26.-27. March: “Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue – Towards a global Energiewende”

At the start of the 21st century, the world faces a myriad of challenges and new opportunities. Many of them relate directly or indirectly to energy. International networking and innovation in the renewable sector enables people in more and more regions of the world to partake in industrial growth in a sustainable manner. This growth however can only be ensured with a reliable and cost-effective supply of affordable renewable energy. Climate change and the scarcity of resources make it clear that sustainable ways have to be found to cover the growing demand for energy.

Around the world, many countries have already initiated energy programmes with the goal of expanding the share of regenerative energy sources and increasing energy efficiency. With the Energiewende, or energy transition, Germany has set ambitious targets. But the challenges we face in the process are global, for the journey to the future of sustainable energy can only be travelled in close international cooperation.

Germany’s Federal Government is initiating an international dialogue to tackle these challenges on an industrial and system-wide scale. As a pivotal international summit on new energy policy, this conference will provide an excellent platform to meet and share your experience with the most important energy sector decision makers from all over the world. It will stimulate a dialogue that will help us learn from proven solutions and best practices worldwide and trigger a new global energy policy. Looking ahead to the Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris as well, we want to discuss possibilities of reconciling climate protection, security of the energy supply and economic growth.

The conference is organised by the German Foreign Office in collaboration with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as well as leading industry associations from the energy sector. We have invited the ministers of Foreign Affairs and Energy of more than 50 states as well as high-ranking representatives of International Organisations, International Financial Institutions, the Energy Industry, leading researchers in the field of energy policy as well as representatives from civil society initiatives. We expect to welcome about 350 guests to this conference.

The conference will feature keynote speeches on the most important aspects of new energy policy, being sustainable energy generation, reliable supply and universal access, climate protection and international coordination. It will also present the participants with the lessons learnt from the German Energiewende up to now. The programme furthermore contains panel sessions on specific aspects of energy policy such as grid development, financing, effective administration, and others.

Please visit www.energiewende2015.com for more information.

You can download the current version of the programme here.