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The Energy sector can vastly benefit from Copernicus free and open data and information.

The Copernicus programme already interacts with some stakeholders of the energy sector when it comes to traditional or renewable energy plants exploitation, monitoring GHG and climate change, and all via the different Copernicus services: marine, atmosphere, climate, land, emergency and security. However, the full potential of the Copernicus programme in support of the Energy Union is not yet fully explored.

The Copernicus4Energy workshop intends to bring together stakeholders of the Earth Observation (EO) and the Energy sectors, in view of highlighting the potential of Copernicus to contribute to current and emerging needs of the energy industries, and especially the energy transition.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To identify intermediate and end-users' needs and requirements in the Energy sector
  • To present the current Copernicus offer in terms of data and service information for the energy sector
  • To assess and characterise EO-based applications supporting energy industries and policies at EU and global level, including key complementary data either in situ or socio-economic or private which would need to be combined with EO for validation or further added-value processing
  • To discuss the way forward in terms of new Copernicus products and evolution of the programme’s Space Component, with a focus on the necessary data analytics, computing science or modelling required to develop new energy services/products/solutions for the end users (processing, modelling, in situ data or socio-economic data)

The workshop will aim at further investigating the main user requirements for EO-based applications associated with traditional and renewable energy generation and infrastructure in Europe and worldwide. This includes the characterisation and mapping of Copernicus capabilities and existing solutions over the identified user needs and potential evolutions to effectively support energy needs. Additionally, the workshop will look into how Copernicus can support solutions fostering energy efficiency (human behaviour, new buildings, optimisation of energy consumption, addressed also in 'smart cities'),how the programme can provide data and services fostering the development and competitiveness of the renewable energy sector, and how Copernicus can contribute to the monitoring of the impact of EU energy policies on climate change mitigation, decarbonisation, and transition to a low carbon economy and behaviour.

The sectors covered will include biomass, solar and wind energy, renewable marine energy and offshore wind farms, as well as infrastructure monitoring.

This workshop is of interest to the public sector in charge of energy regulation and involved in transitioning to low-carbon facilities like smart cities (at European as well as national level), the traditional network utilities sector that need to implement energy efficiency best practices and all potential end-users from the industrial renewable energies sector that should bring innovation and competitiveness into the EU energy transition contributing to a low-carbon economy and also to energy security in Europe


The registration will close on 11 October 2017.



Date:               Thu 12/10/2017

Language:      English

Cost:               free of charge


Venue:            Breydel Auditorium, DG GROW

Address:        Avenue d'Auderghem 45, 1000 Brussels, Belgium



09:00 - 09:30
Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:30 - 09:40
Welcome by Andreas Veispak (Head of the Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth Unit, DG GROW)


09:40 - 11:05
Panel one: Overview of user needs and challenges
  • Needs stemming from the EU Energy Policy (Dimitrios Athanasiou, DG ENER)
  • User needs and challenges of the wind energy sector (Gil Lizcano, Vortex)
  • Water, environment and regional development (Laurent Tocqueville, BRL)
  • Solar Energy (Philippe Blanc, Mines ParisTech)
  • Marine Renewable Energy (Florian Jeliazovksi, Noveltis)
  • Oil and gas (Peter Hausknecht, OGEO)
  • Infrastructure monitoring (Julia Yagüe, GMV)
  • Copernicus for energy transition with a focus on biomass (Jonas Franke, C4EE)
  • Urban Atlas for Smart Cities (Helge Schramm, Danfoss)
11:05 - 11:30
Q&A and discussion
11:30 - 11:45
Coffee break
11:45 - 13:00
Panel two: Copernicus offer for the energy sector
  • Copernicus Climate Change Service (Carlo Buontempo, ECMWF)
  • Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (Richard Engelen, ECMWF)
  • Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (Hans Dufourmont, EEA)
  • Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (Laurence Crosnier, Mercator Ocean)
  • European Climatic Energy Mixes (Iratxe González-Aparicio, DG JRC)
13:00 - 14:00
Networking lunch
14:00 - 15:15
Panel three: The way forward
  • Tailoring Copernicus products to the needs of ocean energy industry players (Rémi Gruet, Ocean Energy Europe)
  • Energy and Climate Change: How could a cause become a solution? (Rahul Bansal, Climate-KIC)
  • The Global Framework for Climate Services (Roberta Boscolo, World Meteorological Organisation)
  • Impact on the Space Component  (Zoltan Bartalis, ESA)
  • The point of view of industry (Celestino Gomez Cid, EARSC)
  • The European Commission's perspective (Michael Berger, DG GROW)
15:15 - 15:35
Coffee break
15:35 - 16:50
Q&A and discussion


16:50 - 17:00
Closing remarks by Andreas Veispak



Workshop venue

European Commission - DG GROW
Address: Avenue d'Auderghem 45, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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The workshop venue is walking distance (5 minutes) from Schuman metro station. There is a train connection between Schuman and BRU Airport and the journey takes about 35 minutes.
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Names and contact details of local coordinators

Julia Ioannou

T: + 32 2 318 09 22


Copernicus Support Office