Energy efficiency – changing behaviour and ways to achieve resultsConference -
EESC, Brussels, Belgium Dependent as it is on imports of fossil fuels, the EU is facing a major energy challenge. Energy independence and economic stability, the fight against climate change and environmental protection all mean that the EU must step up its transition to a low-carbon economy. The technological leap which will allow this transition - energy efficiency- is at the heart of the EU’s 2020 Strategy, but swift progress is needed as the EU is currently on course to achieve only half of the 20% objective for energy efficiency.
Energy Security - How to ensure supply for the EU and its Neighbours?Joint conference of the European Economic and Social Committee and the City of Pécs Conference -
Pécs, Hungary The event will include presentations on how EU energy policy can ensure security of supply and how we can strengthen the external dimension of the EU energy policy. There will also be an expert panel on energy cooperation from the perspective of both the EU and its neighbours, and a workshop on enhancing the instruments for energy cooperation.
Sustainable Construction GlossaryLaunch conference at the EESC Conference -
Brussels, Belgium The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), encouraged by the big success of its European Cycling Lexicon, has joined forces with the common language terminology for sustainable construction, led by the Architects Council of Europe and the European Concrete Platform. Together, a new, multilingual, dictionary-type publication will be launched: the Sustainable Construction Glossary. Given the recent call of the Commission for more efforts on energy efficiency and its prominent place during the special Energy Summit in February 2011, the new publication comes at an important moment. In response to the need for more sustainable construction, new concepts, phrases, and terms are being used across Europe. These concepts are aimed at improving the environmental, social and economic impact of the industry and its outputs.
Plenary Session March 2011President Barroso, Commissioner Barnier, energy and agriculture at Committee's March plenary session Plenary Session -
Brussels, Belgium At its last plenary session, held on 15-16th March, the European Economic and Social Committee and José Manuel Barroso, European Commission President, have attempted to identify the recipe for success for the Europe 2020 strategy. Michel Barnier, Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services will, together with the EESC Members, broach the challenging issue of completing the single market.
Building public awareness of CO2 capture and storageConference -
Bruxelles Carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) is a technology which captures CO2 emissions from large-scale energy conversion processes, typically from coal-fired or gas-fired power plants, or energy-intensive industrial processes. The CO2 is then stored in deep geological formations.
Educating young people about green energy issuesWhen Pinocchio cares about the pressing needs facing society Public Hearing -
Brussels, Belgium The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is pleased to invite you to a hearing aimed at reviewing current initiatives in the field of clean energy education and paving the way for a pan-European network of clean energy education fora. This initiative stems from a personal request by Andris Piebalgs, the EU Commissioner in charge of energy between 2005 and 2010. Its purpose is to encourage changes in lifestyle, consumption habits and values, with a view to achieving a sustainable society. The figure of Pinocchio is intended to facilitate and enhance communication with young children.
Promoting sustainable green jobs for the EU Energy and climate change packagePublic Hearing -
Brussels, Belgium The EU energy and climate package adopted last year should underpin the reduction of CO2 emissions across the different sectors and have potential benefits to the whole economy and employment. A substantial increase in green jobs is predicted by various studies as the result of new measures in the field of renewable energy or energy efficiency. No activities are exempt from this transformation aiming to a "low carbon" society. Nevertheless, it is not yet clear how it can be achieved, nor how the financial, educational and training instruments necessary for this industrial revolution should be designed and introduced. Moreover the economic and financial crisis caused drastic cutting of investments downsizing financial support for the development of renewable energy.