The energy transition in Central and Eastern Europe
The conference, held on 19-20 October 2017, gathered professionals and opinion leaders from across Central and Eastern Europe to collectively design a path for energy transition by 2050. The high-level event with 25 speakers highlighted the roles of different sectors and success stories from low-carbon community projects and innovations.
Participants gained insights into the many processes needed to push for sustainable communities, such as energy planning and roadmap design. They also learned about effective approaches towards stakeholder engagement, obtaining funding and building public support towards renewables which are key to effective energy advocacy.
Pavel Podruh described how his project Czech Off-Grid Houses have motivated people to use more sustainable building and renovation methods and could help trigger public support for other sustainable energy solutions.
The programme also offered updates about the new governance of the Energy Union by Alex Mason from the WWF European Policy Office.
Sébastien Occhipenti from DG Energy, European Commission gave an overview of the European policy context and showed the steps to achieve a sustainable energy transition at local level. He stressed the importance of citizens in a shared energy union where they take ownership of the transition, benefit from new technologies to reduce their costs, participate actively in the market, and where vulnerable consumers are protected.
Frédéric Boyer, speaking on behalf of the Covenant of Mayors, emphasized the role that cities and local authorities should play and the actions they can take. Their commitment to reducing CO2 emission by 40% by 2030 indicates the path that should be taken. Because these organizations seek to work closely with citizens, they can effect a change in behaviour while also impacting companies and other key potential contributors to the energy transition.
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