CARISMA Workshop Long-term energy and climate planning in Southeast Europe, 18 June 2018, Zagreb, Croatia

How to transform energy and climate plans into actionable and bankable projects in Croatia and the region? What can we do to strengthen the link between energy and climate science, policy and practice in Southeast Europe?

On June 18th the “Long term climate and energy planning in Southeast Europe” CARISMA workshop was organised in Zagreb.

Long term National Climate and Energy Plans (NECP) are at the forefront of governance mechanisms aimed at ensuring that signatories of the Paris Agreement reach their climate targets. Every EU Member State must submit an NECP to the EU Commission by 2020 and Czech Republic, Poland, UK, France and Germany have developed one already.

Southeast European countries have various experiences in long term energy and climate planning, and are generally facing several challenges such as dependence on coal power in their electricity mix, stop and go renewable energy policies such as the example of Bulgaria and Romania, high costs of capital for wind and solar PV and social acceptance challenges of renewable energy in general. The Western Balkan and Energy Community member states are moreover in several phases of the negotiation process to enter the European Union. As this requires adopting the EU energy and climate acquis these countries also have to develop climate strategies that address mitigation and adaptation measures.

Croatia is currently in the last phases of making its climate change mitigation and low carbon development strategies. Still the question remains if these ambitious plans will really transform into actionable projects, and if the government will use them for energy and climate policies until 2030. The Low Carbon Development Strategy is five years in the making and it’s critical that the government adopts it. This would help define its new Energy Strategy and keep its Paris Agreement promises. More importantly having clarity on the government’s energy and climate strategies would provide a clear signal of stability for investments into renewables.

Who participated?

This workshop brought together the leading experts in energy and climate policy from Europe with some of the most successful investors and practitioners from the region. This includes Oliver Sartor from the Paris based think tank IDDRI, Andreas Tuerk from Joanneum Research and University of Graz and Sonja Risteska from the Berlin based Agora Energiewende, a renowned think tank for the energy transition. On the other hand leading investors and consultants from the region discussed how high level plans can be placed into practice. This included Bojan Rescec from RP Global, an investor with 78 MW of wind capacity in Croatia, Edo Jerkic from Renewable Energy Sources of Croatia, Nihad Harbas from the Sarajevo based advisory nLogic and Belgrade based Dimitar Dimitrovski from the International Finance Corporation.

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Workshop is ready to begin.
Oliver Sartor, from IDDRI speaking about long-term energy and climate planning in the EU bringing insights on good practice from national experience.
Andreas Tuerk from UniGraz talks about how Southeastern Europe countries can design long term decarbonisation strategies and their challenges.
Andreas Tuerk from UniGraz is presenting CARISMA results and discusses the socioeconomic dimension of upscaling renewable energy technologies.
Sonja Risteska from Agora Energiewende is speaking about key German energiewende targets.
Panel discussion on practical experiences from the region in developing renewable energy projects and legislation. With Mak Dukan from Starfish Energy, Nihad Harbas from nLogic, Dimitar Dimitrovski from IFC, and Edo Jerkic from Renewable energy sources of
Zeljko Simek from Croatia’s Ministry for Environment and Energy presenting the Climate Adaptation Strategy and experiences with the transposition of the EU legal structures to Croatia.
Ivana Rogulj, from DOOR discussing energy poverty and its implication for decarbonisation in the region, particularly what do we know and how does it effect energy and climate planning.
Pippa Gallop from CEE Bankwatch presenting how to make the energy transition just, and emphasising the challenge of coal phase in the region.
Panel discussion on the road ahead for climate and energy mitigation in Southeast Europe. With Mak Dukan from Starfish Energy, Sonja Risteska from Agora Energiewende, Bojan Rescec from RP Global, Goran Krajacic from FSB, and Oliver Sartor from IDDRI.
Overview of the workshop.
  • Workshop is ready to begin.
  • Oliver Sartor, from IDDRI speaking about long-term energy and climate planning in the EU bringing insights on good practice from national experience.
  • Andreas Tuerk from UniGraz talks about how Southeastern Europe countries can design long term decarbonisation strategies and their challenges.
  • Andreas Tuerk from UniGraz is presenting CARISMA results and discusses the socioeconomic dimension of upscaling renewable energy technologies.
  • Sonja Risteska from Agora Energiewende is speaking about key German energiewende targets.
  • Panel discussion on practical experiences from the region in developing renewable energy projects and legislation. With Mak Dukan from Starfish Energy, Nihad Harbas from nLogic, Dimitar Dimitrovski from IFC, and Edo Jerkic from Renewable energy sources of
  • Zeljko Simek from Croatia’s Ministry for Environment and Energy presenting the Climate Adaptation Strategy and experiences with the transposition of the EU legal structures to Croatia.
  • Ivana Rogulj, from DOOR discussing energy poverty and its implication for decarbonisation in the region, particularly what do we know and how does it effect energy and climate planning.
  • Pippa Gallop from CEE Bankwatch presenting how to make the energy transition just, and emphasising the challenge of coal phase in the region.
  • Panel discussion on the road ahead for climate and energy mitigation in Southeast Europe. With Mak Dukan from Starfish Energy, Sonja Risteska from Agora Energiewende, Bojan Rescec from RP Global, Goran Krajacic from FSB, and Oliver Sartor from IDDRI.
  • Overview of the workshop.

 

Event details

Long term energy and climate planning in Southeast Europe
LOCATION: Radnicka cesta 50 - Green Gold Center, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
DATE and TIME: 18th June 2018, 09:00 - 16:30

 

Organisation

This workshop was organised in collaboration with Starfish EnergyUni-Graz,  Renewable Energy Sources of Croatia, and Club Alpbach Croatia.

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