Agora Energiewende

17. Juni 2021 - On the road to greening economies in Southeast Europe: Options for economic recovery and renewables deployment

Less than ten years from 2030, countries throughout Southeast Europe (SEE) still have high shares of lignite-fired electricity in the mix, generated by an ageing fleet of power plants. However, the landscape for our energy system is a very dynamic one: The EU adopted a higher emission reduction target for 2030 (-55 per cent compared to 1990) and a target to be climate-neutral by 2030. Zooming into the region, Greece announced to phase out its entire coal fleet by 2028. Clearly, all this is a comprehensive and challenging task ahead of the EU-27.

During this online event we will discuss opportunities and challenges in the power sector of SEE EU Member States and lay out possible paths forward for Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Romania for greening their economies. We will focus on options for a green recovery after the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and for rapidly scaling renewables in their power systems. The event shall support a fact-based dialogue on the implementation of the EU Green Deal in Southeast Europe and create a space for making inclusive alliances comprised of governments, EU institutions, utilities, think-tanks, NGOs and citizens.

With this event we are closing a three and a half years multi-country energy transition project: The Southeast Europe Energy Transition Dialogue. The project was led by Agora Energiewende and it was implemented by our national think-tank partners from the Southeast Europe Energy Transition Network.

The two and a half-hour webinar will be held in English and will include two Q & A sessions.

Date and time: 17.06.2021 | 10:45 – 13:15

The participation is free of charge. You can register here.
Once the event has started you may use this Zoom link directly:

We will publish the presentation(s) on the day of the event in order to make sure you can access it no matter the internet connection.

We are going to record the event in order to allow anyone not able to follow it on the day of the event to watch it afterwards. The recording will be published on this site afterwards.

We look forward to your participation and an interesting discussion!