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23 Jan 2017

“German energy policy – a blueprint for the world?”

World Energy Council (WEC)

German energy policy will not serve as a global energy policy blueprint, but as inspiration, according to the World Energy Council (WEC) Germany. In a survey, 60 percent of energy experts from 42 countries said the Energiewende could not serve as a global blueprint but 79 percent said aspects of German energy policy could be adopted in their respective countries.

Other key findings:

  • Questioned about primary drivers of the energy transition, experts in EU countries cited climate protection (45 percent) and energy security (28 percent), compared to 5 percent and 23 percent for the rest of the world. Economic growth (36 percent) and increasing the availability of energy (27 percent) were the primary drivers for non-EU countries
  • In the long term, most experts (71 percent) expected German energy policy to strengthen the country’s economic power
  • Expansion of the electricity grid and digitalisation were viewed as relevant issues in most countries (90 and 88 percent respectively)
  • In most countries, energy efficiency measures (92 percent) and a carbon tax (75 percent) were perceived as top strategies in tackling climate change

Find the full survey in English here and the WEC press release in German here.

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