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Statement on the Second Monitoring Report by the German Government for 2012

Statement on the Second Monitoring Report by the German Government for 2012

Expert commission on the "Energy of the future" monitoring process

On 8 April 2014, the second monitoring report from the Federal Government and the joint statement from the Expert Commission about the "Energy of the Future" monitoring process were presented. The Ecologic Institute supports the work of the Expert Commission by providing scientific input.
The statement on the German "Energiewende", under review for the second year in 2012, had mixed findings. The major message is that while Germany is expected to meet its renewable energy targets, further efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency are necessary. The Federal Government has announced clear priorities in this regard, which now must be implemented. The joint statement is available for download.

The independent Expert Commission, composed of Prof. Dr. Andreas Löschel, Prof. Dr. Georg Erdmann, Prof. Dr. Frithjof Staiß and Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing, provided scientific support and delivered a joint statement on the monitoring process, which should show progress towards the German "Energiewende", and with it a highly efficient energy system based on renewable sources by the year 2050.

The Expert Commission's joint statement had the objective to evaluate the German government's monitoring report. In addition, relevant development, targets, and policy measures were analyzed in a constructively critical manner. An overall assessment of the German "Energiewende" by the Expert Commission was not foreseen and could not have been carried out in the given timeframe. A more extensive and in-depth assessment of cause-effect relationships will be part of the progress report in 2014.

Ecologic Institute provides scientific support to the work of the Expert Commission with a focus on the key topics that Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing and the Expert Commission selected for their joint statement.

An English summary of the Expert Commission's joint statement as well as the summary of the Government's monitoring report can also be downloaded from the Federal Network Agency's website.


Löschel, Prof. Dr. Andreas; Prof. Dr. Georg Erdmann; Prof. Dr. Frithjof Staiß and Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing 2012: Expert commission on the “Energy of the future” monitoring process. Statement on the second monitoring report by the German government for 2012, Berlin, Mannheim, Stuttgart.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Löschel
Prof. Dr. Georg Erdmann
Prof. Dr. Frithjof Staiß
Philipp Massier (co-author)
Lars Dittmar (co-author)
Fernando Oster (co-author)
Maike Schmidt (co-author)
Eike Karola Velten (co-author)
258 pp.
Table of Contents


1 Monitoring process as an element of the German "Energiewende"
1.1 Monitoring report
1.2 Hierarchical organisation of objectives
1.3 Key indicators
1.4 Overview of indicators and further monitoring activities

2 Phasing out nuclear energy and reduction of green house gas emissions
2.1 About phasing out nuclear energy
2.2 Recourse to the green house gas emission target
2.3 Contributions of the areas of action to the reduction of energy-related  CO2 emissions
2.4 About the role of European emissions trading

3 Initiatives in the area of energy efficiency
3.1 Efficiency indicators on the macro level
3.2 Efficiency indicators on sectoral level
3.3 Rebound effects

4 Development of renewable energies
4.1 Overall development of renewable energies and achievement of objectives
4.2 Generation of electricity from renewable energies
4.3 Development of renewable energies in the heating market
4.4 Renewable energies in the fuel sector
4.5 Cross-divisional examination of biomass

5 Environmental impact of the energy system
5.1 Land use of provision of fuel, energy production and distribution
5.2 Radioactivity and problem of permanent disposal
5.3 Other indicators
5.4 Environmental impact of fracking

6 Development of the security of supply
6.1 Electricity: remaining guaranteed capacity as an indicator of security of supply
6.2 Flexibility option of the electricity supply
6.3 Security of electricity supply: Shortage of capacity or shortage of grid?
6.4 Grids of electricity and gas industries
6.5 International aspects of security of supply

7 Economic efficiency of the energy supply
7.1 Total accounts of energy industry
7.2 Distributive effects of the German “Energiewende”

8 Impetus of innovation of the German “Energiewende “
8.1 Selection of indicators
8.2 Germany in international comparison

9 Literature
10 Annex

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