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German sustainable energy experiment successes and challenges: Is a similar transition possible in Ontario?

Wednesday, November 28th 2012 2:15:49pm

Media Technical Briefing

What: Media Technical Briefing with Arne Jungjohan Director for the Environment and Global Dialogue Program, Heinrich Boell Institute (Washington office)

Where: OSEA office, 156 Front Street West, Suite 201, Toronto Ontario

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Time: 9:00 am - 9:45 am (EST)

To confirm participation or for more details, contact: Geoff Taylor, Business Development and Outreach Manager, (416) 441-9777 ext. 6 or geoff@ontario-sea.org


In Germany, citizens, industry, and politicians are engaged in a 40-year plan known as the “Energiewende” (Energy Revolution) that has resulted in more than 103.4 TWh per year being generated from renewable sources, representing 20% of Germany’s energy mix. (By comparison, Ontario consumed around 141.5 TWh in 2011).

Mr. Arne Jungjohan will answer questions related to Germany’s past successes and bold goals:
• Germany has committed to produce 60% of its gross final energy consumption and 80% of its electricity consumption (by 2050) through renewable energy sources;
• In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the German government has decided to phase out nuclear energy production by 2022;
• The creation of 800,000 well-paying jobs, up from the 360,000 already created through 2011;
• German has a 16% share of the global environmental technology market;
• Improved energy and industry efficiency and emissions.

At 10:00 a.m., following the technical briefing, a free OSEA webinar will be convened, with a panel of  German and domestic experts discussing activities in Germany and how the lessons learned can inform choices in Ontario.

To register for the webinar, visit:

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, in partnership with the Transatlantic Climate Bridge and the German Consulate in Toronto, is proud to present this timely and important conversation.