Climate and environment
Youth and citizens engagement
Tue 10/10/2023, 09:30 - 11:00 CET
Hall 100, SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre
The biggest conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe organised the 17th edition (20-22 June 2023) in a hybrid format in Brussels and online under the theme 'Accelerating the clean energy transition - towards lower bills and greater skills'.
A special event of the conference, the fourth European Youth Energy Day, brought together 18-34-year-olds to share their ideas on how to transform Europe into the first climate-neutral continent.
The main topics of the Conference: Delivering a Net-Zero World – Opening debate, Rebuilding Ukrainian cities – Panel discussion, Biodiversity: Can societies and ecosystems live in a healthy relationship? , Circular Economy: Squaring the Circle: Can we afford to buy circular products? Can we afford not to?, Fireside chat with Katherine Richardson, Zero Pollution: Can we achieve a Net Zero World without it?.
The main topics of Expert Workshop: Environmental fairness – how do we “fairness proof” EU climate and nature policies? Human dimension of the Green Deal: skills and mind-set needed for the sustainability transition, Strengthening environmental rule of law through effective fight against environmental crime.
The 13th Global Clean Energy Action Forum (GCEAF), a major international clean energy event of the year, was organized from 21 to 23 September in Pittsburgh, US together with the 7th Mission Innovation ministerial. The events brought together top decision-makers and broad representation of the energy community (companies, investors, civil society, youth, labor, innovators, and academics).
On 4th October, Shared Green Deal (Social sciences & Humanities for Achieving a Responsible, Equitable and Desirable GREEN DEAL) project will organize the Green Deal Arena, which is an opportunity to explore how your work can connect with others’ to contribute to much-needed change across Europe via the Green Deal.
Shared Green Deal is one of the 73 Green Deal H2020 projects that kicked off in February 2022, and will run for 5 years.
ECF4CLIM and Share Green Deal are working together in clustering activities.
The IEA Ministerial Meeting (March, 23-24) with the participation of energy and climate ministers representing more than 40 governments discussed the severe energy market turmoil appeared due to the conflict in the Eastern Europe, and the measures to be urgently introduced in support of the energy security.
The IEA efforts are clearly oriented to ensure the energy security and the clean energy transition. As an immediate measure the IEA Member Countries agree on the new emergency oil stock release. On the other hand, the key role of energy savings to reduce oil and gas dependency and costs for consumers was reaffirmed and specific measures will be introduced to face the market volatility and challenges.
The European Education Area Communication, the European Green Deal and other key initiatives recognize the crucial role of education and training for the green transition. Learners of all ages need to be able to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to live more sustainably, change patterns of consumption and production, embrace healthier lifestyles and contribute – both individually and collectively – to the transformation of our societies.
In many countries, policies and strategies are in place related to environmental and sustainability education. Despite decades of effort and initiatives, learning for environmental sustainability is not yet a systemic feature of policy and practice in the EU.
Education on Climate Change and the Environment, a report launched for the public debate by Romanian Presidential Administration
On January 10 the report "Education on Climate Change and the Environment in Sustainable Schools" becomes available for public debate.
It was prepared by the Working Group on Education on Climate Change and the Environment set up at the level of the Romanian Presidential Administration in 2021, and bringing together representatives of the Presidential Administration, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, educational institutions, students and teachers. and parents, as well as relevant NGOs.
Glasgow Climate Change Conference, COP26, October-November 2021
Climate Change Conference (COP26, Glasgow, 2021) reaches consensus on key actions to address climate change:
- adaptation, mitigation and finance are all strengthened in a complex and delicate balance supported by all Parties.
- after six years of strenuous negotiations, pending items that prevented the full implementation of the Paris Agreement on carbon markets and transparency have finally been approved.