Despite the turnaround in energy policy announced by the last Government, Germany will continue to need fossil fuels for some considerable time to come.

Germany is staking its future on renewable energies to a greater degree than any other country. Biomass and wind power, for example, already meet a large proportion of Germany’s energy needs, not only for electricity generation but also for heating and transport. While renewable energies help the climate and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, manufacturing and operating the necessary plant also present good business opportunities for German companies. For the foreseeable future, however, Germany will not be able do without fossil fuels. As a transition technology, nuclear energy also makes an important contribution to the energy supply

Thilo Schaefer

Dr. Thilo Schaefer

Head of the Research Unit Environment, Energy, Infrastructure

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Benjamin Tischler

Dr. Benjamin Tischler

Economist for International Climate Policy and Energy Supply

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