After the historical climate protection agreement in Paris, Germany has the responsibility – like all other countries – to eliminate greenhouse gases from its energy system (decarbonisation). Agora Energiewende therefore has developed a consensus-oriented proposal for an ordered retreat from the climate-damaging use of lignite and hard coal in power production by 2040. This would enable an open dialogue among all participants, in order to negotiate balanced and fair core elements of an exit from coal-based electricity generation.
The Agora Energiewende proposal outlines 11 essential principles. They are based on comprehensive modeling results regarding, among other things, the – relatively minimal – effects of this concept on power prices. These were compiled by the consulting firm Enervis Energy Advisors for Agora Energiewende.