Guest Speaker:
Professor Andreas Löschel

"The Energy Transition and the Politics of Coal in Germany"

An audio recording is available here (80 minutes duration)

Germany has set itself a long-term energy policy strategy with ambitious goals including the decision to phase out nuclear power. The Federal Government initiated a monitoring process to review the progress made on attaining these goals. The presentation will discuss the progress in Germany’s energy transition and measures to get back on track. Germany’s Coal Exit Commission has recommended to phase out coal-based power generation by 2038 latest. Moreover, there is an intensive discussion about the future role of carbon pricing in the Energiewende.

Professor Löschel holds the Chair for Energy and Resource Economics and is director of the Center of Applied Economic Research at the University of Münster, Germany. Since 2011 he has been Chairman of the Expert Commission of the German Government to monitor the energy transformation. He also directs the Virtual Institute Smart Energy North Rhine-Westphalia (VISE). Andreas Loeschel is a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Fifth and Sixth Assessment Report (2010-21) and a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). He is currently a visiting researcher at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, and a co-director of the Australian-German Energy Transition Hub. In the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) economist ranking he was several times among the 50 most influential economists in Germany. He received his PhD in Economics at the University of Mannheim in 2003.


About UQ Energy Exchange Industry Engagement Series

Commencing in 2011, the Energy Exchange Series was designed to facilitate constructive, informed and robust debate on energy policy. 

Series objectives:
- To contribute to energy and climate policy debate by facilitating a greater understanding of energy issues at a local and international level.
- To facilitate constructive, informed and broad industry discussion of global energy issues.

The Energy Exchange Series is not a vehicle for advancing policy advocacy on specific immediate policy issues that are in play. Its purpose is to contribute towards the development of a more informed energy discourse that will ultimately lead to better energy policy. The speakers are chosen on the basis of their recognised expertise and leadership related to energy. The organisers have no influence on the content of their presentations other than determining the range of issues we would like them to speak about.

The target audience consists of leaders from industry, government officials, consultants, NGOs, academia, legal firms etc with an interest in energy and climate policy. Attendance is open to all, however priority is given to those on the stakeholder/guest list. Each event can cater for up to 200 attendees, and registration is essential.

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Details of the first of our 2020 Energy Exchange events will be published soon.