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The Energy Transition

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The energy transition is our avenue towards a secure, clean future. We have resolved to steadily increase the percentage of renewable energy, achieve greater energy efficiency and phase out nuclear power. The energy transition is a decision to produce energy on a sustainable basis and make Germany one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally compatible economies in the world.

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Energy Transitions in Germany and the United States

worldwatch

"Electricity markets and policies are evolving rapidly on both sides of the Atlantic. The imperatives of energy security, climate and environmental stability, economic competitiveness, and social justice, together with technological innovation, have led European and US societies to consider new ways of producing and using energy."

Link to PDF: Energy Transitions in Germany and the United States

Second Monitoring Report "Energy of the future"

Second Monitoring Report "Energy of the future"

To ensure that the development of the Energiewende is monitored continuously and in depth, the German government established the “Energy of the future” monitoring process. In this process, a fact-based overview is used to take regular stock of the implementation of the measures contained in the Energy Concept and progress made in attaining the targets. This is designed to be a long-term process. The second monitoring report presented here relates the facts and the implementation status of the measures to date.

Second Monitoring Report [pdf, 2,073.03k]

Publication: “US-German Clean Energy Leadership Series”

Electricity

This new, two-year publication series features instances of best practices in clean energy policy in Germany and the United States. It is compiled by Ecofys and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. The first issue focuses on challenges for the electrical system which result from expanding the use of renewable electricity generation in the United States and in Germany. This includes, for instance, the mismatched availability of renewable sources and electricity consumption. This issue highlights how different best practices in the two countries are successfully addressing these challenges.

Renewably employed! Short and long-term impacts of the expansion of renewable energy on the German labour market

Renewably Employed!

Based on a broad survey of over 1,200 companies in the renewable energy sector, this study confirms that the contribution of renewables to employment rose to about 340,000 jobs in 2009. By 2030, gross employment is expected to rise to over half a million jobs.

Energy Concept for an Environmentally Sound, Reliable and Affordable Energy Supply

The German Government's Energy Concept 2010

In this Energy Concept, the German government has formulated guidelines for an environmentally sound, reliable and affordable energy supply and, for the first time, mapped a road to the age of renewable energy and a phase-out from nuclear power. The Concept is about designing and implementing a long-term overall strategy for the period up to the year 2050.

Electricity From Renewable Energy Sources - What Does It Cost?

Electricity From Renewable Energy Sources

What impact do renewable energy sources have on electricity prices, which have been rising for years? This brochure provides answers to this question and explains the situation on the German electricity market.

Renewable Energy Sources In Figures

Renewable Energy in Figures

In recent years, renewables have developed at a rapid rate, but the pace of expansion varies considerably between regions. Many of the world’s countries have come to realise that the intensive use of renewable energy sources represents an important step towards protecting our climate, and a useful way of reducing our consumption of fossil resources and our growing dependency on imports of raw energy resources. The climate and energy problem is not a national issue but a global one, and is increasingly becoming a top priority for politicians. Drastically reducing our emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases is considered particularly important in this regard.

100 percent renewable electricity: A roadmap to 2050 for Europe and North Africa

Photovoltaic cells in a solar park, © BMU / Bernd Müller

Europe could create a 100% renewable electricity supply by 2050.

Renewable energy sources could be used at scale by 2050 if supported by an efficient European transmission grid and a single European power market united with similar grids and markets in North Africa. This is shown in a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, in collaboration with researchers of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the European Climate Forum (ECF).

Find out more and download the report from The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research website here:
100% Renewable Electricity: A Roadmap to 2050 for Europe and North Africa

Energy Policy Road Map 2020

Cover of "Energy Policy Road Map 2020" by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Germany needs state-of-the-art, integrated energy policies. This will require ambitious action in every field of relevance to energy and climate protection. The Energy Policy Road Map "New Thinking – New Energy", published in January 2009 by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, charts the route towards that goal. It illustrates what a sustainable energy supply in 2020 could look like and which measures are needed to achieve it.

The German Adaptation Strategy

Cover of " The German Adaptation Strategy" published by Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

The climate is changing worldwide - and so are our living conditions. If we do not succeed in slowing the pace of global climate change, experts expect far-reaching consequences for the environment, society and the economy. To minimise the adverse effects, we need to step up climate protection and take precautions in the form of adaptation. A structured process of this kind is what the Federal Government is seeking to promote in the German Adaptation Strategy (DAS).

International Climate Initiative of Germany

Cover of the "International Climate Initiative of Germany" published by Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

The International Climate Initiative supports partner countries in line with their specific needs relating to all aspects of climate protection - notably efforts to reduce emissions, improve capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change, and conserve climate-relevant biodiversity. This brochure presents examples of projects ranging from the optimisation of energy consumption in water pumping stations in Jordan and the conservation of forest ecosystems in Peru’s Amazon region to the provision of support to Micronesia to tackle the challenges presented by climate change.

Climate Policy and Industrial Competitiveness: Ten Insights from Europe on the EU Emissions Trading System

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a comprehensive climate and energy bill that includes a cap-and-trade program for domestic carbon emissions, and many lawmakers and stakeholders have voiced concern about potential negative impacts on U.S. industries of a cap-and-trade system.Climate Policy and Industrial Competitiveness: Ten Insights from Europe on the EU Emissions Trading System analyzes the first years of operation of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and offers ten recommendations to U.S. policymakers as they debate the design of a potential cap-and-trade program.

Transforming Economies through Green Investment: Needs, Progress, and Policies

By the German Marshall Fund (GMF) and The Ecologic Institute.

Authors from the Ecologic Institute lay out a roadmap for the United States and European Union to transition to a clean energy economy and protect the climate. The roadmap calls for policymaking that drives investment in clean energy technologies at an annual level of $1 trillion by 2026, much of which will come from the private sector. The report, by the Ecologic Institute, with GMF support under the Transatlantic Climate Bridge initiative, reinforces a central message in President Obama's 2010 State of the Union address. The President emphasized that "providing incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future-because the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy."

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Renewable Energy at Scale in the US and Europe

ACORE

Follow this link to the ACORE website for the full report on best practices for renewable energy in the US and Europe. The report was presented at an event at the German Embassy in cooperation with the Transatlantic Climate Bridge team.

Renewable Energy at Scale in the US and Europe
Panel Presentations at the ACORE event at the German Embassy

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Visit the website of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety for more downloadable publications on German environmental and climate policy.

Transatlantic Climate Bridge

Transatlantic Climate Bridge

Learn more about the initiative and about German energy policy and the energy transition here.

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