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Energy transition in China and the European Union: Plan vs. Incentives?

Monday, 8 December, 2014 - 12:00 to Monday, 8 December, 2014 - 14:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Karel Van Miert Building (IES)
Conference Room Rome (floor -1)
Institute for European Studies
Pleinlaan 5
IES Policy Forum

Energy scarcity and the struggle for secure energy supply are key political issue both in China and the European Union. Both therefore develop policies to encourage the use of renewables, hoping that this form of energy will reduce import dependency on fossil fuels and the environmental dangers involved with their use. The year 2020 is an important landmark in this regard: While policy makers in China recently opened the process towards the next 5 years plan (2015-2020), the European Union set itself the goal to increase renewables to 20 per cent until that point.

In view of the differences between the socio-economic systems of China and the EU, the approach chosen for this ‘energy transition’ should differ. An open question is, however, how far the two policies are actually apart and what both parties could learn from each other. It is thus time to compare and discuss the similarities and differences between the approach China and the EU chose for the transformation of their energy sector towards the stronger use of renewables. Analysing the topic through the following questions, we want to contribute to this discussion:

  • What support regimes for renewables have been adopted, and why?
  • What is the role of public authorities on different levels of the political system?
  • What role do leading companies play, and what is their relationship with the government?
  • Are there preferences for certain forms of renewables, and why?
  • Do the targets and outcomes differ, and why do they differ?
  • What are the domestic and global impacts of both policies?

The expert pannel will consist of the following speakers:

  • Dr. Dörthe Fouquet, Director of the European Renewable Energies Federation.
  • Duncan Freeman, Research Fellow at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies.
  • Dr. Steffi Weil, Assistant Professor/Head of China Relations, Vesalius College

The policy forum will take place from 12:00 - 14:00 at the premises of the Institute for European Studies. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please register here!