Energy  |  Publications  |  05.05.2014

The Energy Transition Website

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. The Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Energytransition.de website – available in different languages - details on the German Energy Transition and the lessons that other European countries can learn from it. 

This website aims to explain what the Energiewende – the German Energy Transition - is, how it works, what challenges lay ahead and how could similar policies be adapted to other European countries. German energy policy is pursued abroad as an example to a transition to renewable and sustainable sources of energy. However, this pursuit is not only with great interest, but also with skepticism at times. For instance, there have been misleads when it comes to the role of coal power, energy price trends, and carbon emissions.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation (hbf) has launched the website www.energytransition.de in various languages in order to explain what the German Energy Transition 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 questions.

The website includes key messages on the energy transition (Key Findings), new graphics and slides easily explaining the key features of the transition (mediabox), a glossary with the main terms and also how and whether the energy transition could work in other countries. The blog associated to the website is updated on a regular basis. The materials for energy systems are available as an interactive book as PDF document and as individual graphics in various formats. There is also a twitter account (@EnergiewendeGER) which reported continuously on the topic.

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