PwC EnergyTransition-Tracker

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Folker Trepte
Energy Leader, PwC Germany

The current market environment of the energy transition in Germany

The Russian invasion in Ukraine has fundamentally changed the basic assumptions surrounding energy policy. In order to quickly become energy-independent from Russia, energy sources that have already been written off are experiencing kind of a renaissance. At the same time, the German government has once again accelerated the expansion of renewable energies for climate protection. Political reservations against the expansion of wind energy or power lines are successfully declining. Furthermore, offshore wind farms in the North Sea region are to be expanded in order to double the energy output. The fast approval of LNG terminals brought a ray of hope that other energy infrastructure projects will also progress rapidly in the future. The German photovoltaic industry is hoping to gain an additional boost, and green hydrogen could fundamentally alter the course of the energy transition.

But 2030 isn’t far off. Are the current efforts sufficient or do we need to take further steps? Along the same lines as our E-Mobility-Check, we will have a look at various aspects of the green transition and analyse where the developments are on course and where politicians and companies need to improve. What financial and social efforts are still needed if we want to become CO2-neutral and energy-independent?

“A swift energy transition is not only an ecological responsibility, but also an economic and social one. Businesses and policy makers need to diversify their energy mix one step at a time, in order to fully realise the potential for a sustainable future.”

Folker Trepte,Energy Leader, PwC Deutschland

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New laws, geopolitical developments, technical innovations, new consumer behaviour: the situation on the energy market is more volatile than ever – and with it the potential paths on the way to realising a successful energy transition. With our EnergyTransition-Tracker, we provide you with current content on relevant energy sources, the expansion of the grid infrastructure and relevant thematic intersections. 

The energy transition poses major challenges for all sectors. To succeed, industry, legislators and investors need a clear plan of action. We are happy to help you with our framework for ESG transformation. With our holistic sustainability and ESG consulting, we support you from identification to implementation to achieve your energy goals and become part of a more sustainable future.

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Onshore wind power

Regional distance regulations, slow-paced land use designations, the fear of ecological side effects: the expansion of onshore wind power, i.e. wind turbines on land, has been neglected in recent years compared to its potential. In the meantime, the designation of areas and its expansion is gaining momentum through federal legislation: By 2027, 1.4% of the land is to be available for wind energy. A change for the German energy transition?

Find out whether onshore wind power is experiencing an upturn once again in our viewpoint.

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Sunny prospects for renewable energies: Photovoltaics offer great opportunities for the energy transition. It is renewable, environmentally friendly and scalable. The implementation of appropriate systems can decisively reduce dependence on fossil fuels and thus contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions. The local economy and energy security would also benefit from a consistent build-up of the technology. However, other innovative producers of PV modules continue their advance and in order to keep up, Germany has set high expansion targets. How can we move forward?

The solar energy revolution: Read our white paper to find out what Germany’s most important energy source really means for local value creation.

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Folker Trepte

Folker Trepte

Energy, Utilities and Resources Leader, PwC Germany

Heiko Stohlmeyer

Heiko Stohlmeyer

Director, Renewable energies, PwC Germany

Tel: +49 171 3344297