FES Autumn Academy 2015

Progressive Outlook on Structural Change of the Energy Sector through Youth Empowerment | Leipzig, 26 September-03 October 2015

What impact does the “Energiewende” (energy transition) have on the lives of young people in lignite areas? What does a transition mean for their regions? Which futures do these regions have? How can future generations take part in the change?

The withdrawal from emission rich coal energy technology to achieve various political goals poses both risks and opportunities. Doubts about the viability of coal as energy source are becoming louder due to the negative impacts of coal on the environment and climate. Nevertheless, as some cases show, the withdrawal from coal can open the chance to thrive a renewable energy sector and to spurn new investments in these regions (e.g. in new forms of tourism).

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) hosted a one-week interdisciplinary Autumn Academy in Leipzig, which explored and discussed benefits and risks of coal energy from ecological, economical and socio-political angles. The aim of the Academy was to develop a progressive outlook on opportunities and risks of structural change in major coal and lignite coal bases of Southern and Central Eastern Europe. It is therefore important that the perspective of young adults on their current situation and on their views on the future of their regions is embedded in any decision-making process, as they will be directly affected. Furthermore, their innovative power is needed to create change that effectively increases human well-being and to devise a sustainable future.

The European Autumn Academy was accompanied by

Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy (MOEZ), Leipzig
Fraunhofer MOEZ develops scientifically substantiated, integrated solutions for companies and regions in the context of transformations. Their aim is to grasp the challenges of globalization as opportunities and successfully make use of them. The application-oriented approach of the Fraunhofer researchers covers everything from capability analyses and the conception, funding and implementation of international project and business models to network activities and knowledge and technology transfer.

Demokratie & Dialog (D&D)
D&D runs the leading portal on youth policy at www.youthpolicy.org. It is an organisation that generates and consolidates knowledge and information on youth policies across the policy cycle, ranging from analysis and policy formulation to implementation and evaluation.