Energy Transition. The German Energiewende [EN]

Energy Transition. The German Energiewende

Germany has drawn a lot of international attention for its aim to switch to a renewable energy economy and leave nuclear and fossil energy behind. A lot of the international reporting about the German Energy Transition, or Energiewende, has, however, been misleading – for instance, when it comes to the role of coal power, energy price trends, competitiveness and carbon emissions.

Wildpoldsried (Creative Commons)

Wildpoldsried (Creative Commons)

About the project

The website aims to explain what the Energiewende is, how it works, and what challenges lay ahead. It is intended to provide facts and explain the politics and policies to an international audience. The website highlights the effects of the Energiewende on the German economy, environment and society and addresses the most important related questions. It also aims to highlight that energy transitions can be structured very differently around the world depending on the energy mix and policy priorities of individual countries.

On the Energiewende Blog, a team of international energy experts write on how the German energy transition continues and how it relates to other countries. The published articles are available here.

All the texts and graphs except for blog posts are under Creative Commons License (CC BY SA) with the aim to make this information available to the public. The Heinrich Böll Foundation encourages everybody to use the materials. In return, the foundation appreciates it if users let it know what they have used. Blog posts can be reposted in exceptional cases.

The Foundation welcomes feedback and encourages everybody to comment and discuss the German Energiewende.

About the Heinrich Böll Foundation

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network. The primary objectives guiding our work are establishing democracy and human rights, fighting against environmental degradation, safeguarding everyone's rights of social participation, supporting non-violent conflict resolution and defending the rights of individuals. We work with over 100 project partners in over 60 countries and currently maintain offices in 31 countries.