Innovation is core for future energy and climate policies

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On Monday 17 March, days before the EU Summit which discussed the 2030 climate and energy goals, Arctik organised the first conference of a new independent online media specialised on energy matters: Energy Post.

With the headline Putting innovation at the heart of 2030 in the climate and energy policies, the conference brought together key stakeholders interested in climate and energy policies. Energy Post boosted its’ visibility through Arctik’s ability to attract more than 150 participants to the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels. Policy-makers ranging from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Permanent Representations, business associations and enterprises representatives, NGOs as well as journalists attended the event.

David Clarke, CEO of the Energy Technologies Institute, opened the evening conference with a keynote speech on delivering secure, affordable and sustainable energy systems. He identified three innovation challenges: 1. cost reduction (for the newest technologies such as marine energy); 2. building investor confidence (to get funds flowing to the big “set pieces” such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration plants); and 3. new business models (to engage the consumer and tap into energy efficiency opportunities)

Following the keynote speech, a panel debate with Dominique Ristori, new Director-General of the European Commission DG ENER, Dick Benschop, President-Director of Shell Netherlands, Tomas Wyns, Researcher at the Institute for European Studies (EIS) and Marco Landolfi, Coordinator of Energy, Transport and Telecommunications at the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU, took the stage with Sonja Van Renssen, EU correspondent for Energy Post, moderating.

The overall debate questioned whether the recent proposal from the European Commission on the framework for the EU 2030 climate and energy package could be a key driver for European innovation and strengthen the competitiveness in Europe. Both panellists and the audience focused on the main aspects of the proposal: its impacts on competitiveness, the role of innovation as well as research and development. Above all they also reminded the importance of low-carbon innovation.

Prior to the conference participants had the opportunity to send their questions and during the debate questions were also picked-up via the twitter conference hashtag #innov2030. For its first conference, Energy Post interacted and engaged with key stakeholders on energy matters with a new innovative approach, which proved popular.

Arctik managed and supervised all the logistics for the conference. Relying on its expertise, Arctik provided a brand new website, including design for the conference as well as its related design. As part of its communication activities, Arctik dealt with public relations activities and engaged stakeholders by bilateral contact to enhance the dissemination of the evening debate

On-site and in order to increase the dissemination of the conference’s results, Arctik worked closely with Energy Post and with viEUws, the EU policy broadcast.


Photos of the conference are available online.

A dedicated video has been produced by viEUws and highlights the main insights of the conference.