"Socrates or Plato – whom shall the future energy system follow?" This question will be raised at our session at the EUSEW Energy Talks!

Socrates and Plato agreed: „The secret of change is to focus energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new".

For different reasons both said that democracy is a good step forward but not the ultimate solution. Nonetheless, Socrates defended the democratic system he lived in, while Plato distrusted democracy more. Mainly because in democracies he saw people prioritizing wealth and property accumulation as the highest good – rather than searching for wisdom, knowledge and bests solutions. Socrates had invented a method for it: activating people by asking questions in a dialectic method making them think through a problem to a logical conclusion.

In the light of EC goal consumer in the center: Is that the method we need to better involve consumers, customers and citizens in the clean energy transition?

This leads to the more concrete questions:

  • How much technical distribution will we see?
  • How much democratic decision can we give to citizens?
  • How much democracy do we need to make energy transition happen?

Our 4 experts will give their key position in 99 seconds each to stimulate discussion:

  • Prof. Antonello Monti, RWTH Aachen (EU project Platone)
  • Christopher Schneider, Stadtwerk Haßfurt (EU project FEVER)
  • Esther Hardi (Energy community 2030.nu and ETIP SNET)
  • Todor Galev, Center for the Study of Democracy in Sofia (EU projects ENABLE.EU & REFEREE)

Introduction: Ludwig Karg, B.A.U.M. Consult München/Berlin (Platone, FEVER, REFEREE & ETIP SNET)

Platone joins the EUSEW 2021 with an Energy Talk

Wed, 27.10.2021, 12:45 - 13:15 Uhr
Organizer: European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), in close cooperation with the Directorate-General for Energy.

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