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26.09.2019

European Energy Policy and Law Conference

On the 12th of September 2019 in Brussels, the Florence School of Regulation organised the European Energy Policy and Law Conference dedicated to explore the […] read more

Transport

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16.09.2019

6th Florence Intermodal Forum-Towards EU-wide Multimodal Ticketing and Payment Systems

On Friday, 13th September 2019, the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation together with the European Commission’s DG MOVE co-hosted the 6th Florence […] read more

Energy

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16.07.2019

FSR to partner up with Edison in the launch of ‘Osservatorio R’

On Wednesday 10 July 2019 in Milan, the Florence School of Regulation participated in the launch of Osservatorio R – a new Observatory created to […] read more

Electricity

Shaping the EU framework towards 2030 and beyond

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15.07.2019

Shaping the EU framework towards 2030 and beyond

On Monday 1st July, the Florence School of Regulation hosted the Executive Workshop: ‘Shaping the EU framework towards 2030 and beyond’, co-organized in cooperation with […] read more

Network Industries

8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures: Digital Platforms – The New Network Industries? How to regulate them?

On 20 – 21st June 2019 the Florence School of Regulation hosted its 8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures, the annual event coordinated by FSR-Transport, […] read more

Renewables

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1.06.2019

FSR partners with IRENA to foster knowledge exchange for a sustainable energy transition

On 20 May 2019 in Florence, FSR officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)  to foster knowledge exchange for […] read more

Gas

FSR-GIE

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31.05.2019

Which energy storage for the flexibility needs of a multi-energy system?

On Monday 27 May 2019, the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) jointly with Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) hosted the policy workshop: ‘Which energy storage for the […] read more

Energy PolicyGas

sector coupling 2.0 FSR event

Sector Coupling 2.0: Power-to-Gas in the EU decarbonisation strategy

On Friday 17 May 2018, the Florence School of Regulation hosted the regulatory policy workshop: ‘Sector Coupling 2.0: Power-to-Gas in the EU decarbonisation strategy’, directed […] read more

Gas

Andris India

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5.04.2019

FSR in New Delhi for the India-EU Expert Seminar on the Evolving Role of Gas

On 15 March 2019, Part-time Professor of the Florence School of Regulation Andris Piebalgs participated in an India-EU Expert Seminar, which took place under the […] read more

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European Energy Policy and Law Conference

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On the 12th of September 2019 in Brussels, the Florence School of Regulation organised the European Energy Policy and Law Conference dedicated to explore the immediate energy priorities for the next European Commission. The date of the conference followed Ursula van der Leyen’s announcement of the composition of the EU executive, appointing Frans Timmermans as responsible for the development of the European Green Deal and Kadri Simson in charge of the “Energy” portfolio. This gave an excellent opportunity to take stock of the legacy of the Juncker Commission and to debate what could be done to accelerate the energy transition in Europe.

Miguel Arias Cañete, the outgoing Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, delivered the opening keynote address, during which he praised his predecessor, Andris Piebalgs, for introducing reforms, which completed the process of liberalisation of the electricity and gas market in Europe.  The outgoing Commissioner shared insights on the major changes and reforms introduced during his terms, with a focus on the Clean Energy Package negotiations.

During the afternoon session, Péter Kaderják, Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Climate Policy of Hungary delivered a second keynote address presenting the national perspective on the changing energy markets. Minister Kaderják reiterated the need for a coupled electricity and gas system supporting decarbonisation of other sectors such as transport and the need to adopt a technology neutral approach that does not exclude nuclear energy.

The morning keynote address was followed by four thematic sessions. The first, moderated by Andris Piebalgs, focused on discussing the EU’s renewable energy objectives. The panellists of the second session, moderated by Christopher Jones, discussed the challenges related to delivering the gas market of tomorrow. The third session tackled the infrastructural challenges to delivering a full energy transition and was moderated by Thierry Bros (OIES). The fourth session led by Christopher Jones focused on competition policy challenges. The final session moderated by prof. Jean-Michel Glachant concluded the event.

The key takeaways from the conference:

  • Achieving 2030 targets requires closer integration between different energy supply and consumption sectors (sector coupling). The European Commission perceives the development of Carbon Capture and Storage as crucial to reduce industrial emissions. On the other hand, CCS presents some challenges: public resistance, high costs, and relatively low private investments.
  • The European Commission expects that gas, including natural gas, will have a role to play in the future energy market. Other panellists emphasised that this fuel should remain cheap and be increasingly clean – this will be achieved reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas sector as well as by increasing the supply of low-carbon or decarbonised gas. The regulatory principles for the new gases such as hydrogen, could build upon existing rules for natural gas, for instance the unbundling principles.
  • Public support is crucial to achieve 2030 and 2050 targets.
  • The EU policy-makers will need to find the right balance between policy intervention and ensuring a level playing field for a functioning market.  

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