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Towards the end of oil: Conference and presentation of a study

Event
Conference
Date
15 November 2012 from 14:15 to 17:30
Place
European Parliament - Room A1G3 - 60 rue Wiertz - 1047 Brussels
15.11.2012

Documentation

Video Documentation

INTRODUCTION

Peak Oil is the period of time when global oil production starts to decline due to the depletion of the exploitable resources.

The increase in oil price for the last 10 years and even more has had an increasing impact on our economy, which is extremely dependent on oil, and consequently on the daily life of European citizens.

The first part of the conference will present the report "Europe facing Peak Oil" and will address the geopolitical, economic and anthropological dimensions of the question. In the second part, the speakers will address the various political responses that could be given at local and European level.

 PROGRAMME

1st roundtable : Peak oil and its consequences for Europe

14:15-16:00

  • Introduction
    Claude Turmes
    , Member of the European Parliament (Luxembourg)
  • Presentation of the report "Europe facing peak oil" 
    by Benoît Thévard, engineer, author of the report
  • Mathieu Auzanneau, journalist in Le Monde
    A geopolitical analysis
  • Victoria Johnson, economist, New Economic Foundation 
     An economic analysis
  • Agnès Sinaï, journalist, chair of the Institut Momentum
    An anthropologic vision

 

2nd roundtable : Which responses to be given at the European and local level to peak oil ?

16:00-17:30 

  • John Hemming, Member of the House of Commons (United Kingdom), Chair of the parliamentary group on peak oil
    The British responses
  • Zsolt Tasnadi, Policy officer for Security of oil supply and oil stocks, European Commission, DG Energy
  • Simone Osborn, Editor in chief of Energy Bulletin 
    The local initiatives
  • Xavier Desgain, Member of Regional Parliament (Belgium), member of the parliamentary Committee on peak oil and peak gas in the Walloon Parliament
  • Yves Cochet, Member of the European Parliament (France)
    The projects of the European Union