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Side Events

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program of the GIZ in Chile will host 3 side events in the Blue Zone of next COP25, in Madrid, Spain.

1. Sector Coupling: The driver for a sustainable energy transition towards Net Zero Carbon?

Electricity is leading the decarbonization efforts of the energy sectors. The cost breakthrough of wind and solar power technologies lead to a slowed increase in GHG emissions in the power sector since 2010. However, decarbonization efforts in the thermal and transport sectors are lagging.

Here, sector coupling is seen as an opportunity to expand the success of renewables in the power sector towards the decarbonization of all energy sectors. The concept of sector coupling includes either the direct electrification of heating and transport, or the use of power-to-gas (P2G) technologies. Power to gas includes the transformation of renewable electricity into the hydrogen and its derivates. Beside the full decarbonization, sector coupling aims at creating synergies and increasing flexibility in the energy sectors, thus contributing to a sustainable and climate friendly energy transition.

Guiding questions

  • What is the potential role of sector coupling for a complete decarbonization of the energy sectors?
  • Where are the low-hanging fruits for decarbonization, and where are the challenges?
  • Which are best practices for specific sector coupling projects in different countries?

Dec. 6, 5:15 pm, Chilean Pavilion. Blue Zone.

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Mr. Florian Kohlhammer (

2. Could reconversion of coal fired power plants boost coal exit and GHG-emission reduction?

Coal phase-out is one of the most crucial aspects to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Coal alone is responsible for a third of energy-related CO2-emissions. Beside a commitment not to build new coal fired power plants, existing infrastructure must be decommissioned.

Retired coal power plants could see a new life as clean energy asset. Especially large-scale storage systems like Carnot batteries are a key element for power systems with increasing shares of variable renewable energies. Linking the old and the new energy world, such storage facilities could use the former coal plant’s power blocks and grid connections. Beside this, the reuse of existing power plant sites creates jobs in regions affected by the structural changes of coal phase out.

Guiding questions:

  • What are the technical opportunities and challenges related to a reconversion of a coal plant into a clean energy asset?
  • Which are the technical, economic and social benefits of a coal reconversion?
  • Under which conditions does a coal reconversion really make sense?

Dec. 11, 3:30 pm, Chilean Pavilion. Blue Zone.

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Mr. Florian Kohlhammer (

3. CO2 mitigation using CSP technology as a sustainable solution for countries with high solar irradiation?

Up to now, variable renewable energies (vRE) such as photovoltaic and wind power are the frontrunners of the energy transition. The intermittent power generation of these technologies contrast to the principles of power systems that are designed to provide reliable supply to the end users. In many countries, increasing shares of vRE lead to technical challenges that hinder their further expansion and hence slow down decarbonization efforts.

Considering this, existing renewable baseload technologies such as concentrated solar power (CSP) are gaining relevance in the energy planning of countries with a high direct solar radiation. In combination with thermal storage systems they deliver 24/7 baseload power replacing fossil fuel generation, supporting efforts on a 100% decarbonized and “green” power generation. Various plants of this proven technology have already been installed in different countries in the sunbelt, and the first CSP plant in Latin America will be inaugurated in Chile in 2020.

Dec. 11, 5:15 pm, Chilean Pavilion. Blue Zone.

Guiding questions:

  • What is the potential role of CSP for a successful energy transition in the sunbelt countries?
  • Which are the international experiences with CSP technology, and where is room for technology improvement?
  • How could countries like Chile consider CSP in their future energy planning and projections on future CO2 emissions?

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Mr. Florian Kohlhammer (

Side Events: Energy Partnership Chile-Alemania

In the framework of the German-Chilean Energy Partnership two side events will be hosted at the German Pavilion at COP25 presenting and discussing.

1. Side Event: “Coal Exit Strategies: Managing Social Implications and Security of Supply”.

In the framework of the German-Chilean Energy Partnership a side event will be hosted at the German Pavilion at COP25 presenting and discussing “Coal Exit Strategies: Managing Social Implications and Security of Supply”. It will bring together representatives from national and subnational governments and civil society discussing how to make a coal exit socially acceptable, ensuring financial stability and security of supply of the countries in a post-coal era.

At the same time, and against the background of the fact that a number of countries have committed themselves to progressively phasing-out electricity production from coal and lignite, including Germany until 2038, this side-event aims to shed light on developing best-practice strategies for the phasing-out of coal in different countries around the globe.

09. December | 05:15 – 06:45 PM, German Pavilion at UNFCCC COP25.

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This COP25 side-event at the German Pavilion will bring together international stakeholders and decision makers of the global Energy Transition or “Energiewende” as it is called in German. They will discuss current policies, plans and strategies that are needed in order to decarbonise the energy sector further and make it comply with the goals of the Paris agreement. What is “the way ahead” for the global energy transition?

The side-event, taking place in the framework of the German-Chilean Energy Partnership, will critically assess not only the German Energywende, but the global transformation, too.

As a take-away, participants should learn about best-practice examples, the do’s and dont’s of energy transitions and about how to further progress towards sustainable energy systems.

09. December| 03:30 – 05:00 PM, German Pavilion at UNFCCC COP25.

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