14 July 2023
EPG Summer School 2023
Established in 2018, the summer school is one of EPG’s flagship learning programmes, designed for students and young professionals to offer them a general overview of the fundamentals and current developments in the European Union energy and climate framework. Within the programme, participants are guided through the main pillars of EU energy and climate policy, as formulated by the European Green Deal.
To deliver the European Green Deal, there is a need for a set of deeply transformative policies for clean energy supply across the economy, industry, production and consumption, large-scale infrastructure, taxation and social benefits. To this purpose, during the summer school, energy trends as well as policy-making processes will be addressed in their mutually influencing dynamics and assessed jointly with the energy sector’s greatest externality: climate emergency.
Each year the summer school has a focus on a different topic. Through seminars and lectures led by high-level international speakers, participants will explore critical questions on EU energy and climate policy. The summer school is also a great opportunity to debate, interact and build a sense of community that can afterwards facilitate a cross-disciplinary and cross-border collaboration to deploy the energy transition goals.
The summer school is a 5-day learning programme that builds upon the thematic areas and projects EPG is undergoing, structured along 3 main modules:
Module 1. Energy Systems
Decarbonising the energy system is critical to reach climate neutrality by 2050. Within this module, significant attention is given to policies that prioritise energy efficiency and renewable energy, a secure and affordable energy supply and a fully integrated, interconnected and digitalised EU energy market.
Module 2. Clean Economy
As the EU is embarking on a transition towards climate neutrality, net-zero requirements must apply to the whole economy (energy sources, industrial processes, supply chains and infrastructure). This module will focus on industrial decarbonisation, innovation on low-carbon technology and processes, as well as resilient supply chains.
Module 3. Climate Governance
The aim of this module is to offer an overview of the international institutional architecture for climate change including political bargaining, policy-making and implementation by governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses and communities. Part of this module is the En-ROADS Climate Workshop, an interactive group learning experience that promotes greater understanding of the causes of climate change and the solution to mitigate it. Starting with the general picture of the foundations of EU energy and climate policy, the programme will move into more specific discussions on key energy topics, such as energy efficiency, secure low-carbon energy supply, energy system optimisation and industrial decarbonisation. Each session day will end with a board discussion on a predefined subject.
The summer school is targeted for master/PhD students and young professionals (max. 35 years old) studying/working in the energy sector or other related fields (economics, law, political sciences, environmental studies etc.). As many of the summer school topics will be approached from a policy perspective, ideal candidates can be: employees of international organisations, public affairs professionals in business organisations, policy advocates from NGOs, researchers within universities, research institutes and think-tanks etc.
Students and young professionals interested in energy policy.
EUR 500: The fees include the educational program and course materials, catering during sessions, transport to all venues included in the program, social events within the program. They do not cover transportation to/from Bucharest and accommodation.