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19 September 2011

Interview with Stefan Schurig, Director Climate and Energy, World Future Council

 What are the big issues for the Future of Energy at the moment?

One of the most pressing challenges humanity faces today is the conversion of our energy production and supply industry towards a more sustainable, environmental friendly and efficient system. The energy transition is not a lifestyle choice but an essential way to save our planet and combat climate change. Politics play a crucial role in this process. But this conclusion has already been made 100 years ago. As Thomas Edison put it 1920: “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Natures inexhaustible sources of energy — sun, wind and tide. ... I`d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don`t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that”.


Several reports, studies and experts have proofed that the transition to renewable energy is not only necessary but more importantly feasible. It is not a question of technical solutions but a matter of political will. Only with the right political framework that allows economic security, social equity and environmental benefits we can switch to 100% renewable energy and do not lose another 100 years.


How do you think we can make a difference?

The right political framework is the base for achieving climate protection goals, assuring social and economic development and securing the needed energy demand. It is the prerequisite to channel investments into the right direction. Therefore we need to identify policies that have proved to be successful, such as the Feed-in Tariff for renewable energy.


The European Future Energy Forum provides an important platform to exchange ideas, concepts and experiences among governments, private sector and civil society. It can raise awareness for integrative analysis and solutions, offer stakeholders to engage with the change-makers amongst decision-makers and further support participants by providing expertise and networks.


Why are you attending EFEF?

The World Future Council sees an opportunity in the EFEF to draw the attention of stakeholders to the existing best policies and practices and emphasise feasibility and opportunities. The World Future Council is globally known for its expertise on ‘policies for future generations’ and in particular on the development of renewable energy. Therefore the EFEF is a very important platform for sharing this expertise with key decision makers.

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