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Indicator system for the sustainability assessment of the German energy system and its transition

Rösch, Christine; Bräutigam, Klaus-Rainer; Kopfmüller, Jürgen; Stelzer, Volker; Lichtner, Patrick

In response to climate change, the limited availability of fossil fuels and the risks associated with nuclear energy, Germany’s energy transition aims to achieve a sustainable, environmentally sound supply of energy services. A monitoring process was established by the Federal Government to ensure that the targets defined for the transformation will be reached. The indicator system developed for that purpose mainly focuses on “classical” environmental, economic and technological indicators for which statistical time series data and political targets are available. Important socio-technical aspects of the energy system and its transition, such as affordability, participation and acceptance, remain largely neglected. This paper aims to contribute to the discussion on indicators needed for political decision-making to appropriately address sustainability aspects of the energy system and its transition, as well as to contribute to improving existing indicator systems. Therefore, the sustainability rules of the Integrative Concept of Sustainable Development were translated into indicators based on an in-depth literature review. The resulting abundance of possible indicators was then reduced using selection criteria such as comprehensiveness, possibility to determine targets and availability of data. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000065745
Veröffentlicht am 16.03.2018
DOI: 10.1186/s13705-016-0103-y
Zitationen: 10
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Zitationen: 10
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2192-0567
KITopen-ID: 1000065745
HGF-Programm 36.02.01 (POF III, LK 01)
Sustainability and Environment
Erschienen in Energy, Sustainability and Society
Band 7
Heft 1
Seiten Art.Nr. 7
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Gefördert durch den KIT-Publikationsfonds
Schlagwörter Sustainability, Assessment, Indicators, Energy system, Energy transition
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