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Green Paper on Energy Efficiency

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Green Paper on Energy Efficiency - Discussion Paper of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


The Green Paper on Energy Efficiency, released by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is the beginning of a consultation process with the aim of a medium-term to long-term strategy for the reduction of the country’s energy consumption.


The key questions and discussion points of the paper serve to focus the dialogue on the major aspects in five fields of action: efficiency first; further development of the instruments; European energy efficiency policies; sector coupling; and digitisation. The key questions include: 


  • How can the basic principle of prioritising energy-efficiency measures actually be applied within planning and control processes in energy policy and the energy market?
  • How can the existing range of instruments in energy-efficiency policy be further developed in order to enable Germany to reach its target of reducing primary energy consumption by 50% by 2050? How can basic challenges and current trends be approached?
  • How is the European framework for efficiency policy developing and how can responsibilities in this area be divided up effectively between European and national-level institutions?
  • As growing shares of renewable energy in the electricity sector are to be used in order to largely decarbonise other sectors: What requirements need to be established in order to help us make the most energy-efficient use of green energy versus other methods of decarbonisation?
  • What are the challenges/the opportunities linked to using digital technologies for controlling energy consumption and energy generation? How will digital business models change the energy market, and what does this mean for energy-efficiency policy? 

For further information, please visit the link below to download and read the full summary.