German Expert Manfred Fischedick in the Center seminar on UE Energy Policies

As part of its weekly seminar series and in collaboration with the German Embassy in Doha, the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies was pleased to host Dr. Manfred Fischedick, Deputy Director of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy in Germany, on October 30, 2013.  

Fischedick presented “Energy Policy in the European Union,” focusing on Germany’s experience in transitioning to a viable and diversified energy system and the country’s success in introducing a large proportion of renewable energies into its energy mix and into electricity generation in particular. The guest speaker utilized a multi-tiered approach to the analysis of the German and European energy system which comprised three levels: the micro level, which addresses the scientific and technological dimension, that is, the available renewable energy technologies; the intermediate level which is concerned with the political, economic and social dimensions and, in particular, the policy-making process and framework in which this process takes place; and the macro level represented by the global energy

German Expert Manfred Fischedick

market and prices and the geopolitical dimension.

Fischedick summarized the essential requirement for success in energy transition as being the adoption of a strategic energy policy that addressed all the three levels, providing for interconnection and linkages between them in a comprehensive and integrated manner. In practice, the process of energy transition requires the availability of mature technologies that can be promoted through a variety of mechanisms in the context of energy policy, in addition to raising awareness through campaigns in the media and educational curricula. At the macro level, Fischedick stressed that the transition strategy in the energy system must be in line with global trends, particularly in the global energy market.