Nordic-Baltic Energy Conference 2018. How can the Energy Union´s new targets be reached?
Negotiations around the Clean Energy Package have resulted in new targets for the EU for 2030. At the end of June EU institutions struck a deal on a 32% renewable energy target and a 32.5% target for energy efficiency. All the member states are obliged to present their draft plans to the European Commission by the end of this year on how to reach these new 2030 targets.
What will the significance be of these developments for Nordic and Baltic countries and how can the goals be implemented? Are Energy Union ambitions in line with national action plans? What common regional interests should we promote in Brussels?
The Nordic-Baltic energy conference will convene again to shed light on these substantial issues with the help of the European Commission, IEA, experts, businesses and officials from across the Nordic and Baltic Sea region. The conference provides crucial updates on EU policy making and facilitates discussion on co-operation initiatives and trending business models.
Policy relevance and objectives of the conference
This conference is considered to be of very high policy relevance given the fact that parts of the clean energy package have been through the final stages of inter-institutional negotiations inside the EU and final agreements on vital parts of the package were concluded in June 2018. All the Nordic and Baltic countries are highly focus on the issues being discussed and have a strong interest in all parts of the package. The governance regulation with its more comprehensive planning and reporting system within the energy field will be a special challenge. The conference builds on similar conferences in 2017, 2016 and 2015. The conference is also a follow up to the Nordic energy policy conference in August 2017, which extended the subject matter and included the Baltics. The objective is also to shed light on how energy authorities and businesses adapt to new challenges, from Paris to Katowice (COP 24). The conference could, consequently, also be put into a wider global context and include a discussion on how to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The purpose of the conference is to facilitate good exchange of information between governments and business stakeholders in the Nordic and Baltic region. The various parts of the EU Energy Union Clean Energy for all Europeans package will be explained through a set of national presentations by energy policy makers in the Nordic and Baltic region. Major international actors such as DG Energy and IEA will put the Nordic and Baltic region into European and global contexts. A special focus will be on the various consequences of the EU regulation on governance in order to explore opportunities for closer Nordic-Baltic co-operation in the energy field.
Working language: English
Registration for the conference is open until September 24 (or until seats are gone) here.