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.
Global Overshoot Day EventBrussels, Belgium A roundtable debate focusing on the key role of energy efficiency in combating the ecological credit crunch.
Architecture & SustainabilityBrussels, Belgium A Symposium on Architecture and Sustainability co-organised with the Architects' Council of Europe and launch of the Declaration and Policy on Architecture and Sustainability.
Civil Society Organisations for energy efficiency and sustainable transportEUROPEAN COMMISSION DG RTD Project Brussels, Belgium A workshop with an interactive panel discussion organised by the DG Research-funded project Civil Society Platform for Sustainable Consumption and Production (DelibProcessSCP), with Irini Ivoni Pari, Vice-president of the EESC for Communication, in attendance.