Climate policy and energy transition as an opportunity for structural change and rural areas

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Nov 3–5, 2017


North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse


Low-carbon Transformation in action – German and European perspectives


The European Climate Initiative (EUKI)




Taking place just before the international community meets for the COP23 UN climate conference in Bonn, this tour aims to provide some insights into the kinds of structural shifts that EU member states are facing as the EU moves to meet and increase the ambition of its commitments under the Paris Agreement. Although the path to decarbonisation will vary across member states, the transition from a high-emission to a low-emission energy supply will lead to significant changes in labour markets, infrastructure and industrial sectors. With its coal-mining and heavy-industrial heartland, the region surrounding Bonn has long been a major driving force behind the German economy. This three-day tour will look at what impact the Energiewende has had so far and how government, industry and civil society are responding to these changes.

Key questions

  • How are different stakeholders defining and seeking to ensure a “just transition” to the low-carbon energy supply and economy?
  • What is meant by “stranded assets” and what are the long-term investment trends in the energy and industrial sectors in Germany?
  • What would phasing out of coal mean for Germany and other EU member states in terms of jobs, infrastructure and investment?

More details about travel arrangements and the application process