Call for Abstracts: „Energy futures: to know, to advise and to shape“

TATuP-special topic in issue 3/2019. Deadline for your abstract: March 19, 2019

With the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions close to zero, the transformation of the energy system on national and global levels is well established on the agendas of scientific research and political decision-making. Main driving forces for reshaping the energy system are anthropogenic global warming and climate change.

The German Energiewende (“energy transition”) shows in particular the socio-technical character of energy systems. On the one hand, ambitious primarily technical targets characterize the Energiewende, such as phasing out nuclear energy, increasing considerably the share of renewable energies and reducing primary energy consumption levels. On the other hand, the transformation cannot be seen exclusively from a techno-economic perspective. Without popular support and a minimum of acceptance, the energy transition will not be feasible, since social backing is central in pluralistic-democratic societies and individual decision-making. Also, consumer behaviour will essentially determine the transformation success. Reshaping the energy system, in addition, is construction work in ongoing processes and needs to be done with maintaining fully functional and powerful system performances. While the goals of the energy transitions have already been specified, the paths and roads of reaching them remain manifold and numerous, they represent a challenge for the scientific community as well as for others...

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Guest editors of this TATuP special topic
Dirk Scheer, Witold Roger Poganietz and Lisa Nabitz (all ITAS, KIT)