april, 2020

16apr09:0010:30Webinar: "Strategic approach to European renewable industries: the case for a solar industrial policy"Type:For Members,Our Events


(Thursday) 09:00 - 10:30

Event Details

By mid-2020, the European Commission will establish its ‘Industry Forum’ with the aim of fostering Europe’s industrial leadership in clean energy technologies. Set to represent between 36% and 62% of the European energy mix by 2050, solar is becoming a strategic resource for the decarbonisation of the EU economy and industries. This webinar will explore how a robust solar industrial policy can support EU leadership in cutting-edge PV technologies, fostering Europe’s technological independence and contributing to a renewed green economy.



09:00 – 09:10 Welcoming words

Michael Bloss, Member of the European Parliament

09:10 – 09:20 “European photovoltaic production can be profitable”: Presentation of VDMA Study

Jutta Trube, Vice Managing Director at VDMA Electronics, Micro and Nano Technologies

09:20 – 09:30 A robust solar industry, at the core of the European Green Deal

Christian Westermeier, Chair of the Industrial Strategy Task Force, SolarPower Europe

09:30 – 09:40 Reaction from the European Commission

Mark Nicklas, Head of Unit Industrial Strategy and Value Chains, DG GROW, European Commission

09:40 – 10:20 Question and Answers and Guided Discussion

  • Why is a solar industry important to the decarbonisation of the European economy? How can the solar industry support a green economy in the post Coronavirus crisis?
  • What is the true industrial potential of the solar industry and which challenges is it facing? 
  • What is needed from the EU to support a solar manufacturing in Europe?
10:20 – 10:30 Closing remarks

Christophe Grudler, Member of the European Parliament


This webinar is free for SolarPower Europe members, EU Policy-makers and media/press representatives.

The recording and presentation are available on the members area

Interested in becoming a member of SolarPower Europe? Find more information here



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