Climate protection and energy policy in Germany

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The most eco-friendly energy is the energy which is saved
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The federal government’s energy plan (the Energiekonzept 2050) sets the stage for a sea change in our energy supply. It is crucial that electrical devices, as well as buildings and transportation become considerably more efficient. Energy is increasingly being derived from renewable sources. In order for this change to come about, our energy supply needs to become more efficient and secure.

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:

The UBA 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.