Roads to an affordable energy transition towards 2050

  • Dinner debate in Strasbourg

Chaired by Miapetra Kumpula-Natri - MEP Finland, S&D & Vice-president of the EEF 



Didier Holleaux - Member of the Executive Committee of ENGIE

Sylvain Lhôte - Director General of CEPI  (Confederation of European Paper Industries) 

Rémi Mayet  - Deputy Head of Unit, Security of Supply, DG ENER


On 28 November 2018, the Commission presented its strategic long-term vision “A Clean Planet for All” for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050.

Climate change is urging all stakeholders to take the necessary measures in order to achieve the climate goals. The pathway towards 2050 demands a completely different approach in the way we produce and consume energy and the greening potential of each form of energy should be exploited. Natural gas is well positioned in the future energy mix as it is abundant, low emission, affordable and can be a partner for renewable energies.

Didier Holleaux, Executive Vice-President of ENGIE explained how ENGIE has made this transition one of its core strategic goals. In his view, there is no scenario compatible with containing global warming to below the 2°C limit which does not make extensive use of natural gas, with increasing reliance on bio methane over the next thirty years.