Episode 21 / Claude Turmes

Clean Energy Coalition-Builder

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About our Guest /

Claude Turmes has been the Minister for Energy and Minister for Spatial Planning in the Luxembourgish government since late 2018. During his time in office he led numerous initiatives including “Luxembourg in transition”, developing solutions for “sustainable future of Luxembourg and the greater region” as it goes to net zero.


Before his ministerial role Claude Turmes was an MEP between 1999 and 2018. He was vice president of the parliamentary group of the Green Party and was the rapporteur of a large number of European directives, in particular on renewable energies, energy efficiency, the electricity market and climate plans, as well as on the European lobby register. In 2017 he wrote a book “Energy Transformation: An Opportunity for Europe”, discussing successes and failures of the EU in the field of environment and energy.


From 2004 to 2018, he was the chairman of EUFORES (European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources), the Interparliamentary association for the promotion of renewable energies in Europe.


He represented the Parliament at the 2008 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznań and the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech.


Prior to his election to the European Parliament, Claude Turmes was an activist: both domestically (Mouvement Écologique Luxembourg) and on European level (Friends of the Earth Europe, the European Environmental Bureau) and national level.


Claude Turmes graduated in physical and sport education from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve. He was also studying environmental technologies at the Luxembourgish University Foundation in Arlon. Claude Turmes is an experienced yoga teacher and a sports coach: he taught in various secondary schools in Luxembourg from 1983 to 1999.

Premieres / December 2, 2020 


Guest Links /


  • European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources: Click Here

  • Energy Transformation: An Opportunity for Europe: Click Here

  • The EU’s state aid regime is upside down (May 2020): Click Here

  • Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (October 2012): Click Here

  • Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (April 2009): Click Here

  • "Luxembourg In Transition": Towards Zero Carbon By 2050? (June 2020): Click Here

  • Turmes wants to “ensure that Cattenom [nuclear power plant] is shut down” (July 2020): Click Here

  • Luxembourg to deploy carbon tax from 2021 (December 2019): Click Here

  • Exclusive interview: energy transition architect Claude Turmes tells inside story of EU energy policy (March 2017): Click Here

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