Maroš Šefčovič gives a keynote speech at the high level conference "WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK - Energy-mix for the post-COP21 world", in Brussels., Brussels - Parlementaire monitor

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Maroš Šefčovič gives a keynote speech at the high level conference "WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK - Energy-mix for the post-COP21 world", in Brussels., Brussels

Atomium in Brussel.
© Kevin Bergenhenegouwen
date November 21, 2016
city Brussels, Belgium
attending M. (Maroš) Sefčovič i et al.
organisation Friends of Europe

The recent outcome of the American elections has the potential to affect the global context for world energy, yet the momentum post COP21 and Marrakech suggests a turning point and consensus on tackling climate change. But will market dynamics change for oil, natural gas and coal, or is the slump in prices for some fuels a new normal? Will this provide a greater impetus for renewable technologies and greater energy efficiency? Will market dynamics change for oil, natural gas and coal or might the slump in prices for some fuels be here to stay? Can renewables continue to rise amid fierce competition from fossil fuels and other low-carbon options? What policies and measures are necessary to support stable long-term investment beyond 2020? What challenges remain for integrating renewable power into the electricity market and what are the prospects for renewables playing a greater role in heating and cooling? And how can governments address the impact of local pollution, often energy-related, on air quality, and what would these actions mean for the energy sector?

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14.30 - 15.00 Welcome coffee and registration of participants

15.00 - 16.30 WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK - Energy-mix for the post-COP21 world

16.30 End of debate


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    Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

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  • Jane Burston

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    Jane Burston has dedicated most her life to climate and environmental issues, serving first as a strategic consultant on low carbon policy to the Mayor of London and is now running a world-class climate science and low carbon technology centre at the UK’s National Measurement Institute. In 2008, she founded Carbon Retirement, an award-winning social enterprise working with the EU ETS. She was named as one of the ‘Top 30 UK entrepreneurs under 30’ by Real Business in 2010, a 'Social Entrepreneur of the Year' by Square Mile in 2011 and one of the ‘Top 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the UK’ by the Chamber of Commerce International in 2015, among others.

  • Jenny Larsson

    Vice President of Business Unit Heat at Vattenfall and Chairwoman of the Board in Gotlands Energi

    Jenny Larsson is Vice President of Business Unit Heat at Vattenfall, a Swedish State owned company and one of Europe’s larget generators of electricity and heat. Between 2012 and 2015, Larsson worked as Chief Executive Officer at Gotlands Energi and is currently a Chairwoman of their Board. She has had different roles in various business areas distribution, such as heat and services. Larsson was named “Power woman of the year 2016” by the Swedish “Power Women” network created in 2015, aiming at supporting, promoting and attracting female advancement to the Swedish energy sector.

  • Maroš Sefčovič

    European Commission Vice President for Energy Union

    Maros Šefčovič joined the European Commission in 2009 and is currently its Vice President responsible for coordinating the efforts to develop an EU-wide resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy. A Slovak diplomat, he was formerly Ambassador to Israel, Permanent Representative to the European Union and Director General in the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Eirik Wærness

    Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Statoil

    Eirik Wærness is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Statoil. He previously served as member of the Executive Board of the Central Bank of Norway and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority since 2016. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Future of Energy. Waerness’ experience includes different positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Total E&P Norway, Pöyry Management Consulting/Econ Centre for Economic Analysis. He has also served as member of two public expert groups on tax reforms.



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