WiSe 13/14: Energiewende around the World? Comparing the Political Dimension of Energy Transition in Germany, Europe and worldwide
Jens Marquardt, Sabine Weiland
Since 2011, at the latest, the issue of energy transition has become a major political topic in Germany. The promotion of renewable energies, nuclear phase-out, grid expansion and other issues are ... read more
Since 2011, at the latest, the issue of energy transition has become a major political topic in Germany. The promotion of renewable energies, nuclear phase-out, grid expansion and other issues are related to an "Energiewende" that summarises a normative concept of the transition towards a sustainable energy system. Although the term Energiewende exists since the early 1980s, it has become increasingly important and of higher public concern over the last years - with actions for sustainable energy systems all over the world.
What do these energy transitions look like? What are the driving forces behind? What are the barriers to be overcome? Which actors play a role? What are their instruments? Who is pursuing which interests? These questions are taken as a starting point to explore the current status of Energiewende around the world - focusing on Germany and selected countries around the world. The course will start with the German Energiewende setting and theoretical implications from political science. We will then have a closer look at case studies from Europe and other regions of the world. Differences and similarities will be discussed to provide an outlook at the end of the seminar.
This seminar aims to tackle the topic of Energiewende in a comparative way to raise awareness for the complexity of the issues, highlight differences and similarities, and demonstrate best practices as well as barriers for its political implementation. We will also look at the Energiewende in the context of a sustainability transition of society. close