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How can the EU Green Deal adapt to a brutal world? Ifri's Center for Energy & Climate Breakfast-Debate in Brussels

The European Union's energy transition has historically never been so advanced, yet never so vulnerable. Over the last four years, the European Union (EU) has experienced significant growth in renewable energy capacities, Electric Vehicle (EV), and heat pump adoption. Progress has also been made in clarifying the legislative framework of this transition, giving businesses and industries a clear path forward.

The Green Deal faces challenges amid worsening geopolitics, regional conflicts, and power politics overshadowing the rules-based system. Free trade exists only on paper, hindered by global restrictions. All sorts of hardships overshadow the Green Deal ambition. If renouncement is not an option in an era of the accelerating consequences of climate change, a strategic repositioning of the Green Deal needs to take place to cope with a brutal world.


This event will be held in English in a hybrid format




8:30-9:00 am: Welcome coffee & breakfast

9:00-9:15 am: Presentation of Ifri's study "How can the Green Deal adapt to a brutal World"

  • Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Director, Center for Energy and Climate, Ifri
  • Diana-Paula Gherasim, Reaserch Fellow, Head of European Energy and Climate Policy, Center for Energy and Climate, Ifri
9:15-9:35 am: Keynote speeches
  • Sarah Kuen, Counsellor for Environment and Climate, Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU
  • Terhi Lehtonen, Coordinator for inter-institutional Relations, Legal & Institutional issues, DG CLIMA 

9:35-10:30 am: Comments and Perspectives

  • Kees Biesheuvel, Senior Technology Manager Sustainability, Dow
  • Alain Taccoen, European Affairs Direction, EDF
  • Gabrielle Gauthey, High Representative of the chairman and chief executive officer to the EU institutions; Senior Vice-President for European Public Affairs, TotalEnergies
  • Guillaume Gillet, Group Public Affairs Vice-President, ENGIE
  • Vincent Thouvenin, Director of European Affairs, RTE
10:30-11:00 am: Q&A

Contact the organizers: 

To register and receive the address or connection code, please contact Aurélia Bessède at  bessede@ifri.org 

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