ENERGY SECURITY FOR EUROPE: THE EU AGENDA UNTIL 2050 – WORKSHOP
The third workshop organised by the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security set out an ambitious aim – to articulate in clear terms the EU’s agenda for Energy Security to 2050. As the ongoing discoveries of conventional and non‐conventional gas resources could cover 250 year worth of global gas production, while Europe itself is within reach of 70% of those proven gas reserves one question prevails: How to ensure that Europe gets a fair share of these resources which are equally coveted by southeast Asia?
High‐profile speakers from a various backgrounds – academia, politics, banks and top energy companies – considered a variety of scenarios which the European Union will have to deal with for the security of energy supplies. Following a welcome address and short intro by Friedbert Pflüger the first panel considered facts trends and scenarios of energy in Europe until 2050. Speakers included Andrew Bartlett (Global Head, Oil & Gas Project Finance, Standard Chartered UK), Andreas Goldthau (Associate Professor at the Central European University in Budapest), Karl Rose (Senior Fellow, Scenarios, World Energy Council) and David Wells (Vice President, Global LNG Supply, Shell UK).
The afternoon panel discussed the geopolitics of pipelines, with contributions by Andy Barrett (Senior Associate, IHS Cera), Joachim Bitterlich (Ambassador(ret.), Executive Vice President International, Veolia Environnement Paris), Janusz Luks (CEO, Central Europe Energy Partners), Frank Umbach (Associate Director EUCERS, Senior Associate Centre for European Security Strategies Munich) and Stefan Schaible (Partner, Head of the International Civil Economics Competence Center, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants).
After the reception held by invitation of Jonathan Scheele, Head of EC Representation in the UK, EUCERS, King’s College London welcomed over 200 guests to a keynote lecture by Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy. Following the Commissioner’s speech (please click here for the RAPID press release), Charles Hendry (Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change), Marco Arcelli (Executive Vice President Enel), Volker Beckers (Group CEO RWE npower) and Peter Mather (Regional Vice President Europe and Head of Country UK at BP plc) discussed their standpoints on Energy Security for Europe and the EU Agenda until 2050.
The day was concluded by a Q&A session with the Commissioner and the panel speakers. Panellists and audience alike conceded that the greatest challenges do no lie in the technological difficulties involved in exploring and exploiting resources, but in the dynamics underlying current geopolitical relations. While the complex questions raised by the workshop are yet to find answers, they, at least, sowed the seeds for future discussions to be organised by EUCERS.