On 22 March between 5 and 7 PM the Sciences Po European Chair for sustainable development and climate transition is organising a conference “‘Preparing for the next winter – supply security in the European Union’”

Together with the urgency of climate change, the war in Ukraine has revealed how critical the subject of energy is for national and European security and led to an unprecedented shift for the European energy sector. In this context, three experts will discuss the threats faced by the European energy sector as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the actions taken by EU Member States over the course of the last year to secure energy supply, assess the current prospects regarding next winter’s supply and the remaining REPowerEU plan’s implementation challenges. They will then propose concrete additional measures to enhance energy security in the context of climate action and resilience building.

The experts are two key policymakers who are leading the European response to the crisis: Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Deputy Director-General for the Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER) at the European Commission, and Laurent Michel, Director-General for Energy and Climate (DGEC) at the French Ministry for the Energy Transition. Nicolas Berghmans, from the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), will present a technical viewpoint.

The debate will be moderated by Prof. Marc RINGEL, Chairholder of the European Chair for Sustainable Development and Climate Transition at Sciences Po.

To promote knowledge transmission, the Institute is supporting two university chairs, the EIB Chair on Climate Change Policy and International Carbon Markets (“EIB Climate Chair”) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence and the European Chair for Sustainable Development and Climate Transition at Sciences Po in Paris.