Energy transition and the EU hydrogen strategy

The European Strategies for Energy System Integration and for Hydrogen have been in the limelight of debates over recent months and a related report was adopted by the Parliament’s plenary in May. Furthermore, the European Commission (EC) is now proposing a “Fit for 55” legislative package (expected for 14 July) to fundamentally overhaul the EU’s climate policy architecture and put the EU on track towards reaching its target of a 55% net emissions reduction by 2030.

Expected further debate may even lead to a fundamental decision by the European Council on the key features of an EU climate policy framework that should deliver on the EU's climate targets. The EC has set out a new vision for a digitalised, integrated and circular energy system, driven by electrification, powered by renewables and relying on energy efficiency and reducing energy waste.

This STOA workshop will serve to discuss the Scientific Opinion "A systemic approach to the energy transition in Europe" recently released by the Chief Scientific Advisors of the EC, assisted by the Consortium of European Science Academies (SAPEA), as part of the EC's Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). It will also provide a first insights into the "Fit for 55" legislative package in preparation of its imminent presentation by the EC. STOA continues working on the topic through the ongoing execution (together with KIT and ISI) of the study "The potential of hydrogen for decarbonising EU industry" to be released in September.

PROGRAMME

12:00-12:05 - Welcome and introduction

- Tiemo WÖLKEN, MEP, STOA Panel member

12:05-12:25 - Update on the development of the fit-for-55 legislative package

- Kitti NYITRAI, Head of Unit C2: Decarbonisation and sustainability of energy sources, European Commission

12:25-12:50 - A systemic approach to the energy transition in Europe

- Nebojsa NAKICENOVIC, member of the European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA), Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM)

- Sabine SCHLACKE, Scientific Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) consortium

12:50-12:55 - The potential of hydrogen for decarbonising EU industry

- Jakob WACHSMUTH, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Germany, working for the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), STOA framework contractor responsible for this study

12:55-13:25 - Discussion

13:25-13:30 - Closing remarks

- Tiemo WÖLKEN, MEP, STOA Panel member

On-line event

2 July 2021

12:00 CEST

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