Events Placeholder
Brussels, VUB U-Residence (hybrid)
Ecologic Institute & VUB

Public Event -  Brussels, VUB U-Residence (hybrid)

Managing the transition to net zero: EU climate policy in a global context

4i-TRACTION x NDC Aspects Joint Conference.

Register now for our Policy & Research Dialogue Conference on 9-10th July 2024!

The transition to climate neutrality has become a central objective for EU policy-making. Targets and policies to achieve it have been advanced and accelerated over the past 4 years. Despite the crises faced since 2020, the EU is making the shift from incremental changes and refinements to the transformative policies needed for a net-zero emissions future – seeking to become more resilient and competitive through a successful transition.

The move to clean energy and new technologies is being spurred on in other parts of the world, with ac like the USA and China actively financing the transition. Partners around the world are watching EU policy developments closely – which increasingly have international implications (#CBAM). With the implementation of the Paris Agreement moving forward, new contributions are expected in financial and policy terms. The next legislative cycle needs to take crucial decisions on how to move EU policy forward in this context.

This conference, taking place a month after the European elections, seeks to spotlight key issues in the EU’s transition to climate neutrality – and discuss options to address them, with a global context in mind. The conversations among policy-makers and other stakeholders will be kicked-off by content inputs from two EU-funded research projects, 4i-TRACTION and NDC ASPECTS, that have been working over the past three years to generate new insights on climate action challenges in Europe and globally.

Speakers will include Yvon Slingenberg, Deputy Director General for Climate Action at the European Commission, Bettina Kampman, Sustainable Industry team lead at CE Delft and Benjamin Görlach, head of the economics team at Ecologic Institute.

Join us in Brussels for this Policy & Research Dialogue Conference on the 9th (13:00 – 18:00) and 10th July 2024 (9:00 – 16:00). Kindly register in advance:

Register here

In-person participants are invited to a light lunch before the start of the conference and a reception at the end of the first day, as well as lunch on the second day. Remote participation will also be available.

The programme is split into two subthemes

  • Day 1: EU policy focus – investments, infrastructure, and international integration
  • Day 2: Global policy focus – hard to abate sectors, action by major emitters, cooperation


Agenda Overview

Download the detailed Agenda here.