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Energy and Climate Policy

A sustainable energy system is a policy objective that is met with broad approval by society and politics.

Nevertheless, striking a balance between the three pillars of sustainability – environmental and climate protection, security of supply, and social compatibility – is a continuous and challenging task both for science and politics. Since the framework conditions for a sustainable energy system change constantly, the balance between the three pillars must be continuously redetermined in order to rise to challenges on the national, European and international level. The “Energy and Climate Policy” group therefore focuses on an analysis of these framework conditions and challenges. The results are then taken into consideration by the other two groups at IEK-STE.

Research areas include:

  • Long-term political and social framework conditions and their future development, particularly the requirements and outlook for sustainable German energy policy in the context of the European Union and an effective worldwide strategy against global warming;
  • Policies and strategies of actors (countries, international institutions and social actors) relevant for energy and climate policy and their interdependencies on long-term trends such as globalization, deregulation and reregulation in order to determine their impact on the German energy sustainability strategy;
  • Social acceptance of strategies for the transformation of the energy sector;
  • Analysis of German and European sustainability strategies in the energy sector, e.g. by means of indicator systems.

The group uses qualitative and quantitative methods as well as computer-assisted simulation (e.g. multi-agent models).

Director: MA Wolfgang Fischer