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.

Early bird Discount
10% discount until 3 February 2022
Course director
Leigh Hancher
Course director
Leonardo Meeus
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  • Dates
    03 May 2022 - 23 Jun 2022
  • Level
  • Type
  • Workload
    4-8 hours/week
  • Register by
    24 Apr 2022

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 representatives of the European Commission and ACER: 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 

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) and Dörte Fouquet (BBH) and Maria Olczak (FSR): 13 May 2022, 12-1pm CEST
  • Panel debate with representatives of the European Commission, E3G, IFIEC and EUI: 17 May 2022, 12-1pm CEST

TopicsInternational climate agreements, The EU Emission Trading System, Carbon-border adjustment mechanisms and the World Trade Organization, Methane emissions, Decarbonization instruments (I): Renewable energy policy, Decarbonization instruments (II): Energy efficiency policy 

Week 3: EU security of supply policy (18 – 24 May 2021)

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), Tim Schittekatte (MIT), Leigh Hancher (FSR): 20 May 2022, 12-1pm CEST
  • Panel debate with representatives of the European Commission, ENTSO-E, ENTSOG, and 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

Week 4: EU energy market (25 May – 31 May 2021)

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, Lucila de Almeida (FSR): 27 May 2022, 12-1pm CEST
  • Panel debate with representatives of the European Commission, ACER, REScoop, and 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 2021) 

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, Ilaria Conti (FSR), Valerie Reif (FSR): 3 June 2022, 12-1pm CEST
  • Panel debate with representatives of the European Commission, Solar Power Europe, current, and InnoEnergy: 7 June 2022, 12-1pm  CEST

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

Week 6-7: Mastery challenges 

Final session on the Mastery Challenge: 23 June 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. In the trainings second edition in 2022, we will update 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 28 February 2022 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 9 January 2022.

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  • General fee: 1000 €
  • Students (with certificate of current studies): 400 €
  • Two free seats for FSR Energy Major Donors
  • One free seat for FSR Energy Associate Donors
  • One free seat for FSR Energy Union Law Donors

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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