Debating energy policy at the regional level: Catalonia

14 February 2020
Climate emergency
Decarbonisation
Sustainability
Energy model
Catalonia

The seventh edition of the Energy Congress of Catalonia (COENERCAT 2020)–'Energia i Emergència Climàtica' was held on 14 and 15 February 2020 at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans in Barcelona, and focused on climate emergency and the factors that influence CO2 emissions, as well as on how these issues affect the design of the energy model of Catalonia.

The first day dealt in general with the factors that impact greenhouse gas emissions, and touched upon delicate questions such as the role of demographic developments, the (un)availability of raw materials to develop renewable energy technologies, how to manage the (de)growth of the economy, and the credibility of European policies in addressing these issues. MAGIC coordinator Mario Giampietro contributed to the debate with a presentation on how to make sustainability models more robust, drawing on the results of MAGIC. 

During the second day, civil society organizations, such as Xarxa per la Sobirania Energètica, Aliança contra la Pobresa Energètica, Ecologistes en Acció and Fridays for Future, as well as representatives of local electricity companies (ASEME and CEEC) took the stage and debated their visions on how the design of the energy model in Catalonia could meet these challenges.