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Outdated outlook or modern vision - what would Poland really gain from more ambitious climate action in Europe

COP24, coal and the Polish Presidency of the next UN climate negotiations



The new scientific report on climate change shows that limiting global warming well to 1.5°C is still possible but that it will require action and a lot of political courage. In Europe, climate impacts are more and more tangible and yet the majority of politicians continue to support dirty energies, this despite of the fact that many alternatives do exist. European governments and particularly Poland that will lead the next UN Climate negotiations in December must show that they are serious about the future and the safety of their citizens. In this event, the Greens will look at the latest science of climate change, assess the latest effort done at EU level and discuss one of the most pressing issues: the quick phasing out of coal in a green and just way.



Welcome and opening remarks (10 min) - Bas Eickhout MEP


I. The latest climate science and future EU’s strategy: Which way forward?

Moderation: Bas Eickhout MEP

Guest speakers:

  • Bert Metz, Climate policy expert - The latest science on climate change - key findings from the latest IPCC report (20 min)
  • Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for climate action (tbc) - Europe’s current objectives and the EU’s long-term strategy (European Nationally determined Contribution and the 2050 roadmap) (20min)

Discussion (15 min)


II. Coal at global and EU level - why has tackling coal become such a pressing issue?

Moderation: Florent Marcellesi MEP

Guest speakers:

  • Dr Simon Evans, deputy editor and policy editor at Carbon brief - Coal: the situation in the world and in Europe (map of world coal power plants) (20 min)
  • Weronika Michalak, Health and Energy Programme Manager in Poland - the impact of Europe’s dependence on coal on the health of European citizens (20 min)

Discussion (15 min)


III. Poland’s narrative on energy: which energy model for the future Presidency of the UN climate negotiations?

Moderation: Rebecca Harms MEP

Guest speakers:

  • Patryk Bialas, citizen of Katowice and activist - The situation of Poland and the just transition - the example of Katowice (20 min)
  • Joanna Flisowska, coal policy coordinator, CAN Europe - The importance of phasing out coal in a green and just manner (20 min)

Discussion (15 min)


Conclusions: Bas Eickhout MEP

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Date & Place

07.11.2018 | 09:30 - 07.11.2018 | 13:00
Room ASP 1G3, European Parliament, Brussels


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