This eight-week course covers the fundamentals of energy and climate policy in the EU Green Deal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Topics: The European Green Deal, From three to five to… policy pillars, The 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 policy. Another 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.
Topics: International 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.
Topics: Security of supply from oil to electricity, Network 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.
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.
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
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:
The participants can take the course on 3 different levels:
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:
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.
Paid registration fee is non-refundable. However, registrant substitution may be made up to 20 days before the start date of the course.
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