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Energy scenarios towards a climate-neutral EU

Energy transition was at the center of discussion at our first interactive Climate Dialogues seminar organised by BusinessEurope. Moderated by Frits de Groot, Director Energy & Climate at VNO-NCW, the event took place on 16 March with distinguished speakers from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Commission DG Energy and Hydrogen Europe. Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director for Sustainability, Technology, Outlooks at the IEA, stated that "the pandemic will leave lasting scars, but it is still open whether it represents a setback for a more secure and sustainable energy system, or a catalyst that accelerates the pace of change". Lukasz Kolinski, Head of Unit on economic analysis and foresight, recovery at DG Energy, gave a comprehensive overview of EU energy scenarios and policy initiatives aimed at reaching the EU 2030 climate target. The Commission will come up with detailed legislative proposals by June 2021. And finally, Hydrogen Europe's Secretary General Jorgo Chatzimarkakis spoke about hydrogen as a promising solution to accelerate energy transition. "Hydrogen has become real and even systemic for the success of the European Green Deal. It is time to scale up in order to achieve results and to make Europe competitive", he concluded.

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Last updated: 22 March 2021