The german "Energiewende" in the global context: Lessons and pitfalls for low-carbon transformation

Germany’s energy transition is high on the political agenda. However, the so-called "Energiewende" still has a long way to go if it is to become a global model for climate-friendly economic transformation.


What is expected from the German "Energiewende"? Is energy transition primarily a technical or a sociopolitical challenge? And how can the international community organise joint learning on technical and political solutions for sustainable transformation?

These and other questions will be addressed by our panelists (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Claudia Kemfert

    Head of Department "Energy, Transportation, Environment"

    German Institute for Economic Research / Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW)

  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic

    Deputy Director

    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) & Member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)

  • Udo Niehage

    Senior Vice President

    Head of Government Affairs Berlin & Company Representative for the German Energy Transition, Siemens AG

  • Jeffrey D. Sachs


    Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) & Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University


Dirk Messner


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) & Co-Chair, German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)

There will be plenty of time for audience interventions and participants are invited to join us for a networking reception afterwards.

The event is co-organised by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The SDSN was founded in 2012 under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and connects institutions and key individuals from developing, emerging and industrialised countries. The DIE has been an official network member since 2013.

We really look forward to your participation. Kindly fill in the online registration form until 24 February 2014 to register for this event in advance as places are limited.

The discussion will be held in english.

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  • Claudia Kemfert
    • Dirk Messner
      • Nebojsa Nakicenovic
        • Jeffrey D. Sachs


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          Dr. Christian Hübner


          Leiter des Regionalprogramms Energiesicherheit und Klimawandel Asien und Pazifik

          christian.huebner@kas.de +852 28822245

          Sebastian Barnet Fuchs

          Coordinator Development Policy and Human Rights

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