Cancellation of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, 24-25 March 2020
The German Government and the Organisation Team regret to inform you that due to the increasing proliferation of COVID-19 we are forced to cancel the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue scheduled for 24/25 March 2020 and postpone the 6th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue to 2021.
The health and safety of all conference participants is our key priority. Until today, we were hoping to still realise the BETD 2020 with increased health and safety standards. We have been in very close contact with the official authorities. The German Federal Ministry of Health advised today that all events with more than 1.000 participants shall be cancelled. The BETD falls under this category. We thus came to the conclusion today that even with the highest standards a safe implementation of the conference would not have been possible.
We are deeply sorry about this necessary step. The interest in the global energy transition is greater than ever. As a testimony to this, BETD 2020 was well on track to become a memorable event, with a record confirmation of more than 75 official ministerial delegations and VIPs. Also, we were very much looking forward to the intervention of President von der Leyen of the European Commission.
During BETD 2020 we wanted to push forward the global discussion on key areas of the global energy transition: Deployment and integration of renewable energy, energy efficiency, investment flows and hydrogen – to name a few. The German Government and the Organisation Team will drive the Dialogue on these topics further in the different multi- and bilateral forums around the globe.
From now on, we are working on the next edition of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue in order to ensure that the global Dialogue on the energy transition continues. We are looking forward to welcoming you all again at the BETD 2021 next year.
Concerning the scheduled side events, we will inform you about the status as soon as possible.