Background

The European Union (EU) is strongly committed to showing leadership in the global effort to prevent catastrophic climate change. This responsibility also comes with significant opportunities – Europe has proven that cutting emissions can boost innovation, efficiency, long-term growth and prosperity. EU Member States are therefore engaging in a more energised dialogue on how to develop the kind of common approach that both respects different decarbonisation pathways and harnesses the opportunities, benefits and synergies of more coordinated action. To support this process, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has launched the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) to build the networks needed 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.

The tours are being organised by adelphi and the German Renewable Energies Agency (AEE) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).