Online debate: Sustainable Consumption in the World Energy Transition

Last modified: March 14, 2019

18 March 2019 | 2-3pm CET | online

The accomplishment of the world energy transition for a low-carbon economy imposes challenges on public authorities, but also civil society and consumers. Besides the universal access to clean and affordable energy, consumers and industrial customers are means to the energy transition when they respond and engage in consumption patterns to consume less and better energy, self-generate, or become prosumers. These goals are at the core of the United Nation SDG #12, which trickle the issue of Sustainable Consumption.

A wide range of techniques have been developed to bring consumption to more sustainable levels: information disclosure policy though smart-meters, energy label and eco-design; energy efficiency of residential and non-residential buildings; tax and regulatory incentives for the use of electric vehicles among others. Until now, these techniques remained scattered across different areas of law, with the resulting challenge for anyone interested in their forms and operation. The online debate aims to touch open the issue of sustainable consumption.

This online debate will discuss the following issues:

  • What does the UN Sustainable Development Goal #12 on Sustainable Consumption mean and how does it interact with SDG #7 on affordable and clean energy?
  • What are the main legal barriers that preclude consumers to engage in more sustainable patterns such as demand-response?
  • What are the legal techniques that have been developed to bring consumption to more sustainable levels in energy markets and other sectors?

An open discussion will follow.


Alberto do Amaral Júnior | Professor at the University of São Paulo (Brazil).

Tiago de Barros Correia | Former-Director of ANEEL (Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Authority)

Miguel Vazquez | Part-time Professor and Head of Florence School of Regulation Energy Innovation


Lucila de Almeida | Florence School of Regulation