Brexit in energy and climate: Implications for the UK, EU-27 and its Member States

22/11/2017 - 13:45 to 17:00
Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels

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Following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, it seems highly unlikely that the UK will seek to remain a formal member of the EU Single Market or the European Customs Union. 

This direction of travel raises serious issues for the UK’s future relationship with the EU Single Energy Market in Electricity and Gas and with the EU Emissions Trading System, since the UK has been a key member of both of these arrangements. This will also have potentially profound implications for the UK’s immediate EU neighbours and for the EU as a whole, in the energy and climate policy areas.

Amidst these unsure times, CERRE will publish a new research paper, to shed light on these issues. The report will explore:

  • How the UK’s institutional involvement with energy and climate will change via ACER, ENTSO-E, ENTSO-G, the Single Energy Market, the Energy Community, and other relevant bodies;
  • The possible implications for the operation of interconnections and future interconnector investment with UK’s immediate EU neighbours;
  • How the UK’s energy and climate policy might change in the light of Brexit and what it might mean for the EU; and
  • What the priorities for negotiation should be on both sides.

The findings and recommendations of the report will be presented and debated at this CERRE Executive Seminar, bringing together key representatives from the European institutions, together with academic experts, regulators and key actors of the European energy sector. 

This event is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a select number of invited guests.  




Chairman's welcome and introduction 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,



Keynote speech

Andrew Duff

Former Member of the European Parliament 
Visiting Fellow, European Policy Centre


Presentation of the findings of CERRE report

Professor Michael Pollitt

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor of Business Economics, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge


Dr Chi Kong Chyong

Research Associate, Energy Policy Research Group,
University of Cambridge



Coffee break
Panel discussion - the impact of Brexit on EU Energy & Climate Policy

Discussion of CERRE report conclusions & how the issues around Brexit may evolve in the energy sector in the coming years

Issues to be discussed:

  • Impact on energy of possible Brexit models (Norway, Switzerland, Turkey).
  • Are there freedom of movement issues for the energy sector?
  • Can there be a unique relationship in respect of energy?
  • How does the UK stay involved in the EU Network Codes framework if it is outside the Single Market?
  • In relation to the particular issues between N. Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with the Single Energy Market, might solutions here shape the wider EU/UK interface?
  • What do we see as the main Brexit issues now/Day 1/Day 100/Day 1000?


Closing remarks
Cocktail reception


Emmanuel Brutin

Head, Brussels Office
National Grid



Prof Dr Dirk Buschle

Deputy Director, Energy Community & Energy Chair,
College of Europe


Antony Froggatt

Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment & Resources,
Chatham House



Jonathan Gaventa

Director Energy Union,



Dr Susanne Nies

Manager, Corporate Affairs,



Clara Poletti

Director, Markets Division,


Dietmar Preinstorfer

Head, International Relations,



Robert Sale

Director, Regulation & Strategy,
‎Interconnector UK


Graeme Steele

Senior Advisor,


Alain Taccoen

Head, Regulation, Supply Division,


Mike Thorne




Rudy Van Beurden

Manager, Communication & Public Affairs,



Wednesday 22 November 2017, 13.45-17.00,
Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact