Local renewable energy initiatives: positive examples, success factors and the role of civil societySDO debate, 14:30 - 17:00 Brussels, Belgium A special session in the framework of the Sustainable Development Observatory meeting has analysed case studies from renewable energy initiatives in Denmark, Poland and Germany. Points on the agenda:
- drawing best practices
- identifying success factors and obstacles;
- highlighting the role of civil society in the transition process.
Presentations are now available online here.
A 2030 FRAMEWORK FOR ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICIES: promoting civil society's involvementSeminar -
10:30-13:00 at the EESC, Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels, Belgium In the context of the on-going debate on the 2030 energy and climate policy framework the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organise, with the active participation of EC representatives, an event meant to present the results of the public consultation and maintain a high degree of awareness among and involvement of civil society.
LONG-TERM FINANCING OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY – Towards a joint civil society perspectivePublic Hearing -
EESC, Brussels, Belgium Public hearing in the framework of the opinion ECO/347, held on Thursday, 30 May 2013 at the EESC´s premises in Brussels. The hearing will gather representatives of the financial sector as well as organisations representing the stakeholders in financial markets. The aim is to explore the various demands and needs and make a first attempt at identifying common trends that the EESC can put forward in its opinion on behalf of organised civil society .
Energy transitions and public dialogues: national and European perspectivesConference -
Paris, France This conference aims to assess the EESC ideas and recommendations in terms of public engagement in the context of the French debate on the energy transition. This event will give the opportunity to discuss a real-size public engagement process meant at directly feeding back into draft legislation and to exchange views on the EESC's vision of a European energy dialogue.
Symposium on "Benefits and Limitations of Nuclear Fission for a Low Carbon Economy"Contribution to the decision-making process on the Euratom part of Horizon 2020 Brussels, Belgium The last few months have seen the reconsideration of issues about nuclear safety and nuclear’s long-term contribution to the EU’s energy mix. The EESC and the European Commission are therefore organizing an open, balanced and exploratory process of dialogue and debate for all stakeholders in civil society.
European Roundtable "Aarhus Convention implementation in the context of Nuclear Safety"Conference -
European Economic and Social Committee, Room VMA 3, 2 rue Van Maerlant, 1040 BRUSSELS, Belgium The 4th Aarhus Convention & Nuclear European Roundtable on “The Aarhus Convention implementation in the context of nuclear safety” will be held on 4-5 December 2012 in the premises of European economic & Social Committee. This event is organised by the ANCCLI, the European Commission (DG ENER), with support of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN).
Information visit to the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) nuclear plant site and the site for the final depository of radioactive waste in Olkiluoto, FinlandOlkiluoto, Finland The information visit on 18 October to EPR (European Pressurized Reactor) nuclear plant site and to the site for the final depository of radioactive waste in Olkiluoto, Finland, was part of a regular programme of technical visits organised by the EESC's TEN Section in the field of energy: nuclear fission (2007), solar energy (2009), integrated renewable energies (2010), nuclear fusion (2010), coal mining (2011) and recycling of nuclear spent fuel (2011). These tours support the activities of the TEN Section by providing expertise and overall knowledge about the critical issue of the EU energy mix, with much added value upon the quality of adopted opinions.
Transition to a low-carbon energy system: Where are we standing?Conference - debate Conference -
EESC - JDE 62, Belgium The TEN Section organised this discussion with Vaclav Smil, Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, Canada, on the topic of energy transition. Using a multidisciplinary approach, Professor Smil presented the challenges inherent to the decorbonisation of the energy system.
The event, which gathered EESC Members, experts, policy makers and other stakeholders, was followed by a lively debate in which competing visions of energy transition were presented.
Energy futures and civil society in the EU - building a low carbon allianceDialogue with citizens and among citizens on energy futures Conference -
EESC, Rue Belliard 99., 1040 Brussels, room JDE62, Belgium This conference will explore how the process of guidance towards a future energy mix launched by Energy Roadmap 2050 can focus on the genuine participation of citizens in the debate on a low carbon energy future.
Discussions on energy futures, management of change in European societies, role of media, citizens education and consciousness