Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2015
Enlarge image (© Bundesregierung) For the first time, the German Government and the German Renewable Energy Federation, together with its sectoral associations, are hosting the conference “Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2015 – towards a global Energiewende”. At the end of March they will welcome several hundred international guests to Berlin in order to ring in a global Energiewende together.
Thanks to international integration and innovation, people in ever more regions of the world are gaining the opportunity to benefit from industrial growth and thus improve their own standard of living. However, an important pre‑requisite for this growth is a reliable and cost‑efficient energy supply. Climate change and the scarcity of resources make it clear that we need to find new ways of sustainably meeting the growing demand for energy in the long term. The German Government is taking on this challenge with the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2015.
Politicians specialising in foreign affairs and energy policy, representatives of industry as well as of the fields of science, administration and civil society will meet in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin to provide impetus to the international Energiewende. In a unique exchange they will develop proposals for future political decisions. Looking ahead to the World Climate Summit COP21 in Paris, they will discuss how best to reconcile climate protection, energy security and economic growth. Enlarge image Photovoltaic (© dpa/pa)
The speakers are set to include Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel, and Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Barbara Hendricks. The Director‑General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Amin, will give a speech, as will economist and sociologist Jeremy Rifkin. The conference, which will take place in English, will be chaired by journalist Christoph von Marschall.
Alongside speeches in the plenary session, the schedule for both days includes high‑level panel discussions on pressing energy issues of our time. With a focus on the international aspect, in‑depth discussions will be held on political and economic, as well as legal and technical matters. Further information is available at: www.energiewende2015.com