High Level EIT Conference
Date: 29-30 May 2017
Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030: Solutions from the Mediterranean
On 30 November 2016, the European Commission released its communication on "Clean Energy for all Europeans", a package of regulations on energy efficiency, renewable energy and affordability of energy for consumers to help Europe implement the Paris climate accord. Accelerating investment in sustainable energy is in fact key to meet the objectives of the Energy Union and support the transition to a clean energy system and a low carbon economy.
In addition to laying down governance for the design of the electricity market and security of electricity supply, the Commission proposes a strategy for connected and automated mobility as well as actions to accelerate clean energy innovation and to renovate Europe's buildings. These are in fact responsible for 40% of the EU’s energy consumption and 36% of its CO2 emissions.
The package now needs to be approved by the European Parliament and by member States in the European Council, which brings the file on top of the Maltese Presidency agenda.
Malta will host the Informal Meeting of Energy Ministers, the Ministerial Energy Conference and the Energy Working Party in Host Country Visit. Organised on 18th and 19th May 2017 respectively, the Informal Meeting of Energy Ministers is expected to focus on the winter package, while the Ministerial Energy Conference is expected to focus on regional cooperation in the Mediterranean.
Organised after the Ministerial Energy Conference and on the eve of Green Week 2017, this conference will bring together KICs, industry, policy makers and civil society to discuss how the winter package and the circular economy package will concretely contribute to achieving the emissions and energy efficiency targets set for 2020 and 2030.
The expected audience is 100 -150 participants.
The Steering Committee of the conference is currently composed by Dr Nadia Theuma (Paragon Europe), Mr Mike Cherret (Climate-KIC), Mr Edward Vernon (Malta EU Presidency Unit) and Ms. Roberta Apap (Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change).
The Scientific Committee of the conference shall be composed by one appointed member per participating KIC.