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Energy democracy: how a grassroots movement became German energy policy – and why that matters.

Craig Morris is Senior Fellow at the IASS and coauthor of “Energy democracy,” the first history of Germany’s transition to renewables and efficiency.

The climate and energy debate generally focus on carbon emissions, labeling other aspects as “co-benefits.” But conventional industry is ready to discontinue the energy transition whenever society is. Without a bottom-up push, there will be less innovation and sustained commitment. And a purely technical focus on breakthroughs overlooks “sufficiency” — changes in behavior; walkable cities are more important than electric vehicles. Join Craig Morris for a discussion of why the benefits of the energy transition will make the world a better place — and why climate campaigners should view lower CO2 emissions as the cobenefit.

The presentation will be in English, but questions can be asked in French and Flemish.


• Prof. Patrick Hendrick, Professeur à l’Ecole Polytechnique de Bruxelles – ULB

• Dr. Vincent van Steenberghe, Economiste au SPF Environnement et Climat

• Kathrin GLASTRA, Director of the European Energy Transition Programme at the Heinrich Böll Foundation

Dörte Fouquet, Lawyer– Director of European Renewable Energies Federation

Moderator: Prof. Michel Huart, Titulaire de cours à la Faculté de sciences et l’EPB – ULB