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Will Energiewende fail? An examination of Germany’s transition to a low-carbon future

Germany’s image as the leader in green energy and the creator of “Energiewende” (energy transition) is under siege. According to a recent study, the self-committed goal to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2020 will likely be missed. This potential shortcoming does not come as a surprise to Germany and has been an intensively discussed issue for many years. Does this mean the end of Germany’s energy transition? This paper analyses the energy-supply aspect and provides a German perspective to the issue. It offers an insight into the remaining challenges and a historical explanation as to why this glitch might even foster the process.

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Christoph K. Klunker