Decarbonization Policies in South East Europe – between climate change and war


Joint ROEC-IENE Conference

“Decarbonization Policies in South East Europe –between climate change and war”

European Commission Representation

Str. Vasile Lascar no. 31, “Nicolae Titulescu” confeience room

in Romania, Bucharest, March 13, 2024

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Once again Romania Energy Center (ROEC) and the Institute of Energy for SE Europe (IENE) are joining forces to convene a one day highly focused event to examine current topics of the region’s energy agenda. A central theme, of interest to all countries in the broader SEE, concerns the undergoing market and policy changes in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine. In this context the impact of the REPowerEU policy measures adopted by the EU soon after the war in Ukraine will be examined.

The event will undertake a broader review of energy policies currently pursued in the SEE area with special reference on advances in renewables in Greece and Romania (the countries with the highest RES penetration in the region). At the same time, the event will discuss the role of hydrogen, gas, and critical raw materials, especially in connection with the long-term planning of energy systems in Europe. Progress will be reported on a number of projects. The decarbonization of the transport sector will also be examined looking at both alternative fuels and the EV market.

Energy efficiency and cogeneration will be analyzed especially due to their growing importance in buildings and industry, in the context of demand side management policies. Furthermore, the crucial role of base load will be analyzed for the operation of electricity systems in the various countries with special reference on gas and nuclear. Securing adequate gas supplies will feature in the analysis especially in view of the recent strengthening of gas Interconnectors and increased gas supplies through the addition of new FSRU capacity in the region (e.g.: IGB Interconnector, Alexandroupolis FSRU, etc.)

Finally, the growing importance of energy security will be explored both at national and regional level. Energy security is the result of a delicate balance between supply, environmental protection and competitive prices all of which have come under duress in the last two years due geopolitical reasons.