Germany’s energy transition and cities: Economic insights and good policy

Claudia Kemfert
April 12, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm


SFU Harbour Centre – Room 2270
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver , BC

Cities have the potential to be central to an energy transition, but will require the right conditions to thrive. Certain policies can allow cities to unlock and capitalize on economic opportunities associated with transforming energy production and use, while others can inhibit progress. In Germany, where a national energy transition has been underway since 1990, central targets and regulations have provided an enabling framework for local action. Through localized policies, cities and regions are creating space for innovation and ambitious energy planning.

Join us for a discussion with Claudia Kemfert, energy economist and Head of Department of Energy, Transportation, and Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research, as she shares economic insight into smart policies for an energy transition based on knowledge, practice, and learnings from Germany’s “Energiewende”.

This is a free event, please register to save your seat or join the webcast. 


About Claudia Kemfert
Dr. Claudia Kemfert is a renowned economist, commentator and author in the evaluation of climate and energy policy. She is the head of the Department of Energy, Transportation and Environment at the German Institute for Economic Research, and professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Kemfert is member of the High-Level Expert Group of the EU Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability and of the Advisory Group on Energy for the European Commission and is a member of the Club of Rome. She has received numerous awards for her work, including being named a top German scientist. In 2013, Kemfert published her book “The battle about electricity” in which she describes the myths of the energy debate. Her latest book “Das fossile Imperium schlägt zurück” was published in April 2017.

Ths event is hosted by Renewable Cities with support from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.