14 Feb, 2024

Liberals discuss renewable future at Energy Forum

Liberal leaders, key stakeholders and industry experts convened in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland for ALDE Party’s Liberal Energy Forum on 8-9 February. 

Around 300 participants attended the conference focusing on the future of the European Union’s energy policy to combat climate change and boost sustainable economic growth. 

ALDE Party Co-President Timmy Dooley and European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson opened the two-day event by leading a guided visit of the nearby Moneypoint Power Station, Ireland's largest electricity generator, and the site of a proposed floating offshore wind farm project. 

The next day, Co-President Dooley and Commissioner Simson took centre stage once again in a conversation on the role of renewable energy in achieving the European Union's climate objectives. 

“The EU has put in place successfully the legal framework for the future. We have very ambitious targets for renewables and 2030. We are setting out a vision for the most efficient path to modernise the whole economy. Renewables are already, across Europe, the most competitive,” said Commissioner Simson. 

Various debates were held throughout the morning, ranging from topics such as the decarbonisation of industries such as agriculture and transport, the evolving landscape of nuclear power and hydrogen and financing the energy transition. 

Panels included high-profile speakers such as Charlie McConalogue (Minister of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Ireland), Romina Pourmokhtari (Minister of Climate and Environment, Sweden) and Billy Kelleher MEP (Fianna Fáil, IE). 

“My country has a climate framework where our climate goals are set in law. All governments must provide an action plan to meet net zero by 2045, and we are on track. We have the lowest emissions in Europe per capita,” said Pourmokhtari. 

Visit our Flickr page to scroll through all the pictures from the event. 

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