High-Level Workshop on Governance for a Low-Carbon Society

The High-Level Workshop organised by Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy under the scientific guidance of Lund University and with the patronage and participation of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, concluded on Friday 4 December, 2009.

For more information please see the link to the Programme: http://atomiumculture.eu/mail/HLW3-4December2009.html

What will have to happen after COP15? The High-Level Workshop assessed the possible concrete solutions to reach the targets set for the coming years. To do this it brought together leading thinkers from university, business, media and policy makers in order to create a shared view on the barriers and possibilities for the transition to a low-carbon society.

Some of the questions that were addressed during these two days were:

– What are the new tecnologies that already exist and that can help the transition to a low-carbon society and make Europe the first low-carbon society in the world?
– How can long-term goals be reconciled with short term priorities?
– What is the trade-off between efficiency and democracy, or between control and stakeholder engagement?
– What is the role of information, education and R&D in making the transition?
– What will be the role of leadership and pioneers in making the transition?

The report written for this occasion was presented to the Swedish Ministry for Environment and the current Presidency of the Council of the EU, on Friday the 4th of December.

To access the report: http://atomiumculture.eu/mail/ReportGovernanceforaLowCarbonSociety.html

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