Sustainable growth Energy policy Opinions

Local Energy Communities and priority corridors of north-south energy connections

An integrated approach to the promotion of a renewable energy market in Europe4 September 2017
Senza Senso

The development of Local Energy Communities is a vision which aims to address the pressing future global issues of energy efficiency, healthy food sources and water management. The fact that a very large percentage of EU regional development funds remain unused represents an opportunity for the Member States to review the European energy market strategy and develop a policy program aimed at funding these projects.

Energy Transition Sustainable Growth Report

Making the Energy Transition a European Success

A report by the Jacques Delors Institute10 July 2017
Photo: Celeste B

On 21 June 2017, Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, contributor of the Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth, published a report on Energy Transition on a European scale together with the Jacques Delors Institute, pointing out the achievements of this European initiative. Basing on empirical findings, this policy paper formulates four main objectives and a number of concrete policy recommendations that aim to foster European integration through the establishment of a Energy Union.

Sustainable Growth Greece Interview

Sustainable Development as a Way out of Crisis

Expert Interview of Zefi Dimadama on multi-actor economic strategies, energy transition and the pillars of sustainability in Greece11 November 2016 | Zefi Dimadama
"DSC_0031" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by rachidH

The one-fits-all approach does not fit the current socioeconomic environment. It is imperative that we develop horizontal policies, in cooperation with all involved players, to tackle multiple problems effectively.

Sustainable Growth

Introducing the Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth

15 European innovators working on a progressive growth trajectory24 October 2016
First Meeting of the Thinking Labs on 29 June 2016 in Berlin © DPZ

The Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth aims to provide guidance on the challenge of shaping economic growth in Europe in a more ecologic, inclusive and social way. The issue of Sustainability is not limited to the field of ecology, but has to be tackled within a cross-sectoral approach, incorporating topics such as energy policy, innovation and start-up policy, digitalisation, social security and national debt policy.

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Genty

17 October 2016

Since May 2015 Project Manager at the Progressive Zentrum. Actively committed to the civic education in France and Europe as co-founder and co-chairman of the French organisation Vote&Vous. Studied political science at the University of Münster, at Sciences Po Lille and at the College of Europe in Warsaw. Expertise in the fields of EU energy policy and in corporate social responsibility regulation. Worked i.a. for the European Commission in Berlin, as political consultant in Brussels as well as in the German Bundestag.

Pellerin-Carlin

17 October 2016

Thomas Pellerin-Carlin is research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, working on European energy policy. His previous experiences include work in an Italian consultancy, for the French Army, the French Administration, and in academia at the College of Europe in Bruges and its European Energy Policy Chair. His main fields of interest are energy policy, climate policy as well as European defense policy.

Greece Sustainable Growth Analysis Opinions

Greek islands going green

Greek islands going renewable and intelligent: a driver for the energy transition in the EU?2 October 2017 | Vasiliki Kyriakou
"Power transmission lines" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Oran Viriyincy

Greek non-interconnected islands are small isolated systems bearing the great potential to become autonomous in terms of energy, using renewable and intelligent systems. Is there a potential for small islands to drive Europe’s transition into a sustainable, low-carbon and inclusive economy? What role can Greek islands play in this process?

Sustainable Growth Italy Interview

Austerity is the Wrong Framework: Why Italy needs a Shift Towards Investments and Growth

Expert interview with Giulio Guarini, analysing key parameters of the current economic situation in Italy and identifying ways out of the crisis7 November 2016 | Giulio Guarini
"Colosseum, in Renovierung" (CC BY 2.0) by alexanderferdinand

The political mainstream thinks that this crisis is conjunctural, not structural. But the trouble with austerity policies is, that they increase the crisis in a cumulative way. With austerity one can only enlarge the probability to maintain the crisis, not to rule out it. And politicians don’t solve this problem – they preserve it.

Mamel

17 October 2016

Sara Mamel is Project Manager for Energy Transition Foreign Policy at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung as part of a cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office. Prior to that Sara worked for an international communication agency where she was responsible for several awareness-raising campaigns for the European Commission. Sara studied political sciences in Hamburg and Brussels as well as European Studies at the European University Viadrina and the Sciences Po Strasbourg.

Fischer

17 October 2016

Dr. Severin Fischer is a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He is closely following developments in European energy and climate policies for some years now, concentrating mainly on intergovernmental exchanges and policy processes. Severin has published extensively on EU topics in journals and newspapers such as Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), Zeit Online or Süddeutsche Zeitung.