31 March 2020: Plenary opening session: Can markets surpass policy?

Renewable energy targets in the EU and beyond are insufficient to deliver the emissions reductions needed to limit global temperature rise below 1.5 degree centigrade. The move towards more energy-efficient economies and societies powered only by renewable energy systems clearly needs to be accelerated rapidly, but politicians continue to shy away from implementing such an ambitious agenda. Therefore, given how quickly markets can develop and create new paradigms (think of the internet, smartphones, etc.), could demand-side focused renewable energy markets, underpinned by EACs, move countries towards 100% renewables more effectively than policy? As public support schemes play less of a central role in the deployment of renewables, this keynote session – and much of the conference – will focus on the question: ‘are markets ready to take the lead?’

The plenary opening session is taking place on Tuesday 31 March from 9:30 - 11:00.

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