Energy and industry, two sides of the same coin: how to kickstart a green, industrial revolution?

7Sep
2020
  • Online debate in Brussels

Chairman:
Jerzy Buzek MEP, President of the European Energy Forum

Speakers:
Christian Westermeier,
Chair of the Industrial Strategy Workstream of SolarPower Europe
Richard Roudeix, Chair of the Cefic Program Council Climate Change and Energy
Speaker from the European Commission (name tbc)
Interventions from Members of the European Parliament (names tbc)

Cefic and SolarPower Europe will share their visions about possible synergies between the industry and energy sector, for a win-win climate-neutral transition.

Access to abundant and affordable climate-neutral energy will be key to enabling electrification of industrial processes, switching to alternative feedstock and recirculating materials.

The European Commission expects that renewable electricity will play a pivotal role. This calls for measures to ramp up RES production and to build the necessary infrastructure to support the electrification of the economy and the transport of alternative forms of energy and feedstock, such as renewable hydrogen. The role of innovation for industrial processes and the contribution of both decentralised energy systems and strategic partnerships with neighbouring regions with strong renewable energy potential should also be investigated.

The transition of energy-intensive industries, among which the chemical industry, is intrinsically linked to the transformation of the European energy sector: one cannot happen without the other.