Leading the Global Energy Transition at COP21

 

When: 2015

Where: France

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Key objectives

  • Discuss the electricity industry’s role in achieving climate and energy goals
  • Share what utilities can prioritize in order to become effect leaders in decarbonization and the energy transition.

When: 2015

Where: France

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

At COP21, we organized a high-level panel discussion on the electricity industry’s role in achieving climate and energy goals. The discussion centered on the themes of innovation, decarbonizing the energy mix, and the challenges ahead in rethinking power systems, including end use of electricity. These themes had previously been published in a recent report by the GSEP entitled “Powering Innovation for a Sustainable Future”.

The panelists agreed that we are entering a new era in our relationship with energy worldwide, brought about by the massive introduction of renewables and digitalization. An effective energy transition must address the systemic changes that are taking place within and beyond the electricity sector itself. Panelists also shared their visions on how new technologies, research, and innovative solutions can help the transition to a lower-carbon world.

The event was held on December 8, 2015, complementary to the COP21 in Paris, France.

“We are leading a revolution today. The use of energy, and not only of electricity, will be in the hands of customers. We need to put in place a system that is more bottom-up, reinventing the relationship between the customer and us.”

Claude Nahon, Senior Vice President of Sustainable Development, EDF

“If we talk about decarbonization we need to look also at transport or heating. They can only be decarbonized if they are further electrified. We need much more generation of electricity than we ever thought before which means the system will become much more complex, and more volatile.”

Peter Terium, CEO, RWE

Participating members and partners

  • EDF
  • Enel
  • Hydro-Québec
  • RWE
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