Energy Concepts

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi)

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi), as a supreme authority of the Federal Government, performs legislative, administrative and coordinating functions for the Federal Republic of Germany, for example in energy, industrial and innovation policy as well as in competition, SME and European policy. Its central task is to secure lasting prospects for employment, investment and growth in Germany with a forward-looking economic policy. The guiding principle for this is a policy based on the principles of the social market economy. Essential fields of action for the Ministry are the support and promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups, stimulating and accompanying investments and innovations, maintaining and expanding the international competitiveness of Germany as an industrial location, and creating the necessary framework conditions. In doing so, it is also responsible for ensuring that important challenges of our time such as digitalisation, the effects of demographic change, the energy transition and other economic transformation processes for climate protection and a secured prosperity and growth also in the future are adequately addressed and taken into account. The increased attention and commitment paid to this growing range of tasks is reflected by the Ministry's most recent name change into Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is responsible for various policy areas in the Federal Republic of Germany, essential ones of which are reflected in the naming of the ministry. Until 1986, three different ministries within the Federal Government were responsible for environmental concerns: the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health. Then, in the middle of the same year, a single government authority for the federal environmental policy was created for the first time, the then Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). In the course of the following decades, additional responsibilities were temporarily transferred to the authority, such as including urban development, housing, rural infrastructure, public building law, construction as well as federal buildings, which also led to name changes thoughout the years (e.g. BMUB between 2013 and 2018). At present, the ministry is also responsible for consumer protection policy and therefore uses the extended abbreviation BMUV. For more than 30 years now its main task has remained unchanged however: to ensure the protection of the population from environmental toxins and radiation, the wise and economical use of raw materials, the protection of the climate and the use of natural resources in a way that preserves the diversity of animal and plant species and their habitats. A key responsibility is to prepare legislation in order to design the legal framework in the areas of responsibility. This also includes shaping regulatory law and transposing EU directives into national law. Furthermore, this includes the financial promotion of research and development, support for the market introduction of innovative technologies, cooperation at national and international level, and communication for broad social participation and acceptance in the protection and careful use of the environment and resources.

Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network e. V. (BEN)

The Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network e.V. (BEN), as the interface between business, politics and science, is the central representative of the energy transition in Berlin-Brandenburg. The association promotes decentralized energy production, preferably by regional companies. The members are distributed along the entire renewable energies value chain.

Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics

Research, teaching and technology transfer at Hamburg University of Technology are centered around the guiding theme of developing technology for people. The Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics (IUE) is concerned with the technical, ecological and economic aspects of energy and industrial systems, with particular emphasis on renewable energies. All these research activities take place under the overarching goal of an improved systemic understanding of the technical, ecological and economic determinants of such energy systems. Based on this, the implementation and optimisation of such systems is researched and developed. In order to realise these goals, new modelling approaches are developed, innovative assessment methods are elaborated, laboratory and pilot plant experiments are carried out and innovative measurement methods are applied, existing systems are optimised and approaches for the comprehensible quantification of sustainability criteria are developed. The research areas include: Efficient energy systems and production processes, energy economics/systems analysis, renewable energies/bioenergy, bioeconomy/biorefinery, measurement and assessment methods, waste and bio-resource management, recycling and material cycles, and landfill technology.

Institut für ZukunftsEnergie-und Stoffstromsysteme gGmbH (IZES)

IZES was founded in 1999 and operates since 2005  as a limited non-profit organization. Next to its main shareholder, the State of Saarland, the Stadtwerke Saarbrücken Netz AG, the VSE AG, the STEAG New Energies GmbH, the Pfalzwerke AG, the Enovos Deutschland SE, the htw saar (University of Applied Sciences) and the University of Saarland have ownership shares in the IZES gGmbH. Main objective of the institution's work are the promotion of science and research as well as environmental protection, in particular by applied research and development in the field of sustainable energy and material flow systems. The IZES gGmbH is divided into the 5 departements Energy Markets, Infrastructure and Municipal Development, Material Flow Management, Technical Innovations and Environmental Psychology.


For the vision of a renewable energy supply that corresponds to democratic, social and ecological values, this network was founded by and for citizens who are jointly shaping the local and regional energy future and are involved in energy cooperatives and civil society ventures for renewable energies. The network brings together energy cooperatives that advocate for an energy transition in the hands of citizens and supports the development and founding of such cooperatives, in particular through training, exchange and experience sharing. A web portal and various information media provide up-to-date information on energy cooperatives and the energy transition in the hands of citizens. A database maintained by the network has entries on over 800 energy cooperatives and project developers active in this field nationwide and provides direct access to them.

Network of competence in the environmental industry.NRW - KNUW

With the aim of strengthening the environmental industry in NRW by identifying and improving the use of national and international market opportunities, the Network of competence in the environmental industry.NRW - KNUW was established in 2017. It acts as a partner and network manager for the exchange between companies, research, associations, universities, regional agencies and economic development at regional and local level. Regular technology screenings help the network partners to recognise and use technical and organisational innovations in the various submarkets of the environmental industry. Established actors such as regional development agencies, EFA regional offices, climate protection networks and business development agencies receive offers and support for specialised projects, which strengthens their integration into the environmental economic strategy of NRW. Funding information, the announcement of events as well as thematic services and news relevant for this industry are provided online by and for the network. The initiative receives support by the European Regional Development Fund and Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Working Group Energy Balances (AGEB)

The AGEB was founded by seven associations of the German energy industry and three institutes working in the field of energy research. It evaluates the statistics in all fields of energy industry under a scientific point of view, makes energy balances and publishes them. Each year the AGEB makes an energy balance of the Federal Republic of Germany, which offers a comprehensive and detailed view on German energy industry. Moreover, data on prime energy consumption are published quarterly.

Regional Competence Network Water and Energy

Institutes and companies from the water, wastewater and renewable energy value chains have bundled their competences, experience and technologies with the aim of developing customised system solutions, realising corresponding projects and to facilitate the technical exchange of information and promotion of young talent. Beneficiaries of this initiative shall be the network partners and the region as a whole. The resulting competence network offers numerous services that can be accessed via the network partners. This provides mutual support and encouragement among the network members, but gives non-members also the opportunity to access the exclusive services of the network. Initiatives that have been brought together in this way include the ENERGY EFFICIENCY NETWORK HOCHFRANKEN and the HO/KU/WUN mobility network formed for the region around Hof, Kulmbach and Wunsiedel. The network initiatives participate in funding through the National Climate Protection Initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment.