Decarbonising Industrial Heat: Challenge or Opportunity for European Competitiveness?

Evidence is growing that we need more action on climate change. We have to step up our efforts in decarbonising our economy if we want to stay below a global temperature rise of 1.5°C, as prescribed by the Paris Agreement. Against this backdrop, COGEN Europe and Mytilineos are organising a high-level debate on one of the most significant challenges: Decarbonising industrial heat.

The heating sector represents 50% of energy consumption in Europe. With more than 30% of that heat being used in industrial processes at various temperatures, this sector will require profound decarbonisation. As the European Union is putting forward its long-term greenhouse gas reduction strategy, a comprehensive approach to industrial heat is a priority. While decarbonising the sector, European energy-intensive industries will need to continue to have access to an affordable and reliable heat supply to keep their businesses afloat amidst rising global competition.

This debate will take a deeper look at the required solutions. More precisely, how can we decarbonise heat cost-effectively and meet the energy needs of Europe's industry, while boosting competitiveness, sustainable jobs and growth? And what will be the barriers on our path to a decarbonised industry?

Discover HERE the main points at stake and solutions proposed by the cogeneration sector.

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When: Tuesday 4 December 2018, 17:30 until 20:30
Where: Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, B-1050 Brussels
Registration: click HERE




Keynote Speech by Hans Van Steen, Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, DG ENERGY, European Commission, on Europe’s Long-term Strategy to Decarbonise the European Economy


Keynote Speech by Peter Kouroumbashev, Member of the European Parliament (S&D, Bulgaria)

Panel Debate

Moderated by Frédéric Simon (Editor at

  • Ioannis Desypris, Director Regulatory Affairs, MYTILINEOS
  • Peter Handley, Head of Unit for Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

  • Mette Quinn, Head of Unit for ETS Implementation and IT, Directorate General Climate Action
  • Charles-Henri Robert, Executive Director Climate Change & Energy, CEFIC

  • Tomas Wyns, Senior Researcher, Institute for European Studies (VUB), representing the European Climate Foundation


 Cocktail reception



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