Achieving carbon neutrality in Southeast Europe

Obstacles, opportunities and ways forward

  • Place: Brussels
  • 13.11.2019, 12:00 - 17:45

Countries throughout Southeast Europe (SEE) have high shares of lignite-fired electricity in the mix, generated by an ageing fleet of power plants. About 50 percent of the region’s lignite generation capacity must be modernised or replaced in the next decade. Investment choices in the next three to five years will thus determine whether SEE avoids a fossil fuel lock-in as most of the planned new coal plants in Europe are in this region.

Proponents of clean energy alternatives struggle to present convincing narratives on the coal-to-clean energy transition in national debates in the region. Power market reforms are introduced at a slow pace and regional integration and cooperation remains a serious challenge. As a result, RES deployment remains far below the economically viable potential.

This conference aimed to look at some of the burning questions surrounding the ongoing reforms in the energy sector in Europe, assessing the status quo and discussing options and requirements for finally moving towards a decarbonised energy future. It was supposed to support a fact-based dialogue on the energy transition in Southeast Europe and create a space for making inclusive alliances comprised of governments, EU institutions, utilities, think-tanks, NGOs and citizens.

The conference was part of the ongoing multi-country energy transition project "South East Europe Energy Transition Dialogue" which is led by Agora Energiewende and implemented with our national think-tank partners from the South East Europe Energy Transition Network.

The programme of the event is in the download section below.

The event was streamed live. The video can be watched by clicking the YouTube button above.
All slides shown during the event can be found in the download section below.



The project "South East Europe Energy Transition Dialogue" is financed by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Event details

Achieving carbon neutrality in Southeast Europe

Obstacles, opportunities and ways forward

13.11.2019 | 12:00 - 17:45

Club De Warande
Room: Conference Room
Zinnerstraat 1
1000 Brussels


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