The role of wind in electrifying and decarbonising the wider economy

High-level & plenaries

When: Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 11:30 - 12:45
Where: Room: Brussels

Session description

The world is moving from the era of fossil fuel- based energy towards an increasingly decarbonised energy supply. Europe is uniquely positioned to provide a blueprint for the rest of the world in this field. Renewables already make up 30% of the power produced in Europe – but the complete decarbonisation of Europe’s energy system will only be possible if we fully exploit the potential of renewables beyond the power sector we know today. Pushing these boundaries means accelerating the renewables-based electrification of three sectors: transport, heating & cooling, and industrial processes. Electrification and sector-coupling have the potential to drive energy efficiency and decarbonisation economy-wide while making a renewables-based energy system more flexible and resilient. In this session, WindEurope will present a report featuring scenarios for the electrification of transport, heating & cooling, and energy-intensive industrial processes, showing possible paths to achieve the decarbonisation objectives set by the European Union for 2050.

Session chair

Pierre Tardieu

Chief Policy Officer, WindEurope


Pierre Tardieu

Chief Policy Officer, WindEurope

Ivor Catto

CEO, RES Ltd / Chairman, WindEurope

Panel Discussion

Thorsten Herdan

Director General for Energy Policy, Heating and Efficiency, Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Ghislain Lescuyer

CEO, Saft

Michael Liebreich

Founder & Senior Contributor, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Riccardo Amoroso

Head of Innovation and Product Lab, ENEL X

Thierry Lepercq

Executive Vice President of Research, Technology and Innovation, Engie

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