Zero percent A Skeptical View of Germany's Energy Transition

According to a poll, zero percent of those surveyed consider Germany's transition to renewable energy to be transferable to another country.
Not many people seem to want to try this at home.

Germany has always considered its famous transition to renewable energy, known here as the "Energiewende," a model for other countries and promoted it around the world.

But according to a survey conducted in 42 countries by the World Energy Council and seen exclusively by Handelsblatt, zero percent of those polled think the Energiewende is transferable.

It wasn't all bad; 79 percent of respondents didn't reject the project in its entirety and said they thought parts of it could be adopted by other countries.

The survey clearly shows that "the concept as a whole is not considered to be transferable," said Carsten Rolle, CEO of the German section of the World Energy Council, a global network for the energy industry.

The survey showed other countries have other priorities. While Germany places a strong emphasis on expanding electricity generation from renewable sources, 92 percent of respondents from abroad said they thought increasing energy efficiency was the most urgent target. Promoting renewable energy only came in at eighth place.

"Worldwide, measures to increase energy efficiency are seen as the best way to protect the climate. This second pillar of the German energy transition has long been the first pillar internationally," Mr. Rolle said.

Only 10 percent of the respondents said they believed Germany would be able to implement the energy transition entirely and without delay. All others at least expect delays and some said they considered the goals not to be viable.

Germany is shutting down nuclear power by 2022 and simultaneously shifting to 80 percent renewable energy by 2050.


Klaus Stratmann is the deputy bureau chief of Handelsblatt in Berlin. To contact the author: [email protected]