On 9 October 2019, the German government adopted the Climate Action Plan 2030. It shall ensure that Germany achieves its climate protection goals drawn up following the Paris Agreement. But is this plan pointing in the right direction?

By signing the Paris Agreement, Germany committed itself to maintaining global warming to well below two degrees above pre-industrial levels. To this end, the German government seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 per cent by 2030 compared with 1990 levels, and to become almost carbon neutral by 2050. Truly, this is a Herculean Labour. Germany has already abandoned its self-imposed 2020 emissions cut target. The necessary expansion of the electricity grids is indeed progressing, but not as fast as it should be. Also, it is still being discussed how a 65 per cent target share of renewable electricity can be achieved by 2030. This debate is further fuelled by the youth protest “Fridays for Future”, which has put climate change at the top of the political agenda.

Several questions are at the core of the debate: Is the climate package sufficiently ambitious? Are policymakers on the right track to achieve a successful energy transition? Does the planned introduction of a CO₂ pricing system for the transport and buildings sector provide the right incentives? And finally, how are Germany’s climate efforts to be evaluated in view of the currently sluggish climate policy ambitions of the international community?

Climate policy means focusing on energy policy. We are most pleased to welcome Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy at ZEW where he will exclusively outline his plans for a successful energy transition.

Minister Altmaier’s lecture is embedded in the ZEW’s focus topic “Climate Change and Energy Transition” which we are currently working on e.g. as part of the “Dialogue on the Economics of Climate Change”.

We would like to thank the ZEW Sponsors’ Association for Science and Practice for supporting the lecture series First-Hand Information on Economic Policy.
 

Speaker

Peter Altmaier

Peter Altmaier

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

Selected Articles

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier on Climate Policy and the Energy Transition at ZEW

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First-Hand Information on Economic Policy with Peter Altmaier
ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach, PhD welcomes the audience and the speaker of the evening, Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (on screen).
ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach welcomes the audience and guest speaker, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and ...
ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach, PhD, outlines the lecture topic: Climate policy and energy system transformation.
ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach outlines the topic of the speech: climate policy and energy transition. © Erich ...
A total of 220 guests followed the ZEW presentation on climate policy and energy transition with Peter Altmaier.
Almost 220 guests closely followed the speech of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, who addressed the ...
Peter Altmaier on climate policy and energy transition at ZEW.
According to Peter Altmaier, Germany is on target for the expansion of renewable energies. © Erich Dichiser EDM
ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach, PhD and Peter Altmaier in exchange after the lecture.
ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach and Peter Altmaier engaging in an exchange after the lecture. © Erich Dichiser EDM
Numerous members of the ZEW Sponsors' Association participated in the lecture Climate Policy and Energy system transformation.
Among those attending the event were (from left to right): board members of the ZEW Sponsors’ Association Claudia Diem ...
Numerous members of the ZEW Sponsors' Association participated in the lecture Climate Policy and Energy system transformation.
Many members of the ZEW Sponsors’ Association – next to ZEW service department head Dr. Daniela Heimberger (far left) – ...
Numerous members of the ZEW Sponsors' Association participated in the discussion on climate policy and energy transition.
Board member of the ZEW Sponsors’ Association Dr. Georg Müller taking part in the discussion. © Erich Dichiser EDM
ZEW researcher Vera Huwe also joins the debate on climate policy and energy system transition.
ZEW researcher Vera Huwe joined the debate. © Erich Dichiser EDM
After the lecture at ZEW with Peter Altmaier, there was another round of questions.
Professor Nikolas Wölfing from the University of Mannheim during the Q&A session, which concluded the event. © Erich ...

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Date

13.01.2020 | 18:00 - 19:30 (CET)

Event Location

ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung

L 7, 1 68161 Mannheim

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