The resolutions of the Climate Cabinet in September 2019 and the German Climate Protection Act established the binding 2030 climate targets for Germany and specified the fields of action. The German government also adopted its cross-sectoral 2050 Energy Efficiency Strategy in December 2019. It is an indication of the government’s ambitious targets for Germany: Primary energy consumption for Germany should be reduced by 30 per cent by 2030 and 50 per cent by 2050 compared to 2008.
It will require increased efforts in all areas of consumption. To this end, a National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2.0 (‘Nationaler Aktionsplan Energieeffizienz 2.0,’ NAPE 2.0) is being implemented for the period up to 2030, and an Energy Efficiency 2050 Roadmap is also being developed for the 2030–2050 period.
The German government launched the Energy Efficiency 2050 Roadmap dialogue process in 2020 as part of its 2050 Energy Efficiency Strategy. Stakeholder expertise is being pooled to implement the strategies listed in the NAPE (2.0) and develop further measures. There will be ongoing exchange processes to carry out the work.
dena was commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy at the beginning of 2020 to serve as the office for organisational support of the Energy Efficiency Platform. The office is responsible for preparation, organisation and follow-up of working group meetings and plenary sessions, in particular. In addition, dena communicates the results to the stakeholders involved in the process and to a broad range of experts.
A consortium led by Prognos AG and its other partners, Fraunhofer ISI, ifeu and Wuppertal Institute, will also provide the scientific consultation for the project.
Broad stakeholder participation ensures that the recommendations for action can be applied to the real world. The only way that the 2030 or 2050 targets can be achieved is when the measures are also supported and implemented in practice.
The dialogue process is scheduled to run for two and a half years. It is expected to conclude in autumn 2022 when concrete recommendations for action will be adopted in a strategy paper by the ministries of the German government leading the effort (Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety).