Last week the “German Renewables Award 2021” is taking place – the award for outstanding innovative products, projects and people in the renewable energy sector. This was already the tenth award ceremony. We have noticed a significant increase in participation in the “Journalistic article on energy supply” category this year. In the year of the federal elections, shortly before the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow and in the second year of the “FridaysForFuture” youth movement, the topic of environmental protection and energy supply is obviously of interest to many journalists.
In the anniversary year, we awarded a prize in the category “Hydrogen innovation of the year” for the first time as this new Cluster Agency segment will determine how quickly and deeply decarbonisation can be realised in industry, chemicals and logistics. As these sectors account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions, this is an area that deserves special attention. We are looking forward to this year’s award ceremony which will also be available to view via live stream!
The Federation of German Industries (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie – BDI) has presented a very interesting study by the Boston Consulting Group on this topic, which shows what expansion targets are necessary for renewable energy in Germany. The figures of this study are largely in line with those of other studies. The main message is that we need to multiply the expansion of all renewable energies in the short term in order to achieve the climate targets of the Federal Republic and the German industry. An interesting message to those involved in the coalition negotiations: the “lack of plan and uncertainty in the German climate policy" must be brought to an end. Let’s hope this clear message is understood!