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 CONNECTING EUROPE: Guiding Principles for a climate neutral Europe by 2050

Europe finds itself in a phase of transition: the effects of climate change are already leaving their marks on many regions of the planet; the patterns of global cooperation are changing; longstanding political realities and alliances are challenged. The energy transition is at the heart of these changes and the members of the Roundtable for Europe’s Energy Future (REEF), at the forefront of technological advancements, committed to take action for a sustainable, viable and greener future.


Through the European Energy Union, the Commission has created a powerful framework to enhance the transition to a greener future. For Europe to be at the forefront of combatting climate change and to meet its commitment under the Paris Agreement, achieving net-zero emissions by mid-century is a pre-requisite.


The European Union will also need to take a leading role in international climate negotiations to raise the ambition level and make a real difference in the everyday life of people. This requires gaining the support of citizens. We as a Roundtable want to facilitate this.


In the interest of society, we spur innovation in the areas of digitalisation and sector coupling, develop new business models and connect citizens across borders in order to create a cleaner and greener future for all Europeans.


Hence the REEF stresses 7 key priorities which should guide EU energy and climate policy in the trajectory to a climate neutral Europe by 2050. You can find the detailed guiding principles here.


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 “A Clean Planet for all”: REEF committed to actively support EU 2050 climate strategy

The Roundtable for Europe’s Energy Future (REEF) applauds European Commission for its Communication “A Clean Planet for all”. It does not only fully reflect the believe of the Roundtable that decarbonisation by 2050 is possible but it also embraces the seven guiding principles that the Roundtable has presented to the Commission in advance. As does the Commission, the Roundtable understands the centrality of infrastructure for the integration of renewable energies but also the necessity to adapt to the digital age to make better use of flexibility options while at the same time paying the utmost attention to maintaining cyber-security. If we want to make the energy transition possible and ensure security of supply at the same time, we need to strengthen our power grids and exploit digital solutions for integrating rising shares of fluctuating and decentralised renewable energy. 


As the Roundtable, the Commission has also included the realisation that the energy transition can only succeed if citizens actively engage as consumers and citizens. A point that is reflected in the Roundtable’s call for mobilising consumers for stronger demands of green products. As the Commission, we further believe that it is vital to keep the adequacy of the single energy market design high on the energy agenda in the coming decades to achieve zero carbon power in a cost-effective way and avoid stranded assets. We thus welcome very much that the Commission took up the recommendation to consider carbon pricing by acknowledging in its Communication that “environmental taxation, carbon pricing systems and revised subsidy structures should play an important role in steering this [energy] transition.” We too believe that carbon pricing should be employed to account for negative environmental impacts.  


The REEF will continue to be in close dialogue with the Commission and commit to supporting the Commission in reaching Europe’s decarbonisation by 2050 in a way which benefits consumers by spurring innovations in the areas of sector coupling and digitisation, developing new business models and pushing carbon prizing forward.


REEF's Guiding Principles for Europe's Decarbonisation by 2050

Roundtable for Europe's Energy Future: High-level meeting on 26 November

On 26 November, the Energy Roundtable CEOs met for their second meeting in 2018 in Brussels. The agenda once again included interesting discussions with Members of the European Parliament, the current Austrian Council Presidency, as well as with Vice-President of the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič. The latter was devoted to the topic of "Key values and principles for Europe's Energy Future“ and kicked-off a forward-looking discussion linked to the Commission’s upcoming 2050 Strategy on reduction of greenhouse gases. 


Among others, REEF's "Guiding Principles for Europe's Decarbonisation by 2050“ were discussed, which you can download here.

REEF position papers on cyber security and data ownership

As follow-up to our Roundtable CEO meeting with Commissioner Cañete in March 2018, and our previous meeting with Vice-President Ansip, we have developed two position papers on the digital energy union: cyber security and data ownership.


To view the Roundtable’s position papers, click here.

Keeping European energy transition on track

Once completed, the Energy Union will lead to a low-carbon and competitive economy, which can spearhead renewable energy innovation and the fight against global warming. However, the work is by no means finished. New digital technologies will affect the generation, transmission and consumption of electricity and further efforts are needed to strengthen regional cooperation.


In order to help achieving these goals, on 22 and 23 March 2018, the Roundtable for Europe's Energy Future held several high-level meetings across EU institutions in Brussels. In meetings with MEPs Peter Kouroumbaeshev and Eva Maydell, the Roundtable exchanged views on the Clean Energy Package and strengthening the ties between the Digital Single Market and Energy Union. Together with Bulgarian Deputy Energy Minister Zhecho Stankov, the Roundtable CEOs elaborated on the Presidency’s priorities and the way forward for key energy dossiers. The implications of Brexit on energy cooperation were the focus during a meeting with Jean‐Paul Decaestecker from the Task Force on the UK. The wider challenges faced by the European Union and the relations between the EU and Norway were addressed during a dinner with the Norwegian Ambassador to the EU. Finally, in a meeting with Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete, the CEOs discussed electric mobility, digitisation as well as regionalisation. 


The Joint Messages, which contain the Roundtable's key recommendations and were handed over during the meetings, can be found here.  

"Let’s be bold and think big"

On 18 October 2017, the Roundtable for Europe’s Energy Future met with the Estonian Prime Minister and current Chair of the rotating Council Presidency Jüri Ratas to discuss the future of digitisation in Europe. Further, the CEOs met with Member of the European Parliament and former Latvian Minister for Economics Krišjānis Kariņš to discuss the Clean Energy Package. An exchange with Commission Vice President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, focused on regional cooperation and clean mobility.


Prime Minister Ratas highlighted that digitisation is a key enabler in the transition to a low-carbon economy. However, if the energy sector is to reap the fruits of the digital evolution, the protection of infrastructure needs to be taken seriously. He appreciated the Roundtable Members’ help in tapping the potential of the digital age and encouraged them to “be bold and think big”.


The future market design was at the heart of the exchange with Member of the European Parliament Krišjānis Kariņš. As Rapporteur for the Regulation on the internal market for electricity (recast) and the Directive on common rules for the internal market for electricity (recast), Kariņš was interested in the views of the Roundtable Members on central questions such as the free flow of data and the Roundtable’s proposal on “Regional Energy Forums”.


During the meeting with Vice President Šefčovič, the Roundtable CEOs were able to present their visions for the future of regional cooperation in the Internal Energy Market but also on clean, connected and competitive mobility. The Vice President asked the Roundtable to provide expertise on batteries.  



The Joint Messages, which contain the Roundtable's key recommendations and were handed over during the meetings, can be found here.  

Roundtable proposes alternative to ROCs

Roundtable Chairman  Boris Schucht, CEO 50Hertz

Kamila Csomai, CEO Mavir

Reinaldo Garcia, CEO GE Grid Solutions

On 20 and 21 June 2017, the Roundtable for Europe's Energy Future held several high-level meetings across EU institutions in Brussels. The Roundtable CEOs met separately with Commission Vice President for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič to discuss the digitisation of the energy sector and regional cooperation. Further, the Roundtable CEOs met with Member of the European Parliament Claude Turmes to discuss the negotiations on the Clean Energy Package. In a meeting with Thor-Sten Vertmann, Head of the Energy Section of the Estonian Representation to the EU, the focus was on the upcoming Estonian Presidency. Finally, the Roundtable exchanged views on the Brexit negotiations with Jean‐Paul Decaestecker, who is currently working in the Task Force on the UK.


During the meeting with Vice President Šefčovič, a key focus was on the controversial proposals for Regional Operational Centres (ROCs). While the Roundtable does not fully agree with the Commission proposals, it clearly recognises that regional cooperation is in itself imperative and without alternative. The Roundtable fully believes that regional cooperation needs a bottom-up approach which ensures constructive cooperation without prejudice to national responsibilities. This is why the Roundtable presented the Vice President with an alternative solution.


Regional cooperation among TSOs on the technical and commercial level is already well-functioning in the EU. However, the Roundtable acknowledges the need for a political component which focuses more on cross-border policy and regulatory issues. This is why the Roundtable proposes combining the existing Regional Security Centres (RSCs) with an additional political layer. This political layer, in the form of regional forums, shall contribute to European market integration by allowing for better coordination of Ministries, NRAs, TSOs and other stakeholders. Meetings shall take place at least twice a year and membership in at least one forum shall be mandatory for each Member State. To ensure transparency, the outcome of the meetings shall be made public.


The Joint Messages, which contain the Roundtable's key recommendations and were handed over during the meetings, can be found here.  

Roundtable enters next stage

After the transition to green energies and the decentralisation of supply have left their marks in the energy world, now the next big challenge lies ahead. Through digitisation, the energy industry is developing in an unprecedentedly complex and promising way. The success of this development is critical for lifting Europe’s economy to a next level. The Roundtable CEOs have embraced this new challenge and decided to reflect this development with a new name. Echoing the ever-changing energy landscape and willing to play an active part, the former Roundtable of European Energy Industrialists has now adopted the name of Roundtable for Europe’s Energy Future.  

Workshop on Digitalisation and Power Grids

On 9 March 2017, the Sherpas of Roundtable of European Energy Industrialists met with Kamila Kloc, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commission Vice President for Digital Single Market, to discuss the digitsation of the energy sector. Topics on the agenda included secure use of data, funding for the digital transition and common standards. The results of the workshop can be found here.

Meeting with Vice President / New Roundtable Members

On 29 November 2016, the Roundtable of European Energy Industrialists met with Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič to discuss the State of the Energy Union. It was also the first meeting for the two newest Members of the Roundtable, ABB and GE.

The Roundtable presented the Vice President with its Joint Messages including the following recommendations:

Roundtable Recommendations


  • Improve investment incentives for a decarbonized energy system
  • Create a level-playing field for all technologies and market actors
  • Enable consumers to reap the benefits of their flexibility


  • Provide more political support for the development of key interconnector
    infrastructures in Europe
  • Adapt market rules to reap full benefits from interconnectors
  • Support Member States to improve public acceptance


  • Support regional initiatives that bring Member States closer together
  • Tackle the real obstacles for closer cooperation on system operations
  • Reinforce Regional Cooperation on system operations without diluting
    the responsibility for security of supply


  • Support innovation 
  • Improve Data management


  • Energy should be given careful consideration in the upcoming Brexit negotiations
  • A post-Brexit deal should ensure that energy continues to be traded efficiently
    between the EU and the UK
  • EU and UK policy‐makers should provide certainty and stability to energy investors