Prague Climate Talks 2018

We are proud the continuation of our project aimed at establishing a platform for continued high-level discussion on the complex issue of climate change: Prague Climate Talks. The project will again host a series of debates with experts, professionals from varying relevant fields and the general public.

Prague Climate Talks is a new project aimed at establishing a platform for continued high-level discussion on the complex issue of climate change. Throughout a series of debates it will bring together experts and professionals from varying relevant fields as well as members of the general public. 

The upcoming debates will be focused on the following topics:

The future of coal in Central Europe (19th April 2018)

The emissions from mining and burning of coal are among the largest contributors to global climate change. Moreover, the negative impacts on human health are palpable – coal kills over 19 000 Europeans every year. What are the plans for coal usage in the Central European countries (especially Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)? How will politics affect the future of this fossil material? And what steps are needed to ensure a smooth and fair transition to post-coal era?

Renewable energy potential in the Czech Republic (5th June 2018)

The sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow. Yet, the number of countries using renewable energy to cover substantial parts of their energy needs continues to rise every year. In the Czech Republic, however, the growth has been stagnating. What is holding Czech RES back? What is the country's potential for solar, wind, hydro and other renewable sources? Can we maintain our international and EU goals? Where should we seek inspiration for development?

Sustainable consumerism – the way forward? (27th September 2018)

Can we, as consumers, change the world by switching to more climate-conscious, environmentally sustainable habits? How much greenhouse gases would we save if we all became vegans? And how about if we all drove electric cars? Is corporate sustainability having the desired effects or is it just another case of "green washing"? And is the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle" working or do we need more actions by the governments to move forward?

The European Union is trying to be the leader in reducing carbon emissions. Is the plan of the European Commission to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 achievable? And what can the Czech Republic do to contribute to this effort?

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The project is co-organised by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and Glopolis in cooperation with Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Prague and under the auspices of the UN Information Centre Prague.

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Kateřina Davidová
Senior Research Fellow

Expertise: EU climate and energy policy, environmental protection

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
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