If you're interested in the environment, renewable energy, energy-efficient technologies and production processes, there's one place to look to learn about new ideas and discover stories of success: Europe.
Europeans are leading the way when it comes to addressing the pressing issues of energy consumption and its impact on the environment. The European Union's bold 20/20/20 plan calls for a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, 20% of energy consumption from renewable resources, and a 20% increase in energy efficiency — all by the year 2020.
Within Europe, Germany leads in the generation of both wind and solar power. There are more than 20,000 windmills in Germany, and plans for building 30 offshore windfarms. Bavaria is home to one of the largest solar parks in Europe, and there are even plans to make Munich 100% carbon-free within fifty years. From bicycle paths to automotive Green Zones, energy-efficient Passivhäuser and even energy-efficient beer production, there's much to learn from Germany's renewable energy policies and practices (which, by the way, created nearly 250,000 new jobs in 2007!).
While in Munich, we invite you to consider pursuing a Green Research Project, such as case studies in environmental public policy, grass-roots projects, the green movement and Green politics, inspiring energy-efficient technologies and their applications, natural resource preservation, renewable resource production or any other green-related topic you may be passionate about.