Decarbonising Industrial Heat: Challenge or Opportunity for European Competitiveness?

December 4, 2018 @ 12:38 – 13:38
Renaissance Hotel - Brussels

Evidence is growing that we need more action on climate change. We have to step up our efforts in decarbonising our economy if we want to stay below a global temperature rise of 1.5°C, as prescribed by the Paris Agreement. Against this backdrop, COGEN Europe and Mytilineos are organising a high-level debate on one of the most significant challenges: Decarbonising industrial heat.

The heating sector represents 50% of energy consumption in Europe. With more than 30% of that heat being used in industrial processes at various temperatures, this sector will require profound decarbonisation. As the European Union is putting forward its long-term greenhouse gas reduction strategy, a comprehensive approach to industrial heat is a priority. While decarbonising the sector, European energy-intensive industries will need to continue to have access to an affordable and reliable heat supply to keep their businesses afloat amidst rising global competition.

This debate will take a deeper look at the required solutions. More precisely, how can we decarbonise heat cost-effectively and meet the energy needs of Europe’s industry, while boosting competitiveness, sustainable jobs and growth? And what will be the barriers on our path to a decarbonised industry?

17:30-19:00 Keynote Speech by Dominique Ristori, Director General DG ENERGY, European Commission, on Europe’s Long-term Strategy to Decarbonise the European Economy
Panel Debate moderated by Frédéric Simon (Editor at

  • Peter Handley, Head of Unit for Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
  • Charles-Henri Robert, Executi Director Climate Change & Energy, CEFIC
  • Laurence Tubiana, CEO of European Climate Foundation (tbc)
  • N. N., Member of the European Parliament (tbd)
  • Ioannis Desypris, Director Regulatory Affairs, MYTILINEOS
19:00-20:30  Cocktail Reception


Register here.