On 24, 25 and 26 January 2017 the European Energy Transition Conference will be held in Bordeaux. Nearly 3000 participants, from all over Europe – local elected representatives, technicians, associations, researchers and citizens, are awaited at the Palais des Congrès (convention centre) to debate and share their experience on the topic of « Transitions: a field of possibilities for the regions ».




As the first European high spot for the regional players on the energy transition topic after COP 22, the 2017 Conference will focus on the coming into force of the Paris Agreement, its translation at the local, regional and European levels, and the essential role played by the regions in its implementation in the presence of many important testifiers. Transport, town planning, agriculture, economics, new technologies, information system management, new solidarity and cooperation: the Conference programme also promises to deal with the major society transformation trends and the issues faced by the local authorities through over a hundred workshops, forums and ideas labs. Lastly, the Energy Transition Jobs Forum – « an event in the event », will highlight the sectors and jobs emerging in the energy field and demonstrate that energy efficiency and circular economy hold out many prospects for employment.

Tuesday 24 January 2017: Over and beyond technology, new tools at the service of transition!
After an official opening and a welcome speech from the 3 co-organizers of the event: Alain JUPPE, Mayor of Bordeaux and Chairman of Bordeaux Métropole, Patrice VERGRIETE, Mayor of Dunkirk and Chairman of the Dunkirk Urban Community, and Bruno LECHEVIN, Chairman of ADEME, the European Energy Transition Conference will welcome its first important testifier – symbol of the European dynamic on the move: Maros SEFCOVIC. The European Commissioner for Energy will give on this occasion a vision of the international context in which the players are currently working. This topic will also be that of the opening plenary session, conducted by Pascal CANFINtHE. The General Manager of WWF France and a former Minister will give an assessment of COP22 and the Energy Transition for Green Growth Act. The day will continue with questions about the new technologies and the energy transition role these may have to play through 3 plenary sessions: « Big data: a tool for what local transition? », « region and societal change: how to promote the transitions? » and « Consumer-producer-distributor: new partnerships between local players ».
Wednesday 25 January 2017: The resources for the transition, shared resources?
After an initial plenary session entitled « Towards a new economy» which will set the guidelines for the discussions about the resources and how to share them, the day will continue around 3 important plenary sessions: « Solidarity, complementarity and sharing: concepts or founding principles of a successful transition », « Energy insecurity: what are the solutions, what are the new avenues to be explored? » and « Regions and cooperation”: the regions creators of synergies? ». To be noted also at the beginning of the afternoon: the « Academy of Elected Representatives » - a meeting and exchange high spot dedicated to the elected representatives which will this
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year be the opportunity to reflect on the partnership between local authorities/ local players » and its role in the implementation of a successful route to a sustainable, post-carbon region. The day will end with another recurrent appointment proposed by ADEME, i.e. the 2nd edition of the Climate Change Adaptation and Regions Trophies! The promise of discovering many innovative and inspiring initiatives.

Thursday 26 January 2017: What route to take, what adaptation for the regions?
The Paris Agreement has set a global course for energy transition. How is this shared by the regional and local players, how is it tran0slated at the local level? The first plenary session of the day « Towards a future of zero carbon and 100% renewables » will propose a discussion about the concrete implementation and the appropriation of the course set at the local level. A policy round table will then be proposed on the topic of « Decentralized energy systems: what solidarity between regions and local areas? », and will enable the new cross-border interconnections advocated by the European Union and the multi-level governance given an impetus by the Energy Transition for Green Growth Act to be debated in order to define the priorities for the coming 5 years. Lastly, Négawatt will propose a prospective vision of energy transition to the participants during the final plenary session « An energy transition with multiple benefits – the Négawatt scenario 2017-2050 ».

Energy transition is also the emergence of new sectors and new jobs. Nearly 60% of secondary-school pupils will be doing a job that does not yet exist at present. A veritable event in the event, the « Energy Transition Jobs Forum » wishes to highlight the vocational revolution. Over 3 days, employment players, businesses and energy professionals will take turns sensitizing and informing the public – secondary-school pupils, sixth-formers and students in search of career guidance, people faced with redeployment, job seekers or again professionals seeking to specialize or looking for new jobs.
 Tuesday 24 January: « Job prospects in the energy transition field »
The day will be dedicated to the presentation of the emerging sectors through a programme of round tables and job demonstrations.
 Wednesday 25 January: « The jobs that are recruiting »
This second day will be the opportunity to discover the jobs in the presence of businesses that are recruiting thanks to a series of demonstrations in the morning and a jobs, internship and sandwich course forum in particular, organized in the afternoon in partnership with the Bordeaux Maison de l’emploi and Pôle Emploi.
 Thursday 26 January: « Career guidance and training courses »
This last day will be the opportunity to discover the ways of integrating these new sectors, with or without qualifications. High schools, National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (CNAM), universities, grandes écoles: so many players that will be mobilized so that each pupil/student can leave with a vocational option to achieve!