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The energy transition around the world

Energy efficiency, renewable energies and phasing out nuclear energy are the essential pillars of Germany’s energy policy. With the energy transition, or Energiewende in German, Germany intends to make its energy supply more sustainable, environmentally friendly and reliable.

The energy transition as a pioneering project

All German nuclear power plants are to be shut down by 2022. The aim is to reduce energy consumption by 50 per cent compared with 2008 and for 80 per cent of the country’s energy needs to be met from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and hydropower by the year 2050. Germany is therefore making a substantial contribution to climate and resource protection. By becoming less dependent upon imports of fossil fuels, it is also helping to increase the security of supply. 

With its experience of the energy transition, Germany is a respected dialogue partner in international energy policy. Other countries also stand to benefit from Germany’s successes and strategies, and also from its changes of course, in their energy policies. 

The Federal Foreign Office and the German missions abroad are supporting this exchange of experiences and the international energy policy dialogue. On behalf of the Federal Government, they are working on the international stage to achieve a more sustainable energy policy around the world, for instance within the European Union or in the United Nations.

Cooperation at European level

The energy transition can only be successful when it is successfully embedded in a European framework. This is the only way to bring together climate protection, security of supply and competitiveness. Important focuses in this context include the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework, which, among other things, seeks to reduce greenhouse gases and to increase energy efficiency. Efforts to reform emissions trading are another project. Moreover, the EU intends to grow together as an energy union in accordance with a framework strategy submitted in 2015.

Travelling exhibition on the German energy transition

The travelling exhibition on the energy transition in the Atrium of the Federal Foreign Office

The travelling exhibition on the energy transition in the Atrium of the Federal Foreign Office
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The travelling exhibition on the energy transition in the Atrium of the Federal Foreign Office

The travelling exhibition on the energy transition in the Atrium of the Federal Foreign Office

The travelling exhibition on the energy transition in the Atrium of the Federal Foreign Office

The Federal Foreign Office devised the travelling exhibition on Germany’s energy transition in order to give those interested around the world an impression of what the energy transition is all about, what it means to the Germans and what its essential elements are. It was opened for the first time in Beijing in April 2016. Since then, it has toured more than 36 locations around the world in English, German, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.

Find out more:


The German Energiewende (PDF, 6 MB)

Who is Who of the Energiewende in Germany (PDF, 7 MB)

The International Renewable Energy Agency: www.irena.org

"Energiewende direkt" -  newsletter by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Brochure on the exhibition:  The German Energiewende (PDF, 6 MB)


Last updated 20.04.2017

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