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10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Athens, Greece

Join us in Athens to discuss the transition to renewable energy and a sustainable economy on a local and international level!


This conference is part of the Green European Foundation Energy Democracy transnational project, which aims to explore the potential of an energy transition for Europe and how to shape this process in a democratic, participatory way.

Europe has to change its energy system into a fully renewable one to transition to a sustainable economy and to establish a real climate policy. This is a major challenge for every Member State of the European Union, but will only succeed if the states work to together.

European citizens are already playing an active role, together with governments at different levels, as they are organising themselves in national energy cooperatives and also the European Federation REScoop.

Studies show that by 2050, around 45% of all EU households could be producing their own renewable energy, and more than a third could come through renewable energy cooperatives. This constitutes a huge opportunity for regional economic development, as locally-owned renewable energy projects deliver eight times the value of projects that are owned by private companies not from the area.

The reality in the different Member States is however extremely diverse. While the contribution of citizens’ Energy co-ops and local communities is well recognized in Western Europe, the situation in Eastern Europe is quite the opposite.


10:30 – 11:00: Arrival of attendees

11:00 – 11:15: Welcome and opening address:

  • Mr Costas Diakos, Green Institute President

11:15 – 11:30 Opening addresses 

  • Distinguished guests from the Greek government and parliament (tbc)

11:30: Presentation: Legislative Framework of Energy Co-ops

11:50: Presentation: Application of Energy Co-ops in Sustainable Agriculture

12:10: Presentation: Disseminating the Paradigm Shift of Energy Democracy

12:30: Energy Co-op of Tilos Island

13:30-14:00: Q&A

14:00 – 14:40: Lunch break

14:30 – 15:30: International Speakers (tbc)

15:30 – 16:00: Q&A

16:00 – 16:20: Presentation: Water Management and Small Hydroelectrics

16:20 – 16:40: Presentation: Reuse Through Present Day Solutions of Existing Infrastructure

16:40 – 17:00: Presentation: Greening the Workforce Through Energy Co-ops

17:00 – 17:30: Q&A

17:30 – 18:00: Closing statements from international guests & panellists (tbc)

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Athens, Greece

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