Powering a climate neutral Europe by 2050: accelerators and missing links

Area 1

The European Commission will issue a ‘climate law’ to be announced in the spring of 2020. This law is likely to call for new European ambition on reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 which could mark/symbolise the beginning of a new legislative cycle on energy and climate policies.

What are the most promising technology solutions available to meet this challenge? How can we ensure a fair transition amongst EU member-states and across various sectors? What are the regulatory silver bullets which could help achieve the carbon neutrality goal?

This high-level introductory session will address these questions following the input presentation of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans*.

Input presentation: Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA

Keynote speech: Pascal Canfin, Chair of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee / Member of the European Parliament

Moderator: Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO, SolarPower Europe


• Eric Scotto, CEO, Akuo Energy

• Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister of Energy, Lithuania

• Representative, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Croatia

• Brune Poirson*, Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France

• Krzysztof Tchórzewski*, Minister of Energy, Poland


Signature of carbon neutrality commitment from the solar industry


Climate law Green deal