No energy for the turnaround?

Dialogue forums 2016

Nuclear power out, wind and sun in - this is the core message of the German energy turnaround. Solar thermal energy, wind power stations, electromobility and energy efficiency are the well-known key words. The devil is in the details. Germany is at odds over power transmission lines, feed-in tariffs and financing the nuclear phase out. The energy turnaround is essential and the only alternative – here and all over the world. Can we succeed in restructuring the power industry?

We regret that advance registrations by e-mail or telephone are not possible. We will not keep special allocations for certain groups, as we want to give all visitors the same opportunity to take part. Because of the strong demand, only registered guests can attend the various evenings.

21 January 2016
Energy turnaround the only alternative - right on track with sun, wind and water

Germany is considered the pioneer of the energy turnaround. Renewable energies overtook brown coal in power generation for the first time in 2014. Where will our energy come from in 2016, can we create the right power mixture, and what dependencies exist? Is the complete restructuring of our power system possible, or even necessary? What are the biggest obstacles and risks? What effects will the new German energy policies have on the EU and the rest of the world?
Franzjosef Schafhausen, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
Johannes Kempmann, President of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries – BDEW
Dr. Kirsten Westphal, Energy expert and political scientist with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs – SWP

Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich

16 February 2016
Energy turnaround - who will pay the bill?

The battle over power transmission lines and wind turbines is an endurance test for society and the infrastructure. How can problems in the provision of the requisite infrastructure be solved, what risks are involved? The funding of new power transmission lines, pump storage stations and the shut down of nuclear power stations is the subject of heated debate. Who are the winners, who the losers of the turnaround? Is decentralised power supply possible?

Peter Franke, Vice-President of the Federal Network Agency for Electricity 
Prof. Jürgen Karl, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuernberg 
Dr. Ingo Luge, Chairman of the Executive Board, E.O.N. Germany 
Sebastian Sladek, Managing Director of Elektrizitätswerke Schönau Vertriebs GmbH

Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich

3 March 2016
Electromobility - from gas guzzler to lean green machine?

Germany is a car nation. Although the automotive industry is one of the country's biggest export sectors, electromobility still plays a subordinate role. The German government wanted to introduce a million electrical cars to the roads by 2020. This goal has dwindled into the far future. Where do we stand at the moment? What models do we have? Do we need better marketing? What are the electromobility strategies of German business organisations, or communities such as Munich?

Prof. Henning Kagermann, President of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
Ulrich Kranz, Head of "Project i" and member of the BMW Supervisory Board
Gerd Lottsiepen, Policy spokesperon for the Ecological Automobile Club Germany (VCD)

Presenter: Dirk Reinhard, Vice Chairman of Munich Re Foundation, Munich

12 April 2016
National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency - will Germany be the energy world champion?

The environment-friendliest and cheapest kilowatt hour is the one we do not consume at all. Energy efficiency is the second pillar of the energy turnaround alongside the expansion of renewable energies. With its National Energy Efficiency Action Plan, the German federal government has introduced a comprehensive strategy for the reduction of primary energy consumption. Germany's biggest energy consumer is industry. What incentives exist to boost investments in energy efficiency in industry and commerce? What can the municipal communities contribute? 

Dr. Frank Büchner, Head of Energy Management Division, Siemens Germany
Thorsten Herdan, Head of the Department for Energy Policies, Heat and Efficiency of the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy
Stephan Kohler, Chairman of the GETEC Advisory Board (until 2014 Chief Executive of dena)
Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich

12 May 2016
Do something! - my contribution to the energy turnaround

Climate protection and energy policies are everyone's concern. To what extent has the energy transition process arrived in society? Where are there areas of conflict? Will we only come to reason when the lights go out? Everyone must make a move, and concessions too. What can the individual, what can consumers do, to support the progress of the energy turnaround? And how can we make a personal contribution?

Dr. Jakob Assmann, CEO of Polarstern, Munich
Dr. Elisabeth Benecke, Energy Advisor and Consultant, genius gmbh
Dr. Florian Bieberbach, Chairman of the municipal utilities services of Munich

Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich

Dialogue forum special for students, trainees and pupils 
31 May 2016, 18:00
Energy turnaround - Do something!
Environmental and global change are everyone's business. However, if we are to win the battle against climate change, we must first manage the energy turnaround. This can only be accomplished in time if policymakers, scientists, business community and citizens all pull together. What options for action do we actually have: at home, while shopping, while travelling from A to B?

Polarstern founder Florian Henle will explain how concerns for the future of their children inspired him and his co-founders to set up a successful business model for green electricity. Lisa Frieg from Munich's utilities company, Stadtwerke München, will demonstrate how a community can become active and do something for geothermal energy supply. With its "i" series of e-cars, BMW has opened up a new field of business in the area of the energy turnaround. 

Lisa Frieg, Stadtwerke München GmbH 
Florian Henle
, CEO Polarstern GmbH
Carina Wollmann, Productmanager BMW i, BMW AG

Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich

University of Munich, Steelcase Creative Hall am SCE, Heßstraße 89, Munich
Dialogue forum special
14 June 2016, 19:00
Climate change and rainforests - Impressions from Panguana, Peru
Impressions from Panguana - a biodiversity hotspot in the tropical forests of Peru: We have invited two experts to present the impacts of climate change in this special region and invite you to join as well. 

Dr. Juliane Diller, Head of the Panguana Research Station 
Prof. Peter Höppe, Head of GeoRisksResearch/Corporate Climate Centre, Munich Re 

Munich Re, Gedonstraße 10, 80802 München

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