11:00:00 - 14:00:00
Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Rue Belliard 60-62, Bruxelles

The energy transition is going local: actions, ambition and vision

Subnational players such as states, regions and cities are key actors in driving forward the energy transition. In many critical areas, including emerging clean technologies, energy financing, decentralised energy systems and energy efficiency, they are already demonstrating their ambition with innovative policies and initiatives to meet emerging challenges.

With its ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ legislative proposals published in November 2016, the European Commission underlined three crucial aspects of the Energy Union project: the decarbonisation of the European energy system, its democratisation, and a strengthening of cross-border collaboration. On all three aspects, subnational actors have an important role to play. However, so far the legislative proposals underestimate the contribution they can make to the energy transition.

This international dialogue will put local initiatives in the context of EU policy discussions. Policy-makers from European regions, subnational climate action experts and EU representatives will discuss existing strategies to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy and the contribution subnational governments can make to a successful Energy Union. Key initiatives like The Climate Group’s Energy Transition Platform and the Under2 Coalition will be presented.

Panel discussion:

Moderator: Libby Ferguson, States & Regions Director, The Climate Group


–  Paula Abreu Marques, Head of Unit, Renewables and CCS policies, European Commission

–  Piotr Brożek, Inspector,Department of Environment Protection, Government of Silesia

–  Aitor Oregi, Director, Energy, Mines and Industrial Administration, Government of the Basque Country

–  Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament

–  Tina Völker, Policy Officer, Ministry for Climate Protection, Government of North Rhine-Westphalia