Watt Matters Podcast - 18/February/2022

The Energiewende and the new government

This week, Jan, Michaela and David are joined by Claudia Kemfert, professor of energy economics and energy policy at the German Institute for Economic Research and Leuphana University to discuss how Germany's new government, and its economy, are tackling the energy transition.

            


From FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, Watt Matters is a podcast all about the energy transition and the shift to a decarbonised economy.

Whichever way you look at it, Germany is going to play a highly significant role if Europe is to meet its climate targets by 2050.

After 16 years of rule by Angela Merkel came to an end at the end of 2021, where climate policies increasingly took a back seat, a new coalition government, lead by Olaf Scholz, has placed decarbonisation of the economy at the centre of the cross-party agreement.

Europe’s largest economy is aiming to reach net-zero by 2045 – but can the country achieve this and how? And can Germany then also lead from the front on the international stage?

This week, Jan, Michaela and David are joined by Claudia Kemfert, professor of energy economics and energy policy at the German Institute for Economic Research and Leuphana University to discuss how Germany’s new government, and its economy, are tackling the energy transition.

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Illustration: Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva. Art director: Trine Natskår.


SHOW NOTES:

What Caught My Eye:

Jan: National Grid ESO and Octopus Energy launch trial to unleash demand flexibility this winter

Claudia: Stärkung von Agri-PV-Anlagen: Habeck startet Solar-Offensive auf dem Acker

Michaela: Twitter post by Lisa Desjardins

David: Government hits accelerator on low-cost renewable power – GOV.UK

Recommendations:
Podcast: If you can speak and understand German, we can highly recommend listening to Claudia’s podcast, Kemfert’s Klima-Podcast
Article: Energy transition faces a shortage of key workers


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