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Workshop: Climate Change and Renewable Energy Policy in the EU and Canada
The Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue and the Centre for European Studies (EU Centre of Excellence) are pleased to present a policy workshop on climate change and renewable energy.
This international workshop and public forum will examine European and Canadian approaches to renewable energy production and climate change policy. A common theme will be how the inter-linkages between renewables and climate change are addressed in different types of institutional and political contexts. The workshop provides an opportunity to critically examine action and inertia in these areas in the European Union and its Member States, on the one hand, and in Canada and at the provincial/local level (with a focus on Ontario and Ottawa), on the other. The workshop will devote particular attention to ‘new’ renewables such as wind and solar technologies, including issues of public and social acceptance, drivers of innovation, sources of action and inertia in government promotion of these technologies, and policy options in implementing renewable energy options. The potential for lower-level jurisdictions (municipalities, provinces, or, in the EU, Member States) to serve as ‘leadership points’ will be explored, along with the way in which such initiatives are encouraged by the European Union.