de Lena, Asturias, Spain.
Organised by Escanda and INFORSE-Europe
Hosted by Escanda (INFORSE-member), Spain.
was aimed at fostering exchange and increasing communication between
people working, from different points of view and
areas of activity, towards a transition to sustainable and democratic
energy production and use. The
seminar covered a broad range of separate but interconnected themes,
including the transition
away from fossil
fuels and nuclear energy and towards renewable energies, climate change
and emissions trading, liberalisation of the energy markets, control
of resources, etc.
The initial objectives
and contents that INFORSE and Escanda proposed for the seminar were:
- Bringing together people
working on positive alternatives to the oil and nuclear industries
and people active in denouncing them
against destructive companies and projects. Fostering more cross-polinisation
between the "practical" and the "political",
in order to strengthen the efforts done from all sides for positive
- Discussing our role in a just transition from fossil /
nuclear energy production towards renewables. Promoting bottom-up,
grassroots projects in the energy sector (renewable energy cooperatives,
efficiency measures, etc), particularly in economically marginalised
regions (such as Asturias where the seminar is being held, where
a once thriving and now uncompetitive coal mining industry has
been almost entirely
dismantled). Fostering more exchange between groups working on
these kinds of initiatives.
- Exploring the connections between ownership and control
of resources (energy reserves, power distribution networks, etc), the
of the energy sector, international institutions and agreements
(such as the World Trade Organisation, the EU, etc.) and problems
such as climate
change, dependency, etc.
Discussing the Kyoto Protocol and the Climate Convention (with
a particular focus on Emissions Trading, Joint Implementation
and other controversial
- Exploring the connections between fossil fuel dependency,
global political / economic / military processes and the clash of
(and other racist tools for social engineering). Looking
at the North-South dimension of energy policies, control of resources
and armed conflict.
Developing a scheme for the exchange of young volunteers
working in organisations active in these fields all over
- Building up communication, cooperation and networking tools
between renewable energy networks and grassroots political
networks in order
to increase public awareness about the effects of fossil
and nuclear energy production, the shortcomings of existing
Discussing the new international cooperation for renewable
energy (follow-up from the Bonn International Conference
Energy, June 2004,
the Johannesburg Renewable Energy Coalition etc.), and
how to link them with practical, local and NGO-based activities.
program was made in a participatory way with the groups interested
in attending the seminar.
included a brief presentation of Escanda, INFORSE -Europe,
and other participating NGOs as well as of Escanda's project
to create a locally-owned renewable energy cooperative in Lena (where
the seminar took place).
- See more detailed
information of the Program and Presentations at Escanda's
Energy & Social Change Seminar at
Escanda, August 2004, Spain.
The Presentations, Seminar Reader, and Pictures were moved away from the site,
but you can find some of them under the the Seminar
description and under Recursos/
Resources. Look for the power point presentations under titles: "Presentación
de los Seminarios de Escanda", and "Presentación del Proyecto
'Energías Renovables para Beneficio Local' ".
the Seminar was Kolya
Abramsky who is not at Escanda any more, but can still be contacted by firstname.lastname@example.org.
information on Escanda:
email@example.com, ph/fax: + 34 985 493696.
updated in 2008)