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Every spring the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue brings together key international decision makers in foreign energy and energy policy, industry, science and civil society as well as foremost energy experts from all over the world. This year, the dialogue will take place from 20 to 21 March.
Energy developments, political instruments, new investment opportunities and business propositions: all these topics will be discussed during this year's dialogue on the transformation of the global energy sector. The conference will be hosted by the German Federal Government in cooperation with the Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), the Solar Association (BSW) and the German Energy Agency (dena). In addition to the two-day conference programme, participants will be able to personally experience the Energiewende by joining the official side events and study tours offered throughout the entire week from 20 to 24 March 2017.
Focus: Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement
Last year, global investments in renewable energy sources exceeded investments in all fossil and nuclear technologies combined. Many countries have significantly increased their energy efficiency and started to digitalise their energy sector. This marks the start of a fundamental structural change towards an affordable, secure and ecologically friendly energy system based on innovation. To reach the targets of the Paris Agreement and the UN sustainable development goals of Agenda 2030, a boost of coordination on energy issues, enhanced energy foreign policy and international cooperation as well as mutual learning is required.
This year's conference will focus on:
• How to successfully align the energy system with the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN development goals of Agenda 2030 in a cost-efficient way.
• How to set the right framework to trigger the necessary investments into energy efficiency and renewable energy in due time.
The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue has proven to be an ideal platform for an international public and private audience to come together to discuss viable concepts for the ongoing transformation of the energy sector – the Energiewende. More than 1,000 high-level participants from over 70 countries and more than 50 official state delegations with over 30 energy and foreign affairs ministers will take the opportunity to connect and develop solutions for the "global Energiewende".
Thanks to innovative communication tools and social media connection, the discussion will be livelier than ever.