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Europe and the New Frontiers of Energy: Turning Grand Strategy into Effective Policy Proposing Sustainable, Efficient and Field-Relevant Solutions

2015 Energy Annual Conference, Brussels


The Ifri Center for Energy  will host its annual conference on March 4th, 2015 in Brussels.  While global energy markets are transitioning to sustainable systems and are confronted by declining oil prices, there is a greater need to align European policies with global energy trends.  This year’s theme, “New Energy Frontiers,” is aimed at calling for an outwards look on energy issues in the European Union as a way to create more realistic and stable policies.  The discussion  will revolve around the question of how the European energy and climate policies can deliver effective results in light of geopolitical upheavals, technological developments and governance issues.

Morning Session

8:30-9:00 Registration and welcome coffee

9:00-9:15 Welcome address, Thierry de MONTBRIAL, President of Ifri

9:15-9:45 Opening address, on behalf of the Latvian EU Council Presidency, Dzintars KAULINS, Head of Energy Division, Permanent Representation of Latvia to the EU


9:45-11:45   Session 1 - New Frontiers in Geopolitics: New Strategies for the Main Actors?

Chairman: Ambassador William RAMSAY, Former Deputy Executive Director, IEA, Senior Advisor, Ifri

"Saudi America", Mirage or Sustainable Reality?  Sylvie CORNOT-GANDOLPHE, Associate Research Fellow, Ifri Center for Energy

Total and the New Energy Landscape, Yves-Louis DARRICARRERE, President Upstream of TOTAL

Unconventional Revolution and New Oil Price Environment, Olivier PERRIN, Associate Director, Schlumberger Business Consulting

Confrontation: Russia, Short-Sighted Politics or Long-Term Strategy?  Tatiana MITROVA, Head of Oil and Gas Department, Energy Research Institute, Moscow

Tensions: Asian Power Games,  Tatsuo MASUDA, Professor at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, former Vice President of Japan National Oil Corporation


12:00-13:00    Special Debate: Energy Policy, Industry Policy: Hand-in-Hand or Face-to-Face?

Moderator:   Barbara LEWIS, Senior EU Energy & Environment Correspondent, Reuters, Reuters

Dominique RISTORI, Director General, DG Energy, EU Commission and Jean-Pierre CLAMADIEU, President, European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)


13:00-14:00  Lunch


14:00-15:30  Session 2 - New Frontiers in Technology and Business: From Engineer’s Dream to Field Solutions

Chairman: Cécile MAISONNEUVE, Senior Advisor, Ifri Center for Energy

Renewables: How Much Does it Cost?  Thomas-Olivier LEAUTIER, Professor, Toulouse School of Economics

Nuclear: a Legacy to Manage or Assets for the Transition? Jean-Pol PONCELET, Director General, FORATOM

Being an Energy Company Today: Mapping Moving Lanscapes, Susanne HOUNSELL, Associate Director, IHS Energy

Electricity Networks: Sharing the Burden, Dominique MAILLARD, Chief Executive Officer, RTE


15:30-15:45     Coffee Break


15:45-17:15   Session 3 - New Frontiers in Governance: Implementing Efficient Policies in Europe

Chairman: Marie-Claire AOUN, Director, Ifri Center for Energy

A Regulator’s View of the European Energy Policy Lord MOGG, President of the Council of European Regulators, Chair of the Board of Regulators, ACER and European adviser, Ofgem

Implementing: A View from the Field (1),  Jean-François CONIL-LACOSTE, Chief Executive Officer, EPEX SPOT

Implementing: A View from the Field (2),  Denis SIMONNEAU, Member of the Executive Committee, GDF-SUEZ


Getting Ready for the COP in Paris
17:15-17-35   Paul WATKINSON, Head of the Climate Change Negotiations Team, France


17:35-17:45  Concluding Remarks with Marie-Claire AOUN, Director, Ifri Center for Energy

English/French translation available


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Contact : Martine Breux: phone: +33 1 40 61 60 38 ; e-mail: breux@ifri.org

Address: Hôtel THON EU, Rue de la Loi 75, B-1040 Brussels (metro Maalbeek)