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The Future of Renewable Energy in the EU: Updating Policy and Fostering Innovation

Energy, Environment and Climate
Date: Tuesday, 05 June 2018 10:00 - 16:30

Venue: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre  |  City: Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium

The use of renewable energy has many potential benefits, including a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the diversification of energy supplies and a reduced dependency on fossil fuel markets (in particular, oil and gas). The growth of renewable energy sources may also have the potential to stimulate employment  through the creation of jobs in new ‘green’ technologies. Renewable energy in the EU has grown strongly in recent years, with the share of energy from renewable sources increased from around 8.5 % in 2004 up to 16.7 % in 2015 (Eurostat, 2017).

In 2009, the European Parliament and the Council adopted the so called RES Directive, amended in 2013, which established a mandatory 20% share of EU energy consumption from renewable energy sources (RES) by 2020, with specific targets for each Member State. In addition, it required all Member States to obtain 10% of their transport fuels from renewable sources by 2020, and laid out criteria for biofuels sustainability. In 2015 the RES Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) were revised to recognise and mitigate the negative environmental impact that biofuels production can have in terms of indirect land-use change and related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These revisions to the RES Directive and the FQD strengthened  the sustainability criteria for biofuels, and imposed more stringent requirements in terms of reducing GHG  emissions. On 30 November 2016, the European Commission launched the Clean Energy package, which included a recast of the RES Directive, with the aim of meeting the goals of the 2030 EU Climate and Energy Framework, in particular the binding target of a 27 % EU share of RES in final energy consumption by 2030.

The latest progress report on the implementation of the RES Directive (February 2017) notes that the vast majority of EU countries are well on track to reach their binding targets for renewable energy, but continued effort is needed. Heating and cooling remains the largest sector in terms of energy consumption, but half of the supply comes from renewables. The electricity sector has seen the fastest growth in renewable share, currently 28.3% of total production, but the main contributor remains hydropower, despite the substantial growth of onshore wind and the strong but slowing development of solar photovoltaic. Finally, transport is the sector which continues to show the slowest growth of renewables, with a renewable energy share of 6.0 %, due to various difficulties, including regulatory uncertainty and a late uptake of advanced biofuels.

This international symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity to discuss current challenges related to renewable energies and to reignite the debate over an EU-wide strategy to ensure sustainability in the energy sector.  The symposium offers a platform for discussion on renewable energy technologies, supports the exchange of ideas, and encourages delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate.

Delegates will:

  • Gain knowledge and insights on the EU Legal Framework on renewable energies and sustainable fuel
  • Analyse findings from latest Progress Report on the Implementation of the RES Directive
  • Examine the negative consequences of regulatory uncertainty and the way forward to overcome it
  • Explore the tools to ensure the adequate level of investments in renewable and to foster cooperation at EU level.
  • Discover the state of the art of technological innovation in renewable energy production and storage
  • Take part in lively and interactive discussions with key stakeholders in the field of renewable energy and build lasting partnerships
  • Share best practice on innovative projects aimed at fostering the transition to sustainable energy

Programme

09:15

Registration and Morning Refreshments

10:00

Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10

        

Tracking Recent Developments in the EU Legal Framework on Renewable Energies

  • Discussing the Recast of the RES Directive: Meeting 2030 Objectives
  • Analysing the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD): Examining the Role of Biofuels
  • Assessing Improvements and Standstills: Lessons From the Progress Report on the RES Directive Implementation

10:40

First Round of Discussions

11.10

Morning Coffee Break

11:30

Debating the Future of Renewables in the EU

  • Building a Conducive Framework: Tackling Regulatory Uncertainty;
  • Financing the Transition: Ensuring Sufficient and Efficient Investments;
  • Stepping Up National Engagement and Cooperation at EU Level

12:00

Second Round of Discussions

12.30

Networking Lunch

13:30

Mapping the Technological Landscape in Renewables: Production

  • Appraising the Breakthroughs: Sustainable Thermal Energy & Electricity Production
  • Appraising the Breakthroughs: Sustainable Fuel Production
  • Exploring the Technological Frontier: Envisioning the Next Generation of Renewable Energy Production Technologies

14.00

Third Round of Discussions

14:30

Afternoon Coffee Break

14:50

Mapping the Technological Landscape in Renewables: Storage

  • Appraising the Breakthroughs: Electricity Storage
  • Appraising the Breakthroughs: Thermal Storage
  • Exploring the Technological Frontier: Envisioning the Next Generation of Renewable Energy Storage Technologies

15.20

Fourth Round of Discussions

15:50

Chair's Summary and Closing Remarks

16.00

Networking Reception and Refreshments

16.30

Symposium Close

** Please note that the programme and speakers are subject to change without notice **

Who Should Attend?

  • Environmental Services and Policy Professionals
  • Sustainable Development Stakeholders
  • Private Sector Environmental Organisations
  • Environmental Planning and Design Officers
  • Energy Efficiency Professionals
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Social Funds
  • Environmental Associations
  • Local Authorities
  • Organisational Development Professionals
  • International and Regional Organisations
  • National Ministries and Institutes
  • Joint Committees on Environment
  • Environmental Energy Leads
  • Services Sustainability Professionals
  • Regional Development and Natural Environment Specialists
  • Local Authority
  • GreenCity Teams
  • Central Government Departments
  • Environmental Services Urban Design Professionals
  • Environmental Campaigns Professionals
  • Environmental Enforcement Professionals
  • Renewable Energy Leads
  • Green Education Professionals
  • Regeneration Professionals
  • Business Development Professionals
  • Finance Leads
  • Greening Retail Organisations
  • Greening Industry Professionals
  • Third Sector Organisations
  • Academics and Researchers
  • Organizational Development Professionals
  • International and Regional Organisations
  • Local Authority Waste and Recycling Professionals
  • Transport Leads
  • Environmental Services and Policy Professionals
  • Environmental Services Sustainability Professionals
  • Energy Leads
  • Pollution Professionals
  • Third Sector Organisations
  • Small Business Federations
  • Local Area Trailblazers

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