Energy concept

Long-term strategy for future energy supply
With its Energy Concept the German government has formulated guidelines for an environmentally sound, reliable and affordable energy supply and for the first time mapped a road into the age of renewable energies.

The aim is to develop and implement an overall strategy for the period up to 2050. This provides long-term orientation while at the same time preserving the flexibility required for new technical and economic developments. Regular and consistent monitoring will help to identify and correct undesirable developments at an early stage.

Renewable energies will contribute the major share to the energy mix of the future. On the path to achieving this, conventional energy sources will gradually be replaced by renewables in a dynamic energy mix. Nuclear energy will be a bridging technology on this road.

The nine fields of action are:

  • Renewable energies as a cornerstone of future energy supply
  • Energy efficiency as the key factor 
  • Nuclear power and fossil-fuel power plants 
  • An efficient grid infrastructure for electricity and integration of renewables 
  • Energy upgrades for buildings and energy-efficient newbuild 
  • The mobility challenge 
  • Energy research towards innovation and new technologies 
  • Energy supply in the European and international context 
  • Acceptance and transparency

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Energy concept

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Ten-point Action Programme


As a first step towards implementation of its Energy Concept the German government has adopted an immediate action programme. The goal is to put this programme into practice by 31 December 2011. Every three years, and for the first time in 2013, the government will present a monitoring report on the status of implementation of the Energy Concept.