Connecting Energies: Training series for European civil society

A Comprehensive Exploration of the European Energy System, Electricity Grids, and Biodiversity Protection

The Renewables Grid Initiative invites members of European civil society organisations to an enlightening three-part training series, Connecting Energies, where we explore the intricate relationship between electricity grids, the energy transition, and biodiversity.

In the first two online sessions, we delve into the role of electricity grids in the energy transition, the role of interconnectors between Member States in delivering the EU’s climate and energy targets, and how policy frameworks can be used to reach climate neutrality.

The final session, held in Berlin, will uncover the critical connection between electricity infrastructure and bird conservation. Participants are invited to apply insights from the previous sessions to the challenge of protecting biodiversity along grid infrastructure and provide input to a shared outcome document to be disseminated publicly.


Connecting Renewables

Online│21 September 2023│15:00 - 17:00 CET

The first session of the training introduced the role the electric grid plays in the transition to a renewables-based energy system. Special attention was be paid towards the challenges faced by an accelerated deployment of grids, as well as the impacts of the infrastructure on biodiversity. Members of European civil society organisations were invited to exchange with grid experts in this foundational first session of Connecting Energies.


Connecting Europe

Online│12 October 2023│14:00 - 16:00 CET

Building upon the foundation laid in the first session, this webinar delved deeper into the European Commission’s role in selecting and co-financing grid expansion. Participants gained insights into how these policy frameworks create a European grid that delivers on the promises of the Paris Agreement, illustrated by two of the projects on the ground. Watch this session also to learn how civil society can participate in this process.

 


Connecting Biodiversity

Berlin │ 8-9 November 2023

The final session of the training will take place in Berlin, Germany and will explore the crucial relationship between electrical infrastructure and biodiversity, with a particular emphasis on bird conservation. Biodiversity experts will share their knowledge and insights into the potential impacts of electricity infrastructure on bird populations, the success and failures of some technical solutions, and the challenges for their implementation.


Contact

Eston McKeague
Manager - Communication

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t: +49 157 3461 9264
eston@renewables-grid.eu

Manon Quetstroey
Manager - Energy and Nature

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t: +49 30 2332 11034
manon[at]renewables-grid.eu

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RGI gratefully acknowledges the EU LIFE funding support:

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Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the LIFE Programme. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.