On 12 September 2019, the Energy Community Secretariat, with the support of the Polish Government under their COP24 Presidency and the College of Europe, held the workshop “Katowice Rulebook – what’s next?” at the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw.
The workshop was opened by a keynote speech of COP24 President H.E. Michał Kurtyka, where he stressed the importance of transitioning from climate governance to the most important aspect to be tackled: effective implementation. He added that carbon neutrality requires an overall change of mindset as well as applying green pragmatism. Mr Kurtyka expressed his support for the climate action process within the Energy Community, underlining that Poland and other EU Eastern Member States are faced with similar challenges.
The workshop analysed thoroughly the provisions on mitigation, adaptation and the means of implementation contained in the Katowice Rulebook. It also enabled the Contracting Parties to exchange on implementation approaches to be followed on the national level and the adoption of tailor-made strategies and climate related policies under the Energy Community framework.
The event was closed by the Energy Community Secretariat’s Director Janez Kopač, highlighting that the Contracting Parties are faced with the difficult challenge of reconciling the decarbonisation of their energy sector with social fairness.