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17.04.2018

Federal Government continues international dialogue on the Energiewende

Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2018 opens

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier are opening the fourth Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin today. The two-day conference, which has the motto "towards a global Energiewende", will bring together ministers and high-ranking delegations from 40 countries as well as representatives from business and civil society with the aim of developing strategies for the intelligent transformation of the energy system, the transport sector and the heating supply. In total, around two thousand guests from 95 countries are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: "Germany is determined to achieve the sustainable development goals. The rigorous implementation of the Energiewende is a major priority for us. We are working for an international energy and climate policy. For not only are renewable energies sustainable, they are also plentiful and almost everywhere available. That removes the potential for energy to be used as a means of power and coercion in international politics. We therefore regard energy policy as a platform for cooperation, for dialogue and for international exchange. The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue is an ideal example of this. Yet it is also clear that if we do not succeed in implementing the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we will find ourselves in a world which presents even greater threats to stability and peace than what we are already experiencing."

Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier: "The fourth Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue convincingly shows that the Energiewende has become a global phenomenon. Wind and solar power have never been as cheaply available as they are today. The awareness of the need for a safe, economical and environmentally responsible energy supply in many countries has never before been so pronounced. Many countries in the world are radically transforming their energy supply and in so doing are placing the focus on renewable energies and improved energy efficiency. To achieve this they often have to overcome challenges similar to those we face here in Germany and are confronted with the same issues. We are looking forward to engaging in discussion with our international guests and partners on innovative business models and technologically advanced and forward-looking solutions which will accelerate the global energy transition and make it more economically and socially attractive for all of us."

President of the German Renewable Energy Federation Dr Simone Peter: “Renewable energies are the guarantee for a sustainable economic policy, for they are the driving force behind innovation and climate protection. The Energiewende creates jobs and added value, renews industrial structures and saves resources."

The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue is being hosted by the Federal Government together with the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar), the consultancy firm eclareon and the German Energy Agency (dena). With its framework programme, it forms the centre of the Berlin Energy Week from 16 to 20 April, which this year is supplemented by the Start Up Energy Transition initiative Tech Festival, EventHorizon - the Global Summit on Blockchain Technology in the Energy Sector, and the Urban Energy Forum. Berlin is thus once again the meeting point for the global Energiewende.

Speakers at the conference include:

  • Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for the Energy Union
  • Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala, CEO of the start-up Bakulu Power
  • Ministers from other countries
  • CEOs from international firms and investors at international investment companies

The latest version of the programme for the conference and the supporting programme is available at www.energiewende2018.com. You can also participate on twitter by using the hashtag #betd2018. Be sure to include @greensofa_betd in your tweets. The conference language is English.

The CO2 emissions that this environmentally friendly event will nevertheless generate will be offset by atmosfair gGmbH, in the form of support to projects that are UN and gold standard certified.

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