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Germany Renewable Energy Federation Calls for Decentralized Energy Transition

R-L: President, German Renewable Credit:Geela Garcia

President of the German Renewable Energy Federation, BEE, Dr. Simone Peter, has advocated for the need to decentralize energy transition, particularly in Africa.

R-L: President, German Renewable Energy Federation, BEE, Dr. Simone Peter, Joachim Goldbeck, from Goldbeck Solar, Jennifer Morgan State Secretary Federal Foreign Office, & Francesco La Camera, DG of International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA.         Credit:Geela Garcia

Speaking during a side event at the ongoing Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue themed:”Addressing the implications of COP28 on renewable businesses”, she said the further acceleration of the energy transition is key for reaching the Paris climate goals.

Calling for a bold and future-oriented approach, she said a bold and future oriented local approach is needed in all countries with the goal to develop 100 % Renewable Energy in the next two decades, without new fossil or nuclear subsidies.

She said wind and solar were once again leading the charge for renewables in Germany, constituting 52% of the gross electricity supply and impacting various sectors.

“The expansion of renewables in Germany is once again taking on a significant dynamic, especially in the areas of photovoltaics and wind power.

“With a share of 52% of gross electricity supply, these technologies are system-defining and have an increasingly cross-sectoral impact,” she said.

Dr. Peters also emphasized the need for adapting to a new electricity market design, enhancing network infrastructure, and establishing a flexible backup system comprising biomass, hydropower, geothermal energy, storage systems, and sector coupling.

“In this way, Germany is taking a first important step in meeting its commitment to support the COP28 resolution towards a tripling of the expansion of renewable by 2030,” she said.

Dr. Peter who emphasized the need for financing to propel the global energy transition, particularly in the global south.

“The industry is calling for more ambitious initiatives, binding targets and concrete measures in order to win over the private sector for the necessary investment offensives.

“We need financing to move the global energy transition especially in the global south,” she said.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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