Headline: Energy transformation in Germany & France: What do citizens expect from energy politics?

•    Organizers: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) & Heinrich Böll Foundation France
•    Date: 19 March 2018
•    Time: 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm
•    Location: Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union, Rue de Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels
•    Please register for the meeting here.

The Commission’s package on Clean Energy for All Europeans emphasizes the provision of a fair deal for consumers as one of its main pillars. Yet, what do citizens actually consider as a fair energy transition? Do they welcome new technologies like smart meters or smart heating devices, or are they rather skeptical? Can they, and do they wish, to actively participate in the clean energy transition?

Based on two different rich empirical studies from Germany and France we discuss these, and other, questions on how citizens perceive the energy transition and the opportunities and challenges associated with it.

The study from Germany is based on the Social Sustainability Barometer of the German Energiewende 2017, which was published by the IASS in co-operation with dynamis. The results are based on a representative household survey of more than 7,500 German households.

The study from France is based on Le rapport des Français à l’énergie, which was published by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung France and is based on a representative survey of more than 1000 French citizens and how they view the energy transition.

Following the presentations, a moderated panel discussion will bring together European representatives from policy, civil society and business to discuss what these results mean for energy policies in the European Union that aim to provide a fair deal for consumers and the clean energy transition.
The meeting will start at 1.30 pm. Registration and light lunch will be offered from 12.30 pm onwards.

Contact: For any questions regarding the event, please contact Ms. Ira Matuschke (ira.matuschke@iass-potsdam.de).



12.30 – 13.30    Welcome Lunch

13.30 – 13.45    Opening

  • Ralf Kuder, Head, Department of Energy and Telecommunication, Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union
  • Stephan Muschick, Director, innogy Foundation

13.45 – 14.45    What do citizens expect from an energy transformation? Experiences from Germany and France.

  • Daniela Setton, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
  • Jules Hebert, Programme Coordinator, Heinrich Böll Foundation France

14.45 – 15.00    Coffee break

15.00 – 16.30    Panel discussion: Clean energy for all Europeans and a fair deal for consumers. What lessons to be learned from the French & German experience?

  • Isabelle Buscke, Head of the Brussels Office, Federation of German Consumer Organisations
  • Philipp Offenberg, Analyst, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission
  • Ortwin Renn, Scientific Director, IASS Potsdam
  • Alain Taccoen, Head of the Regulation Department // Chair of the Working Group on Retail Market Design, Électricité de France (EDF)

Moderation: Rebecca Bertram, Policy Advisor, European Energy Transition, Heinrich Böll Foundation

16.30 – 17.00    Wrap-up & conclusions

  • René Mono, Director, 100 prozent erneuerbar Foundation