Fraunhofer Institue Annual Report 2019-2020

Climate change and thus the German energy transformation have reached a new dimension of public awareness, not least due to the “Fridays for Future” movement. Steps for political action are becoming more concrete with the “Climate Package” presented by the German Federal Government late in 2019. The necessity and urgency of political action have been confirmed by the most recent results reported by the IPCC, among others. Consequently, we have set a 95 % reduction in greenhouse gas emission by 2050, relative to 1990 levels, as the minimum target for the new edition of the study by Fraunhofer ISE, “Paths to a Climate-Neutral Energy System –The German Energy Transformation in its Social Context” (“Wege zu einem klimaneutralen Energiesystem – Die deutsche Energiewende im Kontext gesellschaftlicher Verhaltensweisen”). The energy transformation requires technologies and systemic solutions which we are researching and developing at Fraunhofer ISE. It is thus evident that we can look back, in this annual report, on a successful year with regard to both funding and growth.

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