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This stakeholder event provides an opportunity for discussion on a long-term EU strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a modern, clean economy.

In March 2018, EU leaders asked the European Commission to present, within 12 months, “a proposal for a Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction in accordance with the Paris Agreement”. This followed a similar request form the European Parliament.

In preparation for this proposal for a mid-century low carbon emissions strategy, the Commission will carry out a public consultation in the summer of 2018, seeking input from citizens and stakeholders on the EU’s long-term strategy.

In this context, the Commission is organising a 2-day stakeholder event in Brussels on 10-11 July for up to 1000 participants, bringing together a broad range of stakeholders from business, research and civil society.

The Conference will take place at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), 42 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels. 

Interpretation will be provided in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.

Hosted by Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, the event will offer an opportunity for discussions that will then feed in to the Commission’s deliberations for the strategy.

Ambitious long-term strategies are central to achieving the Paris Agreement goals and preventing some of the worst impacts of climate change. The EU is committed to doing its part. For us, the question is not if but how and when we can make our society ready to do this. The clean energy transition will be key, and achieving our climate objectives will require contributions from every part of the economy – industry, business, farming and forestry – and from us all as individual citizens. This conference will be a vital forum for discussions and opinions that will feed into the forthcoming new EU long-term strategy on reducing emissions.

Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy


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  • 10 July: 10.15 - 10.30 (Europe/Brussels)

    Tuesday 10 July

    Welcome by Pierre Gurdjian,
    President of the Université Libre de Bruxelles

  • 10 July: 10.30 - 11.15

    Opening addresses

    • Miguel Arias Cañete,
      European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy
    • Seán Kelly, Member of the European Parliament
    • Vazil Hudák, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank
    • Josef Plank, General-Secretary, Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria

  • 10 July: 11.15 - 12.30

    Session I: Cost-efficient ways for achieving a post-carbon European economy

    Moderation: Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission

    • Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President  for Jobs, Investment and Competitiveness
    • Ignacio S. Galán, Chairman and CEO, Iberdrola
    • Dr. Johannes Teyssen, CEO of E.ON
    • Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope - Presentation
    • David Turk, Acting Director, Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks of the International Energy Agency - Presentation
    • Monica Frassoni, President, European Alliance to Save Energy - Presentation
    • Wendel Trio, Director, Climate Action Network Europe - Presentation
  • 10 July: 12.30 - 14.30

    Lunch break

  • 10 July: 14.30 - 15.45

    Session II: The Long Term Strategy in an international context

    Moderation: Mauro Petriccione, Director-General for Climate Action, European Commission

    • Jim Skea, Chair, IPCC Working Group III
    • Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation (ECF)
    • Marc Giacomini, Deputy Managing Director, European External Action Service (EEAS)
    • Martin Young, Director Policy and risk, World Energy Council
    • Dolf Gielen, Director, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) - Presentation
    • Agneta Rising, Director-General, World Nuclear Association (WNA) - Presentation
    • James Watson, CEO, SolarPower Europe - Presentation
  • 10 July: 15.45 - 17.00

    Session III: Benefits of a low-carbon world for all Europeans – a Citizen's perspective

    Moderation: Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, DG Energy, European Commission

  • 10 July: 17.00 - 17.15

    Keynote address

    by Maroš Šefčovič , European Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union 

  • 11 July: 09.15 - 09.30

    Wednesday 11 July

    Introduction: Alejandro Ulzurrun, Head of Unit Communication and Inter-institutional relations, DG Energy, European Commission

  • 11 July: 09.30 - 10.30

    Session I: Experience with long-term strategies in Europe

    Moderation: Yvon Slingenberg, Director International, Mainstreaming and Policy Coordination, DG Climate Action, European Commission 

    • João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of the Environment (Portugal)
    • Ola Elvestuen, Climate Minister (Norway)
    • Rita Schwarzeluehr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry  for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Germany)
    • Jaroslav Zajíček, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the EU
    • Virginie Dumoulin, Director for European & International affairs, Ministry for an Ecological &  Inclusive Transition, France
  • 11 July: 10.30 - 11.30

    Session II: Economy, finance, investment

    Moderation: Gerassimos Thomas, Deputy Director-General for Energy, European Commission 

    • Darius Maikstenas, Chairman and CEO, Lietuvos Energija - Presentation
    • Kristian Ruby, Secretary - General EURELECTRIC - Presentation
    • Patrick Liébus, Vice-President, European Builders Confederation (EBC)
    • Anthony Cox, Director of Environment, OECD
    • Monica Scatasta, Head of Environment, Climate and Social Policy, European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • 11 July: 11.30 - 12.30

    Session III: Innovation, technology

    Moderation: Sami Andoura, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission 

    • Marco Mensink, Director-General, CEFIC
    • Federica Sabbati, Secretary - General, European Heating Industry - Presentation
    • Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary-General, Hydrogen Europe - Presentation
    • Diego Pavia, CEO, KIC InnoEnergy
    • Prof. Dr. Sibylle Günter, Coordinator of the EUROfusion Consortium and Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics - Presentation
    • François-Régis Mouton, Director EU Affairs, International Association of Oil & Gas producers (IOGP) - Presentation
  • 11 July: 12.30 - 14.30

    Lunch break

  • 11 July: 14.30 - 15.30

    Session IV: Role and use of natural resources

    Moderation: Artur Runge-Metzger, Director Climate Strategy, Governance and Emissions from non-trading sectors, DG Climate Action, European Commission

    • Pekka Pesonen, Secretary - General, COPA-COGECA
    • Jean Francois Soussana, Vice-President, French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Presentation
    • Andrea Kohl, Programme Director, WWF
    • Hartmut Stalb, Chair, Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE - JPI)
    • Paolo Fantoni, Chairman, European Panel Federation
    • Mihail Dumitru, Deputy Director-General, DG Agriculture, European Commission
  • 11 July: 15.45 - 16.00

    Keynote address on "Industry and long term emissions reduction"

  • 11 July: 16.00 - 16.45

    Closing session: From Paris to Katowice

    Co-chair: Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission
    and Mauro Petriccione, Director-General for Climate Action, European Commission

    • Laurent Fabius, President COP 21 (Paris)
    • Sebastian Barkowski, Deputy Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU
    • Michal Kurtyka, President COP 24 (Katowice) - video message
    • Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy

    Final remarks by Yvon Englert, Rector Université Libre de Bruxelles


Practical information

10 July 2018, 10.00 - 11 July 2018, 17.00 (CEST)
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
42 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt
1050 Brussels