web analytics

Did Paris deliver the low-carbon investment signal Europe needs? – 22 June 2016 – LIVE PANEL DEBATE

June 8, 2016 -

  • Live debate “Did Paris deliver the low-carbon investment signal Europe needs?” on Wednesday 22 June at 12:45pm CET
Europe has embarked on an ambitious carbon market reform. Before the summer, the European Commission will propose national emission reduction targets for non-ETS sectors. A transport decarbonisation strategy is due at the same time and an innovation plan will follow in November. So all is well? In reality, both the carbon price and renewables investments are not what they should be in Europe and its goals and actions to date – as for many other countries – remain far from what is needed to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius. Join us in this debate to mark the launch of Statoil’s latest Energy Perspectives to 2040 to discuss with EU policymakers exactly what track Europe is on for, possible futures, and where that investment signal will finally come from.

The Panellists

Tom van Ierland

Deputy and Acting Head of Unit C1. Strategy and Economic Assessment DG Climate Action

Tom van Ierland joined the Commission in 2006. Within DG Climate Action he is currently deputy and acting head of unit, dealing with Strategy and Economic Assessment. This unit is closely involved in the development of the overall climate change policy framework both at the EU and international level and the economic modeling underpinning it. He started his career at the Belgian’s Federal Planning Bureau in 1999 where he focused on emission trading. He was an advisor to the Belgian State Secretary for Energy, as well member of cabinet of the Belgian Federal Minister for the Environment. He worked 2 years as consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers. He has a broad experience both in the international negotiations on climate change as well as in the development of EU Climate Change policies. He holds academic degrees in Applied Economics, Environmental Economics and Computer Sciences from the University of Leuven and University College London.


Jonathan Gaventa

Director, Third Generation Environmentalism (E3G)

Jonathan Gaventa is a Director of E3G, leading their work on European energy policy. Current areas of focus include the politics of electricity and gas infrastructure, energy market reform, the governance of energy transitions and the EU Energy Union. He has contributed a number of major research projects including on offshore grids renewables in the North Seas region, European electricity highways and the European Climate Foundation’s Roadmap 2050 project. He also led E3G’s successful efforts to establish interconnection targets in the EU as part of the 2030 climate and energy framework. Jonathan has worked at E3G since October 2009. He completed an MSc in Environmental Change and Management at the Environmental Change Institute in the University of Oxford in 2008, and a BA in Social and Political Sciences at King’s College, Cambridge University in 2002.


Eirik Wærness

Eirik Wærness

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Statoil

Chief Economist and Vice President in Statoil, has a broad experience from government, academics and private sector companies. In the period 2010-2013 he served as member of the Executive Board of the Central Bank of Norway. From 2014 he is a member of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil & Gas. His experience includes different positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Total E&P Norway, Pöyry Management Consulting/Econ Centre for Economic Analysis, in addition to Statoil. He has also served as member of two public commissions/expert groups on tax reforms.


Moderated by leading Environment journalist Sonja van Renssen.