Environmental science, Public policy

Course date

12 July - 23 July, 1999
Application deadline
15 February, 1999
Course Director(s): 

Diana Urge-Vorsatz

Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

William Golove

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Berkeley, United States of America
Course Faculty: 

Ada Amon

Energy Club Hungary, Budapest, Hungary

Paolo Bertoldi

Energy and Transport, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Adam Gula

Stanislaw Staszic University of Mining and Metallurgy, Cracow, Poland

Lloyd Harrington

Energy Efficient Strategies, Warragul VIC, Australia

Jonathan Koomey

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Energy Analysis Department, Berkeley, United States of America

Zoltan Lontay

EGI Contracting/ Engineering, Budapest, Hungary

Evan Mills

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, United States Of America

Serguei Podkovalnikov

Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity Branch, Russian Federation

Jiri Zeman

SEVEN, Prague, Czech Republic

The need for an adequate supply of inexpensive, efficient and reliable energy is widely recognized as being central to the development concerns of nations throughout the world. This need has been particularly key in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) during the last decade as the changing economic structures of these countries have made the development of new energy supplies difficult, if not impossible, and have raised issues of national sovereignty and international security. Many of CEE economies are currently or intend in the near future to privatize or deregulate their energy sectors. This process will play a critical role in determining future economic development, national security and environmental protection in the region. It is important that these vital decisions are made using the world of experience in restructuring, privatization and (de)regulation of energy sectors.

The goal of the course is to help academics, researchers and policy-makers understand and meet the challenges facing CEE in the process of restructuring their energy sectors. The course will bring together a wide range of experts from around the world, representing academia, governmental policy research, NGOs and the private sector, who have substantial international experience in the relationship between energy, development and the environment. A group of experts from CEE will also be invited, both as speakers and students, who will highlight the most significant problems currently facing CEE energy sectors, and who will contribute to the discussion of what types of policies and (de)regulation can promote both economic development and environmental remediation and protection most effectively in the region.