The Jacques Delors Institute organises, in cooperation with the European Commission, a conference on the Energy Union and innovation on the 22 June 2017 in Brussels, which is moderated by Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, researcher at the Jacques Delors Institute.
9h00 > 10h30
Charlemagne, Room Mansholt, Rue de la Loi 170, B-1049 Brussels
9:00 > 9:10 – Introduction
Setting the scene: The Research, Innovation and Competitiveness pillar of the Energy Union
Patrick CHILD, Deputy Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
9:10 > 9:20 – The citizen at the core? How societal appropriation can boost the Energy Union
Diego PAVIA, CEO of InnoEnergy
9:20 > 9:30 – Innovation in transport in Spain. The chance of renewable and alternative energies
Eloy Álvarez PELEGRY, Director of the Energy Chair of Orkestra and Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering
9:30 > 9:40 – Think local first: how cities innovate for the energy transition
Alix BOLLE, Energy Cities
9:40 > 9:50 How start-ups, cities and large groups can work together to innovate?
Clémence FISHER, Head of Smart City programs, NUMA
9:50 > 10:30 – Q&A
Moderator: Thomas PELLERIN-CARLIN, Research Fellow, Jacques Delors Institute
Event livestreamed online.
The transition towards a clean energy system is a process of innovation on a massive scale. It translates in the adoption of new technologies, business models and behaviours.
In the past, innovation was technology-centred and considered foremost as a responsibility of utilities and other companies such as manufacturers. It is now recognised that innovation requires a broader ecosystem with other key agents, for instance energy consumers, start-ups, cities and public entities.
Many energy innovations take time, imply significant investments and require public support via economic, policy and regulatory incentives.
The objective of this event is to analyse the state of play of the energy innovation in the framework of the Energy Union. Specific focus will be on the efforts of the European Union to accelerate clean energy innovation, the role of smart cities and start-ups.
The event will look into new ideas on the role of innovation for the Energy Union, with a view of feeding the debate on the implementation of the European Commission’s Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation communication. In addition, it will pay a special attention to collaboration between European Member States and Regions, which is a fundamental element for the implementation of the European Integrated Strategic Technology (SET) Plan