25th October 2019
9:00am – 16:30pm
10435 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Climate action within the transport and building sectors in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region lags behind that of the European frontrunners and the overall pace of emissions reductions compatible with the Paris Agreement temperature limit target. Within the region, there are also significant differences in the effectiveness and efficiency of policy instruments, both in design and implementation.
The event will present the quantitative results of an analysis conducted by Climate Analytics focusing on emissions reductions in the transport and building sectors in six Central and Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. For each of the countries and sectors three sets of emissions pathways will be presented.
• The first one will illustrate the continuation of the existing trends in the areas of residential buildings and transport until 2030.
• The second set of emissions pathways will reflect a scenario in which best practices – understood as the optimal trends from the emissions perspective – in these two sectors are universally adopted by 2030.
• Finally, the third set of scenarios will reflect emissions trends in these two sectors compatible with the Paris Agreement temperature limit.
During the event we will go beyond the numbers and discuss what measures allowed the leading countries to reduce their emissions and whether other countries of the region can follow their example. We will also investigate whether other countries – including Germany – can stand to learn something from their eastern neighbours. Finally, we will look at how European policy can do more not only to facilitate the adoption of best practices but also go beyond them and make it possible for the EU member states to meet the requirements of the Paris Agreement.
09.00 – 09.30: Registration and welcome coffee
09.30 – 09.40: Welcome from Ulrike Leis from the European Climate Initiative
09.40 – 10.00: Key Notes
• Stef Cornelis from Transport & Environment with insights on transport
• Senta Schmatzberger from Buildings Performance Institute Europe with insights on buildings
10.00 – 11.00: Session 1 – What is needed, what can be done? Best practices in CEE countries
• Matthew Gidden: “Paris Agreement compatibility – where do we have to be
• Andrzej Ancygier: “Where will the implementation of the best practices from
Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia take us?”
11.00 – 11:30: Coffee break
11.30 – 13.00: Session 2 – parallel working groups – Technologies and policies for emissions reductions in transport and building sectors – parallel sessions
• Transport: “How can we get from the mobility jungle to a low carbon transport mosaic? With initial inputs from Rafał Bajczuk from Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation.
• Buildings: Increasing quality of life while reducing emissions and energy poverty – how can we get there? With initial inputs from Jana Bendžalová from ENBEE and Camille Serre from adelphi.
13.00 – 14.00: Lunch
14.00 – 15.30: Session 3 – Summary of working group discussions and the role of the EU
• Reports from the group discussions
• François Dejean from the European Environment Agency on the role of European policy in managing the transformation in the buildings and transport sectors.
• Q&A and Discussion
15.30 – 16.30: Networking/coffee
We are also pleased to announce that the findings from the first phase of our project have been published. The report on good policy practices within the transport and buildings sectors in the CEE region is available on the project webpage.