Reshaping Europe to Build a More Sustainable Future
Unprecedented crises are now reshaping our world. In Europe, governments are grappling with COVID-19’s aftermath as well as confronting climate change amidst escalating geopolitical tensions and a humanitarian crisis stemming from the war in Ukraine.
The Reshaping Europe series provides insights on Europe’s current challenges, bringing together stakeholders from across the globe to discuss how to build a greener, more digital, and more resilient post-pandemic Europe. Leaders will focus on reconciling EU priorities with the increased need for defense & security as well as the need for effective and united humanitarian approaches.
The next webinar of the Reshaping Europe initiative will bring together senior stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to reflect on avenues to accelerate the energy transition in Europe.
The war in Ukraine has exposed the risk to Europe’s energy security from relying on fossil fuels and unreliable single suppliers. As such, the EU needs to accelerate the clean energy transition to reduce its energy dependence on Russian imports through the “REPowerEU” plan. A priority for the current Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU, this effort requires aligning climate policy, resilience, and sovereignty.
The geopolitical context has added complexity and urgency to making the green transition happen. This urgency is underscored by the inflationary pressures in commodities and energy prices, which are significantly impacting the cost of living as well as company operations, especially in energy-intensive sectors.
In addition, this past year has made it crystal clear that adapting to a warming world is an imperative. Extreme weather events—heatwaves, fires, droughts, floods—have become increasingly common the world over.
But action is not coming fast enough. According to the United Nations, cuts in global GHG emissions are well below what is needed to preserve a livable climate. And while a global fund for loss and damage was established at COP27, this step is insufficient to keep the planet under the 1.5-degree temperature limit. As UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed at the event, “our planet is still in the emergency room.”
Some key actions that can be taken as part of the clean energy transition include decarbonisation of industries and supply chains, investments in energy infrastructure, clean energy sources and green technologies, more fit-for-purpose regulatory and legal instruments, new incentives, and boosting climate financing.
To shed light on this complex topic, the second webinar of the Reshaping Europe initiative will focus on how to accelerate the Climate & Energy transition in Europe. The webinar will bring together senior stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to consider the challenges and opportunities presented by the efforts to revamp Europe’s energy systems.
Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
Kris Peeters, Vice-President, European Investment Bank
Joe Oliver, Government and Public Services Energy Sector Leader, Deloitte
Dr.-Ing. Christian Bruch, President and CEO, Siemens Energy AG *
Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw
Simone Mori, Head of Europe, Enel S.p.A.
Hilde Van de Velde, Global Leader for European Institutions, Deloitte
* Awaiting final confirmation
The inaugural “Reshaping Europe” webinar aired live from the European Parliament in Brussels on 30 June 2022, focusing on the responses to the current humanitarian crisis. The webinar covered the challenges and actions at all levels of governance as they work to support Ukraine and its people.
Roberta Metsola, President, European Parliament
Address from the Ukrainian Government
Natalie Forsyuk, General Director of the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
Punit Renjen, Deloitte Global CEO Emeritus
Shabia Mantoo, Global Spokesperson for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
Ievgeniia Bodnya, Core team of the Support Ukraine Now, a Global Shapers initiative
Dinara Habibullaieva, Member of Kyiv City Council
Bernhard Lorentz, Deloitte’s Consulting Sustainability & Climate Strategy, Global Leader