German Sustainability Council and Leopoldina call for rapid expansion of renewable energies

In a joint position paper, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) have emphasized the role of renewable energies in achieving climate neutrality by 2050. »It is necessary to fundamentally change course,« explained RNE Chairman Werner Schnappauf. Decarbonizing industry alone would require »up to four times the current amount of energy from renewable sources.« This makes it clear »how rapidly the expansion of renewable energies, including the grids, must take place in the coming years.« The key is to make as much green power available as possible, as quickly and as cheaply as possible, Schnappauf stressed.
To realize the transformation, the organizations are relying on CO2 emissions trading as the lead instrument, »embedded in an overall climate policy strategy including regulatory framework, support and regulatory policy.« This must be complemented by a broad mobilization of private capital. This requires long-term investment security. Leopoldina and RNE »deliberately did not want to take part in the race for the most ambitious target,« but instead drew up an options paper for the most important implementation steps, which they presented to Chancellor Merkel.
The Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences advises policymakers on socially relevant issues. The Academy prepares interdisciplinary statements based on scientific findings. These publications identify options for action. The experts who write statements work on an honorary basis. The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) advises the German government on sustainability policy. It is independent in its activities and has been appointed by the German government every three years since 2001. Its members are 15 public figures from civil society, business, science and politics.
According to the organizations, an English version of the document will be available soon.

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