The Energy Transition Summit – 18 February 2020, Brussels


13:30 | Registrations

14:00 | Opening session: Our common vision for the energy system*


  • Frauke Thies | Executive Director, SmartEn
  • Antonella Battaglini | CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative
  • Walburga Hemetsberger | CEO, SolarPower Europe
  • Giles Dickson | CEO, WindEurope

14:15 | 2020: state of play in the energy transition*

This session brings together the leaders of energy companies, technology providers and consumers to debate where Europe stands on delivering the energy transition:

1st debate – Renewables and smart energy as drivers for Europe’s competitiveness 

2nd debate – Strengthening Europe’s industrial base to deliver on the energy transition


  • Giles Dickson | CEO, WindEurope


  • Rasmus Errboe | Senior Vice President Market Development Continental Europe, Ørsted
  • Raul Gil | Chairman, Energy Infrastructure Team, Europacable
  • Gunnar Groebler | Senior Vice President – Head of Business Area Wind, Vattenfall and Chairman of WindEurope
  • Marc Oman | Senior Lead, Energy & Infrastructure, Google

15:00 | Game changers of the new energy system*

Which forces will be the ‘game changers’ of the new energy system? How will they interact with one another and the system to transform the status quo? This session will see industry leaders, innovators and start-ups take to the stage in turns for rapid ‘PechaKucha-style’ presentations, packing concrete information into dynamic sessions. Discussions will focus on the topics of:

  • Emerging prosumer business models;
  • Demand-Side Flexibility in industry and homes;
  • Innovative storage solutions;
  • Smart electrification of transport, heating and industry.

15:30 | Coffee break

16:00 | A 100% renewables-based energy system – key features and challenges*

In this moderated panel session, industry executives, policymakers and representatives from NGOs will come together to discuss the key features and challenges presented by a 100% renewables-based energy system. The session will focus specifically on:

  • Delivering on the Commission’s long-term decarbonisation strategy;
  • Renewables-based electrification as the key to efficiency and emissions reduction;
  • Priorities for Research & Innovation.


  • Philip Kavafyan | CEO, MHI Vestas 
  • Aristotelis Chantavas | Head of Europe, Enel Green Power

17:00 | Planning the transition to a net zero-carbon economy*

In the 2021-27 funding period, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) will give priority to integrated and optimised infrastructure planning. The panel will focus on what that means for renewables, grids and electrification:

  • Delivering on the National Energy and Climate Plans;
  • Upgrading grid infrastructures and addressing public opposition to grids
  • Managing an energy system with very high shares of variable renewables


  • Gerard Reid | Alexa Capital and Global Future Council on Advanced Energy Technologies at the World Economic Forum


  • Manon van Beek | CEO, TenneT

17:45 | Wrap-up and call to action

  • What policymakers should do tomorrow

18:15 | Cocktail reception

*Additional speakers to be confirmed soon

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