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17 June 2021 10:45 - 13:15h

On the road to greening economies in Southeast Europe

Options for economic recovery and renewables deployment

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Less than ten years from 2030, countries throughout Southeast Europe (SEE) still have high shares of lignite-fired electricity in the mix, generated by an ageing fleet of power plants. However, the landscape for our energy system is a very dynamic one: The EU adopted a higher emission reduction target for 2030 (-55 per cent compared to 1990) and a target to be climate-neutral by 2050. Zooming into the region, Greece announced to phase out its entire coal fleet by 2028. Clearly, all this is a comprehensive and challenging task ahead of the EU-27.

During this online event we discussed opportunities and challenges in the power sector of SEE EU Member States and lay out possible paths forward for Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Romania for greening their economies. We focused on options for a green recovery after the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and for rapidly scaling renewables in their power systems. The event shall support a fact-based dialogue on the implementation of the EU Green Deal in Southeast Europe and create a space for making inclusive alliances comprised of governments, EU institutions, utilities, think-tanks, NGOs and citizens.

With this event we closed a three and a half years multi-country energy transition project: The Southeast Europe Energy Transition Dialogue. The project was led by Agora Energiewende and it was implemented by our national think-tank partners from the Southeast Europe Energy Transition Network.

The two and a half-hour webinar was hold in English and included two Q & A sessions.

The presentation can be found in the download section below.

The recording can be found above.


This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

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On the road to greening economies in Southeast Europe

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