Socio-economic footprint of energy transition in South East Europe

South East Europe has substantial, largely untapped renewable energy potential. Some countries in the region have begun to exploit these resources, but, except for hydropower, the modern renewable energy sector is still in an early stage of development and the majority of the region’s energy systems is based on an energy source that is not compatible with the low carbon energy transition - coal.

 One of the main challenges related to the deployment of modern renewable energy is the lack of awareness regarding the potential socio-economic benefits of such an energy transition in the region.

 The objective of this session is to raise awareness about the direct and indirect costs of coal-fired electricity generation, scale-up of renewable energy, and the socio-economic impacts of the energy transition in South East Europe, including income, jobs and air quality and the related policy challenges. 


Acting Director – Knowledge, Policy and Finance
Senior Health and Energy Officer
Heath and Environment Alliance
Senior Energy Specialist
The World Bank
Energy Community Secretariat
Head of Western Balkans Regional Cooperation in the Directorate General for Neighbourhood & Enlargement Negotiations
European Commission