Event - The Energy Transition

Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2018 “Towards a global Energiewende”


  • 17/04/2018 - 18/04/2018

  • Federal Foreign Office Berlin

Logo Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

The global energy transition offers great opportunities for German firms with their range of tried and tested products, infrastructure solutions, system solutions and services for a modern energy sector.

For this reason, the Federal Government is holding the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2018 to bring decision-makers in energy policy and foreign policy together with representatives of business, science and civil society with a view to progressing the smart transformation of the global energy system. An open debate will highlight successful approaches to the energy transition and present specific solutions which are proving their worth in practice.

At the invitation of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and of the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, ministers and high-level delegations from all around the world will come together with representatives of business and civil society to develop strategies for a smart transformation of the energy system, the transport sector and heat supply. In total, some 2,000 guests from more than 90 countries are expected.

Once again this year, six outstanding international start-ups and their innovative business models to combat climate change will be chosen from 18 finalists and awarded prizes for their work.

The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue is being organised by the Federal Government together with the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), the German Solar Industry Association (BSW), the consultancy firm eclareon and the German Energy Agency (dena). The programme of the conference forms the core of the Berlin Energy Week from 16 - 20 April 2018, which is complemented this year by the Tech Festival of the Start Up Energy Transition (SET) Initiative, the EventHorizon Energy Blockchain Conference and the Urban Energy Forum.

The speakers at the conference will include:

Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission and Energy Commissioner
  • Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala, CEO of the start-up Bakulu Power
  • Ministers from other countries
  • CEOs of international companies and investors from international funds

The current programme of the conference and the side programme can be found at www.energiewende2018.com. eRegistration for the conference has already closed.

You can join in on Twitter using the hashtag #betd2018 an send questions and comments to @greensofa_betd. The conference language will be English.

The unavoidable carbon emissions from this climate-friendly event will be offset by the climate change mitigation projects certified by. atmosfair gGmbH in line with UN and Gold Standard rules.

Press contacts:
Pressestelle Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue
c/o Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft e.V.
Lietzenburger Straße 53, 10719 Berlin

17 - 18 April 2018

Federal Foreign Office
Unterwasserstraße 10
10117 Berlin