Event Reports

Energy Policy Roundtable Discussion with German MP Carsten Mueller

by Eva Wagner

Challenges in the Energy Policy Sector in Germany and Australia

MP Carsten Mueller (Member of the Economic Affairs and Energy Committee; Chairman of the Parliamentary Circle on Energy Efficiency, Chairman of the German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency; etc.) in the course of a Roundtable Discussion held on 16 September 2019 in Sydney had the opportunity to discuss energy policy matters with representatives from the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity, the energy industry and energy authorities.
There were also representatives from the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce (GACC), the Austrian Trade Commission (Advantage Austria) as well as the German Consulate General in Sydney. MP Mueller inter alia referred to the upcoming meeting (and decision of) the German Climate Cabinet. Further, he addressed the newly elected President of the EU Commission’s (Ursula von der Leyen) climate pledges. In a subsequent Q&A session, participants inter alia raised the lack of an integrated energy and climate policy in Australia, the costs of the energy transition in both countries as well as the German decision to phase out fossil fuels and nuclear power.

KAS Australia would like to thank the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity for their excellent cooperation and looks forward to a future cooperation.

Eva Wagner

Eva Wagner

Senior Programme Coordinator
Rule of Law, Energy and Development Policy

eva.wagner@kas.de +61 2 6154 9323