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Sustainability assessment of the German energy transition

Rösch, Christine 1; Bräutigam, Klaus-Rainer 1; Kopfmüller, Jürgen 1; Stelzer, Volker 1; Fricke, Annika ORCID iD icon 1
1 Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)



The goal of the energy transition in Germany is to achieve a sustainable supply of energy. Providing advice for decision-makers to either continue the current transition pathway or implement strategic adjustments requires a comprehensive assessment tool. The authors have developed a Sustainability Indicator System (SIS) consisting of 45 indicators to assess if policy measures implemented so far by the Federal Government are appropriate and sufficient to achieve the energy policy targets and, furthermore, the sustainability targets defined for the German energy system.


The assessment is carried out applying the SIS. For each indicator, a linear projection was calculated, based on the past 5 years for which data were available, assuming that this trend will continue in a linear way until 2020. Then, the projected value for 2020 resulting from the trend was compared to the political or defined target for 2020. The assessment was based on distance-to-target considerations, i.e. to which degree the set, proposed or desirable target will be met within the framework of the existing energy policy. The results are illustrated using a traffic light colour code. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000082273
Veröffentlicht am 28.04.2018
DOI: 10.1186/s13705-018-0153-4
Zitationen: 7
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2018
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2192-0567
KITopen-ID: 1000082273
HGF-Programm 36.02.01 (POF III, LK 01) Sustainability and Environment
Erschienen in Energy, Sustainability and Society
Verlag Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
Band 8
Heft 1
Seiten Art.Nr. 12
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Gefördert durch den KIT-Publikationsfonds
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 09.04.2018
Schlagwörter Sustainability; Assessment; Indicators; Energy system; Energy transition
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