Germany is an internationally recognised pioneer in the development of a low-carbon energy system. The promotion of renewable energies in Germany has been an important trigger for a global energy transition. Nevertheless, Germany and the rest of the world are still only at the beginning of the far-reaching societal transformation associated with a sustainable energy transformation.
The research group Pathways to Sustainable Energy focuses on two key challenges that will determine the future progress of the energy transition: social sustainability and global governance and cooperation.
Socially Sustainable Energy Transition
The researchers study the main societal trends and challenges that arise in the context of Germany's Energiewende in order to assess its social sustainability. They then develop proposals for a more socially just implementation process with greater opportunities for civic engagement. Their findings contribute to the societal dialogue on the social sustainability of the energy transition.
Global Energy Transition
Global governance, international cooperation and foreign policy in the energy sector represents another focus of the research group. The researchers investigate how the global energy transition is already affecting international politics and governance in the energy sector and identify options for advancing such a transition. How are the interests of influential countries like Germany, China, and the US evolving in the context of the global energy transition? What foreign and industrial policy strategies are these countries pursuing? What impact do these strategies have on policy frameworks and investment patterns in partner countries - and thus on the progress of the global energy transition? A transdisciplinary dialogue with the government, the private sector, and civil society informs the research on these questions and contribute to the further development of Germany's international energy transition policy.