Energy & Industry Transition Initiative

Thinking the Transition

Energy & Industry Transition Initiative

Thinking the Transition

The Energy & Industry Transition Initiative is the policy forum of the CEPS Energy, Resources and Climate Change Unit. It aims to stimulate discussions among EU and international stakeholders and policymakers, where participants are free to debate, analyse and communicate solutions to today’s energy, resources, climate change and geopolitical challenges. Through publications and specialised focused events such as workshops to stimulate “outside the box” thinking, the initiative aims to steer the debate about workable, efficient and effective transition policies towards 2050 and beyond.

The Energy & Industry Transition Initiative combines a variety of projects and revenue sources to reflect its multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder focus.

Activities planned for 2022

In line with the priorities of the European Green Deal, the Climate Law and the Fit for 55 Package, the 2022 programme of the CEPS Energy Transition Initiative will be centred on the following key themes:

  • Carbon pricing
  • The Fit for 55 package
  • The Sustainable Products Policy Initiative and creating demand for low-carbon/circular products, with a particular focus on cement, steel and aluminium products
  • Technology options for decarbonising the EU industrial landscape
    • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), hydrogen, batteries, negative emissions, chemical recycling and nuclear
  • The international dimension of the European Green Deal

The detailed 2022 programme can be consulted here.


International Activities

The Energy & Industry Transition Initiative endorses a range of activities that aim to facilitate an exchange of views on opportunities for EU climate diplomacy. A series of events has been launched under the umbrella of the “External dimension of the Green Deal”. This included a dedicated session on EU climate diplomacy at the CEPS flagship conference Ideas Lab, a high-level panel within the EU-India Track 1.5 Dialogue aimed to fast-track EU climate cooperation with India, webinars to explore the EU’s opportunities to engage with its immediate neighbours on the continent, including Ukraine, and EU-Japan Dialogues on greening the post-Covid economy. CEPS has also been actively following the COP26 developments and has engaged in discussions regarding the COP26 outcomes through the CEPS Young Thinkers Initiative.



Central and South-East Europe Business Forum on Energy

Throughout the years, the CEPS Energy & Industry Transition Initiative has carried out extensive work in Central and South-East Europe (C&SEE) and has identified a need for closer coordination and cooperation among energy-related business enterprises in the region. The C&SEE Business Forum on Energy fosters information-sharing among companies operating in Central and South-East Europe and relevant European and national institutions to step up market integration efforts and identify policy and market challenges obstructing this process. The forum aims to deliver results in line with European energy objectives and create an environment that maximises business opportunities. 


Activity Reports

Activity reports provide a full picture of the Unit’s annual flow of events, publications and participation in external events.  

Previous activity reports: 2021



The Low-Carbon Economy Forum

The CEPS Low-Carbon Economy Forum (LCEF) has served as the annual flagship conference of the Energy & Industry Transition Initiative. So far there have been three editions of the conference between 2018 and 2019 bringing together EU policy leaders, representatives from national governments, businesses, NGOs and think-tanks to discuss key energy and climate policy issues for Europe. 



Supporters of the Energy & Industry Transition Initiative

EUMIKON  /  Wirtschaftskammer Österreich  /  Fondation Tuck  /  Mistra Foundation  /  European Climate Foundation ECF  /  The European association representing the paper industry (Cepi)  /  FuelsEurope  /  ArcelorMittal  /  BP  /  ENEL  /  ENGIE  /  ExxonMobil  /   E.ON  /  EDF  /  Iberdrola  /  Repsol  /  Capital Holding, Sofia  /  OMV Petrom  /  Mytelynios  /  AES, Bulgaria