Alumni Study Tours 2016“The energy transition in Germany explained”

During October, November and December IJP, in cooperation with Clean Energy Wire, offer a 4-day study trip to Germany for the foreign alumni only. This option applies for the alumni of the Southern African Bursary, the Turkey Fellowship, the Latin-American Program as well as the Program for Asia and the Arthur F. Burns Program for the United States.

For four days alumni will get a special program related to the so called Energie-Wende (energy transition) policy of the German government. Germany has become a laboratory for exploring the path to a sustainable energy system. It is phasing out the use of nuclear power and introducing renewable energy. At the same time it has set ambitious climate targets and has to reduce emissions from coal power and transport – while increasing energy efficiency significantly. This policy is reshaping one of the world’s largest economies – in 2015, renewables already made up a third of the power consumed in the country. There are many puzzles to solve and obstacles to overcome in the process, including changes to the grid infrastructure and management, new business models for power producers and economic transition strategies for sectors and regions. With no predefined master plan for guidance, answers to these challenges are subject to lively political debates.

The study tour will present a broad range of perspectives on the challenges of transforming conventional energy systems, allowing participants a deep dive into the policy debate.