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The German Energy Transition: From Nuclear Power to Renewables: A Political Salon with Jochen Flasbarth

Heinrich Böll Foundation and World Policy Institute present:

The German Energy Transition: From Nuclear Power to Renewables:
A Political Salon with Jochen Flasbarth


Wednesday, April 11, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
This event is by invitation only.

Within days of the Fukushima disaster, Germany announced that it would completely abandon nuclear power by 2022 and shift toward 40% renewable energy by 2020. Over the last ten years, Germany increased the share of electricity from renewable sources from five to over 20 percent, while creating more than 380,000 new jobs in this sector, and became a world leader in the solar power industry. Yet its nuclear phase-out has generated considerable controversy over cost and reliability of renewables, possible energy shortages, and accusations of “greenwashing” –simply importing nuclear energy from other countries. In this special Political Salon lunch, the President of Germany’s Federal Environment Agency Jochen Flasbarth will discuss Germany’s plan to make a complete switch to renewable power by 2050, as well as the phase-out fallout that has accompanied the transition.

IMAGE: Cover of a German language book of children's fairy tales, 1919. Modifications by Anna Milena Jurca. Picture by crackdog under CC BY 2.0 License. Original: Flickr.

About the Speaker:

Jochen Flasbarth is the President of the German Federal Environment Agency. Prior to his appointment by German Federal President Horst Köhler, he was the head of Directorate-General “Nature Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources” at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Previously he was President of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union and chief editor at the publishing house Economica. For many years he has been active in conservation and environmental policy, including serving as a member of the executive board and committee of the German League for Nature and Environment, as a member of the supervisory board of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy, as well as a founding board member of the Verkehrsclub Deutschland (an association for sustainable mobility) and the Allianz pro Schiene (an alliance for the promotion of rail transport).

About the Sponsors:

The World Policy Institute, a non-partisan global think tank, engages fresh ideas and new voices from around the world to address critical shared challenges. WPI's Fellows program, regular public and private events, policy development, media activities, and flagship World Policy Journal provide a forum for solution-focused policy analysis and debate. It seeks and promotes policy solutions in support of an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, effective global governance, and broadened security strategies.
The Political Salon – organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media – regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a Germany-based international policy network focused on sustainability, democracy and human rights, and self-determination and justice.  Its various initiatives place particular emphasis on gender democracy, equal rights for cultural and ethnic minorities, the social and political participation of immigrants, and the promotion of non-violent and proactive peace policies.


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