Climate coverage and war: Reporting on the energy transition as a security priority

We are inviting: Key CLEW partners
25 Apr 2022
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As the Covid19 pandemic was dragging to an end, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is violently shaking the international order. The biggest war in Europe since the end of WWII, the aggression against Ukraine is not only causing endless human suffering, it is also sending energy markets into turmoil, fundamentally challenging energy security and likely spurring the transition to clean energies.

It is against this background of conflict and crisis, that the Clean Energy Wire is inviting key collaboration partners, network members and funders from Europe to our Network Conference on 25 April. At this event we aim to reconnect and to discuss how to shape the future of collaborative climate and energy journalism at a time when long-held convictions of stability and evolutionary change are dissipating at record speed.

This event is by invitation only.

Get-together. photo: Carel Mohn/ Clean Energy Wire

We are confronted with a harshly split reality: On one hand, the COP26 climate summit seemed to prove that, across the globe, policy makers, businesses, courts, media and the broader public have woken up to the challenges of the climate crisis. Simultaneously, the war in Ukraine has pushed public attention for the most recent IPCC Report to the fringes and has radically rewritten the playbook of energy policy in Europe.

It is thus time for the Clean Energy Wire (CLEW) to discuss with its network members and long-standing partner organisations what this means for climate and energy policy journalism.

The meeting will offer networking opportunities and insights, with sessions on German energy reforms, cross-border climate journalism, and a panel discussion on European energy and climate security at a time of war.


09.00 - 10.00 Check-in and registration
10.00 - 10.15

Welcome and introduction

By Sven Egenter and Milou Dirkx, Clean Energy Wire

10.15 - 10.45

Keynote: Climate policy in times of multiple crises - is the space shrinking for ambitious climate action?

By Hinrich Thölken, Ambassador, Special Advisor for International Climate and Energy  Policy, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

10.45 - 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 - 12.15

Panel discussion: Energy security and the transition -two sides of the same coin?


  • Jakob Schlandt, Head of Tagesspiegel Background Energie & Klima
  • Maria Pastukhova, Senior Policy Advisor at E3G
  • Anna Ackermann, specialist on climate and energy policy, founding member of Ukrainian Centre for Environmental Initiatives: Екодія/Ecoaction
12.15 - 12.30

Short break

12.30 - 13.00 Keynote by Patrick Graichen, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) 
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 - 16.00 Roundtables: Shaping the future of collaborative climate and energy journalism
16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 - 17.00

Lightning talks: Collaborative climate journalism

All eyes on Eurasia: Podcast on climate issues in Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus

Angelina Davydova, environmental journalist

Boris Schneider, project manager N-OST

Local journalism on a global scale: The Sinking Cities Project

Mercy Abang, managing director Unbias the News

Tina Lee, editor-in-chief Unbias the News

17.00 - 18.00

Get a clue with the CLEW quiz

By Milou Dirkx, Clean Energy Wire

18.00 - 20.00           

Dinner and drinks

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