Lessons Learned from the German 'Energiewende'

Lessons Learned from the German 'Energiewende'

Thursday, 10 September 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join us for the latest in a series of events on new energy policies and innovative solutions addressing the world's changing climate.

As the world watches and evaluates the 'Energiewende', what are the lessons Australia can learn from Germany's extraordinary commitment to move away from fossil fuels and towards improved efficiency? Ambassador Ritchie offers reflection on Germany's ambitious trajectory towards renewable energy and the possibilities and hurdles ahead.

HE David Ritchie will also comment on the challenges Germany is facing with immigration and integration as a reunited Germany turns 25. You will hear about what Australia is focussing on in Germany and the current state of bilateral relations.

Chaired by Assoc. Professor Malte Meinshausen, Director, Australian-German Climate and Energy College

Co-hosted by the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, the Australian-German Climate and Energy College and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Event Location: 
LAB-14, Seminar Space, Ground Floor
700 Swanston Street
Carlton , VIC
Australian Ambassador to Germany

Ambassador Ritchie is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Australia's Ambassador to Italy. He has previously served as Ambassador to Indonesia (2002-2005) and has had extensive experience in Germany, having served at the Australian Embassies in both East Berlin (1981-1983) and Bonn (1975-1978). Mr. Ritchie has been a Deputy Secretary at DFAT since 2001 and was Senior Adviser, International Relations, in the Prime Minister's Office (1999-2001).

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