Japan and Germany are at the edge of a dramatic shift in energy policy. While nuclear energy is being phased out, renewable energy sources have become the focus of attention. But opportunities in solar, wind and geothermal energy are only a small part of the much larger picture. The switch to green growth results in major shifts of costs and opportunities in production technologies, electricity grids, urban development, and private living.
The conference will show how political and industrial innovation can turn current challenges into opportunities. Renewables are already becoming competitive with increasingly costly fossil fuels, energy efficiency is revolutionizing production methods and leads to high returns on lower costs, new construction methods and appliances greatly improve household well-being, and smart policy is setting incentives and standards for continuous energy innovation and sustainable growth. Eminent experts from Germany and Japan will show the best strategies for energy innovation and how to overcome existing challenges to green growth in both countries.
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