Select Committee on Environmental Audit Fifth Report


Visit to Germany

26-28 February 2002

Members taking part: Mr John Horam (Chairman), Mr Gregory Barker, Mr Colin Challen, Sue Doughty, Mr Mark Francois, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Jon Owen Jones, Mr Simon Thomas.


Tuesday 26 February

Meetings with:

    Jeremy Cresswell, Deputy Head of Mission and Charge d'Affairs, British Embassy.

    Catrione Garrett, First Secretary Environment, British Embassy.

    Andreas Jung, Head of Division, Renewable Energy, Federal Economics Ministry.

    Dr Wolfhart Durrschmidt , Head of Division, Renewable Energy, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Reception and dinner at the residence of the Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy.

Wednesday 27 February

Meetings with:

    'Green' tour of the German Federal Parliament Building (Reichstag), including solar thermal, geothermal and air treatment system), in the company of German Parliamentary and British Embassy staff.

    Visit to BEWAG electricity supply company, including presentations from:

  • Andreas Neumann, Director, BEWAG.
  • Adi Golbach, Director of the Federal Association of Combined Heat and Power.
  • Kathryn Alp, Environmental protection team, BEWAG.
  • Martin Pokojski, fuel cell demonstration project manager, BEWAG.

Tour of BEWAG fuel cell CHP plant and visitors centre

Dusseldorf (Nordrhein-Westfalen)

Wednesday 27 February

Meetings with:

    Ernst Schwanhold, Minister of Economic Affairs, SMEs, Energy and Transport, Nordrhein-Westfalen.

    Dr Baues, Director for Renewable Energy Policy, Ministry for Economy, Energy and Transport for Nordrhein-Westfalen.

    Dr Baumann, Director of the Nordrhein-Westfalen Future Energy Initiative.

Gelsenkirchen (Nordrhein-Westfalen)

Thursday 28 February

Meetings with:

    Philippe de Renzy­Martin, Executive Vice President, Shell Solar BV, followed by a tour of Shell Solar Deutschland photovoltaic cell manufacturing plant, in the company of Herr Andreas Pawlik, Managing Director, and Karl Friedrich Haarburger.

    Oussama Chehab, FLABEG Solar International, followed by a tour of FLABEG Solar International photovoltaic panel fabrication plant.


Meeting with:

    Robin Bogert, WINDTEST Grevenbroich, followed by a tour of wind turbines and test facilities.

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