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. It is ambitious and broad in scope, targeting agriculture, biodiversity, forests, food, green cities, the circular economy, and many more

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
    03 May 2021 - 24 Jun 2021
  • Level
  • Type
  • Workload
    4-8 hours/week
  • Register by
    25 Apr 2021

Welcome class: 3 May 12-1pm CEST 

Week 1: The big picture (4 – 11 May 2021)

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): 7 May 12-1pm CEST 
  • Panel debate with Cristina Lobillo Borrero (EC), Christian Zinglersen (ACER), MechthildWorsdorfer (IEA): 11 May 12-1pm CEST 

TopicsThe European Green Deal, From three to five to… policy pillarsThe EU treaties, institutions and legislation, Subsidiarity and solidarity, EU agencies and organizations  

Week 2: EU climate policy (11 – 18 May 2021)

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): 14 May 12-1pm  CEST 
  • Panel debate with Yvon Slingenberg (EC), Frauke Thies (Open Science Foundation), Peter Claes, (IFIEC), Jos Delbeke (EUI): 18 May – 12-1pm 

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 – 25 May 2021)

In this week, we will focus on the existing 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. We will also explain the concept of resource adequacy and the use of capacity remuneration mechanisms in Europe and their history. Finally, we explore what a just energy transition means both in the EU and globally. 

  • Office hour with Alberto Pototschnig, Tim Schittekatte (FSR): 21 May 12-1pm CEST 
  • Panel debate with CatharinaSikowMagny  (EC), Sonya Twohig (ENTSO-E), Jan Ingwersen (ENTSOG), Dennis Hesseling (ACER): 25 May – 12-1pm CEST 

Topics: Security of supply from oil to electricityNetwork planning/TYNDP/TEN-E/offshore/distribution, Resource adequacy and capacity mechanisms, Just energy transition and energy poverty 

Week 4: EU energy market (25 May – 1 June 2021)

In this week, we will explain how the wholesale electricity and gas market function in the EU and give an overview of the key legislation for their evolution. The difference between sector coupling and sector integration will be explained. We will also look at the functioning of the retail market in the EU and the existing barriers related to unlocking demand-side participation. 

  • Office hour with Leonardo Meeus, Ilaria Conti, Lucila de Almeida (FSR): 28 May 12-1pm CEST 
  • Panel debate with CatharinaSikow–Magny (EC), Christophe Gence-Creux (ACER), Josh Roberts (REScoop), Dimitri Vergne (BEUC), Michael Villa (smartEn): 1 June – 12-1pm  CEST 

Topics: Electricity wholesale markets; Gas wholesale markets; Retail markets and new deal; Energy system integration 

Week 5: EU energy innovation (1 – 8 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 as well as the Strategic Energy Technology Plan. We will also discuss how digitalization is impacting the energy sector and explore some of the challenges that come with it. 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 and Ilaria Conti (FSR): 4 June 12-1pm  CEST 
  • Panel debate with Walburga Hemetsberger (Solar Power Europe), Susanne Nies (currENT)Diego Pavia (Innoenergy): June  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 

Week 8: Panels with FSR experts based on the Mastery Challenges

  1. TEN-E and offshore strategy: 17 June 12-1 pm CEST
  2. Smart sector integration: 22 June 12-1 pm CEST
  3. Renewable Energy and Hydrogen: 24 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 aiming at making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. At the same time, it aims to boost the economy, improve people’s health and quality of life, and leave nobody behind in the process. The proposed measures are spread over nine policy areas. Some measures and areas relate to the energy and climate sectors. Others go beyond EU energy policy and are important to combat climate change.  

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 develop an understanding of the wide impact of the Green Deal on EU climate and energy policy. 

This online training inherits the experience of 3 editions of the ”EU Clean Energy Package” and the “EU Energy Transition” courses.


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.

  • 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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