Energy tansition is a societal challenge shared by all European countries
Energy transition generally refers to the shift from current energy production and consumption systems, which rely primarily on non-renewable energy sources such as oil, natural gas and coal, to a more efficient, lower-carbon energy mix. For most of the citizens, the energy transformation means for example the modernization of the central heating system, introducing the solar panels, wind energy or electric form of transport. All these is true, because small actions, step by step will improve the quality of life and care by the negatives of climate changes. For years cities have been pushing ahead with local initiatives and projects on sustainable energy and have been leading from the front on the issue of transition to a more efficient and secure energy outlook. Energy transitions’ actions can have different faces and range, as : Increasing the production of renewable energy at local level and improving its distribution; Energy efficient retrofitting of buildings –buildings consume some 40% of final energy in the EU and this is the largest and most cost-effective area for improvement; Energy efficiency measures with the aim of minimizing the risk of fuel poverty and its consequences (e.g. poor health, child poverty, educational under-achievement etc.); Increasing the adoption of low carbon technologies; Supporting energy efficiency and smart energy management in public infrastructure (electrical cars) and the housing sector; Moderating the demand for heating and cooling; and deploying innovative, nature-based solutions to heat/cool buildings and neighborhoods; Addressing non-technological barriers i.e. promoting behavioral change towards more sustainable choices and reducing demand for energy. All these is only some of possibilities to explain what energy transitions means. The workshop will be a chance to discuss about different colors of the energy transition challenge in face of regional and local obstacles and rules. These, what with sure should be common and important for all, is that all citizens and all levels of governance are on energy transition board.