Energy transition

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Energy transition (German: Energiewende) is the transition of Germany and several other countries to sustainable economies by means of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development. The final goal is the abolishment of nuclear, coal, and other non-renewable energy sources.[1]

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The key policy document outlining the Energiewende was published by the German government in September 2010, some six months before the Fukushima nuclear accident.[2] Legislative support was passed in 2011. Important aspects include:

  • greenhouse gas reductions : 80–95% reduction by 2050
  • renewable energy targets : 60% share by 2050
  • energy efficiency : electricity efficiency up by 50% by 2050
  • an associated research and development drive

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