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 plays an important role in the ESYS working group "Bioenergy". The working group will also examine 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 and China, South Korea and Japan.

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 the ESYS board of directors) accompanies their work.

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

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 2018

Consulting with energy scenarios. Requirements for scientific policy advise

How can we drive fossil fuels out of the energy system and achieve our climate targets? Based on expert discussions, a comparison of relevant energy scenarios and their own model calculations, the Academies’ Project ESYS has developed a list of courses of action for Germany. The position paper has summarised the most important results.

Stellungnahme | März 2016

Consulting with energy scenarios. Requirements for scientific policy advise

Die Stellungnahme liefert Vorschläge für nachvollziehbare und überprüfbare Energieszenarien.