Fatih Birol: Europe’s energy transition: between sustainability and affordability
Silken Hotel, Boulevard Charlemagne 11, 1000 Brussels; 16:00-18:00

ETUI Conference cycle : Social-ecological transition Climate change and the end of cheap oil have pushed European policymakers to formulate a strategy to decarbonise the economy. But Europe’s economic and sovereign debt crisis, as well as pressure from the US shale gas revolution, has clearly undermined the sense of urgency of this important energy transition.

The Paris-based International Energy Agency and especially its Chief Economist, Fatih Birol, have in the last ten years been very outspoken about the need to find the right balance between a sustainable climate and energy transition and keeping prices affordable for Europe’s industry and citizens.

At this first conference in a new ETUI cycle on ‘the socio-ecological transition’, Mr Birol delivered a thorough analysis of the environmental and economic dimension of Europe's much needed energy revolution.

Keynote speaker: Fatih Birol, Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics at the International Energy Agency in Paris

Discussants: Benjamin Denis, Advisor ETUC, Philip Pearson, Senior Policy Officer, Trades Union Congress (TUC) and Jason Anderson, Head of EU Climate & Energy Policy, WWF-Europe

Chair: Willy De Backer, Head of Communication & Publications at the ETUI