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An EU industrial strategy towards climate-neutrality Ifri-InnoEnergy Conference

The European Union (EU) enters a new political cycle and the Commission President-elect von der Leyen committed to propose a “Green Deal” in her first 100 days in office, with the ultimate ambition of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent. 

Earlier this year, the Commission was invited to present a new “long-term EU industrial strategy” by the end of 2019. This can be a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: addressing the civilizational challenge of climate change, while creating quality jobs and ensuring the technological sovereignty of Europe.

To fuel the debate on the right policy toolbox and provide valuable insights to the new EU policy makers, the French Institute for International Relations (Ifri) and EIT InnoEnergy are jointly hosting a one-day high-level conference on the industrial dimension of the EU’s energy and climate strategy.

Following keynote speeches by the EU institutional triangle, the discussion will be articulated around three successive roundtables, each one addressing a prominent transversal aspect of the shift towards climate-neutrality: the human, policy and financial dimensions.

This conference will be held in English.


8.45 - 9.15            Registration & coffee

9.15 - 10.15          Keynote speeches

  • Juho Korteniemi, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
  • Hans van Steen, Director, DG Energy, European Commission

10.15 - 10.30          Special address

  • Bertrand Piccard, Founder and Chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation

10.30 - 12.00        Workers, Researchers, Consumers, Entrepreneurs, Citizens: the key role of the human factor in the energy transition 

  • Marc Nézet, Senior Vice-President Innovation, Schneider Electric
  • Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope
  • Jean-Baptiste Pernot, Board Member, SAFT Batteries
  • Sébastien Storme, Senior Advisor, Just Transition Centre, International Trade Union Confederation 
  • Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO, Solar Power Europe
  • Ewelina Wójcik, Director, Regional Office of Silesia Voivodeship in Brussels
  • Dirk Vansintjan, CEO, RESCoop.EU

Moderated by Carole Mathieu, Ifri

12.00 - 13.30        Networking Lunch

13.30 - 15.00        Standards, norms, incentives: which policy toolbox to create European low-carbon value chains? 

  • Gwénolé Cozigou, Director Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Verena Fennemann, Director of EU office, Fraunhofer
  • Emilie Alberola, Director of Research & Innovation, EcoAct
  • Vincent Thouvenin, Director European Affairs, RTE
  • Øyvind Vessia, Head of European Affairs, Ørsted
  • Guy Ethier, SVP Environment, Health & Safety, Umicore

Moderated by Cédric Philibert, Ifri

15.00 - 15.20        Networking Coffee

15.20 - 16.50        How to finance a climate neutral continent? ​ 

  • Jochen Hierl, Principal Adviser, European Investment Bank
  • Christophe Desrumaux, Partner Venture, Demeter
  • Christophe Hadjal, Head of Advisory & Business Development – Natural Ressources, Metals & Mining, Société Générale
  • DG FISMA, European Commission (tbd)
  • Michel Matheu, Head of EU Strategy and Stakeholder Relations, EDF
  • Clive Pitt, CFO and board member, Allego

Moderated by Diego Pavia, InnoEnergy

16.50        Concluding remarks

  • Pascal Canfin, Chair of ENVI committee, European Parliament


EIT InnoEnergy, 7 rue Guimard, 1040 Brussels
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For more information, please contact Ifri (decordier@ifri.org) or InnoEnergy (eubu@innoenergy.com)


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