– Energy Transition: Germany’s Path Towards 2030 and Beyond
Energy transition is a complex and exciting challenge. Germany has come a long way and is continuing the transition towards clean energy with the ambitious target of becoming climate neutral by 2050. This requires an integrated energy system in which electricity, heating and mobility are efficiently coupled across sector borders. The integrated approach rests on three pillars: (1) directing renewable energy expansion and integration, (2) re-adjusting the energy efficiency strategy in light of a systemic approach and (3) establishing powerfuels on a global market for a wide range of technologies. Innovation and digitalisation are crucial for advancing the energy transition around the globe. They can help decarbonising and linking sectors, as well as generate new sustainable business opportunities and growth perspectives. The energy transition in Germany cannot be achieved in isolation. Only if fossil fuel emissions on a global level decline can the consequences of climate change be mitigated. Therefore, good governance, a reliable regulatory framework, as well as cooperation at the international and EU-level is of major importance for the success of energy transition, not just in Germany.