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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 Paul Voss, Managing Director, Euroheat, Mr Thomas Nowak, Secretary General, EHPA, Prof. Peter Remmen, 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

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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.

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.

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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