Association Webinars: EU Energy: Green and Connected beyond EU Borders



The EU Green Deal is the centerpiece of the EU strategy to transform Europe into the first carbon-neutral continent. The Green Deal, although aimed first and foremost at EU Member States, has important implications for EU neighbors and trading partners. First, the EU will not reach carbon neutrality without resorting to imports of carbon free energy, be it electrons or molecules. Second, as part of the Green Deal, the European Commission is proposing a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), to prevent carbon leakages and preserve Europe’s competitiveness—a mechanism that will have a serious impact for those countries that export goods to Europe, unless they themselves adopt stringent decarbonization targets. Third, the EU is planning to export the Green Deal, by showing the example and setting standards: one such area is the initiative for coal regions in transition, which is already being undertaken in the Western Balkans. Finally, the Green Deal emphasizes cooperation and market integration within the EU, but also with third countries, as being the most efficient way of reaching the objective of carbon neutrality.

The webinar will examine the external dimension of the EU Green Deal, review coal phase-out initiatives in the EU, the Mediterranean and around and give a perspective on efforts for better connecting markets South and North of the Mediterranean.

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Dr Silvia Pariente-David, International Energy Consultant and Senior Advisor, Center for Mediterranean Integration
Topic: EU Green Deal beyond borders
Silvia Pariente-David is a senior advisor and energy consultant on energy and climate change issues to several international financial institutions, governments, think-tanks, international organizations and energy companies. Previously, she was a Senior Energy Specialist at the World Bank, where she led the team arranging the financing of the Morocco Ouarzazate solar power plant. Much of her work focuses on optimization of renewable energy integration into the power systems. She also has a keen interest in the creation of an integrated Euro-Mediterranean energy market and contributes regularly to analysis of infrastructure projects to improve regional energy market integration for the purpose of decarbonisation.

Jonathan Walters, Senior Associate, E3G
Topic: Accelerating the phase-out of coal in and around the EU
Jonathan Walters is a former Director in the World Bank’s MENA department, and has twenty-five years’ experience in the energy sector and its relation to climate change. He is now a Senior Associate at E3G, the climate change think tank, and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies. He has worked on all the countries of MENA, most of the countries of Asia, many of the countries of Africa, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe, and on the EU energy market. His work has involved him in almost all segments of the energy supply chain, from upstream oil and gas through to renewable electricity and green hydrogen. He is currently very focused on global issues of electricity sector reform, the transition away from fossil fuels, the emerging impact of disruptive electricity technologies (such as solar energy and energy storage), and the role of clean energy in the global economic recovery. Jonathan has an MA in Politics and Philosophy from St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, and an MSc (with Distinction) in Economics from Queen Mary’s College, University of London. He has researched and published on such topics as solar energy market integration between North Africa and Europe, disruptive electricity technology in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, energy transitions in Central Asia, European green hydrogen policy, electricity privatization in the Caucasus, and political risk mitigation for hydrocarbons development in the Caspian region.

Matteo Urbani, MSc (M) is Senior Energy Analyst at the OME with 10+ years of experience in the field of electricity and gas markets. He has been involved in several EU projects as SECURE, REALISEGRID, MED-EMIP and CASES, working with international institutions as European Commission (EC), Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and International Energy Agency (IEA); regional organizations as MedReg, ENTSO-E, MedTSO; energy companies, International Financial Institutions as World Bank, IFC, EBRD, EIB, and other sector-based regional entities (in particular: RES4MED, Medgrid, Medelec, Desertec-Dii, MEDENER, RCREEE, AUE, Eurelectric and Eurogas). Prior to joining OME in 2008, Mr. Urbani worked for EDF and the former Gaz de France (ENGIE today) as Energy Analyst in the International Branch, mainly on cross-border infrastructure projects and gas & power market studies. Mr. Urbani holds a MSc in Political Sciences and International Affairs from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy (majors: law & economics, international relations); and a MSc in Energy Economics, Industrial Organization and Geopolitics of Energy from the Paris-Dauphine University (2008), France (majors: energy economics, regulation of network industries, competition policy, geopolitics of energy).

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Event Date: December 1, 2021

Event Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Topic: EU Energy: Green and Connected beyond EU Borders

Speakers: Silvia Pariente-David, Jonathan Walters, and Houda Ben Jannet-Allal

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