TUED at COP24 in Katowice, Poland

TUED at COP24 in Katowice, Poland2019-10-29T11:02:36+00:00

Following are key events for TUED and participating unions and allies at the upcoming COP24 in Katowice, Poland, taking place December 3-14, 2018. These events have been co-organized with Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-New York Office, the UK’s Public and Commercial Services Union, Friends of the Earth Europe, transform! europe, and Transnational Institute (TNI). Please note that program details may be subject to change.

TUED has also prepared a discussion paper highlighting the failures of profit-driven climate policy and making the case for an alternative approach that focuses on the public good and meeting basic human needs, and that embraces the struggle for public / social ownership and democratic control over energy resources and use. The paper, titled When “Green” Doesn’t “Grow”: Facing Up to the Failures of Profit-Driven Climate Policy, is available here.


Thursday, December 6 (afternoon)

TUED Roundtable: Analysis, Allies and Action

Time: 13:00-17:00 (with lunch at 13:00)

Venue: Hotel Focus Katowice Chorzów, Armii Krajowej 15, 41-506 Chorzów, Poland

Program highlights:

Please register here.


Friday, December 7 (afternoon)

Energy Democracy: Reclaiming Energy to Social Ownership and Full Democratic Control

Time: 13:30-16:00

Venue: Hotel Focus Katowice Chorzów, Armii Krajowej 15, 41-506 Chorzów, Poland

A roundtable of unions and allies advocating for “energy democracy.” The organizers believe social movements, unions, environmental justice and progressive policy groups need to come together in support of a new pro-public “reclaiming” of energy and climate policy, one that can establish the need for radical transformation; put decarbonization back on track, advance energy conservation, address energy poverty and inequality, and ensure a just transition for workers and communities.

We invite others who share our rejection of investor- and market-focused approaches to join us for a discussion on what energy democracy might mean in practice—for people, communities, countries, and continents.

Please register here.


Saturday, December 8 (all day)

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), with the Just Transition Center and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung:

#Unions4ClimateAmbition Strategy Day

Time: 08:45-17:00 (followed by reception, 17.00-19.00)

Venue: Hotel Trojak, Stadionowa, 41-400, Katowice. (Location is about 9 km east of Katowice.)

The full draft program is available here.

To register, please contact: tinne.verhoeven@ituc-csi.org


Sunday, December 9 (evening)

Climate Change and the Energy Transition: The Failure of Market-Focused Approaches, and the Role of Public Ownership

Time: 19:30-21:30

Special guest: Rebecca Long-Bailey, UK Labour Party Shadow Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Venue: Hotel Focus Katowice Chorzów, Armii Krajowej 15, 41-506 Chorzów, Poland

Join us for a discussion on the UK Labour Party’s climate and industrial policy. The Party is currently committed to bringing transmission and distribution networks back into public ownership, and to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The Party is also committed to ensuring 60% of the UK’s energy comes from low carbon and renewable sources within 12 years of coming to power, and to working with energy unions and workers to deliver a ‘green jobs revolution’ at the heart of Labour’s industrial strategy.

In September 2017, the TUC Congress voted unanimously to support Labour’s public ownership commitment.

Addressing this year’s Labour Party annual conference in Liverpool, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Labour Party Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said, “This is not the time for piecemeal measures. We do not have to settle for whatever the market can deliver, and sleep walk into catastrophe. We need a plan of action.” (Click here for the full speech.)

In late June, 2018, Long-Bailey addressed a TUED meeting near Sheffield, where unions debated how the energy system should be taken back into public ownership.

The UK trade union and Labour Party debates have implications for unions and their allies in Europe and beyond.

To register, please click here.


Monday, December 10 (morning)

Energy Democracy “Next Steps” Working Meeting

Time: 09:30-11:30

Venue: Hotel Focus Katowice Chorzów, Armii Krajowej 15, 41-506 Chorzów, Poland

Energy Democracy allies will focus on how we can organize around a clear pro-public energy and climate agenda for Europe and internationally.

To register, please click here.