Energy Transition in Europe – International Spring School at TU Bergakademie Freiberg

How to manage the Energy Transition. © Fotolia
How can the “Energiewende” (Energy Transition) in the European Union be carried out efficiently? Some 75 participants from more than 15 countries will address this question at an International Spring School hosted by TU Bergakademie Freiberg at Freudenstein Castle from March 19 to 22, 2018.

Electric vehicles, heat pumps and other alternative concepts for generating or saving electricity – our energy system is currently undergoing significant change. The main drivers of this development are that of climate change and the various policies for combating it. An environmentally friendly transformation of our energy supply is, therefore, the goal. Participants at the International Spring School “European Energy System Transformation and Climate Policy – Heterogeneous Perspectives Ranging from Global via European to Local” will learn about the economic, ecological and social effects these changes will have.

“The Spring School will consider the effects at global, European and local levels, as well as the interdependencies between different geographical levels,” explained organiser Prof. Dr. Dirk Rübbelke. This scope requires the involvement of scientists from the fields of economics, psychology and the natural sciences. “The event will help to strengthen the exchange of knowledge – and not only between researchers from different countries, but from different scientific disciplines,” said Prof. Rübbelke.

The International Spring School has succeeded in recruiting professors and scientists from renowned institutions, such as the OECD in Paris and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. Among the lecturers is Prof. Anil Markandya, who has carried out research at renowned institutions such as Princeton, Berkeley, Harvard and the London School of Economics, among others. Prof. Markandya was also one of the main authors of the report written by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – which shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice-President Al Gore in 2007. He was also President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists from 2014 to 2015.    

The event is being organised by Prof. Dr. Dirk Rübbelke, Chair of Economics (incl. Resource Economics) together with Dr. Stefan Vögele from Forschungszentrum Jülich. The Volkswagen Foundation is the official sponsor of the International Spring School.

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Contact: Prof. Dr. Dirk Rübbelke, Tel: + 49 (0)3731/39-2763