Strategic framework and socio-cultural aspects of the Energy Transition in the context of the research project of the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC)

Project Background

Together with IZES, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Nagoya University – Graduate School of Environmental Studies and the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) Arepo analysed the strategic framework conditions and socio-cultural aspects that influenced the different Energy Transition processes in Germany and Japan. The authors conducted a comparative analysis of the historical narratives in Germany and Japan, the respective policy developments and political strategies, framework conditions, socio-cultural circumstances, barriers, the role of societal movements and milieus and other factors. Based on the comparative analysis strategic recommendations were deducted for both countries that serve to support the transitions processes by mutual learning and exchange of best practices and lessons learnt.

Type and scope of services

Arepo particularly focused on the analysis of the German Energy transition in regard to the paradigm shift away from nuclear power, the shift from a centralized to a decentralized energy system and the role of energy security for German energy policy. In addition, the team analysed topical cluster I focussing on targets, strategies and strategic framework conditions of the Energy Transition in Germany.