Please note that this event takes place in English.
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Call for Applications
The Hertie Energy and Environment Network (HEEN) cordially invites you to apply for the HEEN’s Workshop X, which will take place from Friday, 16 November to Sunday, 18 November 2018 in Bucharest, Romania. The workshop "Policy Challenges of Coal Phase-out in a Democratic System: Romania and the European Union” will focus on the constraints and opportunities of phasing out coal power generation. Exploring an Eastern European context for the first time in HEEN’s history, the workshop will highlight the diversity of stakeholders’ perspectives on phasing out coal, from that of frontline activists, climate think-tank representatives, MPs representing coal reliant regions to that of researchers and business representatives.
Comparing the current status of use of coal in Eastern Europe and the European Union, the workshop will investigate the barriers and alternatives to the coal-phase out, its social impacts and social justice aspects as well as its economic implications, covering the topics of electricity market design, market opportunities for the gas and nuclear industry and business models in a low carbon economy.
The workshop topic will be explored using a variety of discussion formats, from traditional expert presentations and a round table discussion among the guest speakers to interactive discussions among speakers and workshop participants. As networking and professional development are central to HEEN, workshop program also includes open-end networking dinners, pitches by HEEN members, skill sessions and an excursion the passive house in Bucharest. The opening session on Friday is organized in cooperation with Bucharest University of Economic Studies. On Saturday and Sunday the workshop will take place at the OK Centre, a foundation dedicated to improving the chances for teenagers to receive quality education by providing scholarships.
FRIDAY 16 November 2018
Location: Faculty of Business Administration (in Foreign Languages) (FABIZ), Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Calea Griviței 2-2A, Bucuresti 010731, Romania
14:00-17:00: Coal phase-out: Bridging Romanian and European perspectives
Keynote speech by Claude Turmes, State Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Luxembourg; former coordinator on Energy issues for the Green Group in the European Parliament (TBC)
● Presentations by various stakeholders
- Razvan Nicolescu, Energy & Resources Industry Leader Deloitte, former Minister of Energy
- Virgil Popescu, Congressman of Mehedinti, Vice-president of the Industry and Services Commission (TBC)
-Roxana Minzatu, Congresswoman of Brasov, Secretary of the Industry and Services Commission (TBC)
- Allen Coliban, Senator of Brasov, Member of the Environment Commission
- Alexandru Mustata, Campaign Coordinator, Bankwatch Romania
- Suzana Carp, Sandbag, Brussels Office Lead
● Round table and Q&A session moderated by Corina Murafa, Director - Ashoka Romania
18:00-open end: Dinner & Networking (optional, self-pay basis)
SATURDAY 17 November 2018
Location: OK Center, Strada Traian 1, sector 3, Bucuresti 030571, Romania
09:00-10:00: Welcome & introduction
● Presentation of the Hertie Energy & Environment Network
● Presentation by potential partners
● HEEN pitches
10:00-11:30: Challenges of the coal phase-out in Eastern Europe: social, political and business perspectives
Presentations by speakers followed by Q&A sessions to understand the basic challenges of coal phase-out in Eastern Europe.
● Alin Tanase and Vlad Catuna, Greenpeace Romania, Just Transition/Coal Phase-out Campaigners
● Eugenia Gusilov, Director, Romania Energy Center (ROEC)
● Business representative (TBC)
11:30-11:45: Coffee break
11:45-13:15: Challenges of the coal phase-out in the European Union: social, political and business perspectives
Presentations by speakers followed by Q&A sessions to understand the basic challenges of coal phase-out in the EU.
● Stephanus Lintker, Head of International Relations and Energy Markets, EnergyAgency.NRW GmbH (TBC)
● Philipp Offenberg, Analyst, European Commission, European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC)
● Prof. Dr. Michael Rodi, Director and Academic Supervisor, Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität (IKEM)
● United Kingdom Representative (TBC)
14:00-15:15: Business models in a post-coal Europe
Short presentation by the speakers followed by 3 discussion rounds to understand how the electricity sector might look in a world where coal is phased out.
● Dave Jones, Lead Power Market Analyst, Sandbag
● Oliver Sanderson, Head of European Natural Gas Analysis, Refinitiv (Formerly Thomson Reuters Finance and Risk)
● Energy expert (TBC)
15:15-18:30: Excursion to the Passive House Bucharest- EFDEN
20:30-open end: Dinner and Networking (optional, self-pay basis)
SUNDAY 18 November 2018
Location: OK Center, Strada Traian 1, sector 3, Bucuresti 030571, Romania
09:30-10:00h: HEEN pitches
Presentations on current topics by the HEEN Network.
10:00-11:30: Skills session I – Leadership for Climate, delivered by Magor Csibi, Head of Culture, TrendConsult
11:30-11:45: Coffee Break
11:45-13:00: Skills session II – Storytelling (TBC)
14:00-15:00: HEEN network development session
Future development session for the HEEN network - participants have the chance to join the HEEN Board and co-organize the next HEEN workshop.
HEEN – Hertie Energy and Environment Network
HEEN is a vibrant international network of young energy and climate experts promoting a sustainable energy future based on trust, openness and curiosity by facilitating active dialogue, knowledge exchange and professional development. Established in 2014, HEEN is affiliated with Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung’s “Fellows and Friends” Programme, and currently comprises over 120 members active in the public, private and NGO sectors across Europe.
Alumni of the Hertie Foundation, i.e., affiliates of the fellows & friends Programme, are welcome to apply and constitute HEEN’s key target audience. Experienced professionals in the Energy and Environment field, who do NOT have a fellows & friends programme affiliation, are also welcome to apply. Such “non-affiliates” will be selected based on relevant experience and demonstrated willingness to contribute to the workshop program, and may constitute a maximum of 30% of the participants.
The HEEN meetings are organized free of charge by volunteer coordinators and with the support of the Hertie foundation. The dinners on Friday and Saturday evening as well as tickets for the public transportation in Bucharest are on self-pay basis.
A limited budget is available. You may indicate that you would like to receive travel reimbursements while applying. Upon your acceptance to HEEN X, you will receive a confirmation by the network coordinators about the amount of reimbursement awarded. Travel reimbursements can only be granted for 2nd/economy class tickets, as per the following conditions: (1) up to 80 Euros for participants residing in Germany; (2) up to 120 Euros for participants residing in the EU member states before 2004, EFTA states, and (3) up to EUR 150 for participants residing in the EU member states since 2004, EU candidate countries, EU Eastern Partnership countries. Attendance on Saturday and Sunday is obligatory to qualify for travel reimbursements. Travel reimbursements for non-affiliates are possible if they make an outstanding contribution to the network meeting, e.g., presenting.
While accommodation will NOT be provided free of charge, you will receive a list of suggested accommodation options upon your acceptance. There are plenty of reasonably priced accommodation options in Bucharest .
Please note that all sessions are mandatory if not otherwise indicated. The participants represent their own views and opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of their organisations. For all workshop sessions Chatham rules apply.
We encourage you to apply as early as possible. There will be 2 application review rounds:
Round 1 - for applications received by Monday, October 15
Round 2 - for applications received by Wednesday, October 24
You may be directly accepted after Round 1, or your application may be reviewed together with Round 2 applications. You will be notified of the decision promptly.
To apply please fill out the APPLICATION FORM BELOW.
In case of questions about HEEN or the application procedure, please contact Ms Olga Bondarenko (BondarenkoO@fellows-ghst.de). Should you face any technical difficulties in completing the application, please contact Ms Julia Michalsky (MichalskyJ@ghst.de).
- 16. November 2018
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