Strategic energy and climate policies of the EU are contained in the EU Green Deal plan. For non-member states of Southeast Europe (SEE) the EU is preparing the EU Green Agenda for the Western Balkans (WB). However, many of the WB countries and some of the EU member states of the SEE region have energy strategies which are not fully based on decarbonization pathways. Hence, the issue to be explored is which opportunities and challenges green transformation presents to the SEE region? This panel will focus on discussing readiness for energy transition of several SEE countries, taking into account different starting positions and specifics of their power sectors. Key elements in NECPs, especially regarding deployment of RES and Coal Phase Out aspects, will be in the focus of discussion.
Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.