Sixth Annual Expert Workshop: Challenges in Electricity Decarbonisation

Venue: IEA - 9 rue de la Federation 75739 Paris - ROOM 1

Dates: 17 October 2019 - 18 October 2019

Organiser: IEA

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The Sixth Annual EPRI-IEA Challenges in Electricity Decarbonisation Expert Workshop will focus on the growing number of mid-century climate targets announced by governments and electric utilities throughout the world, as well as the various near- and long-term strategies that may play a significant role in achieving those targets.

Reaching low-to-zero greenhouse gas emissions globally across the economy by mid-century, consistent with a pathway toward well below 2 °C temperature rise, requires deep and rapid decarbonisation of the electricity sector combined with widespread electrification of the buildings, transport, and industrial end-use sectors. How this will be achieved in different jurisdictions throughtout the world is an open question. Certainly much has already been learned from countries’ experiences with high shares of renewables to date; however, moving toward even higher shares will create significant challenges necessitating new infrastructure and operating paradigms.

This year’s EPRI-IEA will focus on potential pathway and associated challenges by which utilities may drive their emissions close to zero (or even beyond) by 2050. The workshop will span 1.5 days and will consist of sessions on the following topics:

  • National and sub-national actions to deeply reduce electric sector greenhouse gas emissions
  • Electric utility ambitions for decarbonization
  • Market, policy and technology challenges associated with high shares of renewables
  • Role of long-distance transmission and cross-border electricity flows in countries‘ decarbonization efforts
  • Innovative strategies to facilitate the task of deep decarbonization

The EPRI-IEA Challenges in Electricity Decarbonisation Expert Workshop series brings together leading experts from government, academia, think-tanks and the private sector from around the world to share experiences relating to decarbonizing the electricity system.  Participants identify barriers and opportunities for the sector and discuss lessons learned from various approaches to decarbonization in different jurisdictions.   Past workshops have performed deep dives into a diverse set of topics including near-term market structure, long-term decarbonisation pathways, security of supply and resource adequacy, and end-use electrification opportunities.

The meeting will be informal in nature and held under Chatham House Rule.  Attendance is by invitation only.

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