Germany and Nine Other Countries Set Up Energiewende Club

Nine other countries and Germany have founded the “Club der Energiewendestaaten” (Club of the Countries Striving for an Energy Transformation).

The founding members – called pioneer countries (Vorreiterländer) by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) – strive to promote the global expansion of renewable energy. They include China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Morroco, South Africa, Tonga, United Arab Emirates, as well as the Director General of the International Renewable Agency (IRENA). “We want to set a positive example”, Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier said. According to BMU, the club members account for more than 40% of the global investments in renewable energies.

The Club considers itself a supplement to IRENA that provides support, BMU said. At the next UN Climate Protection Conference (to be held in Warsaw, Poland from 11 to 22 November 2013) they want to jointly highlight the advantages for renewable energies for prosperity, the climate and sustainable development. Besides, the group wants to promote specific energy transformation projects.

In a communiqué adopted by the group, the representatives of the member states called on other countries to follow their example, confirming their willingness to share information and experiences.

The next meeting of the club members shall take place in January 2014 in Abu Dhabi, where the next general meeting of IRENA takes place.

The magazine Wirtschaftswoche pointed out that the participation of China in the Club der Energiewendestaaten had been controversial since China is considered as one of the main global polluters. The Director General of the Chinese National Energy Agency conceded environmental problems in China due to the massive use of fossil fuels, but announced to increase wind power capacities to 200 GW and solar power capacities to 100 GW until 2020, Wirtschaftswoche said. According to the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), Germany had a wind power capacity of roughly 31 GW by the end of 2012 and 33.53 GW of solar power capacity that is promoted under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) as per 30 April 2013, according to latest data by the Federal Network Agency.

The initiative to found the Club der Energiewendestaaten taken by Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier served two purposes, Wirtschaftswoche said. Firstly, an alliance of pioneer countries in the field of renewable energies helped Germany to tap new sales markets. Secondly, the idea was to enhance support for the energy transformation domestically.

Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety; Wirtschaftswoche

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