EU climate plans and economic growth require Europe-wide mobilisation in education and training, participants of the EESC's Public Hearing on Education and Training Needs for a Carbon-Free Energy Society concluded. Speakers including Energy Commissioner Piebalgs discussed challenges ahead and explored possible actions to promote climate and energy education. Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said that "climate change is a challenge requiring major societal change.
Through education and training we can unlock the talents of our citizens and grasp a huge environmental and economic opportunity for Europe. We expect that by 2050 EU society will be carbon free. You can't achieve this only by technical means, it has to be a change of consciousness. You can make an important contribution to that."