Shale gas has become one of the most debated topics in Europe the last couple of years. We are still awaiting the next steps from the European Commission. Even if the energy mix will remain a member state decision, a more integrated energy market must agree upon which energy sources would be considered sustainable and a welcome contribution towards the climate goals agreed upon. To take the next step we need to raise the question “which role could shale gas play and which risks are we facing if we accept an extensive use of Shale gas in Europe?”
Possible discussion points:
- Which role should shale gas have in the future integrated European Energy market
- Does the United States underestimate the negative implications or should Europe learn from the US?
- Is shale gas a threat against the environment itself or mainly against other alternative energy sources?
- If shale gas becomes an important part of the European energy market, who should pay for the necessary investments in infrastructure?
- How would extensive extraction of shale gas affect the European gas market?
- Could shale gas be part of an energy infrastructure contributing to a low carbon, secure and inexpensive energy supply?
- How large is the potential for shale gas in Europe?investments in infrastructure?
- What carbon footprints should we expect from shale gas?
- Is today’s regulatory framework sufficient to develop sustainable shale gas industry in Europe?
Fredrick Federley Member of the European Parliament, ITRE Committee
Michael Schuetz Policy Officer, Unit C2 – New Energy Technologies, Innovation & Clean Coal, DG ENERGY, European Commission
David Buchan Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studiesv
Philippe Vlaemminck Partner, ALTIUS
Moderator: Sébastien Soleille Director, Bio by Deloitte