Both the UN Climate Change Conference and Germany’s failed coalition talks between the CDU, FDP and the Greens show that, though the path towards an affordable, safe and environmentally friendly energy system may be rocky, it is still one of the current issues critical for our future. Germany’s planned “energy transition”, the sustainable reconstruction of our energy supply, is no longer something in the distant future, but rather an issue for the present.

Is it, however, still realistic for us to meet our climate change targets for 2020? And what changes do we need to make to our energy system to ensure we reach these targets in a cost-effective manner? What sort of framework must the next German government create to guarantee the success of the energy transition? Indeed, the future of Germany’s energy and climate policy has become a major focus of discussion in the government formation process.

We are delighted that the CEO of RWE AG, Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz, will be able to join us at ZEW to share his view on the situation.

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

Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz

Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of RWE AG

Participation is by personal invitation only. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact event@zew.de.

Energy Transition – Quo Vadis?
Event at ZEW focused on Germany’s Energy Transition
Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz, CEO of RWE AG (left) and ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach before the event. © ZEW
Event at ZEW focused on Germany’s Energy Transition
ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach greets the speaker and guests at the Mannheim-based institute. © ZEW
Event at ZEW focused on Germany’s Energy Transition
RWE boss Rolf Schmitz delivers his speech entitled “Germany’s Energy Transition – Quo Vadis?”. © ZEW
Event at ZEW focused on Germany’s Energy Transition
Around 130 guests from the worlds of politics, business and research listened attentively to what Rolf Schmitz had to ...
Event at ZEW focused on Germany’s Energy Transition
According to Rolf Schmitz, if the energy transition is to succeed, the German energy sector needs to restructure. © ZEW
Event at ZEW focused on Germany’s Energy Transition
RWE CEO Rolf Schmitz (left) and ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach during the discussion © ZEW
Event at ZEW focused on Germany’s Energy Transition
The audience watches the debate on Germany’s energy transition unfold on the podium. © ZEW
Event at ZEW focused on Germany’s Energy Transition
RWE boss Rolf Schmitz and ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach answer questions from the audience. © ZEW
Event at ZEW focused on Germany’s Energy Transition
Peter Krämer, managing director at Stadtwerke Weinheim, joins the debate. © ZEW
Event at ZEW focused on Germany’s Energy Transition
ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach (right) moderating the debate with RWE executive Rolf Schmitz © ZEW

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20.02.2018 | 18:00 (CET)

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ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung

L 7, 1 68161 Mannheim

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