Energy transition vs social emergencies: what are the short-term and long-term impacts of the answers that have been provided to the energy crisis?

Plenary session 10, May 2023 : 9.15 – 10.30 – Audi Pasteur

Europe’s Energy Mix

Multiplication by 20 of the prices of gas on the wholesale market, a price per barrel of oil that flirts with 100 euros, risks of electricity and gas shortages…

There is no doubt the energy crisis – exacerbated by the war in Ukraine- has at the same time accentuated the need to accelerate the pace of Europe’s energy transition and made it more difficult because short-term energy security has risen to the top of the agenda. Some steps have been taken in this direction in various countries (French bill on the deployment of renewable energies, similar efforts in other European countries to speed up the energy transition and save energy).

Moreover, 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 petrol, electricity and gas have been created to provide energy to companies and households at a reasonable price. Such dilemmas have created tensions, both within Europe, and between Europe and other parts of the world.

What are the overall results?

Where does it leave us now? Did we still make progress on the energy transition in one year or did we back down?

Are the measures that have been implemented politically sustainable?

What are the lessons we can get from the first winter we’ve gone through and the best practices from governments/companies/citizens?

Have some promising innovations emerged?

And how do we best prepare for the winter of 2023, while still accelerating the energy transition?


Welcome word: Thierry Kovacs, Vice-President for the Environment and Positive Ecology – Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region

Keynote: François Gemenne, Political scientist (videoconference)

Round Table:

  • Bernard Salha, Director of R&D – EDF
  • Guilhem Armanet, Territory Customer Director – GRDF Région sud-est
  • Noé Van Hulst, Special Advisor Hydrogen – IPHE
  • Amir Sharifi, Senior Managing Director – Ardian
  • François Gemenne, Political Scientist and researcher


Moderated by: Aurélien Gohier, Communication Director – OPEO