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Debate: Just Transition not just a transition!

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Debate on the challenges associated with the transformation of local economies in coal mining regions in the EU
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Debate: Just Transition not just a transition!

Debate on the challenges associated with the transformation of local economies in coal mining regions in the EU
21 June 2018, 15:30-17:30
European Parliament, JAN Room 6Q1  

Coal power is dropping in the EU. This is due both to environmental legislation and to progress in renewables and energy storage technologies. The Paris Agreement and the leadership role the EU strives to have in global climate policy mean that a gradual phase-out of coal is an inevitable reality.

This imminent energy transition must be accompanied by a comprehensive Just Transition strategy. The strategy should aim to minimise hardshipfor coal workers and their communities in associated industries throughpolitical and financial support. It should also shift local economiestowards sustainable activities.

Globe and WWF are inviting Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission, of municipalities in coal regions, and of trade unions, and members of the press, to discuss best practices and transition plans for specific regions. They will consider the need toshift EU funds to support Just Transition in line with the EU policies related to climate, energy and regional development.

Speakers:
  • Opening:
    Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament and GLOBE EU President
    Imke Lübbeke, Director of Climate and Energy, WWF European Policy Office
     
  • Interventions:
    Nikos Mantzaris, Head of Energy and Climate Policy, WWF Greece, Roadmap for the Transition of the Western Macedonia. Region to a post-lignite era
    Dr. Stefan Gärtner, Institute for Work and Technology, Experiences with structural change in Germany
    Anna Colucci, Head of Unit, DG Energy, Views on the EC Coal Platform
     
  • Panel discussion:
    Anna Colucci, Head of Unit, DG Energy
    Claude Turmes, Member of the Parliament (tbc)
    Svetoslav Malinov, Member of the Parliament (tbc)
    Benjamin Denis, European Trade Union Confederation
    Lefteris Ioannidis, Mayor of Kozani, Greece
    Juliette de Grandpré, Policy Adviser Climate & Energy, WWF-Germany
Debate and questions from the panel will follow the presentations of the speakers. There will be simultaneous translation for Greek.   To register, please send an email with your full name, nationality, date of birth, passport or ID card number to stephanie.ellers@wwf.de

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