Facilitating the transformation to a low-carbon society via the Energiewende


Germany’s Energiewende – the transition to a largely renewables-based, efficient and integrated energy system – represents the most ambitious attempt to respond to the challenges posed by climate change. As such, the German model has become an inspiration and a lighthouse project globally. A successful transformation of the world’s fourth-largest economy will demonstrate that also elsewhere a shift towards renewables is both technically and economically feasible.


The Energiewende is based on a broad societal and cross-party consensus. However, we are only at the beginning of the transformation. Beyond a general consensus around the need for change, the political debate lacks a common definition of the challenges, a clear understanding of possible solutions and a concrete strategy for the way ahead.

The European Climate Foundation (ECF)’s Germany Programme seeks to address these gaps. We aim to facilitate the transformation to a low-carbon society by providing robust analysis, convening stakeholders and partnering with diverse organisations.


The ECF supports the transition to a low-carbon society via Agora Energiewende, which was established in 2012 as a joint effort with Mercator Foundation. The goal is to foster a fact-based discussion on energy policy nationally and at EU-level with stakeholders from the public and private sector, civil society and academia. Based on a similar concept, Agora Verkehrswende (Agora Mobility Transition) has been set up to run as from 2016. #effizienzwende is another multi-stakeholder platform we initiated to bring together trade unions, consumers, business, and environmental and social groups to address the need for more ambitious efficiency policies.

The ECF seeks to support a socially just and economically feasible transition to a low-carbon society. We partner with a wide range of civil society stakeholders in Germany, including World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Naturschutzbund (NABU), Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), Germanwatch, Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft (Green Budget Germany), Verkehrsclub Deutschand (VCD) and Klima-Allianz. We also engage with progressive business organisations such as 2° Foundation and Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz e. V. (DENEFF). Fact-based debate is essential to bring forward the low-carbon transition. was developed to contribute to providing this fact base.

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