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    Shifting gears: achieving climate neutrality by 2050

    Shifting gears: achieving climate neutrality by 2050

    Is the EU executing the decisive gear-shift that is needed to not only meet its own ambitious climate targets and agree on its vision for climate neutrality by 2050, but to successfully lead the way globally?

    Experts gathered at the Friends of Europe debate ‘Shifting gears: achieving climate neutrality by 2050’ – held in Brussels on 19 February – to assess where Europe is at, what it needs to do, where it’s going and whether it will arrive on time.

    Moderator and Director of Insights at Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani said that with a new Commission in place and its ambitions stated via the European Green Deal, the imminent unveiling of the new European Climate Law, the assessment of member states’ National Energy and Climate Plans, and the COP26 coming up in Glasgow in November, it’s an interesting time for the climate agenda that has a “last chance saloon” feeling about it.

    “Everyone is really thinking of Glasgow as the tipping point that we should look forward to – but should it be, can it be, given all the different drivers that are at play, not least politics?” he said, adding that the constant re-negotiation of targets was delaying action.

    Participants heard perspectives from the International Energy Agency, the private sector’s Electricité de France (EDF), the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy, and Climate Action Network Europe.

    There was agreement that more needed to be done to create the conditions for consumers to more easily transition to renewable energy sources, and that Europe – which accounts for 9% of global CO2 emissions – must use its ambition to take an assertive leading role in getting other countries on board with tackling the climate emergency.

    More info: https://www.friendsofeurope.org/events/shifting-gears-achieving-climate-neutrality-by-2050/

    • 2 小時 23 分鐘
    World Energy Outlook 2019

    World Energy Outlook 2019

    The world energy market continues to experience major transformations: the rapidly falling cost of renewables and breakthrough innovations in energy use give reason to think that change is on the horizon. Organised at a time of critical leadership change in Europe, the presentation of the 2019 edition of the International Energy Agency’s flagship World Energy Outlook takes into account all the latest market and technology information, policy developments, as well as pathways to meet global climate and other sustainable development goals. This year’s outlook will provide the perfect opportunity to examine the potential way forward for achieving a climate neutral economy by 2050 and an ambitous European Green Deal, including the role of offshore wind as well as the importance of electricity and gas networks in a low-emissions future.

    Join IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol and key European leaders to hear how the outlook for global and European energy markets is set to evolve.

    What will tomorrow’s power sector look like in Europe? What share of our total energy needs can ultimately be met by offshore wind?
    How are traditional gas infrastructure projects adapting to today’s new policy environment?
    What can we expect from the new EU mandate and how will it help in achieving stronger climate action and energy security?

    PRESENTATION OF THE REPORT BY:
    Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

    JOINED ON PANEL BY:
    Boyana Achovski, Secretary-General of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and Chair of GasNaturally Steering Committee

    Antonella Battaglini, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Renewables Grid Initiative

    Ditte Juul-Jørgensen, European Commission Director-General for Energy

    Andreas Nauen, Offshore Chief Executive Officer at Siemens Gamesa

    MODERATOR:
    Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

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    Session III – Achieving bold EU national E&C plans through inclusiveness and sustainable finance

    Session III – Achieving bold EU national E&C plans through inclusiveness and sustainable finance

    As required by the EU Governance Regulation, every EU country must submit its final plans for achieving the 2030 targets on energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emissions. The plans – which cover the period of 2021-2030 – must be bold, comprehensive and inclusive, while considering Europe’s global competitiveness and trade interests. Not only will countries have to revise their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), they also have to propose alternative pathways that are in line with the EU 2050 long-term climate strategy. The financial sector will have to play a central role if we are to achieve bold transformation. Putting the financial sector at the service of the climate must become a priority, and standards of investment must be developed and implemented across all sectors. The private sector needs these incentives to make the right investments and support member states and the EU to achieve a net zero emissions economy.

    How can member states and industries better cooperate to develop the most ambitious National Energy and Climate Plans?
    What sort of disruptive industry leadership is required for Europe to go beyond its objectives?
    What role will the financial sector play in unlocking public and private capital to support a prosperous, secure and sustainable Europe?

    SPEAKERS

    Carine de Boissezon, Chief Sustainability Officer at EDF

    Matthias Duwe, Head of Climate at the Ecologic Institute

    Annegret Groebel, Director of International Relations at the German Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA); President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)

    Andrew McDowell, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB)

    Leena Ylä-Mononen, Director-General at the Ministry of Environment of Finland

    MODERATOR

    Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

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    Session I – Out with the old, in with the bold: there's an opportunity in the climate crisis

    Session I – Out with the old, in with the bold: there's an opportunity in the climate crisis

    The urgency of the climate crisis is impossible to brush off. Even if we wanted to ignore the extreme weather events that have plagued the planet recently, Greta Thunberg, along with hundreds of thousands of students from across Europe, have been making sure that we don’t. While the momentum for action is increasing across the board, civil society is clearly leading the charge, showing more enthusiasm than governments and industries combined. To effectively fulfil the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, everyone must however be on board and give it their all. Nevertheless, too few EU countries are considering revising their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to comply with science-based targets.

    When will the leaders of our world stop acting ‘like children’ and take the radical decisions needed to avoid environmental collapse?
    How can we further mobilise political and economic actors to comply with the Paris Agreement and 2030 SDGs?
    Will the private sector pay heed to voices from civil society asking for more transparency and actions to avert the climate crisis?

    SPEAKERS

    Mark Fulton, Chair of the Research Council at Carbon Tracker

    Michal Kurtyka, Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of the Environment, and President of COP24

    Mauro Petriccione, European Commission Director-General for Climate Action

    Linda Steg, Professor of Environmental Psychology in the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Groningen

    Valentino Rossi, Head of Public Affairs, Regulation and Antitrust for Europe and Euro-Mediterranean Affairs at Enel

    MODERATOR

    Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

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    Session II – Energy justice and the industry competitiveness: a mutually beneficial partnership

    Session II – Energy justice and the industry competitiveness: a mutually beneficial partnership

    Previous years have seen tremendous advancements in the rollout of new socially-driven technologies aimed at empowering citizens to become prosumers. As the ‘yellow vests’ movement highlights, citizens are asking for more social justice and argue that industry remains the privileged player. At the same time, some EU industries protest that current energy and climate policies may hinder their competitiveness and investment attractiveness. Europe’s Energy Union has left a legacy for the next mandate – a legacy which has the potential to allow for Europe’s full decarbonisation. For this to happen, it is time to close the policy book and start implementing measures that are socially just and inclusive while maintaining the competitiveness of Europe’s industry sector.

    What can be done to ensure that industry remains competitive while avoiding a social backlash?
    Are current policies effective in supporting the integration of citizens within energy systems or do we have to move in another direction?
    How can we ensure a level playing field so that all actors – companies and citizens – can benefit from the transition to a low-carbon economy?

    SPEAKERS

    Olivier Biancarelli, Executive Vice-President of Impact and Customer Solutions at ENGIE; Chief Executive Officer of Tractebel

    Stephanie Brancaforte, Executive Director at Change.org, Italy

    Olivier Grabette, Executive Vice-President of the Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE)

    Mark Radka, Brand Chief of Energy, Climate and Technology in the Economy Division at UN Environment

    Maria Spyraki MEP, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy at the European Parliament

    MODERATOR

    Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

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    Equal access to care for rare diseases

    Equal access to care for rare diseases

    The EU has already made great progress on the treatment of rare diseases. However, persistent gaps remain. Of the 5000 to 8000 rare diseases that exist in the EU, 95% do not have an effective therapy. On top of that, about a quarter of orphan drugs fail to reach marketing authorisation. Our 2017 debate on the subject revealed that budget pressures, bureaucratic obstacles and problems of scale are preventing rare disease patients from getting the treatment they need. During this lunch debate, we want to explore how the EU can move from evidence and incentives to equal access to new medicines for patients across the different health systems in the EU.

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