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[Mar 20] German Programme Public Lecture Series: Economics and Finance - The Road to Net Zero: Lessons Learnt from Germany’s Energy Transition

Updated: Mar 13

German Programme Public Lecture Series "Culture of the German-speaking Counties" Economics and Finance - The Road to Net Zero: Lessons Learnt From Germany's Energy Transition


Date: March 20, 2024 (Wednesday)

Time: 18:30–19:30

Venue: CPD-2.45, 2/F., Centennial Campus, HKU


Prof Thomas Schmid, Associate Professor, HKU Business School


Significantly expanding renewable energy capacity worldwide is crucial for keeping climate goals within reach. Over the past two decades, Germany has experienced a remarkable transformation in its energy landscape. Once heavily dependent on coal-fired power plants, the country now generates half of its electricity from renewable sources. This presentation will explore Germany's pioneering energy transition, known as the "Energiewende," and provide a comprehensive analysis of the lessons that other nations can learn from their experience in the pursuit of a sustainable energy future.

Speaker's Bio:

Prof. Thomas Schmid joined The University of Hong Kong as Assistant Professor in Finance in 2015 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2021. Before joining, he finished his dissertation in Finance and worked as Post-Doctoral Researcher at Technische Universität München. His main research area is empirical corporate finance.  Currently he is working on projects related to energy finance (electricity markets, green energy, CO2 emissions, utility companies) and corporate governance (employee representation, corporate boards, executive compensation). Please refer to for his CV and more details.

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