On 11 December 2018, the 6th EU Energy Day will take place in Katowice, as part of the EU side events programme at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP24.
It will showcase some of the initiatives launched to support a clean energy transition in the EU and beyond and advertise the progress already made towards delivering on the EU’s commitments, including with the 2030 targets and Clean Energy Package.
2018 has seen great progress made towards delivering on the EU’s energy and climate commitments, including the new 2030 targets and the Clean Energy for all Europeans package. To make sure that all European citizens and the EU economy fully benefit from this transformation, it is necessary to undertake a profound change in the way energy is produced and used. This has been highlighted in the European Commission’s recently presented strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050. This Strategy shows how Europe can lead the way towards climate neutrality by investing in technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research – while ensuring social fairness for a just transition.
The EU Energy Day will thus be an occasion to discuss the different aspects of these upcoming challenges, and together with Members of the European Parliament, representatives of national and local governments from EU Member States and other countries, the renewable energy industry, entrepreneurs/innovators, stakeholder associations, academia and civil society, will showcase some of the initiatives launched to support the clean energy transition in the EU and beyond.
Thematic sessions will be devoted to: energy decentralisation and democracy; the integration of renewables in our daily life; and global value chains and international cooperation on innovation. There will be a special thematic session on Coal regions in transition with the presence of Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, who will also participate in the closing session. The event will end with the signing ceremony of a Joint Declaration between the EU and the International Solar Alliance for cooperation on solar energy.