People from more than 60 nations have gathered here: ministers, experts, industrialists,
and others. The issue at hand is an industrial revolution, known as the Energiewende in
Germany, the energy transition. Germany is working hard to boost the availability of
renewable energies over the next few years. Energiewende is a German word, but the
process is international.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister:
"Energiewende also means more international networking to enable us to learn from
each other. Every nation has to act to cut global CO2 emissions, and to stop global
In Germany, this environmental project is already an economic success story.
Sigmar Gabriel, German Economics Minister:
"At the peak of the nuclear power boom, we had 30,000 people employed in that
industry here, but today, there are as many as 300,000 jobs in the renewable energies
sector. And I think this is a debate that we need to have, that we show that in a country
like Germany and on a continent like Europe, you can have both a high degree of
industrialisation, high-tech development and innovation, linked right in ecological
sustainability and climate protection.β€œ
Germany is still on its journey, and new technologies are coming on stream at dizzying
speed. It’s a market that is becoming more and more international.
Took Gee Datuk Loo, Malaysian Energy Ministry:
"We have a very bright future for renewable energy. We've adopted the German model
of the feed-in tariff. We're going to scale up renewable energy in my country, and ever
since we promoted the feed-in tariff in the year 2011 we have seen an overwhelming
response towards renewables especially in the area of solar energy... and we can see
today that Germany has gone into newer areas of technology in the area of renewables
especially solar energy and this is one area that we can study or adopt from Germany."
Joachim Goldbeck, President of the German Assoc. for the Solar Industry:
"Many people you thought were focusing on oil or gas are starting to think about this and
taking firm political steps to promote energy efficiency and renewable energies at the
legislative level and in their public relations work.β€œ
The global climate is a global project. National projects and innovations can help ignite
action, but ultimately, everyone has to work together to protect the climate.