Chaired by Dr. Jan Beermann, Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin
Germany strives to transition its energy supply system towards a high share of renewables. The development is embedded in the European context with the aim of linking national energy supply systems more closely. At the same time, the process takes place in a federal system with high scope of action of the provinces, and it is accompanied by an increasingly decentralized structure with pioneering initiatives and experimentation at the local and regional level.
The presentations in this plenary session will give insights into the German energy transition from a European, national and subnational perspective and focus on the following questions: what is the role of pioneers, decentralized initiatives and niches? What are currently the key challenges from political and social perspectives? What is the perspective from abroad - is the German energy transition still an international role model? What lessons can be drawn and potentially transferred to other countries?