The Energy Transition and Nuclear Power Phase-out in Baden-Württemberg

We wish to limit climate change. And we are reorienting our energy and climate policy to achieve this aim. In 2011 a decision rooted in political and social consensus was taken in Germany to phase out nuclear power. The last nuclear power plant will be shut down in 2022. Baden-Württemberg is particularly affected by the phase out because in the past nuclear power has supplied around half of the region's energy. A profound energy transition consequently lies ahead. We must gradually produce energy in different forms without compromising security of supply in any way.

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This is the major challenge facing our policy and one which we aim to meet head on with a climate protection law and integrated energy and climate protection concept. The law contains aims for the reduction of CO2 and is complemented with the integrated energy and climate protection draught in which concrete spheres of activity are established. The climate protection law Baden-Württemberg is come into force on the 31st of July, 2013, the concept was decided on the 15th of July, 2014 by the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg.

The state government of Baden-Württemberg has drawn up a plan which will bring about fundamental changes in climate protection and the supply of energy in Baden-Württemberg by the year 2050.

50% Reduction in Consumption

Saving energy means much more than simply using less energy. Electricity and heat must also be used more efficiently - that means using energy where it is really needed and ensuring that none of it is wasted. This is essential for sustainable energy supplies.

80% Renewable Energies

The phase out of nuclear power represents a huge step towards achieving sustainable supplies of power. We are going even further and want 80 percent of the energy used in Baden-Württemberg to come from renewable sources by 2050. Most electricity will come from the wind and sun, while solar collectors, ambient heat and geothermics will be the main sources of heat energy. In this way our imports of raw materials will be reduced and Baden-Württemberg will be less affected by rising prices on the world market.

90% Reduction in Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouse gases are bad for our climate and are one of the causes of climate change. Our aim is to reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in Baden-Württemberg by 90 percent by the year 2050. We aim to achieve a reduction of 25 percent as early as the year 2020.

Security of Supply

Baden-Württemberg is highly industrialised and is for that reason dependent on reliable supplies of energy. This is why we will make absolutely sure that energy is available at all times.

Stable Prices

Electricity and heat must not be allowed to become luxuries. They both play a crucial role in private, public and economic life and must be affordable for everyone. We consequently pursue the goal of minimizing the risks of rising energy costs. Nonetheless, the energy transition will require investments which we will all have to pay for together. In the medium and long term, however, the energy transition will make us more independent and will reduce energy prices. We are investing today in the future of our children.

Open Dialogue

Big changes only come about if changes take place and commitment is shown on a small scale as well. The state government needs and actively elicits the competence and opinion of the people who live here in Baden-Württemberg, as well as its associations, businesses and local authorities. We are counting on people's willingness to shape the energy transition with us.

Healthy Environment

Energy transition and nature conservation are compatible. Working with associations and citizens we are seeking to find solutions and compromises on controversial issues and to reconcile climate protection with nature conservation.

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