The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a wake-up call for Europe: the dependence on fossil fuel imports needs to be reduced, and the transition to renewable energies must be accelerated. Energy cooperatives are key to implement the transition to renewable energy. In fact, there is a great untapped potential for renewable energies and energy cooperatives, and this is also true for Eastern and Southeastern Europe. In order to develop this potential, the necessary framework conditions and the practical pathways forward have to be outlined. We want to contribute to the process by bringing together representatives from civil society and decision makers in order to exchange best-practices examples and necessary next steps to support the cooperative energy transition.
9h00 - 10h30
The European framework for energy communities and the role of cooperatives in the energy transition
Dr. Lars Holstenkamp, University Lüneburg & ECOLOG Institute for Social-Ecological Research and Education
Adela Tesarova, DG Energy, European Commission, Head of Unit, Just Transition, Consumers, Energy Efficiency and Innovation
Prof. Dr. Dörte Fouquet, EREF, Director
11h00 - 12h30
Regional panel: Sharing best practices and building on the challenges of energy cooperatives
Goran Cacic, ZEZ,Croatia
Tsvetan Georgiev, Izgrei, Bulgaria
Kostas Komninos, DAFNI Network, Greece
Jelena Nikolic and Dubravka Živković, Elektropionir, Serbia
About FES Just Climate
FES Just Climate acts as a think tank about current and coming trends, and a policy advisor in ongoing debates.
We support FES offices and their partners in shaping the industrial revolution of our times.
Contact: Timo Karl, Policy Officer
Competence Centre for Climate and Social Justice
FES Just Climate
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