POLIMP: First Stakholder Workshop: Exploring Technology Options for the EU Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy: The Role of Public Acceptance to Enhance Predictability of Low Carbon Technology Investments

When: 25th of April, 2014

Where: CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies), Brussels

The European Commission published on 22 January 2014 a new Communication “A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030”.

To accelerate technology deployment and diffusion, the central question is how to enhance the predictability for investments in low-carbon technologies towards 2030.

The first workshop focuses on the potential for the EU to achieve a long-term transition with aid of low-carbon technologies (e.g. renewable energy, CCS). In particular, the workshop will (1) assess these technology options in relation to their public acceptance at EU, member states and local levels and (2) explore the role of public acceptance in enhancing the predictability of low-carbon technology investments towards 2030.

How to improve public acceptance and surmount safety concerns? The concept of public acceptance will be defined and its role in technology deployment and diffusion will be examined through various case studies across technology types and locations.What information is needed to improve the level of public acceptance in project planning and development? [Session I]

How can the EU and member states design energy and climate policies to address public acceptance? The role of public acceptance will not be limited to local regulators or project developers but also relevant to the EU and member states policymakers as one of the determining factors for predictability of low-carbon technology investments within the EU and its Member States. One of the key issues is public willingness to pay for the costs of low-carbon technologies when their entitlement to social welfare or budget is under budgetary constraints. When there is a potential conflict between policy objectives as such, what information is needed to address public acceptance? [Session II].

POLIMP is run by a consortium led by Joint Implementation Network (JIN) with six partners, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), University of Piraeus Research Center (UPRC), Universitaet Graz (UniGraz), Ecologic Institut (EI), Climate Strategies (CS), and Instytut Badan Strukturalnych (IBS). For more information see: http://polimp.eu/

 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 603847.