The recently adopted Paris agreement on climate change should accelerate the decarbonisation of the global economy, since, for the first time, all countries have committed to become carbon neutral by the end of this century. Europe should approach carbon neutrality by 2050. Whereas these ambitious objectives have been established, the concrete strategy to make the low-carbon industry a reality in Europe is still to be developed. This is especially true in regions which rely heavily on carbon intensive activities and which often remain important employment providers.
The aim of the conference is to create an exchange of views between trade unionists, politicians of left and green parties across Europe, and policy makers coming from coal regions/nuclear regions such as Lusatia and Ruhr area in Germany, Poland, Asturias in Spain, France and Scotland who face the political and economic consequences of a coal phase-out or nuclear phase-out.
We would like to discuss the concept of “Just transition” and possible opportunities and barriers to its implementation. What is the need for policy planning at regional level? What kind of governance structures do we need to ensure workers’ participation? Which initiatives at EU level are necessary to accelerate the deployment of low-carbon breakthrough technologies? How can we achieve a skilled workforce which is an asset in the transition of regions towards a low-carbon economy? How can the local support for decarbonisation be strengthened?
Cornelia Ernst (Member of European Parliament), Martin Schirdewan (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Brussels), Maxime Benatouil (Transform!), Benjamin Denis (European Trade Union Confederation), Matthew Lay (Vice-President of the European Public Service Union Utilities Standing Committee), Jose Luis Villares (Confederacion sindical de comisiones obreras, CCOO, Spain), Molly Walsh (Friends of the Earth Europe, Brussels), Torsten Poetzsch (Mayor Weisswasser, Lusatia, Germany), Leszek Swietalski (Secretary General of Union of Rural Municipalities of Poland), Janusz Piechocki (Mayor of Margonin, Poland), Sofia Ciércoles (Mayor of Andorra, Teruel, Aragon, Spain), Marc Delepouve (Syndicat national de l’enseignement supérieur SNESUP, France), Maité Llanos (Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, Geneva), Peter Singer (Chair of Group DIE LINKE. in Regional Council Cologne, Germany), Jana Pinka (Member of regional parliament, Saxony, Germany, DIE LINKE.), Thomas Domres (Member of regional parliament, Brandenburg, Germany, DIE LINKE.), Claudia Beamish (Member of Scottish Parliament, Scottish Labour Party, UK), Walter Wendt-Kleinberg (Ruhr Area, Germany), Jean-Claude Simon (Transform!), Claude Turmes (Member of European Parliament, Group The Greens), Kate Hudson (National Secretary, Left Unity, United Kingdom), Konrad Rychlewski (RAZEM, Poland), Hubertus Zdebel (Member of Parliament, Bundestag, Group DIE LINKE.), Rolf Czeskleba-Dupont (Red-Green-Alliance, Denmark).
When: Monday, 5 December 2016, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in Brussels
Where: MAI, Maison des Associations Internationales, 40 rue Washington, 1050 Brussels, Belgium (map)
Languages: English, Spanish, Polish, German
Registration by e-mail: cornelia.ernst(at)ep.europa(dot)eu
Contact: Marlis Gensler, marlis.gensler(at)rosalux(dot)org