SSH Centre Policy Insights- A global approach to the clean energy transition

As part of our SSH Centre policy insights, this will be the last onee organised by Friends of Europe. This time, the debate will be probably based on the European election results and how this could impact in the new sustainable policies for the forthcoming years. It is a great opportunity to know the first steps of the EU in the energy topic. 

The path to a carbon-neutral Europe depends not just on technological innovation, but also on a social and political transformation. A recent paper emphasizes the importance of integrating diverse voices from business, tech, and civil society. This cross-pollination of perspectives can drive crucial shifts in investments – away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy solutions.

This holistic approach recognizes the value of disciplines like sociology, political economy, and anthropology. Their expertise can foster strategic synergies and interdisciplinary work in the energy sector. The European energy landscape has already seen significant changes in recent years. Dependence on Russian gas has fallen dramatically, and 2023 marked a historic moment with wind power surpassing gas as the primary source of electricity generation. These transformations also impacted citizen sentiment. Debating Europe’s “2024 Voices” report reveals that the war in Ukraine exposed the societal costs of relying on fossil fuel imports.

However, these changes also brought challenges. Multi-level governance presents a critical tool for realizing these grand energy transformations. EU-level initiatives like the Renovation Wave can prioritize a “just transition” and address energy poverty. Meanwhile, urban and regional actors can act as pioneers, driving behavioral change and clean energy solutions tailored to local needs. By embracing a comprehensive and collaborative approach, Europe can secure a transition that is both equitable and competitive.

By joining this conversation, participants will delve into these questions: 

  • How can cross-stakeholder and multidisciplinary collaboration accelerate progress in the energy landscape?
  • How can the EU support increased investments to achieve energy efficiency targets? What role will direct technological advancements play?
  • How can multi-level governance be implemented effectively to support clean energy transitions in urban areas? What role do “Energy Communities” play in this process?

Let’s discuss a future-proof energy landscape for Europe!

Meet Friends of Europe