National Climate Change Seminar – Opportunities, Benefits and Challenges of EU Climate Policy and Legislation (02/02/2012)

On 2-3 February 2012, the National Climate Change Seminar – Opportunities, Benefits and Challenges of EU Climate Policy and Legislation will be held in the framework of the Regional Environmental Network for Accession (RENA) at the Hotel Aleksandar Palace, Skopje. Please find enclosed the agenda of the seminar.

At the conference, welcoming addresses will be delivered by:
Mr. Robert Liddell, Charge d’Affaires a.i., Delegation of the European Union
Mr. Stevo Temelkovski ,Deputy Minister of Environment and Physical Planning,
Ms. Laurence Graff, Head of Unit for International and Inter-Institutional Affairs, DG Climate Action, European Commission.

The conference is organised as part of the EU-funded project, aiming to enhance regional cooperation in the Western Balkans and Turkey in the field of environment and climate change in the prospect of accession to the European Union. The seminar is implemented by the RENA Climate Working Group, which is one of the four RENA thematic Working Groups.

The RENA Climate Working Group supports the candidate countries and potential candidates’ efforts  in converging to the EU climate change acquis and thus to develop and implement cost effective climate change policies and strategies to contribute to  transforming Europe into a competitive 'low-carbon' economy by mid-century. As indicated in the 2011 Progress Report and the EU Commission’s Enlargement Strategy, the efforts of the countries should be complemented by awareness-raising.

The EU’s ambition involves proposals to cut the EU's greenhouse emissions by 80% by 2050 (compared with 1990 levels) entirely through measures taken within Europe. According to the European Commission, intermediate cuts of 25% by 2020, 40% by 2030 and 60% by 2040 would be needed. In addition measures are required to improve energy efficiency, for instance by investing in energy-efficient buildings and transport, which can make the biggest contribution to reducing emissions. Clean electricity - produced almost entirely without greenhouse emissions – will also have a major role to play, partly replacing fossil fuels for heating and transport. The Commission expects that the candidate countries align themselves to these ambitions towards achieving the reduction of above greenhouse gas emissions

Further developing low-energy technologies, such as renewable energy sources and electric vehicles, and investing in low carbon infrastructure will stimulate growth and help create new jobs and save existing jobs. Refurbishing buildings, for instance, will provide big opportunities in the construction industry. In addition air pollution would be drastically reduced, leading to big savings in health costs and pollution control measures.

Approximation to the key EU acquis in the area of climate change will provide the country with the above challenges and opportunities but it will also ensure that it conforms to European standards.

The target group of the seminar will include national and local authorities, the industrial sector and civil society organizations. The seminar is designed in such a way that the first day will target climate policies and implementation. The second day will address the key EU climate legislation and the challenges ahead.

Human Dynamics, consulting company leading a consortium with five other international consultants (Niras IC (PLl), PlanMiljø (DK), Egis Bceom (FR), WYG International (UK), DeLeeuw International (TR)) is responsible for project implementation.

Please find enclosed the agenda of the event and the Regional Environmental
Network for Accession brochure providing detailed information about the project.
The journalists and photographers are kindly invited to cover this event.
For information relating to this Press Release please contact:
Konstantin Jovanovski, Press and Information Officer.
Konstantin.jovanovski@ec.europa.eu
Tel: +389 (0)2 3248 500

DRAFT AGENDA
Regional Environmental Network for Accession - Working Group 2 Climate

Opportunities, benefits and challenges of EU climate policy and legislation

National ReCAP Climate Seminar – Skopje


Place: Hotel Aleksandar Palace, Bul. Oktomvriska Revolucija br.15, 1000 Skopje. 

Date/Time: 9.30 – 16.00, Thursday 2 February, 10.00 – 17.00, Friday 3 February 2012, , 9.30 – 17.00


DAY 1

9:30    Registration

Keynote speakers

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome and key notes, Acting Head of Delegation of the European Union, Skopje, Mr. Robert Liddell

10.10 – 10.20 Welcome and key notes by Deputy Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, Mr. Stevo Temelkovski

10.20 – 10.30 Welcome and key notes by Head of Unit for International and Inter-Institutional Affairs, European Commission, DG Climate Action, Mrs Laurence Graff

10.30 – 11.00 Press / Questions and answers session

Introduction to RENA and ReCAP Seminar

11.00 – 11.15  Introduction to RENA, by Mr. Imre Csikós (WG Coordinator Climate RENA)
Climate co-operation within the RENA 

Opportunities, benefits and challenges of EU climate policy and legislation

11.15 – 12.00  EU climate policy and legislation, by Head of Unit Ms. Laurence Graff, DG CLIMA
- Benefits of climate action
- EU Climate and energy package
- Commission Proposal for Roadmap on moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050
- Mainstreaming of climate action into energy, transport, agriculture and other policy sectors; EU multi-annual financial framework 2014 – 2020
- Requirements of the EU accession process, Instrument for Pre-Accession
- Adaptation to climate change
- UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol, Durban roadmap: Cooperation with the EU

Session on EU Climate policy and legislation,

12.00 – 12.30 National Climate Change activities, Ms. Teodora Grncarovska, State Counsellor, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning

12:30 – 13.15 Development  and implementation of EU and domestic climate policies: example from Slovenia, Ms. Nives Nared and Mr. DuĊĦan Pichler, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia
- Development of strategies to implement EU climate policy and legislation
- Implications of climate policies for institutional capacity development
- Challenges of legal transposition
- Lessons learned and opportunities

13:15 – 14:15  Lunch

14:15 – 15:00 EU Energy and transport policies and legislation, from climate viewpoint, Mr. Imre Csikós RENA
- Energy 2020 – Strategy for a competitive, sustainable and secure energy
- Energy Roadmap 2050
- Energy efficiency
- Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area - Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system (White Paper)

15:00 – 16:00 Plenary discussion on key challenges and next steps, facilitated by Mr Dieter Thiel (Head of Operations, Delegation of the European Union), Ms. Laurence Graff (DG Clima), Ms. Teodora Gnrcarovska (Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning)
- Short commentary (maximum 5 minutes) on the policy issues from representatives of the Governmental Bodies, NGOs, Industry and Academy of Sciences:
o Expectations in relation to benefits of policy development and implementation
o Inter-Institutional cooperation and challenges
o Needs for institutional strengthening and awareness raising
- Discussion

16:00   Conclusions and introduction to Day 2, Mr. Imre Csikós


DAY 2

9:30   Welcome coffee and registration

Session A: Introduction to EU legislation of relevance to climate change

10:00 – 11:00 Introduction to EU legislation of relevance to climate change, Ms. Machteld Oudenes, RENA
- Introduction to the agenda for Day 2
- Overview of the EU climate legislation (acquis)
- Monitoring mechanism; emission trading system; effort sharing; transport and CO2; fuel quality, ozone depleting substances and fluorinated gases.
- Climate and Energy Package
- Roadmap on moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050
- European Climate Change Programme

Session B  - EU Monitoring Mechanism (GHG inventories, national inventory reporting)

11:00 – 11:30  Overview MMD (280/2004/EC) and its implementing provisions (2005/166/EC)      (including IPCC guidelines) – Mr. Davor Vesligaj, RENA
- Basis for the EU GHG inventory (UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol)
- The EU GHG Monitoring Mechanism (280/2004/EC) – key issues
- The EU Implementing Provisions (2005/166/EC) – key issues
- Proposed revision
- Discussion

11:30– 11:45      Coffee break

Session C  - EU Emissions Trading Scheme


11:45 – 12:30  Introduction to emissions trading ( ETS ) – Mr. Chris Dekkers, RENA
- Explaining how a cap-and-trade system works
- Role of UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol and national climate policy requirements;
- Economic and environmental impacts
- Objectives and scope of the revised EU ETS
- Implementation requirements (who is doing what?)
- Implications for the country
- Discussion

12:30 – 13:00 Implementation of the EU ETS requirements in a Member State – Example Netherlands – Mr. Jaap Bousema, Dutch Emissions Authority
- Implementation of the EU ETS in the Netherlands
- Institutional set up and who is doing what in ETS implementation
- Economic and environmental implications of ETS implementation for the Netherlands
- Compliance promotion

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch

Session D  - Effort Sharing Decision
14:00 – 14:20  The Effort Sharing Decision – Mr. Davor Vesligaj, RENA
- Description of the Decision
- Policy implications for EU Member States (with high end of GDP and low end of GDP)
- Case example: Incorporation of Croatia into the Effort Sharing Decision
- Round table discussion
    
Session E – Developing strategies for achieving renewable energy targets

14:20 – 15:00 Introduction on Directive 2009/28/EC, implications for national renewable energy strategies, and lessons learned in Member States and RENA countries by Mr. Vlasis Oikonomou, RENA
- Present steps towards strategy development
- Potential of technologies and strategy development

15:00 – 15:15  Tea Break

Session F – CO2 emissions from transport

15:15 – 16:15 Reducing emissions from transport by Mr. Imre Csikós, RENA
- Aviation related legislation
- Road transport, CO2 from cars, CO2 from vans, CO2 labelling of cars, fuel quality
- Biofuels

Forum Discussion

16.15– 17:00 Forum Discussion Facilitated by Yrjö Mäkelä, DG CLIMA and Ms. Teodora Gnrcarovska, State Counsellor Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning Challenges for transposing and implementing EU climate legislation
- Steps to take (best practices)

17:00   Closure of the meeting, Mr. Imre Csikos, RENA
- Conclusions
- Evaluation of meeting
- Next RENA climate events