Energy Transition around the World


The German energy transition – or Energiewende – has gained international attention as a “test case” in demonstrating the possibility for a country to transition its energy sector away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy to one based primarily on renewable sources. While Germany’s Energiewende has both rapidly progressed and more recently slowed in the face of challenges (such as the largely unwavering share of coal), countries around the world are rapidly pushing forward with energy transitions of their own. This series highlights the status, policies, obstacles, and future prospects of energy transitions in countries including Japan, Philippines, Israel, China, Uruguay, South Africa, and India.

Germany & Europe

"Mrs. Merkel, stop coal power!"

Germany is phasing out nuclear power and has come to rely more on coal for its electricity. Despite a steep rise in renewable energy, the use of coal is endangering Germany’s ambitious target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Without a coal phase-out, the energy transition will fail.
Karsten Smid, Greenpeace