Decarbonisation targets in focus at European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe in France in November

By: European Utility Week
PARIS - Oct. 3, 2019 - PRLog -- With climate change and mitigating measures top of mind in the global news cycle recently, the conversation will likely intensify as the EU's decarbonisation target of zero by 2050 is approaching.

"We have a common goal when it comes to tackling the climate situation and it should build very strong cooperation between operators and industry, between Europe and member states" says Olivier Grabette, Vice CEO of the French electricity transmission system operator RTE. "We will not be able to find solutions to all of the climate issues without close cooperation", he adds" "and as a TSO we want to be very active in promoting temperance in energy use."

Mr Grabette is part of the opening keynote discussion between utility leaders entitled, "What are the main challenges in the sector?", at the upcoming three-day power and energy conference and exhibition, European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe, taking place from 12-14 November in Paris. The event will gather the influencers, innovators and disruptors in Europe's transitioning energy sector to highlight the strategies and technologies that will deliver their shared vision of a fully integrated European energy system on a path towards decarbonisation.

Active audience participation will be encouraged during the opening session panel discussion between Mr Grabette and other utility leaders.

The confirmed keynote speakers to date for this year's opening session are:
- Francesco La Camera, Director-General - International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
- Philippe Monloubou, CEO - Enedis
- Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General - DG CONNECT
- Christian Buchel, Chairman - EDSO for Smart Grids
- Cedrik Neike, CEO Smart Infrastructure & Member of the Managing Board - Siemens
- Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice President New Energies - Shell

Paris programme
"The sector now has essentially one unified event for all levels of the energy transition says European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe director Paddy Young. He adds: "an extensive and diverse conference programme will deep dive into the trends and future direction of each aspect of the sector – from generation to grid through to end-users – while a bustling exhibition floor offers visitors the opportunity to see the latest technologies and solutions first hand, exchange ideas and share knowledge."

The free-to-attend Hub Sessions on the exhibition floor will mirror the themes of the Summit conference programme: Energy Revolution, Digitalisation and Energy Markets.

The POWERGEN programme is focussed around two Hub Sessions: Distributed Generation and Lifecycle Management.

Industry partners
Global powerhouse Siemens is once again the diamond partner of European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe.

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