Energy transition and social emergencies: what are the short-term and long-term impacts of the answers that have been provided to the energy crisis?
Energy crisis at the forefront of concerns
A 20-fold increase in gas prices on the wholesale market, the price of a barrel of oil flirting with 100 euros, the risk of electricity and gas shortages…
There is no doubt that the energy crisis – exacerbated by the war in Ukraine – has both accentuated the need to speed up the pace of Europe’s energy transition and made it more difficult, since short-term energy security has moved to the forefront of concerns. Some steps have been taken in this direction in different countries (French bill on the deployment of renewable energy, similar efforts in other European countries to accelerate the energy transition and save energy).
At the same time, all governments have been called upon to respond to economic and social emergencies: beyond calls for energy sobriety, coal-fired power plants have been reopened and subsidies for the purchase of gasoline, electricity and gas have been created to provide energy to businesses and households at a reasonable price. These dilemmas have created tensions, both within Europe and between Europe and other parts of the world.
What are the overall results?
Where do we stand today?
Have we made further progress in the energy transition in one year or have we gone backwards?
Are the measures that have been implemented politically sustainable?
What lessons can we learn from the first winter we went through and from the best practices of governments/businesses/citizens?
Have promising innovations emerged?
And how can we best prepare for winter 2023, while accelerating the energy transition?
– Thierry Kovacs, Vice-President for the Environment and Positive Ecology, Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
– Monika De Volder, Policy Officer, European Commission DG ENERGY
– François Gemenne, Political Scientist
– Round table: Bernard Salha, Director of R&D, EDF
– Guilhem Armanet, Territory Customer Manager, GRDF South-East Region
– Noé Van Hulst, Special Advisor Hydrogen, IPHE
– Amir Sharifi, Senior Managing Director, Ardian