Renewable energies: from the gas stove to the hydropower plant
The potential of renewable energies is huge. In purely mathematical terms the sun, wind, water, earth and biomass provide thousands of times more energy that the world's population requires. So far, however, humankind has developed only a fraction of this potential. This is partly due to the fact that the funds for the investment needed have not been available, and the fact that in many countries fossil fuels are subsidised.
Nevertheless, renewable energies are continuing to gain ground. Since 2004 the installed capacity of plants generating power from renewable energy sources has risen by 75 per cent, reaching 280 gigawatts. Of the USD 250 billion invested in 2008 in new power generation capacities worldwide, more than half was accounted for by renewable energies.
An adequate energy supply is prerequisite to economic development. Renewable energy use can make a decisive contribution toward creating these preconditions – especially in developing countries. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is currently supporting projects in 42 partner countries that are designed to disseminate renewable energies.
help reduce poverty;
help protect the climate;
reduce fossil fuel dependency;
promote sustainable economic growth;
protect the health of people and natural resources,
and help build peace.
Sustainable Energy for Sustainable Development
The German Contributions
Leaflet new window, PDF 722 KB, accessible 06/2012 | pdf | 722 KB | 24 P. | accessible
Sustainable Energy for Development
Strategies 154 new window, PDF 549 KB, accessible 01/2007 | pdf | 549 KB | 25 P. | accessible
Opportunities and risks for developing countries
BMZ Strategy Paper new window, PDF 500 KB, accessible 11/2011 | pdf | 500 KB | 19 P. | accessible