PROGRAMME of Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference 2019 #GETJO19

07 Apr - 08 Apr 2019
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Join the Global Energy Transition Journalism conference to discuss how the business sector is adjusting to the climate crisis and shaping the energy transition, and how these transformations are reflected in journalism. Places are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to join us, kindly confirm by registering via the link on the event page here. Registration deadline is 25 March.

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Sunday, 07.04.2019


16.00 - 16.15

Welcome address Sven Egenter, Executive Director and Chief Editor of the Clean Energy Wire

16.15 - 18.15

Keynotes: Business, climate policy and energy transition journalism - a complex or a love story?


  • Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of German Energy Agency (dena)
  • Scott Clavenna, Chairman of Greentech Media

19.30 - 22.00

Award dinner
Three finalist cross-border journalist teams pitch their story ideas to compete for the top award of 5,000 euros endowed by Stiftung Mercator. The audience will cast a vote and nominate their favourite story.

  • Welcome address: Philipp Offergeld, Stiftung Mercator Foundation
  • Announcement of Clean Energy Wire cross-border grant recipients: Isabel Hilton, China Dialogue

Monday, 08.04.2019


9.00 - 10.30

Lightning talks: Business, climate science and business journalism

Mapping businesses' transformation, business journalism and the energy transition story. Does business journalism ask the right questions? At the right level? Speakers submit their ideas about what needs tackling.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Nickolaus Bauer, eeNews Africa

  • Kingsmill Bond, Carbon Tracker

  • Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

  • Dr Frank Pawlitschek, ubitricity
  • Kerstin Rippel, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH
  • Chair: Hanne May, German Energy Agency (dena)

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.15

Breakout sessions

 11.00 - 12.15

Breakout session 1: Critical reporting on green business 

  • What are the pitfalls of reporting on green business and how do journalists deal with them?

  • How can media companies and reporters institutionalise bias checks to maintain critical distance?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Tsvetomira Tsanova, Renewables Now
  • Anne-Sophie Garrigou, The Beam/CleanTechnica
  • Chair: Richard Black, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU)

 11.00 - 12.15

Breakout session 2: The business of the energy transition and the transformation of media formats

  • What and whose information gap does your publication address in which country or region?

  • To what extent do specialised media influence mainstream reporting? Is it a one- or two-way street?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Wojciech Jakóbik,
  • Joachim Müller-Soares, Energy journalist and publisher
  • Martin Schwarz,

 11.00 - 12.15

Breakout session 3: The (hidden) business transition: How to tell the story? Why does it matter?

  • In search of fresh ideas: where and how to find the hidden energy transition story. Why does it matter, and how pitchable is it?

  • What new angles are needed for oft-told stories?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Sören Amelang, Clean Energy Wire
  • Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, Times of India
  • Maz Plechinger, EnergyWatch

12.15 - 13.30


13.30 - 15.00

Panel: What does a business journalist need to cover the energy transition well?

  • What are the fundamental differences for journalists covering business a decade ago, today, and tomorrow?

  • How does the news media connect with research and academia and how to foster this relationship?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Andreas Kluth, Handelsblatt Global
  • Sabrina Schulz, KfW
  • Dr Richard Thomas, Swansea University

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

15.30 - 16.30

Breakout sessions

 15.30 - 16.30

Breakout session 1: Caught in the middle – Fossil fuel extraction, unstable governments and the great transformation
Fossil fuel extraction and a country's economic and political structure are often closely linked. In some places, fossil fuel extraction is related to corruption or political instability. As these economic models face uncertain futures, what does this mean for journalism?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Mike de Souza, National Observer
  • Natalia Paramonova, Plus One, Ekologia i Pravo Magazine
  • Atâyi-Babs Opaluwah, Climate Reporters
  • Chair: Komila Nabiyeva, Freelance energy and climate journalist

 15.30 - 16.30

Breakout session 2: Intercultural communication – business vs. climate and environmental journalism

  • Where are the blind spots of business, climate and environmental journalists? 

  • How can they learn from one another? What's your vision for ensuring exchange, or does it even matter?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Michael Lee Buchsbaum, Energy Transition
  • Susanne Ehlerding, Tagesspiegel Background
  • Michael Holder, Business Green
  • Chair: Kerstine Appunn, Clean Energy Wire

 15.30 - 16.30

Breakout session 3: Key takeaways from the India-Nepal electric vehicle story - for business and energy transition reporting

  • Tracking the energy transition across the border: workshop report, from origin to delivery

  • Five pieces of advice for a team embarking on a cross-border business energy transition story

Confirmed speakers:

  • Abhaya Raj Joshi, OnlineKhabar, The Third Pole
  • Twesh Mishra, The Hindu Business Line
  • Chair: Benjamin Wehrmann, Clean Energy Wire

16.30 - 17.00

Coffee Break

17.00 - 18.00

The business story of the energy transition - what journalists should cover

Vattenfall – Insights on how a large utility manages change internally in media relations

  • Alexander Jung, Vattenfall (Director Public & Regulatory Affairs Germany)

  • Stefan Müller, Vattenfall (Director Media Relations & Editorial Germany)

Further speakers tbc

18.00 - 19.15

Keynote: The power of solutions: How can journalists harness the power of a collaborative and solutions-oriented journalism to build a more sustainable future?

Christian de Boisredon, Founder of Sparknews

19.15 - 19.30

Farewell words, Sven Egenter, Executive Director and Chief Editor of the Clean Energy Wire

19.30 - 21.30

Closing dinner

Tuesday, 09.04.2019



Individual departure and/or participation in:

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Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue at the Foreign Office

Journalism for the energy transition

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