Energy Report Germany 2017: Decisionmakers endorse transformation of the energy sector but hesitate in its implementation

BayWa r.e. presents the second edition of its “Energy Report Germany” just in time for this year’s Intersolar exhibition. The survey of 1000 decision-makers provides a meaningful insight into the energy supply of German companies, the prevailing attitudes within these companies regarding energy policy issues and the fundamental willingness to invest in renewable energies.

Agreement with the energy revolution 
On the issue of the energy revolution, the decisionmakers surveyed are largely in agreement: 82 per cent consider it a duty of companies to advocate the energy revolution. 80 per cent of respondents are also convinced that companies which use renewable energies have an image advantage and are more attractive to future employees (55 per cent). Despite this basic agreement, most companies are still very hesitant to switch to renewable energies. Only 35 percent of respondents were employed in companies that use green energy and only 12 per cent in companies that have already invested in energy efficiency measures. 

Green energy supply remains the exception 
The Energy Report Germany reveals considerable ignorance regarding the energy supply. 37 per cent of the decision-makers surveyed did not know where the energy for their company comes from. 23 per cent reported that their company uses only conventional electricity beyond the EEG share. In just five per cent -of cases was the company fully supplied with green electricity from renewable sources. “For just over half of the decision-makers surveyed, the energy revolution and climate protection are obviously a non-issue,” says Dr Volker Quaschning, energy expert at HTW Berlin, University of Applied Sciences. “These figures show that the complete decarbonization of Germany is still a long way off.”

Investment in renewable energies can be improved 
35 per cent of respondents reported that their company already uses renewable energy. Another third is planning to switch to renewable energies, at least partially, in the next five years while the remaining 33 per cent was not planning any change at the time of the survey. This group cited high costs as the main obstacle to investment (51 per cent). “The assumption that converting to renewable energies is too expensive is stubbornly persisting,” explains Günter Haug, Managing Director of BayWa r.e. “The results of the Energy Report also show that these fears are groundless. As a company specializing in renewable energies with a wide range of services for commercial customers, we consider it our task to provide information on this issue and to actively contribute to making German companies more sustainable.”

The full German energy report and a summary of the key findings in English can be found online at: 

BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH (BayWa r.e.): 
As a wholly-owned subsidiary of BayWa AG, BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH combines the activities of the solar energy, wind energy, bioenergy and geothermal energy business sectors. Based in Munich, BayWa r.e. is a globally active company. As a full service partner with over 1,000 employees and more than 25 years of market experience, BayWa r.e. develops, implements, consults and supports projects in the renewable energies sector. The company also provides the operational management and maintenance of plants. Other business activities include the trade with photovoltaic components and the purchase and marketing of energy from renewable

The parent company BayWa AG is an international trading company and service provider whose core segments include agriculture, energy and construction. 

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Felix Gmelin
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