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Stepping-up the role of the ETS in EU energy sector decarbonisation

This seminar, jointly organised by IDDRI and Bruegel on policy instruments, intended to incentivise long-term investments in decarbonising the energy sector. Presentations by Michel Colombier, Karsten Neuhoff, and Georg Zachmann on EU policy mixes for the long-term transition were followed by a response from Philip Lowe and a panel discussion chaired by Laurence Tubiana.

The 2008 Climate and Energy Package took important steps towards a low-carbon economy in Europe. Since then, the policy focus has broadened to the long-term 2050 perspective, in which it is clear that Europe must achieve a fundamental transformation of its energy system. Current policy instruments therefore need to place Europe on a feasible long-term pathway. The role of the policy mix in the long-term has entered the European debate with the Energy Roadmap of the European Commission.


Georg Zachmann, Research Fellow, Bruegel - presentation here

Karsten Neuhoff, Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) / Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) - presentation here Michel Colombier, Scientific director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)- presentation here


Philip Lowe, Director General, European Commission, DG Energy


Laurence Tubiana, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)


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11:45 - 12:00 Sandwich lunch

12:00 - 12:10: Introduction and welcome - Professor Laurence Tubiana

12:10 – 12:25: Energy sector investment needs and decarbonisation perspectives in EU Member States - Dr. Georg Zachmann

12:25 – 12:45: Assessing and reinforcing the impact of the EU ETS - Dr. Karsten Neuhoff

12:45 – 13:05: Implementing the Energy Roadmap: a policy mix for the long-term - Dr. Michel Colombier

13:05 – 13:20: Response - Philip Lowe

13:20 – 13:50: Questions and panel discussion.

Event materials

  • speakers'presentations (see below for each speaker)
  • summary of the eventhere