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Press release: Launch of Energy Solutions

Leading members of The European Parliament and key industry representatives launch a direct response to the European Energy Union.
Brussels, April 5th 2016
Energy Solutions brings together industry representatives and Members of the European Parliament. Together participants discuss and develop policy options across positions and parties in meeting the EU 2030 energy and climate ambitions with the view to realize the European Energy Union.
The Energy Union is the most comprehensive political project in the history of the European Unions energy policies, indeed, perhaps in the history of Europe. The EU has to deliver affordable, secure and sustainable energy while creating jobs and growth as well as investments to its more than 500 million inhabitants. It requires holistic solutions and perspectives – that is Energy Solutions.

Energy Solutions is spearheaded by Mr. Morten Helveg Petersen, Vice President to the ITRE Committee and Member of the European Parliament (ALDE, DK) with founding members from four different political groups in the European Parliament and member states, including Mrs. Niebler (EPP, GE), Mr. Poche (S&D, Czech Republic), Mr. Duncan (ECR, UK), and Mr. Turmes (Greens, Luxembourg).
The industry is represented by sector-first-movers on energy solutions such as DONG Energy, Danfoss, GE, Grundfos, EDF, EoN, Microsoft, Panasonic, Rockwool, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Velux, Vestas and 3M.

2016 is the year of action. In 2016 the European Commission will have presented 90 % of the legislation designed to create a European Energy Union. The legislation for a European Energy Union soon moves into the European Parliament that will begin negotiations on legislative acts. Acts of particular interest relate to energy market design, renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy performance of buildings.
Legislation on energy is currently too often developed for individual silos of the energy sector. The silo-based approach does not sufficiently take into account the well-functioning of the energy system as a whole. The energy system as a whole needs to be the guiding principle for developing energy regulation – a well-functioning energy system is the offset for making the different parts bankable.

Energy Solutions will operate in a structured setting around plenaries, work streams and round table discussions with the view to develop and approach holistic policy options for legislation.
High-level events with participation of Commissioners, Members of the European Parliament, CEOs and high-level civil servants will be held annually.
Work streams will run quarterly to fuel into the legislative packages and will reflect the five dimensions of the Energy Union, including 1) Energy Security, 2) Internal Energy Market, 3) Energy Efficiency, 4) Decarbonisation, and 5) Research, Innovation and Competitiveness.
Outputs from activities aim to develop and approach common policy papers as well as to discuss concrete energy solutions to concrete legislative acts.
When: Launch event
The launch event launches the concept, introduces the work, presents state of play and discusses issues on panels. Speakers include keynote speaker Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy Union, Morten Helveg Petersen, Vice President to the ITRE Committee and Member of the European Parliament (ALDE, DK), moderators Mrs. Niebler (EPP, GE), Mr. Poche (S&D, Czech Republic) and Mr. Turmes (Greens, Luxembourg). Panel speakers including top executives from GE, EoN, EDF, Danfoss, Velux, Vestas.

OBS: Launch on April 6th, 14:00-16:30.
Registration: http://www.alde.eu/event-seminar/events-details/article/seminar-energy-union-and-the-need-for-integrated-energy-solutions-the-energy-agenda-2016-46328/

For more information, please contact:
Josefine Urup Wolff: Tel +45 35 300 432