photos | Débat | La gouvernance économique de la zone euro: quelles possibilités d’arriver à un consensus de long terme? (Juin 20)

[FR] INVITATION | La gouvernance économique de la zone euro: quelles possibilités d’arriver à un consensus de long terme? (Juin 20)

 

 

 

 

 

Nous sommes heureux de vous inviter à une soirée de discussion organisée par PubAffairs Bruxelles et la Représentation Permanente de l’Organisation Internationale de la  Francophonie (OIF) auprès de l’UE sur la possibilité d’arriver à un consensus de long terme sur la gouvernance de la zone euro avec nos orateurs M. Gabriele Giudice, Chef d’unité, Approfondissement de l’UEM et macroéconomie de la zone euro, Commission européenne, DG ECFIN, le Député Jakob von Weizsäcker (S&D/DE), le Député Frank Engel (PPE/LU) et M. Gregory Claeys, Chercheur associé, Bruegel.

Le débat sera modéré par Gabriel Gresillon, correspondant à Bruxelles pour Les Echos.

 

À propos du débat

Au début de l’année 2017, le Parlement européen a publié un rapport qui a examiné et évalué les enjeux de la gouvernance économique de la zone euro en soulignant l’importance de favoriser un véritable débat sur l’évaluation globale de l’ensemble de la zone euro. Entre-temps, les élections italiennes ont  abouties à la formation d’un nouveau gouvernement et les résultats des élections en France et en Allemagne ont relancé le débat sur les possibles réformes de la zone euro.

Dans ce contexte, le rapport des Institutions européennes «Compléter l’Union économique et monétaire européenne» de 2015, notamment préparé par le président Juncker en coopération avec Donald Tusk, et les présidents de l’Eurogroupe, de la Banque centrale européenne et du Parlement européen, a été de nouveau au centre de l’attention lorsque des indications sur le timing, les modalités et les mesures nécessaires ont été données, afin que l’Union économique et monétaire puisse retourner vers un chemin de  stabilité et une prospérité de long terme.

En effet, le rapport représente une feuille de route pour les réformes de la gouvernance économique européenne qui, dans le contexte actuel, sont considérées par plusieurs observateurs comme nécessaires et urgentes. La gouvernance économique de la zone euro: quelles possibilités d’arriver à un consensus de long terme?

 

Cet évènement est régi par la règle de Chatham House Les participants sont libres d’utiliser les informations reçues, mais ni l’identité ni l’affiliation des participants ne peuvent être révélées. Pour cette raison, sauf autorisation expresse de PubAffairs Bruxelles, le tournage et/ou l’enregistrement des débats est strictement interdit.

 

L’évènement commencera avec une réception à 19h00, suivie par un débat à 19h30.

Nous espérons avoir le plaisir de vous voir le 20 Juin à 19h00 dans les locaux de The Office, rue d’Arlon, 80, Bruxelles.

A la fin de chaque débat, les participants sont invités à continuer la discussion autour d’un verre dans une ambiance conviviale.

 

Photo Album | Debate | Is a more integrated energy system the answer to the challenge of decarbonising Europe’s cities?

INVITATION | Is a more integrated energy system the answer to the challenge of decarbonising Europe’s cities? (June 5)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on whether a more integrated energy system is the answer to the challenge of decarbonising Europe’s cities with our distinguished speakers Ms Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit, New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal, DG Energy, European Commission, Mr Thomas Nowak, Secretary General, EHPA, Mr Ingo Wagner, Policy Manager, Euroheat & Power, Mr Peter Remmen, Team Leader, Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate, Aachen University and Mr Fredrik Rosenqvist, Director Innovation, E.ON.

The debate willl be moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist

This event was kindly sponsored by

 

Within the framework of the

About the debate

50% of the world’s population lives in cities. In the EU, that figure is even higher and demographic data suggests that this trend will continue to grow in the coming years.

Meanwhile, the EU’s global leadership in finalising the Paris Agreement sets a higher ambition which must be met with a will to deliver.

But what happens when these two phenomena – urbanisation and decarbonisation – collide? Millions more people will be living in cities in the coming years. Millions of people who will need clean, secure and affordable energy to heat their homes, power their cars and light their cities.

Experts already agree that there are enough thermal energy flows generated by human activity to provide the base for heating and cooling an entire city. In fact, it is possible to use and reuse all available thermal energy to decrease pollution and energy consumption.

As such, electricity, heat and transport can no longer be viewed as three separate sectors. They need to be integrated – working together to produce greater results. However, as the need for greater integration becomes more apparent and imperative, our energy systems’ reliance on non-integrated approaches to production, distribution and consumption is only growing.

The EU has gone someway in reshaping European energy policy to meet demand. The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is encouraging member states to focus on measures that exploit the potential of heating and cooling for energy saving, while the upcoming Gas Directive specifically seeks to boost sector coupling.

Moreover, there are technologies in-play today that connect buildings with different needs and balance residual thermal energy flows between them, such as E.ON’s ectogrid.

It is clear that meeting our Paris targets will require more than a passing reference to sectoral integration. In fact, it could be the most important phase for our cities. We thus need to ask: is Europe ready? Does the EU have the right policies? Does it provide the right support for innovation?

In short, is a more integrated energy system the answer to the challenge of decarbonising Europe’s cities?

 

This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Participants are free to use the information received but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the attendees may be revealed. For this reason, unless explicitly authorised by PubAffairs Bruxelles, the filming and/or the recording of the event by any means are strictly forbidden.

 

The event will commence with a welcome drink at 7h00 pm, followed by a panel debate at 7.30 pm. After the panel debate there will be an opportunity for questions and discussions.


We look forward to seeing you at 7h00 pm on the 5th of June at the premises of The Office, rue d’Arlon 80, 1040, Brussels.

All our debates are followed by a drink in a convivial atmosphere.

Photo Album | Debate | What role for energy storage systems in the EU energy transition?

INVITATION | What role for energy storage systems in the EU energy transition? (May 22)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the role of energy storage systems in the EU energy transition with our distinguished speakers Ms Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit, New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal, DG Energy, European Commission, Mr Per-Olof Granström Director, Energy, Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), Mr Patrick Clerens, Secretary General, European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and Mr Jean-Baptiste Bart, Deputy Head, Economic and Technical Analysis of Energy Systems Department, EDF R&D.

Mr Michel Matheu, Head of EU Strategy & Stakeholder Relations, EDF, will hold an introductory speech.

The debate will be moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist.

This event was kindly sponsored by

 

In support of

Within the framework of the

 

About the debate

Both in Europe and around the world, the question of climate change has urged all the concerned stakeholders to scale up efforts in finding innovative and efficient long-term solutions to facilitate a fast-paced transition to sustainable forms of energy production and consumption.

The EU has achieved considerable progress by reducing nearly a quarter of its emissions since 1990, while its GDP has more than doubled in the same period. Furthermore, as the European Commission stated in the 2017 and 2018 “State of the Energy Union” reports, new jobs, growth and opportunities for innovation and investments have been created. Nevertheless, both the efforts and positive results achieved this far need to continue for the EU to play the role of a global leader in de-carbonised smart energy systems.

More flexibility is needed in the electricity systems of the energy transition, in particular as a consequence of the variability of renewable energies. The development of many different uses of storage is therefore going to be encouraged. Storage is expected to bring value at different geographical and time scales, ranging from home and building scale so as to favour self-consumption, to regional one, storage being used for grid stability (short-term) and seasonal adaptation (mid-term).

Which value is expected to be created and how will it be shared between stakeholders? Which technologies can address which markets and when will they be mature?

What role for energy storage systems in the EU energy transition?

 

This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Participants are free to use the information received but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the attendees may be revealed. For this reason, unless explicitly authorised by PubAffairs Bruxelles, the filming and/or the recording of the event by any means are strictly forbidden.

The event will commence with a welcome drink at 7h00 pm, followed by a panel debate at 7.30 pm. After the panel debate there will be an opportunity for questions and discussions.


We look forward to seeing you at 7h00 pm on the 22nd of May at The Office,* rue d’Arlon, 80, Brussels.*

All our debates are followed by a drink in a convivial atmosphere.

*Please note that the venue where we regularly hold our event series has changed

Album photos | Débat | La «Stratégie numérique» de l’UE pour les Balkans occidentaux: quel impact sur le processus d’élargissement?

[FR] INVITATION | La «Stratégie numérique» de l’UE pour les Balkans occidentaux: quel impact sur le processus d’élargissement? | Mardi 24 Avril

Nous sommes heureux de vous inviter à participer à une soirée de discussion sur le sujet de l’impact de la «Stratégie numérique» de l’UE pour les Balkans occidentaux sur le processus d’élargissement avec nos orateurs Madame Mariya Gabriel, Commissaire à l’Économie et à la Société numériques, Monsieur Johannes Noack, Membre du Cabinet du Commissaire Hahn, Politique européenne de voisinage et négociations d’élargissement, Madame Monica Macovei, Présidente de la Commission parlementaire de stabilisation et d’association UE-Albanie, et Madame Maja Handjiska-Trendafilova, Chef d’unité, Stratégie «SEE2020», Conseil de Coopération Régionale.

Monsieur Stéphane Lopez, Ambassadeur, Représentant de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie auprès de l’UE, tiendra un discours d’introduction.

Madame Mariya Gabriel, Commissaire à l’Économie et à la Société numériques tiendra le discours d’ouverture.

Le débat sera modéré par Quentin Ariès, journaliste freelance.

 

En partenariat avec

À propos du débat

Les pays des Balkans occidentaux sont confrontés à de nombreux défis économiques et sociaux alors qu’ils tentent d’achever une double intégration : entre les pays qui composent la région eux-mêmes et entre ces derniers et l’Union européenne. Le processus de Berlin a eu le mérite de remettre au centre de l’action politique de l’UE la question de l’élargissement et l’Union européenne a adopté une série de nouvelles initiatives pour soutenir le processus de réformes dans les pays de la région afin de soutenir leur intégration. Il s’agit notamment d’initiatives visant à améliorer la connectivité dans les secteurs de l’énergie et des transports, à favoriser le développement économique durable, à consolider l’état de droit et à favoriser le partage des valeurs européennes.

Cependant, comme le Président Juncker l’avait annoncé dans son discours sur l’état de l’Union, la Commission a adopté une stratégie qui offre une perspective d’adhésion selon le rythme et les mérites propres de chaque pays candidat ou potentiel candidat, ainsi qu’en fonction de résultats concrets. Quant à la Banque européenne pour la reconstruction et le développement, elle a lancé une “Plateforme Régionale pour les Investissements” et met l’accent sur la nécessité de rendre la région plus attractive pour favoriser la croissance économique et l’emploi, et sur le rôle de l’intégration régionale. C’est dans ce contexte qu’a émergé un sujet crucial pour le futur des relations entre les Balkans et l’UE: le lien inextricable entre la connectivité numérique et l’approfondissement de l’intégration économique et sociale entre pays des Balkans occidentaux.

En effet, si investir dans les infrastructures est fondamental pour la croissance économique, améliorer les infrastructures physiques seules ne suffira pas à atteindre les résultats souhaités en termes d’intégration régionale et de développement durable. Le sommet de Sofia, que la Bulgarie, présidente du Conseil de l’Union européenne jusqu’en juin, accueillera en mai prochain sera une étape fondamentale pour comprendre comment l’amélioration de la connectivité numérique et l’harmonisation des règles disparates qui y font aujourd’hui obstacle pourront influencer le processus d’élargissement.

Quel impact aura la «stratégie numérique» élaborée par l’UE pour les Balkans occidentaux sur le processus d’élargissement?

Ce évènement est régis par la règle de Chatham House. Les participants sont libres d’utiliser les informations reçues, mais ni l’identité ni l’affiliation des participants ne peuvent être révélées. Pour cette raison, sauf autorisation expresse de PubAffairs Bruxelles, le tournage et/ou l’enregistrement des débats est strictement interdit.

L’événement commencera avec une réception à 19.00, suivie par un débat à 19.30. Nous espérons d’avoir le plaisir de vous voir le 24 avril à 19.00 heures dans les locaux de The Office, rue d’Arlon, 80, Bruxelles.*

A la fin de chaque débat, les participants sont invités à continuer la discussion autour d’un verre dans une ambiance conviviale.

*Veuillez noter SVP que le lieu où nos événements se déroulent a changé