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
Together for Low-Carbon Europe: Energy Research meets Civil SocietyA joint event of the EESC and the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) during European Sustainable Energy Week 2012 Conference -
Brussels, EESC, Belgium This common EESC-EERA event is an opportunity for the energy research community to open up to European civil society and illustrate to an enlarged public the latest developments in low carbon technologies. The experience of the EESC in advising EU legislators on energy and research, as well as the EERA Joint Programme research results will be the basis of an interactive one-day conference, where experts, panelists and participants will engage into a stimulating debate about the impact of energy research on people's everyday lives.
Energy Efficient Buildings and DistrictsConference -
Rue Belliard 99., 1040 Brussels In the context of the future EU framework programme for research and innovation “Horizon 2020”, the Energy Efficient Buildings Association (E2BA; link: http://www.e2b-ei.eu/default.php) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) were jointly organising a Conference on “Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts: Research to Accelerate Innovation”.
Please find in attachment the official invitation, the draft agenda as well as the registration form, which you are requested to return by 7 May 2012 at the latest to the address EnergyBuildings@eesc.europa.eu.
Implementing the EU Energy Roadmap 2050: at what cost and at what speed?Conference -
EESC, Rue Belliard 99 - 1040 Brussels, Belgium In line with its activities on the European Energy Community (EEC), the EESC continues its efforts to promote an increased Europeanisation of the energy policy. The massive decarbonisation which is required by 2050 (i.e. CO2 emissions reductions of 80 to 95% by 2050 as agreed by the European Council in October 2009) prompted the European Commission to adopt an EU Energy Roadmap 2050 at the end of 2011. It is highly unlikely that EU Member States will agree on any of the seven scenarios proposed in the roadmap, given that the energy mix is a matter of national sovereignty.