The energy challenges confronting Europe and the world today require urgent and ambitious decisions by politicians and industry alike. While Europe does have a comprehensive energy and climate agenda, it will take decades to put our energy system onto a sustainable and secure path if public awareness is not sufficiently raised, energy / climate policies remain uncoordinated, and finance is not forthcoming.

Europe’s electricity industry is fully committed to the development of a competitive energy market and to carbon-neutral supply by 2050 but its ultimate delivery is dependent on numerous external factors. “Politics vs Industry: On the Cliff Edge – Europe’s New Energy Challenges” is the underlying theme of EURELECTRIC’s annual convention and conference in Malta on 4-5 June 2012. The event will take stock of progress to date and examine the regulatory, financial and economic challenges facing the industry, against the background of customer/public expectations. It is also a prime opportunity to network and engage in frank and open discussions on Europe’s future energy landscape in the presence of top energy executives from Europe and across the world, as well as EU and international officials and business stakeholders.

Specific conference sessions over the two day event are subdivided as follows:
Session 1: Energy challenges: a global perspective
Session 2: Mismatched European policies: energy / climate reality check
Session 3: CEO Forum: financing investments, refining strategies
Session 4: EU Islands: test beds for mainland integration?

Confirmed speakers include:
Connie Hedegaard – European Commissioner for Climate Action
Philip Lowe – Director General, DG Energy
Fulvio Conti – CEO of Enel
Johannes Teyssen – CEO of E.ON AG

As in previous years, an exhibition will also be organised on the sidelines of the event. In addition, industry and student awards will be given prominent place in the programme. A number of social events are also on the networking agenda.

The EURELECTRIC conference is kindly hosted by Enemalta and supported by Accenture, as Gold Sponsor, Pöyry as Silver Sponsor, and Ormazabal, as Bronze sponsor.

Online registration is now open plus further information including practical details and hotel reservation forms are available on the convention website www.eurelectric.org/Malta2012