Heidelberg 2017 - Power Shifts Academic Forum

09/08/2017 to 16/08/2017
   

Reflecting Europe's Energy

„Power Shifts - Reflecting Europe’s Energy“ is a project by the European Youth Parliament and the Schwarzkopf Foundation in cooperation with the innogy Foundation. Heidelberg 2017 – Power Shifts Academic Forum is organised by the European Youth Parliament Germany. Three focus countries, France, Poland and Germany have hosted and will host an international youth forum in the project timeline from 2015 until 2017 involving over 100 young participants from all over Europe. The forum participants are supported by eight young experts, the Steering Group. The group will accompany the academic forums until 2017 and provide the analytical preparation for the discussions.

Heidelberg will be the third and final event of the project series. In 2015 the Academic Power Shifts Forum in Lyon, France, hosted 120 participants from 26 European countries for seven days. Warsaw, Poland will follow in October 2016. Their concluding product will be a policy summary, which is to set the basis of the discussions during the final event in Brussels. The project is supported by the patronage of Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission and head of the project Energy Union; Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy in Germany as well as Krzysztof Tchórzewski, Minister for Energy in Poland.

The forum will be held from the 9th - 16th August 2017 with officials arriving on 8th August and delegates on 9th August. There will be a Chairs, Media and Organisers Training held in Berlin prior to the session. The forum is head organised by Ms Christine Meiser (DE) and Ms Ella Gemünd (DE) and presided by Ms Maria Pashi (CY). The Editors of the forum are Ms Sabrina Mellerowic (DE) and Mr Tobias Satlow (AT).

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During the past few weeks, the Media Team of Heidelberg 2017 has worked on a series of videos: the Topic Trailers. We will post a Topic Trailer for each topic in order to get participants and non-participants alike acquainted with the issues that are going to be discussed during the session.

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BeeBryte is a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that optimizes energy consumption by (i) maximizing self-consumption from onsite generation (e.g. Solar PV), (ii) capturing electricity price arbitrage opportunities, (iii) reducing demand charge and (iv) bringing services to the Grid. BeeBryte is one of the award winners of the start up energy transition festival.

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Climate change affects all regions around the world. Polar ice shields are melting and the sea is rising. In some regions extreme weather events and rainfall are becoming more common while others are experiencing more extreme heat waves and droughts. It will be the task of DEVE #climatejustice under the guidance of Laura and Zain to consider what the EU can do to exercise its moral authority to ensure a global commitment to tackle climate change.

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Domestic gas production is set to halve in the next two decades, as ageing assets are retired and hard-to-reach North Sea resources become uneconomic. The EU will need to import more gas and will need additional infrastructure to transport these imports. Nord Stream 2 is supposed to solve these issues. It will be a twin pipeline system through the Baltic sea transporting natural gas from Russia to the EU. However Nord Stream 2 also implies energy dependence on Russia. Vicky and Nora will be in charge to guide AFET #nordstream2 through the discussions of this highly controversial topic.

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How will you travel to Heidelberg? By train, car, plane, bike or foot? Some means of transport produce less carbon than others. The Transformers Katharina and Elina will be guiding the committee TRAN #mobility dealing with sustainable mobility in Europe.

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How polluted is the air in your hometown? Data from the World Health Organisation shows Eastern European and Balkan countries suffer the highest rate of air contamination and air pollution-related deaths throughout Europe. Sweden in contrast to that registered in 2010 less than one death per 100,000 people due to air pollution and had Europe’s lowest average of 5.9 micrograms of pollutants per cubic metre. Meet Millie and Sacha chair and journalist of ENVI #airpollution and become part of the solution not the pollution.

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We are excited to announce that Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of the state of Baden-Württemberg, has agreed to be a patron for the Heidelberg 2017 - Power Shifts Academic Forum.

Mister Kretschmann has been Minister-President of the State of Baden-Württemberg since May 2011 and was reelected in May 2016. He set himself the target of implementing a process of ecological and social renewal in the State.

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Want to meet the chair/journalist pair of REGI #? Digitalisation is a topic particularly relevant to young people: what would we all do without our smartphones and all their features? One major step towards a more connected Europe, namely the abolition of roaming fees has already been accomplished. However there are still numerous regulations lacking equity across society. Michael and Aijan will be guiding you through this jungle of regulations.

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Insights of the Project’s Patron energy routine, World Economic Forum Energy Glance, cyber security concerns and gaming with virtual power plans.

Newsletter 4

http://eyp.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/NL_4_1_Cover.pdf

Image: The Economist

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Can you guess where Elena and Theresa got their inspiration from? ITRE II #efficiency will think about ways to increase energy efficiency across sectors.

According to the International Energy Acency energy efficiency is key to ensuring a safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system for the future.

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