Councillor David Chernushenko, Chair of the City of Ottawa's Environment Committee, will be among the guests at this two-day policy workshop on climate change and renewable energy hosted by Carleton University's Centre for European Studies (EU Centre of Excellence) and the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue. He will participate in a discussion on "City Perspectives: Practitioners' Insights," this Friday, Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. He will be joined by Janice Ashworth, Operations Manager, Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC), and Detlef Gerdts, Department of environment and climate protection, Osnabrück.
This international workshop and public forum will examine European and Canadian approaches to renewable energy production and climate change policy. A common theme will be how the inter-linkages between renewables and climate change are addressed in different types of institutional and political contexts. The workshop provides an opportunity to critically examine action and inertia in these areas in the European Union and its Member States, on the one hand, and in Canada and at the provincial/local level (with a focus on Ontario and Ottawa), on the other.
The two-day workshop will devote particular attention to ‘new’ renewables such as wind and solar technologies, including issues of public and social acceptance, drivers of innovation, sources of action and inertia in government promotion of these technologies, and policy options in implementing renewable energy options. The potential for lower-level jurisdictions (municipalities, provinces, or, in the EU, Member States) to serve as ‘leadership points’ will be explored, along with the way in which such initiatives are encouraged by the European Union.