The British Embassy Berlin and Climate Transparency cordially invite you to attend the

Managing the phase out of coal – perspectives from Germany, the UK and other G20 countries

21 May 2019, 9.00 – 13.00

British Embassy Berlin, Wilhelmstraße 70-71, 10117 Berlin

In January 2019, Germany’s Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment reached a compromise to close all coal-fired power plants by 2038 at the latest. This is an important signal to the international community. Four months on, the Brown to Green Forum will discuss Germany’s coal phase out plans and present Climate Transparency’s G20 coal brief and ODI’s forthcoming report ‘Ending G20 subsidies to coal production and consumption’.
A stakeholder discussion will shed light on the economic, legal, climate-related and social aspects of coal phase out with lessons learned from other G20 countries. What are the economic implications of a market-driven or state-driven coal phase out? And what are the opportunities for social and economic innovation in former coal regions? How can G20 countries work together to share experience of coal phase out? How can the Powering Past Coal Alliance support those dedicated to a coal phase out?
We would be delighted to welcome you to the Brown to Green Forum and engage with you in a lively debate. Please register here.


8.30 Arrival and coffee

9.00 Welcome

  • Sebastian Wood, Ambassador, British Embassy Berlin
  • Peter Eigen, Co-chair, Climate Transparency

9.15 Keynote

  • Jakob von Weizsäcker, Chief Economist, German Ministry of Finance

9.30 The global challenge of phasing out coal – a stocktake across the G20

  • Hannah Schindler, Project Coordinator, Secretariat Climate Transparency
  • Ipek Gencsu, Senior Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute

9.45 Panel 1: Financing and implementing an end to coal

  • André Poschmann, Head of EU electricity issues, national and European electricity market integration, German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Beth Child, Deputy Director, International Climate Strategy, British Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (tbc)
  • Fabby Tumiwa, Executive Director, Institute of Essential Service Reform, Indonesia
  • Markus Hagel, Politik & Corporate Responsibility, RWE AG

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Panel 2: Climate change meets social justice and innovation

  • Amb. Stephane Dion, Canada’s Ambassador to Germany and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Minister of the Environment of Canada
  • Christine Herntier, Mayor of Spremberg, Member of Germany’s Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment
  • Jesse Burton, Researcher, Energy Research Centre of the University of Cape Town and E3G, South Africa
  • Thomas Spencer, Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute, India

12.45 Closing remarks

13.00 Lunch

We would be delighted to welcome you to the Brown to Green Forum and engage with you in a lively debate.

Please note that you will be requested to provide your ID to gain access to the Embassy; there are no parking spaces for cars or bicycles available.

We look forward to welcoming you.


Peter Eigen
Co-Chair, Climate Transparency

Sebastian Wood
Ambassador, British Embassy Berlin