Scientists of the IFNTUOG share their views on low-carbon development in Europe

Scientists of the Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas - Vice-Rector for International Affairs, prof. M. Karpash and Associate Professor A. Yavorskyi paid an official visit to the city of Sofia (Bulgaria). At the invitation of the leading ENABLE.EU project experts, they participated in a workshop on the management of the transition to a low-carbon future held at the Center for the Study of Democracy. Representatives of state, research institutions, universities and business associations from various member states of the European Union and other countries were invited to the workshop.

There has been a growing concern about global climate change mainly arising from energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. To effectively reduce CO2 emissions while keep economic growth, different countries have begun to search for new development paths among which low-carbon development has become a widely advocated one. This was the goal of holding such a seminar at the Center for the Study of Democracy.

Among the large number of urgent issues that require certain steps to be taken to resolve them, the most relevant for discussion among leading experts were problems in the managerial field, as well as obstacles to public perception of low-carbon development policy. The participants of the seminar also discussed possible solutions and measures to solve problems with low institutional, administrative and professional potential, especially at the regional level; "energy poverty"; lack of strategic thinking and political commitment; the dominant position of civil servants in energy systems and politics; low level of awareness and lack of transparency.

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