- Renew Europe Group
- Central and Eastern Europe at energy crossroad: Challenges and Opportunities for the Renewable Energy
Central and Eastern Europe at energy crossroad: Challenges and Opportunities for the Renewable Energy
The webinar should contribute to the ongoing discussion in Renew and several committees on the possibilities of CEEs to reach the climate neutrality target. It should support Renew´s Members in its legislative tasks and in the negotiations with other groups on the related dossiers (E.G. TEN-E Regulation Review, Just Transition Fund, Resilience and Recovery Facility).
The focus is on the CEEs as the transition towards climate neutral economy puts a pressure on their energy transformation, particularly considering that the share of renewables in these countries is still below the rest of the EU. Increasing the share of sustainably sourced renewables and ensuring wind of change is vital to reach their climate neutrality.
This event will look to provide answers to the following questions:
- What is the state of play of Renewable energy (RES) in the Central and Eastern European countries? Where is the untapped potential?
- How can the CEEs countries increase their ambitions in National Energy and Climate Plans and fill the gaps between the plans and the potential of RES?
- How to unleash the power of community renewables?
- What is the role of public and private money and how to support investments in sustainable assets?
- Which economic sectors have the biggest potential to increase the share of renewables in the next decade?
- What can the countries where the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine do?
- How to create a market place for renewables?
What are the impacts of the RED II and the upcoming plans of the European Commission?
Q: How much would a transition to reach a carbon 0 Europe cost, and would the EU be able to provide enough financial support to the east, an area far poorer than the west, in order to meet a point of carbon neutrality?
Q: What is the prediction of the role of forest based biomass in the energy sources in the CEE region? How to respond to the challenges linked to forest biomass? These challenges include: impact on biomass, not carbon zero in the given timeframe. (to Hans van Steen)
Q: What role would biomass play in the renewable energy systems and how will the EU approach it? (to Martin Hojsík)
Q: Financing energy infrastructure for renewable heating and cooling district heating systems is critical to rapid decarbonisation in CEE countries. It is vital those DH systems linked to coal to switch to geothermal, solar thermal, etc. Should TEN-E be modified to finance these investments? (to Hans van Steen)
Q: What European Courses (training) would be possible to be taught so that we can contribute to this field and if there are any is there a body that certifies them?. There's various "courses" that are peddled on the internet but have no value when it comes to getting into the Renewable Energy sector. (to Morten Helveg Petersen)
Q: Do you think nuclear is being demonized and could be a could transition energy to a renewable future?
Q: What is the biggest obstacle and/or who are the one´s stopping the change? (to Martin Hojsík)