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The UN climate change conference

· Past event is present during the COP24 in Katowice, organising and participating in several EU side events. We want to raise awareness of community energy towards climate policy makers and exchange information and best practices with other organisations that are bringing solutions for climate change. A list of our activities during COP24 can be found below.

11 December 2018 | 9:45-11:00

Organised by the European Commission

Energy Day - Thematic session: Renewables, decentralisation and democracy transforming energy systems

The revised EU Renewable Energy Directive establishes a legal framework for renewable energy communities and for self-consumption. This is a recognition that tomorrow's decarbonised energy system will require an increased role for decentralised entities and citizens’ active participation. This session will highlight various examples of innovative approaches that support the development of renewable energy in all sectors.

Chair: Paula Abreu Marques, European Commission DG Energy

  • Julien Guerrier, Executive Director of the European Executive Agency for Small & Medium-sized Enterprises
  • Panel:
    • Dirk Vansintjan, President of RESCoop, European Association of renewable energy cooperatives – promoting citizen acceptance and participation in the energy transition
    • Monica Frassoni, President, EU Alliance to Save Energy
    • Apostolos Dimopoulos, Board Member of the Sifnos island cooperative – decarbonisation of island energy systems
    • Zoran Kordic, Director of the ZEZ renewable energy community (Croatia)
  • Keynote speech by Rachel Kyte, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All – decentralised energy systems and sustainable development

More information can be found at the EU energy day website →

14 December 2018 | 10.30-12.00

Organised by the Bellona foundation &

Empowered Citizens and Cities Driving the Energy Transition

European transport today is almost exclusively fuelled by imported oil, accounts for a quarter of the European Union’s total emissions and is the only sector whose emissions are still on the rise. The shift away from fossil fuel driven private modes of mobility towards shared mobility based on human power and renewable energy sources therefore holds significant promise for the future. The ‘smart charging’ of electric vehicles will be key to enabling them to work in harmony with the grid while accelerating the uptake of self-consumption in residential buildings and lowering costs for consumers.

In a decentralised and smart energy system, together with renewable energy sources, new technologies such as electro-mobility and its charging infrastructure are gaining importance. An ambitious and forward-looking EU policy framework will be key to ensuring a coherent approach and level playing field for all actors from national and local policy makers, to industry, and citizens.

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