EU's energy security: time for more or less fossil fuels?

Lunch debate on energy security

Publication - May 21, 2014
Greenpeace is organising a lunch debate where experts, policymakers and stakeholders will debate the future of EU's energy security, addressing in particular the measures the EU could take to reduce its dependency on energy imports.

Please register here for the event.

In addition to the launch of the Commission's "European Energy Security Strategy" in late May or early June, energy security is also expected to feature high on the agenda of the G7 Summit (4-5 June) and the European Council (26-27 June).

Some of the issues that will be addressed during the Greenpeace lunch debate:
•    Does the Commission’s proposal deliver on the March European Council’s request for “a comprehensive plan for the reduction of EU energy dependence”? 
•    What is the role of renewable energy and energy efficiency in reducing energy imports?
•    Can a “rehabilitation” of coal contribute to energy security?
•    How fast can alternative gas supply options deliver?
•    How can the EU ensure consistency between energy security and the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework?

Date: Thursday 5 June 2014, 12.30 - 14.30 CET
Venue: Le Bouche-à-Oreille, Rue Felix Hap 11, 1040 Brussels



12.30 Registration and light lunch

13.00 Welcome

13.10 Panel discussion:

  • Carsten Bermig, European Commission, member of cabinet, Commissioner Hedegaard.
  • Severin Fischer, Research Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs.
  • Katarzyna Michałowska, Deputy Director, Polish Institute for Renewable Energy.
  • Randall Bowie, Chief Consultant, Rockwool International, representing the European Insulation Manufacturers Association (EURIMA).
  • Brian Carroll, Head of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Division, Irish Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

Moderator: Arthur Neslen, energy and environment correspondent Euractiv.

14.00 Questions and answers session

14.30 End of the conference

Directions: Le Bouche-à-Oreille (near Parc du Cinquantenaire)
Rue Felix Hap 11, 1040 Brussels. Metro line 1 and 5.

Note: this event takes place during the G7 Summit. When travelling by metro, exit at Merode station. Schuman metro station won't be accessible during the Summit.