The German energy transition is a critical element in the global transformation towards a future low-carbon energy system, and Germany remains an international pioneer in the promotion of renewable energy generation and energy efficiency. A variety of unresolved issues must be addressed however in order to advance this transformation of the energy system.
Addressing three key challenges for energy transitions
The IASS project “Pathways to Effective, Efficient, Resilient and Fair Transformations of the Energy System” addresses three critical issues: What measures are necessary to ensure the sustainability of the German energy transition in its social dimension? What must be done to advance energy transitions abroad? And, what policies and technologies can be applied to reduce fossil fuel consumption in the electricity and heating sectors? The IASS will develop scientifically robust recommendations and practical guidance for efforts to address these issues, which are of vital importance to the energy transition, including the development of a barometer to measure the social sustainability of the German energy transition. Filling an important gap in the research landscape, this instrument will facilitate the systematic monitoring and evaluation of various social issues around the energy transition.
Advancing the transformation of the energy system
This project will be in close communication with other IASS projects and will support efforts to promote the transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon energy system in Germany and abroad. Its milestones include annual conferences at which policy recommendations to improve social sustainability will be presented. Project outputs will include articles in scientific journals, policy briefs, and media content as well as several transdisciplinary workshops and a doctoral thesis on carbon capture and utilisation (CCU).