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16 September, 2014 | (01 hr)

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Energy cost is critical to the competitiveness of many firms. To reduce energy cost, firms can focus on reducing energy use, switching to cheaper energy sources, and increasing energy efficiency, but they also need to understand energy policy and the threats and opportunities it creates. Renewable energy and capacity mechanisms are important, but controversial elements of European energy policies and the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) continue to pose challenges. A sound corporate energy strategy should take the whole picture into account.

Key learnings 

  • Making the right energy choices to help competitive positioning
  • Opportunities offered by renewable energy policies and long-term advantages
  • Opportunities/challenges in different countries and across industries, and their impact on the competitive landscape


Lucas Bergkamp

Lucas Bergkamp
Council Director, Environment & Regulatory Affairs Council
The Conference Board
Hunton & Williams

Lucas Bergkamp is Director of the Environment & Product Stewardship Council for The Conference Board. In this role, he works with members to identify opportunities to share experience and expertise relevant to managing environmental and product stewardship challenges.

He is a Partner ...Full Bio

Fabien Roques

Fabien Roques
Senior Vice President
Compass Lexecon

Fabien Roques is a Senior Vice President with the economics consultancy Compass Lexecon. His expertise spans European power and carbon dioxide (CO2) markets, with a specific focus on market design and regulation, strategy and restructuring, and asset valuation issues. Over the past decade, Mr. Ro...Full Bio

Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark (Moderator)
Senior Advisor
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is a Senior Advisor of the Economy, Strategy and Finance (ESF) Center at The Conference Board. From 2008 until September 2020 he was Chief Economist and Head ...Full Bio

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