The federal government’s energy plan defines the main thrust of the envisaged sea change in our energy supply in that it calls for our consumption of primary energy to be halved by 2050 relative to 2008 levels, and for renewable energy use to rise to 60 per cent of gross energy consumption, likewise by 2050. The plan also calls for Germany’s energy system to phase out finite fossil fuels and to thus become not only more environmentally friendly but also more durable and competitive.
Various federal ministries are involved in reshaping Germany’s energy policy:
conducts research, advises policymakers, and provides the public with information concerning environmentally sustainable energy. We develop and assess energy supply scenarios, and research the impact of technical measures and policy instruments on the energy sector. We are also working on the technical and economic design of an energy system that will be completely based on renewable sources. Our guiding principle in all of this is to achieve an environmentally sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply.