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 aims 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 shall 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 is 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 with all speakers and further details for 13 November is available in the download section below.

We plan to record and live stream the event on our website. If you would like to follow it online there is no registration necessary. You can just click on the YouTube button which will appear on top of the site on the day of the event.

This event participation is free of charge. You can register until 7 November 2019 using the Register now-buttons above or below. In case you can no longer attend please be so kind and inform our events department since there will be a catering and not showing up will cause costs of around 65 Euro.

If you require barrier-free access, please contact Nikola Bock, using the contact details listed here on the right or below.

CO2 Footprint
We recommend travelling to this event by way of public transportation: Belgian Train and/or STIB.

We look forward to your participation!



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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