Each of the events discussed in detailed at EU level energy policy could help Europe transition to renewables and meet its ambitious climate change targets. However, to do so, the EU needs to invest heavily in the necessary infrastructure and make a clear and unambiguous commitment to moving away from fossil fuels and nuclear.
The first event, in Barcelona, discussed the EU's ambitious 20/20/20 targets for energy and considered how the political commitment to these was weakened by the ongoing downturn.
The second event, in Berlin, considered the role that Germany could play in moving Europe towards renewable energy.
The discussion in Stockholm examined some regional experiences, for example the ambitious targets that the new Danish Government have signed up to. There was also a discussion on the economics of energy, with some criticism of the European Commission's price forecast for renewables.
An event organised by the Federation of Young European Greens in Brussels considered a draft proposal of the Roadmap, which included a discussion on the different scenarios considered by the European Commission.
The discussion organised in Warsaw coincided with the release of the Roadmap, and saw Bas Eickhout MEP criticise the document for not combining the two scenarios of high efficiency and high renewables.
A final event, organised in Athens, discussed the positive role that investing in renewables could have for Greece's economy.
In addition to the event reports, GEF also commissioned two research papers on the topic of EU energy policy. The first, a History of EU Energy Policy by Susanne Langsdorf examines how EU energy policy has evolved as the bloc has expanded and deepened its powers. The second, an analysis of the Roadmap, will be published shortly.
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