International energy conference in Riga

The 20th annual international conference organised by Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) will take place on 15-16 June at the Radisson Blue Latvia Conference & Spa Hotel in Riga. 

Over two days, high-level experts and policy makers from around the world will discuss and share insights on how to ensure the most effective transition to a secure and decarbonised world. The conference will be opened by a video address by European Commission (EC) Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson, Conexus CEO Uldis Bariss and GIE President Boyana Achovski

The central objective of the conference is to discuss the current situation of natural gas supplies and the implementation of decarbonisation measures in the short, medium and long term, as well as to assess the progress made in the energy sector following Russia's war in Ukraine. 

The energy crises experienced in the European Union (EU) have prompted the EU to review its strategy to adapt to constant change and protect citizens and business. While decarbonisation of the economy remains a key objective, it is now critical to find solutions to the natural gas supply crisis. The main themes of the conference are: securing Europe's gas supply - through which routes and from which sources; how to look at increasing domestic energy production? The conference will also discuss how to make sure that the solutions put in place are future-proof and contribute to the development of renewable and low-carbon sources. 

"The energy sector is currently at the centre of attention of decision makers, the business community and society as a whole. This is why this year's conference, which brings together European energy policy makers and industry decision makers, is particularly welcome. Over two days in Latvia, critical issues for the energy sector will be discussed, contributing to the debate on the role of natural gas in Europe's energy mix," comments Uldis Bariss, Chairman of the Board of Conexus. 

The event will bring together nearly 300 energy experts from the Baltic countries, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and related industries.