With Germany’s definitive decision to phase out nuclear power and the spectacular growth of its renewable energies supply, the country has entered a new phase of its Energiewende. The old conflicts that once divided Germans over energy are a thing of the past. There is a broad societal and cross-party consensus about the long-term goals: Germany wants to shut down all of its nuclear power by 2022 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95 percent no later than 2050.
It is no longer a question of if when it comes to the Energiewende. What matters now is how to implement it. Currently, however, the discourse lacks a common definition of the challenges, a clear understanding of the possible solutions, and a concrete strategy for the next steps forward.
This is where Agora Energiewende comes in. Along with other actors from politics, civil society, the business world, and science, we aim to develop a common understanding of the problems, clarify the options, and discuss feasible policy measures. Our goal is to do this with a maximum of scientific expertise, in manner that is purposeful, action-oriented, and beyond ideological commitments.
The focus of our work lies in the electricity sector. This is where the success or failure of the Energiewende will be decided. We want to shed light on different, scientifically based scenarios for transforming the current system to one almost completely based on renewable energies. These paths need to be developed, thought through, discussed, and understood – in a process that brings together experts and decision makers from important stakeholders in order to start a dialogue.
A central forum for this discussion is the Council of the Agora.
Analysing, understanding, discussing, assessing: That is how we want to promote renewable energies in Germany.
Agora Energiewende is a joint initiative of the Mercator Foundation and the European Climate Foundation.
|Agora Energiewende: The most important information at a glance:|
|Project Duration||2012 to 2017|
|Budget||14 million Euros|
|Team||A staff of 18 led by Dr. Patrick Graichen|
|Legal form||Programme area of Smart Energy for Europe Platform SEFEP gGmbH|
|Funders||Mercator Foundation and European Climate Foundation|