How can we reach a net-zero emission Europe: renewables, energy efficiency and demand-side flexibility

An EU strategy for long-term emissions reductions aligned with Paris Agreement will require a thorough transformation of the energy system. Energy efficiency improvements, increased uptake of renewables to boost clean electrification and an active role of end-users are key enablers of this transition. An ambitious pathway towards a net-zero emission Europe is feasible and a source of economic opportunities and prosperity for European industries and citizens.

In the first part of the event, speakers from different backgrounds will develop a robust assessment and dialogue on:

  • Technology pathways to meet EU climate goals from a technical and economic perspective. Special attention will be paid to production and use of energy across different sectors and their potential contribution to decarbonize EU economy.
  • Climate policy proposals. Smart climate policy frameworks will be key to move forward towards a net zero economy by 2050. Some of the most relevant organizations at EU level will provide, either from a business or from an academic perspective, interesting insights based on their advocacy activity and research experience.   
  • Social and political support to an EU ambitious approach to climate action. Deep decarbonization pathways will involve substantial transformation both in the policy and the economy field, which will create a wide range of opportunities but some challenges. An inclusive approach that tackles climate goals taking into account distributional effects and just transition issues will be essential to move forward.

The second part of the event will highlight that going climate neutral is both feasible and beneficial if the potential of digital decentralised energy solutions (distributed generation, energy storage and demand response) is fully grasped to drive demand-side flexibility.

Increasing demand-side flexibility is vital to support the integration of renewable energy, empowering consumers to be active players in the energy system, reducing overall system costs, and increasing security of supply.

Speakers will stress that consistency should be ensured between the EU long-term decarbonisation strategy and the definition of Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). Both should drive demand-side flexibility.


Executive Director, EU Policy
European Climate Foundation
Dries Acker
Director for the Energy Systems Initiative
European Climate Foundation
Executive Director
Transport & Environment
Executive Chair, Brussels
Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
Director of Climate Change, Chairman´s Area
Director, Energy Policy
Directorate General for Energy, European Commission
Senior Policy Adviser
Senior Energy & Policy Advisor
IFIEC Europe
Vice President
T&D Europe
Head of Market Intelligence