Preparing the European energy system for the impacts of climate change

Europe is transforming its energy system with a view of radically decreasing carbon emissions and other pollutants while ensuring a safe and affordable energy supply for all. This clean energy transition involves substantial investments in long-lived infrastructure, which is sensitive to climate variability and change.

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced a report titled ‘Adaptation challenges and opportunities for the European energy system: Ensuring a climate-resilient clean energy transition’, which aims to facilitate the integrated consideration of climate change mitigation and adaptation in the energy system. This report reviews the current knowledge on how climate change, including changes in extreme weather events, can impact the various components of the energy system; it presents technical, managerial and policy options to increase the climate resilience of the energy system; it reviews the relevant policy framework and recent actions at the European and national level and from non-state actors; and it discusses obstacles to adaptation including ways to overcome them. The development of this report is supported by an external stakeholder group.

The aim of this session is to launch this EEA report and to discuss its key findings with relevant stakeholders. The report will be presented by Eva Jensen (Head of Programme, Climate Change, Energy and Transport, EEA). Her presentation will be followed by reflections from senior stakeholders from the European Commission (DG CLIMA and DG ENERGY), the International Energy Agency and a sector organisation (ENTSO-E), followed by a discussion with the audience.

The target audience of this session includes representatives from the European Commission, EU agencies, relevant international organisations, national governments, energy market regulators, sector organisations and businesses from the energy sector.

Speakers

Head of Programme Climate Change, Energy and Transport
European Environment Agency
Director, International climate negotiations and mainstreaming of climate issues, DG Climate Action
European Commission
Director, Energy Policy, DG Energy
European Commission
Head, Environment and Climate Change Unit
International Energy Agency
Managing Director Strategy and Communication
ENTSO-E
Head, Climate
Ecologic Institute