Media study tour: Germany’s historic coal year 2018

We are inviting: energy, environmental or climate policy journalists from countries with major fossil fuel extraction industries
17 Jun - 20 Jun 2018
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED. Is the world’s largest lignite producer finally facing the thorny issue of the future of coal in its energy system? Long considered to be a clean energy pioneer, what is keeping Germany from following most of its European neighbours in phasing out coal? As coal mines close, how do local communities find new forms of employment and tax revenue? On the Paris pathway of ending fossil fuel extraction, is there a future for the German tradition of trade union-brokered social pacts?

                                                               A disused coal excavator in Ferropolis, photo: Carel Mohn/CLEW



During our three-day media study tour to Germany`s industrial heartland of North Rhine-Westphalia, we will visit one of the huge opencast lignite mining pits in the Rhineland, see the Ibbenbüren hard coal mine, and get acquainted with local post-coal business projects. In meetings with leading energy experts, policymakers, corporate leaders and regional planners, we will seek answers to the questions Germany is facing as it confronts the long-neglected 'dark side of the Energiewende'.

You can download the programme as a PDF file.

What languages will be spoken?

Presentations during the workshop will be either in English or in German. English-German simultaneous interpretation will be provided where necessary.

What are the costs?

Participation in the media workshop is free of charge. All expenses incurred during the workshop, including food, accommodation, and transport, will be covered by the Clean Energy Wire.

The following funding options are available for travel (train, coach, or flight) to and from Germany:

 1.)    100 percent reimbursement (limited contingent)

 2.)    60 percent reimbursement for climate-friendly modes of transport, such as train and coach travel, OR 40% reimbursement for air travel.

Please indicate via the application form whether you will cover your own travel expenses, or which of the two reimbursement schemes you are applying for. Also consider carefully whether you may be able to access any additional external sources of funding before choosing 100 percent reimbursement, as fully funded spaces are very limited and competitive.

How to apply?

Please apply by clicking on Sign up in the red bar above. 

What are the deadlines?

The deadline for applications is 5 May 2018.

We will inform you of the outcome of your application no later than 15 May 2018.

What about travel arrangements?

Local transport during the workshop will be organised by the Clean Energy Wire. Participants are kindly asked to organise their own travel to and from Germany.

Is there a possibility for individual research?

If you are interested in extending the study tour for individual research, please let us know. We will support you in finding the experts, stakeholders, and locations most relevant to your questions.


Don`t hesitate to get in contact with Programme Officer Ms Eva Freundorfer (

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