Behind the scenes of Energiewende - study tours for climate and energy journalists

Climate & Energy media study tours - low-carbon transformation in action - German and European perspectives

Are you a journalist from Central or Eastern Europe, reporting on climate, energy or environmental issues? Apply by 25 August for one or more media study tours providing exclusive insights into Germany’s climate and energy policies and their impacts.


What’s the story behind Germany’s Energiewende? How does the country benefit from its efforts to cut emissions? What have been the main challenges along the way? Step behind the scenes and take this opportunity to meet the people involved in the country’s switch to a low-carbon economy, widely known as the Energiewende. Explore pioneering flagship projects and gather information on the opportunities and obstacles the country has experienced so far. Meet and discuss with journalists from Germany and other European countries current topics of climate and energy politics.

Each focusing on different aspects of German climate policy and the Energiewende, the study tours will offer opportunities to meet key players behind the transition. They will provide different perspectives on the benefits and challenges Germany has experienced so far. Climate and energy journalists can choose one or two tours with the following distinct themes: local action, green innovation and structural transformation – in three different areas of Germany.


12 to 14 September 2017
Local climate action – climate policy and energy transition from a bottom-up perspective


10 to 12 October 2017
Green innovations boosting the low-emission economy


3 to 5 November 2017 (just before COP23 in Bonn)
Climate policy and Energy transition as an opportunity for structural change and rural areas

Participation is free of charge. Journalists with a track record in climate and energy topics from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia or Slovenia are eligible for the tours.

Please note: If you’re a journalist from another European country, feel free to apply. While priority will be given to journalists from the above listed countries, any free places will be made available to journalists from other European countries respectively non-EU countries from Central and Eastern Europe.

Applications are being accepted before 25 August 2017 (extended deadline). Find more information on the media study tours’ website.

The tours are being organised by adelphi and the German Renewable Energies Agency (AEE) in the framework of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) which is to build networks for greater cooperation, and to share knowledge, experiences and best practices from across Europe, with a particular focus on Central, Eastern and Southern European countries.

As journalists play a vital role in pushing forward debates on climate change, energy transition, and sustainable and inclusive growth, EUKI is funding a series of media study tours for journalists from Central and Eastern Europe to learn about the benefits and challenges Germany has experienced throughout its energy transition to date. As well as sharing insights and best practices that could prove useful elsewhere in Europe, the media study tours aim to provide participating journalists with the opportunity to exchange views and opinions with German journalists and each other about reporting on climate change, energy and environmental issues.