Energy Transition – the Pathway Towards a Low–Carbon Europe

Energy Transition – the Pathway Towards a Low–Carbon Europe

– 27 November 2018 at Norway House, Rue Archimède 17, Brussels

About Energy Transition – the Pathway Towards a Low-Carbon Europe

We know that the world needs a climate friendly energy system that can provide power for more people than we are now, and create less emission than today. This changes need to happen so fast that it historically will be equal to a revolution. However, we must find out what the different alternatives for energy mixes will be, and how we will get there. 

This conference will represent the possibility to assess the current state of implementation and debate about the best possible future steps towards an integrated climate friendly energy system. In particular, we expect to focus on two relevant aspects. The integrated energy system we might see in the future, and how consumers can be included in this system.

All participants will have the chance to contribute to the debate, with a view to establish fruitful and rich exchange of views and knowledge.



Participation in the workshop is free, but you need to register. Registration deadline: November 23.

Register for the workshop here




Registration opens 14.30

Welcoming remarks 15:00 – 15:25

  • Johan Hustad, Professor, Director NTNU Energy, Chairman of board, NTNU Energy Transition Initiative
  • José Cotta, Head of Unit for Advancing Energy Production in the Energy Directorate of DG RTD
  • Adel El Gammal, Secretary General of EERA

Panel 1 – The Integrated Energy System 15:30 – 16:20

The first panel will address the challenge of making different energy systems work more efficiently individually and collectively. How will the new levels of integration change the way we generate, deliver and use energy? What kind of energy system model will prove more useful, and which challenges will they face? What is the future of electrification?

  • Current state of implementation and future strategies/prioritiesHaitze Siemers, Head of Unit, Advancing Energy Production, DG ENER 
  • The integrated energy system and need for CCSVolker Krey, Deputy Director – IIASA, NTNU Energy Transition Initiative
  • Integration of renewables in the energy systemFranziska Holz, DIW Berlin, NTNU Energy Transition Initiative
  • The role of hydrogen in the future energy mix Jean André, Air Liquide
  • Energy system integration: the stakeholders’ viewLuciano Martini, Coordinator of EERA Smart Grids Joint Programme, RSE 

Panel 2 – Energy flexibility – Consumers as a driver to a full system integration

16:30 –17:20

To achieve a high share of renewable energy required for the energy transition, a great amount of flexibility will be required in the energy system. What will be the role of consumers in providing the needed flexibility in the energy system? Can the need for flexibility be addressed by increased integration of the energy system?

  • New Energy Technology & Clean Coal Michela Marasco, Policy Officer - DG ENER
  • The interests of European consumers – Monika De Volder, Senior Economic Officer and Energy Team Leader, BEUC 
  • Research on active consumers and system integrationAsgeir Tomasgard,Program Director, NTNU Energy Transition Initiative
  • The smart home and consumer flexibilitySteven A. Gabriel, Professor, University of Maryland, NTNU Energy Transition Initiative
  • Company customer relationship - Andrea Villa, Head of EU Regulation, ENEL

Concluding remarks – Visions for the future 17.25 – 17:50

  • Juraj Nociar, Head of Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič's cabinet, Strategic management and coordination of Energy Union family
  • Asgeir Tomasgard: Program Director, NTNU Energy Transition Initiative
  • Jannik Lindbæk: Head of EU affairs, Equinor

Networking reception 18.00 - 19.00