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DEADLINE: Media Study Tour on Germany’s Coal
Is the world’s largest lignite producer finally facing the dark side of the Energiewende? 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?
During Clean Energy Wire's three-day media study tour (June 17-20, 2018) 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'.
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 deadline for applications is 5 May 2018.