Please join us for a keynote address and moderated conversation on:
EU – Australia opportunities for cooperation on climate & energy (In-person only event).
Keynote address by Hon Chris Bowen (MP), Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy.
The Hon Chris Bowen MP was appointed Minister for Climate Change and Energy on 1 June 1 2022. As Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Minister Bowen is focussed on driving climate action, investment in technologies that lower carbon emissions and securing a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system.
Since his appointment, Australia has enshrined in legislation its new ambitious emissions reduction target of 43% by 2030 and its earlier commitment to net zero by 2050. He is leading the implementation of a substantial and rigorous suite of new policies across the economy to drive the transformation to net zero economy.
Internationally, Minister Bowen is working to address energy security, costs and emissions by strengthening Australia’s partnerships in the region, and with likeminded countries, to develop and secure clean energy supply chains. He is leading Australia’s engagement in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Australia’s bid to host the COP31 UN Climate Summit in 2026 in partnership with Pacific island nations.
To be followed by moderated conversation between Minister Bowen and an EU Ambassador at Large for Climate Diplomacy, Marc Vanheukelen
The European Union’s energy and climate policy is characterised by accelerated movement towards rapid clean energy transition, with a focus on ensuring energy affordability and security. How can Australia and the EU do more together to deliver ambitious climate action?
Marc Vanheukelen is ‘Hors Classe’ Adviser and Ambassador at Large for Climate Diplomacy at the EU’s External Action Service. From 2015 till 2019 he was the EU Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva. Prior to his ambassadorial posting, Mr Vanheukelen was Director in DG TRADE (European Commission) responsible for sustainable development, economic partnership agreements, and agri-food and fisheries, preceded by his role as Head of Cabinet for former EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht. He has also served as Head of Cabinet to the former Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Moderator: Christian Egenhofer, Associate Senior Research Fellow, CEPS
Christian Egenhofer is Associate Senior Research Fellow within the CEPS Energy, Resources and Climate Change Unit, which he has been heading from 2000 to 2019.
Registration for this event will be ending on January 31, 12:00 (CET)