The Federal Cabinet today adopted the 2017 Federal Report on Energy Research, which was submitted by Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. The report gives a comprehensive overview of the Federal Government's energy research promotion policy and of the funding by the Länder and in the context of the EU research policy in the energy sector. Progress made and current trends in the field of research promotion are presented in the report in a transparent manner.
Economic Affairs Minister Zypries said: "The restructuring of energy supply in Germany - phasing out nuclear energy and promoting - requires new, creative solutions and concepts. Therefore we need research that provides the necessary impetus and innovations. It is the key to a successful . For this reason, our energy policy pursues the strategic objective of energy research for forward-looking technologies and for a more efficient energy system. We are increasingly building on digitalisation and smart sector coupling, thus creating the right environment for the dynamic development of energy innovations."
In 2016, the Federal Government spent around €876 million on research and the development and demonstration of modern technologies for the energy transition. The funding volume thus again rose compared with the preceding year. A large proportion of the funds, around three quarters, was invested in research on renewable energies and energy efficiency. This shows the significance of innovations for the successful transformation of the energy system.
The figures on project funding contained in the Federal Report on Energy Research are also made transparent by EnArgus, the central information system on energy research of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
The Federal Cabinet today also adopted the fourth National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP). In the fourth NEEAP, the Federal Government presents the status of the implementation of the energy efficiency policy for the reporting period up to 2015. The Federal Government thus fulfils its reporting obligation vis-à-vis the European Commission pursuant to the Energy Efficiency Directive (Directive 2012/27/EU).