International Spring School






International Spring School "European Energy System Transformation and Climate    Policy – Heterogeneous Perspectives Ranging from Global via European to Local"

The European energy system is subject to significant changes. Key drivers of these changes are global warming and the policies to mitigate this warming as the energy system is the main emitter of greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union.

The expansion of the renewable energy sector and energy saving efforts are regarded as pivotal approaches to conduct an energy system transformation towards a ‘climate-friendly’ system. Regarding the renewable energy sector, the Europe 2020 strategy’s second climate change and energy target is to raise the share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption to 20% by 2020. The Europe 2020 strategy is the EU’s agenda for growth and jobs for the 2020s. This approach has – in turn – manifold implications on other layers of the economy, amongst others concerning transport (e.g. electrical mobility), heating (e.g. use of air heat pumps) and natural resource exploitation (e.g. critical resources like rare earth elements required for wind turbines).

The spring school will deal with the divergent economic, environmental and social implications of the pursued ‘climate-friendly’ energy system transformation. The effects range from the global via the European to the local level and cross impacts between the different geographical layers and between economic, environmental and social impacts will arise. Such cross impacts will have an important influence on the success of the European energy system’s transformation process and therefore a better understanding of these cross impacts is absolutely essential in this respect.

Different related research approaches (cross-impact balance analysis, joint-production and impure public good models) are among the teaching and learning content of the spring school. Among the disciplines playing a major role are economics, psychology and natural sciences.

The spring school will take place March 19-22, 2018



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Please note, that the School is overbooked and no free places are available anymore.


This event is supported by the VolkswagenStiftung.Logo der VolkswagenStiftung



The spring school is jointly organized by Prof. Dr. Dirk Rübbelke of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Dr. Stefan Vögele of the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Further information will follow soon.

For further questions please contact:

Prof. Dr. Dirk Rübbelke

Dr. Stefan Vögele

Philip Mayer