CEPS Energy Climate House (CEPS-ECH) is the policy arm of the Energy and Climate Unit of CEPS. It provides a forum that stimulates discussions among both EU and non-EU stakeholders and decision-makers, where the participants feel free to discuss, analyse and communicate solutions to today’s energy, climate change and geopolitical challenges.
Guiding principles of CEPS Energy Climate House
In carrying out its activities, CEPS-ECH is guided by a commitment to preserve four essential principles, namely:
- complete independence,
- inclusiveness in soliciting participants, and therefore open to all stakeholders who have an interest in discussing these challenges,
- policy-relevance and (policy) demand-driven, and
- European in outlook, against a global background.
CEPS Energy Climate House Rooms
CEPS-ECH has rooms (representing work streams) which are annual work programmes around specific themes. Activities include multi-stakeholders task forces, briefings to policy makers, “ECH Talks” (workshops and special events) as well as research activities and conferences, all backed up by communication. Presently CEPS-ECH has four rooms:
Main headings for 2017 are electricity market reform including renewables integration, flexibility, governance and energy efficiency. Focus is on European Parliament discussions.
With the EU ETS reform for phase 4 coming to a close, the issue of competitiveness but also the role of the ETS for low-emissions transport will continue to remain on the agenda.
The years from 2017 to 2019 will see an unprecedented number of proposals to reform the EU financial support structures (EU budget, EIB operations, and the interplay and coherence with other financial structures and policies). A critical element for energy and climate policy will be to align EU financial instruments and rules.
CEPS-ECH explores synergies between different policy domains in order to highlight the cross-cutting nature of these topics, such as Energy Union, innovation, finance, employment and Digital Single Market.
CEPS Energy Climate House Projects
In addition to the work streams and events. CEPS-ECH also runs its own projects, financed by foundations, multi-client contracts or sponsors. These are characterised by the fact that they are not originating from tenders and that CEPS-ECH retains freedom in the choice of research direction.
Principle projects are:
i) The Energy Transition Initiative
ii) Central & South East Europe energy market integration