Energy Union Choices: A Perspective on Infrastructure and Energy Security In the Transition – Report Launch

EUCHoices_BannerEnergy Union Choices builds on the widely referenced Roadmap 2050 series, and provides a new perspective on the infrastructure priorities for the European energy transition looking at gas and electricity systems together.

Based on extensive analysis conducted by the Artelys, ElementEnergy and Climact and overseen by a consortium of organisations including E3G, Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership, Agora Energiewende, WWF, RAP and the European Climate Foundation, the study seeks to answer the question:

Which infrastructure investments are lowest risk and regret to ensure resilience throughout the transition? Can an integrated view on infrastructure (gas, power, buildings) help meet security of supply challenges at a lower cost?

The report shows that, overall, the existing gas infrastructure in Europe is resilient to a wide range of demand projections and supply disruptions. In places where gas security of supply concerns do occur, the report finds that an integrated, regional approach that looks at gas, electricity and buildings together, can help meet these challenges at significantly lower costs.

A high-level expert panel will discuss the report’s findings, its near-term policy implications at the EU and national level and the political challenges that need to be addressed to enable a cost-effective energy transition.

Thursday, 3 March 2016, 10h00-12h30
Square Brussels, Panoramic Hall, Coudenberg 3, 1000 Brussels

See the report and press release here.

To register for the event, please email

Keynote speakers and panelists:

  • Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President Energy Union, European Commission (tbc)
  • Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament
  • Catharina Sikow-Magny, head of unit B1, DG ENER, European Commission
  • Jan Ingwersen, General Manager, ENTSO-G
  • Sanjoy Rajan, Head of the Energy Security of Supply Division, EIB
  • Imke Lübekke, Director, WWF

Chaired by:

  • Christoph Wolff, Managing Director, European Climate Foundation