Sun, Water, Wind: Development of the Energy Transition in Germany
Author: Franz-Josef Brüggemeier; FES Berlin 2015, FES Shanghai March 2016
The ambitious aim of the German energy transition (“Energiewende”) is to phase out fossil fuels and energy production capacities that are damaging to the climate. Despite the enormous successes of the past years as far as electricity generation is concerned and the continued international interest in Germany’s case, the energy transition has not been a smooth process as it is nothing less than the transformation of industrial society energy system. Explaining this process requires going beyond statistical facts and to also consider the economic, societal, and political context in which the relevant decisions were made. These aspects are explored by the author of the study, Franz-Josef Brüggemeier, Professor at the Department of Economic, Social and Environmental History at the Albert-Ludwig-University in Freiburg, Germany.
During a China visit in March 2016, Prof Dr Franz-Josef Brüggemeier gave a series of lectures and participated in round-table discussions at several academic institutions in Shanghai and Beijing on the development and challenges of the German energy transition. Read event report...