The future of gas in a decarbonised energy system

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Target Audience: European journalists
26 Jun - 27 Jun 2017
Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
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Media study tour for journalists organised by the Clean Energy Wire in cooperation with the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich

                                                                                                                    Photo: Flickr/Michael Bliefert [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

You want to have an energy policy debate that is highly controversial, dizzyingly complex and marked by a bewildering plethora of political and corporate interests? You want to talk about an energy source that features prominently in the energy system of almost every single G20 country?

Let’s talk about gas then.

We are inviting journalists from across Europe to join us in understanding the complexity. During our three-day study tour we will talk to leading gas experts, industry stakeholders and policymakers. During on-site visits, in panel discussions and expert briefings we will look at the following questions:

  • In the context of the German Energiewende, can gas be used as a cleaner bridge towards an energy system based almost entirely on renewables?
  • What are the climate, foreign policy and security implications of expanding the European gas infrastructure by building new pipelines and new LNG terminals?
  • What is the potential of power-to-gas technologies as a long-term power storage? And how could future business models based on power-to-gas look like?
  • As heating and transport are key factors in bringing down greenhouse gas emissions: Is there a place for fossil gas to fuel cars and trucks and to heat homes en route to full decarbonisation? And could it gradually be replaced by synthetic gas made from renewable power?

 

The programme

Please find the detailed programme as a PDF document here.

 

Organisational details

Who can take part?

The media workshop is open to European journalists with a professional background in energy, environmental or climate policy journalism.

 How to apply?

Please apply by using the application on this page (see the red button at the top of this section).

What are the deadlines?

The deadline for applications is 4 June 2017. We will inform you whether your application has been successful no later than 7 June 2017.

 What are the costs?

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

Please note: participants must cover their own expenses for travel to and from Berlin (where the workshop will begin and end).

 In specific cases and upon individual application we can provide funding support for travel of up to 300 euros per person.

 What languages will be spoken?

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

 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 Berlin.