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Energy transition is not just a buzzword

Posted on 11 September 2017    
CEE Energy Transition Conference
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The international conference “CEE Energy Transition” will gather professionals and opinion leaders from Central and Eastern Europe to collectively design a path for energy transition by 2050 on 19-20 October 2017 in Prague. It will aim to bring European policy into practice on national and local levels. EU officials, experts, politicians, entrepreneurs and civil society will elaborate on specific approaches different regions will take on in achieving the European targets in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

For the organizers of the event - the unique consortium of organizations and individuals in CEE – the Central Eastern European Energy Network (CEESEN), energy transition is not just a buzzword. Its members believe that nations and regions need to lay out a concrete plan of actions, ensure public participation from the start and take advantage of innovation and technology to achieve transition to a low carbon community throughout CEE.

So, naturally, the slogan of this year’s conference is: “Low carbon energy transition? Together it is possible”.

Looking at the big picture, Bronis Ropė, a member of the European Parliament and a former mayor of the city of Lithuanian city of Ignalina, famous for its nuclear power plant termination and decommissioning, will describe the tendencies in energy transition in European Union and in Central and Eastern Europe.

Imke Luebbeke, the Head of the Climate & Energy department at WWF European Policy Office (Brussels), will present the new governance approaches in the EU in relation to energy policy.

To bring in the innovation element, Pavel Podruh, the founder of the Czech Off-Grid Houses platform and the winner of the UN Award for helping to fulfill global sustainable goals, will share his experience in accelerating transition to sustainable architecture methods.

Councilor of the City of Prague Jana Plamínková in charge of environment will open the conference.

The conference will provide a stimulating environment for the exchange of knowledge and the opportunity for participants to form partnerships. Inspiration will come from the mix of contemporary and successful projects presented in a few parallel sessions. Some examples include:
  • “Project Zero” public-private partnership working for a zero-carbon city of Sonderborg, Denmark by 2029, based on sustainable growth and green jobs creation;
  • Roadmaps for Energy (R4E) project on smart buildings, mobility and urban spaces;
  • ENNEREG project known in 12 European regions to pave the way for a sustainable energy Europe.
In addition to the planned discussions and workshops during the two-day conference, the guests will get close to some innovative energy efficiency products and smart tools for participation.

Registration for the conference is free of charge and open now at: https://ceesen.org/conference/

More about the CEESEN network and the project see at: www.ceesen.org
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