Greifswald International Summer Academy Energy and the Environment 2005

Venue: Irkutsk, Lake Baikal

Location: Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Russia

Event Date/Time: Aug 21, 2005 End Date/Time: Aug 27, 2005
Registration Date: Jun 30, 2005
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The International Summer Academy "Energy and the Environment" is based on the assumption that the key for a sustainable future lies in the investigation of the linkages between energy and the environment: to secure a sustainable production of energy for the future on the one hand and to solve pivotal problems of environmental policy on the other - most prominently in the latter category is the issue of global climate chance.

Taking up this problem, the Summer Academy 2005 will be entitled "Implementing Kyoto - Chances and Challenges for Transition Countries". This choice of topic is both timely and important given Russia's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and its subsequent entry into force, thus making the reduction commitments for the emission of greenhouse gases for the first commitment period (2008-2012) legally binding.

Already today, however, many participating states realise that they will not be able to fulfil their pledges solely by national efforts but only by resorting to the project-based flexible instruments of the Protocol: Joint Implementation, the Clean Development Mechanism, and Emissions Trading. Especially for Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union, the climate regime of Kyoto offers substantial ecological, as well as economic opportunities. Given low implementation costs, Russia might emerge as one of the preferred partners for Joint Implementation, with the same applying for other CIS countries under the framework of the Clean Development Mechanism. Furthermore, Russia will be able to use the Kyoto instrument of Emissions trading by profitably selling "hot air" on a large scale. Apart from the economic and ecological chances of Kyoto, however, transition countries (like the states of the former Soviet Union) will be confronted with substantial challenges in making their political and legal systems ready for the implementation of such instruments. The legal challenge, however, will not be limited to international law in form of the Kyoto Protocol or the statutes of the World Trade Organisation. It will go far deeper, especially regarding the question of practical integration in administrative procedures in all participating states. The Summer Academy 2005 will provide a platform to discuss related problems and propose ways to solve them. Finding answers, however, will only be possible within a framework of international cooperation, interdisciplinary research, and the establishment of partnerships between academics and practitioners. The Greifswald International Summer Academy "Energy and the Environment" will attract excellent academics and young professionals from around the world representing a variety of backgrounds and disciplines and working on issues in the field of environmentally sustainable energy policy. We will enable participants to further develop their research by helping them with the integration and transfer of knowledge related to their topics, by providing a forum for exchange of personal and professional experiences and by actively supporting the establishment of networks of excellence.


Additional Information

We seek excellent young professionals and researchers from the areas of politics, academia, business and society working on issues of environmentally sustainable energy policy and production. Formal requirement is a first degree from a university in a related subject. Applicants have to provide the application form, a university certificate and an brief outline of their research work. We will offer grants based on merits and needs. Interested participants should briefly (max. 1 page) state reasons why they should be considered for financial assistance and how much they themselves could contribute to travel and maintenance. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2005. While places will be available until then, we will start to fromally accept candidates from June 1 for administrative reasons. Candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible to avoid problems and costs related to visa applications.