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Currently, the European parliament and the Council negotiate the so-called “winter package” which will change existing legislation in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy support schemes, the electricity market design and the energy performance of buildings.
Unfortunately, the political negotiations on the “winter package” show that it will be difficult to achieve binding targets for the deployment of renewable energy, for ambitious energy efficiency measures, for a phase-out of fossil fuels and nuclear power.
Besides, the expectations for COP23 are progress on pre-2020 commitments and progress on the work programme to implement the Paris Agreement. But the current commitments under the Paris Agreement are not sufficient to limit global warming well below 2 degrees - the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2015 showed that a mitigation gap of 14 GtCO2 exists for 2030. The member states need to ratch up their national commitments and change their long-term national climate and energy policy plans to ensure a much faster growth of renewable energy deployment, fostering energy efficiency measures, a just transition in the sectors of energy generation, transport and agriculture, and the phase-out of fossil fuels and nuclear power.
What is more: the European Union not only faces a climate crisis, but a deep social crisis, caused by economic slump, shrinking domestic demand, shrinking public demand, neglect of public investment, the focus on austerity and, as a consequence, high rates of unemployment in a lot of member states. Europe is now recovering with slow growth and unemployment is gradually falling. But recession followed by tentative recovery is no cause for celebration. We need to respond with concrete solutions to ensure economic cohesion and sustainable, economic development in the European Union. We need investment for sustainable growth and quality job creation, quality public services, just transition towards a low-carbon economy, and the creation of decent work. In the preamble of the Paris agreement there is a clear reference to just transition: countries have committed to base their de-carbonisation strategies on concepts of just transition and on decent work.
We need a progressive industrial and investment policy geared towards a strong growth of renewable energy generation, ambitious energy savings and energy efficiency measures, sector coupling, just transition in the sectors of energy, transport and agriculture, and grid enhancement - we need a progressive industrial revolution!
We will invite politicians coming from coal regions such as Spain, Poland and Germany, trade unionists, climate activists and the European commission to discuss the following questions:
Organisers: GUE/NGL Parliamentary Group, transform! europe, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Brussels Office
Languages: German, English, French, Spanish
Please register at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 4 December 2017, 10:00 to 18:00
10:00 – 10:15: Welcoming words and introduction
Cornelia Ernst, Member of European Parliament, GUE/NGL, Die Linke
Martin Schirdewan, Member of European Parliament, GUE/NGL, Die Linke, former Director of Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels
Maxime Benatouil, transform! europe, Co-Director
10:15 – 11:45: Session 1: European trade unions-led climate jobs’ campaigns and massive investment plans for another Europe
Facilitation: Maxime Benatouil, transform!, Co-Director
11:45 – 13:15: Session 2: What instruments do we need to fund a just transition?
Facilitation: Cornelia Ernst (MEP, GUE/NGL, Die Linke)
13:15 – 14:00: Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:30: Session 3: Best practices of Just Transition
Facilitation: Jean-Claude Simon (transform! europe)
15:30pm – 16:00: Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30: Session 4: From COP21 to COP23 – a critical assessment
Facilitation: Claus-Dieter König, Deputy Director, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels
Link to the video of the first conference on “Just Transition” on 5 December 2016
Reader of the first conference on “Just Transition” on 5 December 2016