Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue to focus on implementation of Paris Climate Agreement

13 March 2017

Berlin hosts Energy Transition Dialogue

Every spring the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue brings together key international decision makers in foreign energy and energy policy, industry, science and civil society as well as foremost energy experts from all over the world. This year, the dialogue takes place from 20-21 March.

Energy developments, political instruments, new investment opportunities and business propositions: these are the topics that will be discussed during this year’s dialogue on the transformation of the global energy sector.

The conference will be hosted by the German Federal Government in cooperation with the Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), the Solar Association (BSW), the German Energy Agency (dena).

In addition to the two-day conference programme, participants will be able to personally experience the Energiewende (energy transition) by joining the official fringe events and study tours offered throughout the entire week from 20-24 March 2017.

Focus: implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement

Last year, global investments in renewable energy sources exceeded investments in all fossil and nuclear technologies combined. Many countries have significantly increased their energy efficiency and started to digitalise their energy sector.

This marks the start of a fundamental structural change towards an affordable, secure and ecologically friendly energy system based on innovation.

In order to reach the targets of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030, a boost of coordination on energy issues, enhanced energy foreign policy and international cooperation as well as mutual learning is required.

This year’s conference will focus on:

  • How to successfully align the energy system with the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN development goals of Agenda 2030 in a cost efficient way.
  • How to set the right framework to trigger the necessary investments into energy efficiency and renewable energy in due time.

High-level participants

The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue has proven to be an ideal platform for an international public and private audience alike, who come together to discuss viable concepts for the ongoing transformation of the energy sector – the Energiewende.

More than 1,000 high-level participants from over 70 countries and more than 50 official state delegations with over 30 energy and foreign affairs ministers will take the opportunity to connect and develop solutions for the "Global Energiewende".

Thanks to innovative communication tools and social media connection, the discussion will be livelier than ever.

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The energy transition is our avenue towards a secure, clean future. We have resolved to steadily increase the percentage of renewable energy, achieve greater energy efficiency and phase out nuclear power. The energy transition is a decision to produce energy on a sustainable basis and make Germany one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally compatible economies in the world.