The fossil energy policy of the European Union

Date and time: Wednesday, 9.12.2015, 17.15–18.45 Uhr
Venue: Climate Generations Area COP21, Le Bourget, Room 2
Language: English
Organisation: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Brussels office
Cooperation: GUE/NGL (Cornelia Ernst, Die Linke)
Contact: Marlis Gensler,

The energy and climate policies of the left in Europe are not coherent. There is no common position on the phasing out of nuclear power and fossil fuels, no common position on natural gas and fracking. Previous to the COP21, climate justice movements demand, that we need to leave at least 80% of the fossil fuels buried in the ground to prevent climate change.

So what could be steps to develop a more coherent and left energy policy in Europe that is aiming at a socioecological transformation? Vis-à-vis the new developments on the side of the European Commission – the “EU energy union” – how can we oppose and what can we suggest? What EU energy policy do we need to give the way to renewables and stop new infrastructures to avoid the threatening gas lock-in?
In this panel discussion, we want to explore the current energy and climate politics of the EU, with a focus on the activities towards internal energy market.
Martin Schirdewan, Head of office, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels

• Fabian Huebner, transit*europe, Cologne
• Cornelia Ernst, Member European Parliament GUE/NGL (Die Linke)
• Pascoe Sabido, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), Brussels
• Alfons Pérez, Observatory on Debt in Globalization (ODG), Barcelona, Spain
Molly Walsh, Friends of the Earth Europe
Background information:
Dossier of Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung on UN Climate Summit (COP21) in Paris