Forum on European Energy and Environmental Policies (EnEn Forum)

Director: Michele Polo
Coordinator: Edoardo Croci


In recent years, energy and sustainable development have been at the core of the European Union’s political agenda. The energy and climate package presented in 2007 defined a common policy integrating sustainability, energy security and competitiveness. The Treaty of Lisbon, entered into force in December 2009, introduced a juridical base for a European policy on energy and explicitly refers to the fight against climate change. Within international negotiations on climate change, the European Union has adopted a common position, consistent with its 20/20/20 commitments and with the willingness to maintain a leadership position. In October 2014, European leaders agreed on new and more challenging targets on GHG reduction, renewable energy production and energy efficiency for the 2030 horizon. The new policy framework for energy and climate for 2030 is framed within the 2050 Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy, agreed in 2011. In May 2014, the European Commission released its Energy Security Strategy, which includes a series of short term and long-term measures to address the EU dependence on energy imports and the heavy reliance of several Member States on a single supplier. At the same time, the European Commission has highlighted the need to further liberalize and integrate national markets for electricity and gas, through European regulations and grid interconnection. On 25 February 2015, the Commission adopted "A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy", which systematizes five synergic dimensions of European energy policies: energy security, full integration of European energy market, energy efficiency, economy decarbonisation and research, innovation and competitiveness. During 2016, the review of several European directives related to energy is expected, including the energy efficiency directive and the regulation and security of gas supply.

Regarding sustainable development, 2015 has been a crucial year as regards international as well as European policies. On 25 September 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 associated targets. The SDGs will need a throughout implementation at all government levels, and they will inspire European, national policies and local policies in the incoming years. The process for the development of SDGs was launched at the Rio+20 summit, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in 2012, where a great impulse to green economy was also promoted.

The EU has established since 2010 a Flagship initiative on resource-efficiency as part of the Europe 2020 Strategy. This initiative acts as a long-term framework for supporting actions in several areas, including climate change, energy, transport, industry, raw materials, agriculture, fisheries, biodiversity and regional development. On waste, the European Commission adopted on 2 December 2015 a Circular Economy Package with an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy, aimed to “close the loop” of product lifecycles through promoting recycling and re-use. New legislative proposals on waste are included as part of the package.

Lastly, COP21 in Paris - which closed on 12th December 2015 - has provided relevant signals to the market regarding the decarbonisation path that should be followed for this century. The new global climate agreement will require strong efforts across all sectors and at all scales for a successful implementation. A participation and involvement of non-state actors, including companies and sub-national authorities, is strongly needed. 

Within this context, European decisions have an increasing impact on the competitiveness of companies and define a binding framework for national governments. IEFE has been dealing with these topics through research activities and seminars, developed in collaboration with institutions and companies. To respond to an increasing need to further analyze these topics, the “Forum on European Energy and Environmental Policy” has been promoted together with the European Commission – Milan Office.

Through a close and continuous relation with associated members and institutions, the Forum aims to:

•           monitor the evolution of European policies in the fields of energy and environment

•           evaluate competitive implications of European policies for industry

•           promote dialogue among national and international stakeholders

•           contribute to defining the Italian position on these topics

The Forum organizes periodical workshops to analyze and discuss the development and the implementation of European Energy and Environmental policies, with regard to all sectors affected. Sustainability, market competition, economic and fiscal policy, innovation and security of supply will be some of the main aspects considered.

Participants are top representatives of energy producers and utilities, other operators of the energy sector, professional associations, financial companies and other sectors directly influenced by energy policies.

The Forum is active since 2011. Among the speakers having attended: Antonio Tajani (Vice President of the European Commission), Günther Oettinger (EU Commissioner for Energy), Alberto Pototschnig (Director of ACER - Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators), Fabrizio Barbaso (DG Energy Deputy Director-General) and Maroš Šefčovič (Vice President of the European Commission).





Last updated 27 March 2018 - 10:58:25