Academy project in international exchange on energy topics

Energy and climate protection must be considered globally. In line with the Paris climate protection targets, all countries are called upon to design their energy supply in a sustainable manner. This international perspective is an important building block in the Academies’ Project. ESYS publishes some of its position papers in English and informs international readers with an English version of the website. In workshops organised together with international partners, the ESYS members compare different energy policy challenges and research approaches in individual countries and try to jointly find solutions for tomorrow's energy supply.

Internationale Arbeitsgruppen

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Internationally shaped working groups

The ESYS working group "Governance for a European Energy Union" examines the legal, political and economic framework of European energy policy. In April 2018, the working group members discussed in an expert discussion with European energy experts what scope the EU and the member states have for reducing CO2 emissions and increasing the share of renewables in the energy supply. How the fluctuating electricity load can be balanced across the EU and what framework conditions are needed for this was the topic of a seminar in Brussels organised by ESYS in cooperation with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

In collaboration with Royal Society and IASS Potsdam the Academies' Project "Energy Systems of the Future" has organized a workshop on the international potentials of Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU). The question of how CO2 can be separated and stored by bioenergy (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, BECCS) also played an important role in the ESYS working group "Bioenergy". The working group also examined how the potential of bioenergy can be correctly assessed at the international level and how negative consequences for the environment and food safety can be mitigated.

Exchange with international energy projects

In a globalised world, solutions for the restructuring of national energy supply cannot be found on their own - governments, but also players from science, research and industry have to get into conversation and learn from each other. This is why ESYS exchanges information with related scientific cooperation projects. ESYS scientists thus accompany the project initiated by acatech and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) "Pathways into the energy future. The transformation of energy systems in an international perspective." Within the framework of delegation trips, it examines how the transformation of energy systems is taking place in selected G20 countries and what opportunities this presents for Germany. Previous trips took participants to USA, to China, South Korea and Japan as well as to Australia.

At the European level there are points of commonality between ESYS and the network of European technical academies Euro-CASE (European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering). With 6,000 members, this umbrella organization bundles the competence of technical academies from 23 countries in Europe. Reinhard F. Hüttl, Vice President of acatech and member of the ESYS Board of Trustees, chairs Euro-CASE as President. One of four focal points is energy policy. Experts from 16 academies work within the energy platform of Euro-CASE on questions of future European energy and climate policy. A steering committee chaired by Eberhard Umbach (member of ESYS) accompanies their work.

International Events

International Events

Industrieanlage in Herne-Bochum

What potential does Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) have?

In a two-day workshop organised by ESYS, IASS Potsdam and the Royal Society, German and British experts discussed the potential of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU).

30.05.2018 – 31.05.2018 | 14467 Potsdam | Closed event

Expert discussion

Governance for a European Energy Union

Energy system transformation at european level can only succeed if all member states work together. During the expert discussion, which took place in English, it was explored what steering options european energy policy needs.

23.04.2018 | 10117 Berlin | Closed event


Policy options for a reliable European electricity system – Perspectives from the EU, Germany and Sweden

How can the fluctuating electricity load be balanced across the EU? Experts from the European Commission discussed this with international experts from science and industry at a symposium organised by ESYS and the IVA in Brussels.

19.02.2018 | 1000 Brussels, Belgium | Closed event

Publications in English

Publications in English

Report | October 2019

Energy transitions in Europe: common goals but different paths

This report, published in autumn 2019 by the European network of engineering academies (Euro-CASE), offers broad information on European energy issues and tasks as well as it renders insight in different energy policies, the EU climate protection targets and the efforts that have been put in place by the member states to date.

Discussion Paper | September 2019

Focusing expertise, shaping policy – energy transition now!

Based on their studies into the feasibility of the energy transition by 2050, the German Academies of Sciences' joint "Energy Systems of the Future" (ESYS) initiative, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the German Energy Agency (dena) have published a discussion paper with recommendations how Germany's energy transition can succeed.

Position Paper | May 2019

Biomass: striking a balance between energy and climate policies. Strategies for sustainable bioenergy use

Bioenergy is the most versatile of the renewable energy sources. A coherent bioenergy policy must ensure that bioenergy use has no negative social and environmental impacts, and makes the greatest possible contribution to climate protection. The Position Paper shows how to make best use of bioenergy in the energy system.

Position Paper | April 2019

Governance for the European Energy Union

The Position Paper shows how leadership alliances, the EU Commission and EU legislators must make effective use of the scope of the Governance Regulation and points out options for accompanying measures.

Position Paper| August 2018

Coupling the different energy sectors – options for the next phase of the energy transition

How can fossil fuels be displaced from the energy system and climate targets be achieved? The ESYS academy project has developed options for action for Germany.

Position Paper | March 2018

Raw materials for the energy transition. Securing a reliable and sustainable supply

The postion paper describes how Germany can become less dependent on imports of raw materials and which measures contribute to securing supplies in the long term.

Position Paper | March 2016

Consulting with energy scenarios. Requirements for scientific policy advise

Energy scenarios can considerably influence political decisions. It is therefore of major importance that the results are both comprehensible and verifiable. The position paper by the Academies’ Project “Energy Systems of the Future” (ESYS) offers suggestions how transparency can be increased.

Position Paper | February 2016

Flexibility concepts for the German power supply in 2050. Ensuring stability in the age of renewable energies

So-called flexibility technologies are necessary to balance the fluctuations naturally inherent to power generation from wind and photovoltaics. A working group of the Academies’ Project “Energy Systems of the Future” (ESYS) has developed a special model enabling the comparison of 130 different constellations. The position paper summarises the main findings and presents design options for energy policies.

Position Paper | July 2015

Incorporating the German Energiewende into a comprehensive European approach

In order to mitigate global warming, as many countries as possible must strive to make their energy supply systems more sustainable. It is up to the EU to establish an integrated energy and climate policy as an internationally compatible system. Therefore, this position paper advocates the closer integration of the German energy transition into the European energy and climate policy scheme.