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The Hellenic Association for Energy Economics organized the 6th Energy Transition Symposium “Looking Ahead with Optimism, Beyond the Covid Era” from Tuesday, 28 September to Friday, 1 October 2021, at Theoxenia Palace Hotel, in Kifissia, Athens. For yet another year, the annual Symposium served as an open-dialogue platform, where state, academia and private sector representatives contributed to debates and exchange of views on crucial energy matters.
Considering the extraordinary circumstances of 2020, the 6th Symposium inevitably focused on the turbulences caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and its prints on the global energy system. Despite the sharp decrease in global emissions last year, due to the recession of economic activities, enormous efforts are still required to reach the ambitious target of a net zero carbon economy. Governments need to take decisive actions and implement structural measures to accelerate the clean energy transition and pave the way towards a sustainable recovery. On top of that, renewable energy solutions can play a key role, providing a fast response to the pandemic and building more resilient energy systems. These issues, among many others, were addressed in detail during the Symposium’s sessions.
The Symposium’s plenary sessions took place in physical form, offering at the same time the opportunity for digital presence to those who found it hard to attend. On the other hand, all academic paper presentations were made digitally. Both plenary and concurrent academic sessions were live-streamed.