The EU Green Deal

8 weeks

This eight-week course covers the fundamentals of energy and climate policy in the EU Green Deal.

The Grand Tour of Europe’s energy and climate policy

The European Green Deal is the new growth strategy for Europe to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. As part of the Green Deal, with the European Climate law, the EU has set itself a binding target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. An intermediate step is the commitment to cut emissions by at least 55% by 2030. This requires revisions to the EU climate, energy and transport-related legislation under the so-called ‘Fit for 55 package.

The FSR Training on the EU Green Deal is an eight-week online course on the fundamentals of energy and climate policy as reformulated in the context of the EU Green Deal.


Learning and Networking

Targeting a broad audience of professionals and academics, this course provides an overview of the most recent developments in energy and climate policy in the EU and connects you to some of the main experts in the field.

Office hours and live panels

Each week will include a combination of self-paced activities and live interaction with the other participants, FSR experts, and invited guests. This includes reading material, videos, forum discussions, office hours to ask questions to experts, and panel debates. The course ends with a group work on mastery challenges.

Florence School at its finest

All the areas and the experts of the FSR Energy & Climate are contributing to this course, bringing in their specialties to guide you through the roadmap of the climate and energy-related parts of the EU Green Deal.

Course director
Leigh Hancher
Course director
Leonardo Meeus
  • Dates
    18 Apr 2023 - 30 Jun 2023
  • Level
  • Type
  • Workload
    4-8 hours/week
  • Register by
    11 Apr 2023

Welcome class: 3 May 2022, 12-1pm CEST 

Week 1: The big picture (4 – 10 May 2022)

In this week, we will explore the evolution of energy and climate policy in Europe as well as the different institutions and organizations that are involved in developing and implementing it. We will also look at the solidarity and subsidiarity principles and their implications for energy and climate policy.  

  • Office hour with Andris Piebalgs and Jorge Vasconcelos (FSR): 6 May 2022, 12-1pm CEST
  • Panel debate with Leigh Hancher (FSR), Hans van Steen (EC), Bart Vereecke (ACER) and Torbjørg Jevnaker (Fridtjof Nansen Institute): 10 May 2022, 12-1pm CEST

Topics: The European Green Deal; EU energy policy and its pillars; The EU treaties, institutions and legislation; Subsidiarity and solidarity; EU agencies and organisations; energy taxation; Fit for 55 package.

Week 2: EU climate policy (11 – 17 May 2022)

In this week, we will give an overview of the different international climate agreements and explain how climate negotiations work and how they influence the EU’s climate and energy policyAnother topic of this week is the main decarbonization instruments used in the EU, such as the EU ETS, and renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will also investigate other mechanisms that are needed under the Green Deal to ensure a smooth climate transition, such as a WTO-compatible EU carbon border adjustment mechanism and the EU methane emissions strategy. 

  • Office hour with Simone Borghesi (FSR), Dörte Fouquet (BBH) and Maria Olczak (FSR): 13 May 2022, 12-1pm CEST
  • Panel debate with Leigh Hancher (FSR), Yvon Slingenberg (EC), Lucie Mattera (E3G) (TBC), Peter Claes (IFIEC), Jos Delbeke (EUI): 17 May 2022, 12-1pm CEST

Topics: International climate agreements and EU targets; The EU Emission Trading System, Carbon-border adjustment mechanisms and the World Trade Organization; Methane emissions; Renewable energy policy; Energy efficiency policy 

Week 3: EU security of supply policy (18 – 24 May 2022)

In this week, we will focus on the EU energy security of supply policies for oil, natural gas, and electricity. We will dive into the history of network planning in the EU, and discuss the upcoming challenges related to the integration of renewable energy, with a focus on offshore renewable energy and infrastructure, including new regulated networks such as for hydrogen or CO2. We will also explain the concept of resource adequacy and the use of capacity remuneration mechanisms in Europe and their history.

  • Office hour with Alberto Pototschnig (FSR), Leigh Hancher (FSR): 20 May 2022, 12-1pm CEST
  • Panel debate with Leonardo Meeus (FSR), Joachim Balke (EC), Dimitri Chaniotis (ENTSO-E), Piotr Kus (ENTSOG) and Jan Kostevc (ACER): 24 May 2022, 12-1pm CEST

Topics:Security of supply from oil to electricity; Network planning/TYNDP/TEN-E/offshore/distribution; Resource adequacy and capacity mechanisms; New regulated networks; electro mobility and infrastructure.

Week 4: EU energy market (25 May – 31 May 2022)

In this week, we will explain how the wholesale electricity and gas markets function in the EU and give an overview of the key legislation for their evolution. We will also look at the functioning of the retail markets in the EU and the existing barriers related to unlocking demand-side participation. Finally, we will explore what a just energy transition means both in the EU and globally.

  • Office hour with Leonardo Meeus, Ilaria Conti (FSR): 27 May 2022, 12-1pm CEST
  • Panel debate with Leigh Hancher (FSR), Catharina Sikow–Magny (EC), Christophe Gence-Creux (ACER), Josh Roberts (REScoop) and Monika de Volder (BEUC): 31 May 2022, 12-1pm  CEST

Topics: Electricity wholesale markets; Gas wholesale markets; Retail markets and new deal; Just energy transition and energy poverty  

Week 5: EU energy innovation (1 – 7 June 2022) 

In this week, we focus on energy innovation. This includes a deeper look onto the EU initiatives that are relevant for smart cities, including for buildings and mobility. We will explore challenges and opportunities related to different energy technologies and discuss how digitalisation is impacting the energy sector. Finally, we will provide insights on how green gases, and in particular hydrogen, will impact the energy sector and discuss the potential for their large-scale roll-out.

  • Office hour with Ronnie Belmans, James Kneebone, Valerie Reif (FSR): 3 June 2022, 12-1pm CEST
  • Panel debate with Leonardo Meeus (FSR), Paula Pinho (EC), Walburga Hemetsberger (Solar Power Europe), Susanne Nies (currENT) and Diego Pavia (Innoenergy): 7 June 2022, 12-1pm  CEST

Topics: Smart city initiatives from buildings to mobility, Strategic Energy Technology Plan, Digital transformation, Clean Molecules, Hydrogen 

Week 6-7: Mastery challenges 

Final session on the Mastery Challenge with Leonardo Meeus (FSR) and Cristina Lobillo Borrero (EC): 27 June 2022 12-1 pm CEST



On 11 December 2019, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal. In the words of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission: “This is Europe’s man on the moon moment. Our goal is to reconcile the economy – the way we produce, the way we consume – with our planet and to make it work for our people.” 

The European Green Deal is an action plan of the European Commission that consists of numerous policy initiatives with the objective to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. At the same time, it aims to boost the economy and improve people’s health and quality of life, while leaving nobody behind in the process. The proposed measures are spread over nine policy areas, including the energy and climate sectors.

In this training, we focus on the Green Deal measures related to climate and energy policy. We aim to make it easier for a wider audience of stakeholders, energy professionals, and academics to enter into the ongoing processes launched by the EU Green Deal and the more recent Fit for 55 Package and develop an understanding of the wide impact of the Green Deal on EU climate and energy policy.

This online training inherits the experience of three editions of the ”EU Clean Energy Package” and the “EU Energy Transition” courses. For this year’s second edition of the training, we have updated the learning material according to changes resulting from the Fit for 55 Package and the Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market Package.


The course is given in English and developed for: 

  • Broad target group of Adult learners 
  • Energy policy experts and beginners 
  • Everyone affected by the EU Green Deal, including:. 
    • government agencies 
    • regulatory bodies 
    • energy companies 
    • energy utilities 
    • academics and researchers 
    • European associations
    • new energy players
    • stakeholders

The participants can take the course on 3 different levels: 

  • 1) Investigator: Learn to speak the language of the EU Green Deal and to understand the content of relevant legislation) 
  • 2) Advocate: Learn to discuss and debate the European energy & climate policy with colleagues and field specialists 
  • 3) Master: Learn to discuss, analyse and attempt to solve/improve a European level real life case  

The amount of time required to take this course depends on the aimed course level as well as the level of expertise in the subject prior to joining the course. For example: 

  • Novice to Investigator: 4-6 hours/week 
  • Novice to Advocate: 6-8 hours/week 
  • Novice to Master: 8-10 hours/week 
  • Expert (Advocate level understanding of the topic) to Master: 5 hours/week 

At the end of the course, the participants can earn a Certificate of Attendance, a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Excellence, depending of their performance and engagement throughout the course.


Each year, the Florence School of Regulation – Energy and Climate (FSR Energy & Climate) awards scholarships for a wide variety of training courses targeting a broad audience of professionals and academics.

Applications will be assessed by a Selection Committee of FSR members on a yearly basis. The successful candidates will be informed by the end of February 2023 and will be provided with all relevant information on how to enroll in the online course or residential training of their choice.

Send your application by 31 January 2023.

Find more information here

  • General fee: 1100 €
  • Students (with certificate of current studies): 440 €
  • Four free seats for Star Donors
  • Two free seats for Major Donors
  • One free seat for Associate Donors


Special offer for group enrolments: 10% discount from 5 participants from the same organisation


Cancellation policy 

Paid registration fee is non-refundable. However, registrant substitution may be made up to 20 days before the start date of the course. 

The Learning Approach
Personalised Learning
This course offers three different engagement levels, based on your prior knowledge and the amount of time you can dedicate to the course.
Expert panels
Participants-led sessions to deep dive in the topic of the week together with your instructors and guest speakers.
Mastery Challenge
A chance to collaborate with your peers on a European real-life case and discuss it with the main experts in the field.
Office hours
Every week, Q&A sessions to clarify the week and interact with your instructors. Office hours are always recorded.
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