on the way to Copenhagen:
Workshop for non-governmental organisations in the south and the north
with emphasis on energy and sustainable development
„A sustainable future based on renewables - how do we meet the challenge?“
Copenhagen-preparatory-workshop 1.-5. December 2009
in the centre for sustainable development artefact
(next to the German-Danish border)
Ladies and gentlemen,
we cordially invite you to a workshop as a pre-conference of the climate summit.
The existence of climate change has been recognized even by most backward governments and
industries but what are the consequences, targets and instruments to struggle for a change of
- Large top-down projects from government to government?
- technology transfer for central power units?
- decentralized concepts with small scale businesses, private industries or others actors?
What are the challenges for NGOs in the south and the north?
Which technologies are appropriate, which structures and cooperations required?
Are we ready for this task, with man- and womanpower, capacity building and financing
During these days in Glücksburg we want to facilitate the exchange of experiences and positions,
in order to improve our own knowledge on realistic energy concepts on local and regional levels,
identify the the need for change and the definition of joint positions in the Copenhagen
artefact operates numerous installations on solar and wind energy for trainings as well as it´s
own energy supply. The German-Danish border region is the nucleus of civil society initiatives
from local resistance against central fossile companies, feed-in-law for renewables and pilot
communities struggling for independant energy systems both in Denmark and Germany. Several
municipalities are close to energy autonomy. Excursions to special places, the Club of Rome´s
concept „desertec“ and experiences including your own are presented for discussion and
The workshop is supported by the Northern German Foundation for development and environment
BINGO, the Protestant development service EED, (Lighthouse Foundation?) and artefact.
Costs for „Southerners“ for programme, accomodation and meals during the workshop € 100,-
Costs for „Northerners“ for programme, accomodation and meals during the workshop € 200,-
Registration is open from now until November 6 latest.
The workshop is limited to a maximum of 24 persons.
Any questions? Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0(049)4631-61160
Dear Chancellor Merkel,
Re: Spring European Council: The Road to Copenhagen
The key challenge in 2009 for European and international leaders will
be to achieve an equitable global agreement on climate change in Copenhagen
that is consistent with keeping global average temperatures as far below
2 degrees Celsius as possible.
This year’s Spring Council will help define Europe’s negotiating
position on key elements of the “Copenhagen Agreement”.
This is perhaps the European Union’s last opportunity to fundamentally
shape the process and direction of the climate negotiations before all
eyes turn to the US to see what the Obama administration will bring
to the table.
To become a real climate champion, Europe must put forward quantified
positions on finance and technology, and reevaluate its mitigation targets
in light of recent science. This includes an indication of the level
of additional financing that Europe intends to make available for mitigation
and adaptation in developing countries, concrete proposals on the financing
mechanisms which would reliably deliver this (including the auctioning
of emission permits or levies on aviation and shipping emissions) and
a framework for innovation and technology transfer.
The European Commission's recent estimates for additional energy-related
mitigation costs in developing countries are €48bn per year by
2020; forest-related mitigation costs in developing countries are €18bn
per year by 2020; and agriculture-related mitigation costs in developing
countries are !5bn per year by
2020. In addition, the EU should take full responsibility for the damage
caused by its historic pollution. Oxfam International estimates current
adaptation needs of at least €40bn per year.
The overall additional financing requirement is very likely to be well
in excess of €110bn per year by 2020. Europe should pay its fair
share of the total requirement based on the EU’s financial capacity
and share of historic emissions, and make a minimum commitment now in
the order of €35bn per year in the post-2012 regime.
This is not charity. A strong finance package is essential to secure
a global deal which delivers climate security to Europe’s and
the world’s citizens. In December 2007, EU ministers committed
under the Bali Action Plan, along with other leaders from developed
countries, to improve access to adequate,
predictable and sustainable financial resources and technical support
for developing countries.
The EU must now live up to these commitments; doing so will be vital
to building the trust between developed and developing countries needed
for a successful conclusion of the Copenhagen summit.
Without firm guarantees of international support that is additional
to existing official development assistance (ODA) target levels, Europe
cannot expect that developing countries will be prepared to contribute
to the global effort required now if global emissions are to peak before
2020, as the EU has acknowledged they must.
Medium term fiscal constraints should not be seen as an excuse for caution.
New climate financing mechanisms will impact from 2013 when the global
economy should again be growing at a robust rate, and spurred by green
stimulus measures taken between now and then.
The decision you make during the March EU Summit could break the deadlock
in the climate negotiations and ensure a sustainable recovery from the
economic crisis. Without a bold statement of EU intent at this juncture
there will be no chance of delivering a Copenhagen Agreement capable
of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
We, the undersigned representatives of global civil society, call on
Invite EU Finance Ministers to make specific recommendations
by 10 March on the most effective, efficient and equitable mechanisms
to generate this additional finance under the UNFCCC;
Agree, during the March EU Summit, that Europe should
provide its fair share of the total financing needed for climate action
in developing countries. This should mean a minimum commitment now
in the order of !35bn per year in the post-2012 regime, in addition
to both existing ODA target levels and to any purchasing of carbon
credits that offset EU emissions;
Use the G20 summit in April and the G8 Summit in
July to engage other Heads of State and Government on these issues
and to maximise the environmental benefits of fiscal stimulus packages;
Initiate a broader international process for reaching
consensus on the overall financing levels and mechanisms required
for an ambitious climate deal at Copenhagen, engaging as a starting
point with recent G77 proposals, with a deadline for agreement no
later than the opening of the UN General Assembly on 22 September.
Successful artefact Solar School
„So what about the payback period of your Mercedes?“
answers Martin Petersen to the question of his counterpart Frank Kebel,
concerning the economical efficieny of a solar roof.
The emotional discussion is just a part of a role play within the workshop
programme „consultancy and financing“. Together with 14
other electricians, chimney sweepers and physics teachers they take
part in the fifth „solar school“ of artefact in Glücksburg,
in the most northern corner of Germany. The four days- crash course
is offered twice a year according to the regulations of the non-profit
„Union of energy consumers“.
During ten years about 2000 participants got trained in about 120 courses
countrywide all over Germany, herewith reaching multiplicators for the
introduction of renewable energy in the usually rather conservative
circles of craftsmen. Both in photovoltaics, the electrical use of solar
radiation, and in solar thermal applications, the support of heatig
systems, the courses are offered, with increasing success: „Our
first course in Glücksburg on solar thermal enery hardly attracted
five participants, in the most recent one there were sixteen“
tells Werner Kiwitt, organizer of the solar school in Glücksburg.
„And from several „oldies“ we heard that they successfully
integrated their new skills in their business activities.“
The required combination of theoretical lessons on basic knowledge,
technical calculation, practise on the solar treaining roof and excursions
to demonstration sites can be offered excellently by the artefact centre:
the international guest house is self sufficient with renewable energy
sources – one of the reasons to receive Eurosolar´s European
Solar price in 1998. In the next year, the 100.000th visitor is expected
on the site. The PowerPark, Germany´s first energy infotainment
centre, attracts school classes as well as tourists and groups for special
programmes. „You can experience energy, from the fossile coal
to the modern wind energy, with all your sins (Sinne?) and still may
get some motivation to take responsibilty for your own energy consumption"
says Kiwitt. „ For our solar school programmes, we got increasingly
requests from other countries. So far we counted participants from Italy
and Spain, Sri Lanka and Nicaragua. But since the present courses are
conducted in German language, I´m sure that there is an even much
higher demand for corresponding courses in English, French or Spanish.“
Therefore the search for cofunding of programme costs has begun: artefact
itself doesn´t receive any institutional funding and has to cover
all costs with participants´fees. But looking at the proclaimed
targets of Johannesburg and the European community, there should be
ways to extend an obviously successful concept to other target groups
on international level. Martin Petersen, at least, is ready to start
his own solar marketing company.
Where sustainability gets a face:
the artefact centre for sustainable development in Glücksburg/Baltic
„Oh my god, I´ll only drink cold water now“
shouts Nijole, the fifteen-years-old student from Lithuania. Together
with her class mates from Vilnius and their German partner class she
is visiting the PowerPark in Glücksburg, Germany´s first
energy infotainment park. With all her girl power Nijole tries to produce
electrical energy necessary for boiling hot water – and she is
surprised by the hard work required for such a simple device. To understand
energy in all ist forms, from the limited resources of fossile energy
up to the ever lasting ways of using solar energy – these are
the action oriented topics of the artefact PowerPark near the German-danish
border. Besides thousands of tourists who are on vacation at the near
Baltic Sea coast increasingly students from the whole region visit the
unusual centre. It´s possible to book a PowerPark-Rallye or even
a complete project day on topics such as intercultural learning, energy
efficiency or renewables. Whether Vitalish from Uganda brings fair trade
and globalisation down to children´s reality by trying new recepees
with cocoa and plantains, or whether Jens Paulsen, energy teacher of
the non profit company, shows students how to create their own solar
driven toys – sustainability is getting a vivid face at artefact.
Vocational teachers and other technical staff from 60 countries per
year join training courses for improving living conditions with renewable,
decentralized and peaceful energy sources. The whole centre with facilities
for 32 persons in the guest house, conference rooms for 100 and the
infotainment park for thousands of visitors receives the European Solar
Price 1998 and is, of course , self sufficient in energy consumption,
while its architecture was inspirated by pre-egyptian experiences, realized
with the help of Indian earth construction specialists.
But not the faszination of exotic examples is the main purpose of the
artefact concept. Modern innovation for sustainable production and lifestyle
is the goal, that attracted about 100.000 visitors within the last years
– an unusual success story for an initiative which has to consequently
charge for all services rendered, since the centre has to cover all
costs without regular external funding. But the enthusiastic feed back
of the many visitors helps to keep up the non-fossile energy of the
international team of ten employees and volunteers. At least Nijole
is motivated now to check the hidden energy consumption of her stand-by-equipment
at home in Vilnius – and satisfied that even the „always
cool“ boys of her class weren´t able to overcome the solar
fountain with their own pedal power.