Green future: How can Spain help Europe keep its green transition goals on course through the energy crisis?

How can Madrid help in bringing other European member states on board in saving energy and investing in renewables?

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Guests

Gonzalo Escribano, Climate and Engery Programme Director, Elcano Royal Institute

Joan Groizard Payeras, Director-General, Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE), Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge

María Sicilia, Stategy and Planning Director, Enagás

Chaired by

Susi Dennison, Senior Policy Fellow and European Power Programme Director, ECFR

How can Madrid help in bringing other European member states on board in saving energy and investing in renewables? How can high climate ambitions be preserved when concerns are growing over how high energy prices and access to natural gas are affecting European industry? How can the private and public sector effectively work together to harness the benefits of new green technologies for Spain’s future?

Climate change, Europe’s Green Deal, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – the EU needs to step up its efforts to switch to renewable energy sources. Spain is showing leadership in renewables including the green hydrogen and solar energy as well as in planning efficiency measures, and holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU from July 2023 it can shape European efforts for a green future. This is especially important in times when concerns over energy prices can lead to a backlash against more investment in efficient and clean renewable energy.

The European Council on Foreign Relations is pleased to invite you to a virtual discussion dedicated to exploring Spain’s role in building a greener Europe.

ECFR has just published key findings and policy recommendations in a new report: Green peace: How Europe’s climate policy can survive the war in Ukraine

The discussion will be held in English.