In 2011, the Federal Government set itself the goal of transforming Germany into one of the world's most environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient economies with the Energy Transition. The transformation of the German energy system is based on two pillars: the expansion of renewable energies, such as solar and wind energy, and an increase in energy efficiency and energy savings. Targets for the share of renewables in power generation are 40 to 45 percent by 2025 and 55 to 60 percent by 2035. In future, however, it will also be crucial to create the appropriate infrastructure.
The United Nations has adopted 17 sustainability goals as part of its “Agenda 2030”. The objectives span all major areas of life and policy-related spheres of activity from the eradication of hunger and poverty, through gender equality, to the protection of life on land and below water. With the new edition of the “German Sustainability Strategy”, the Federal Government is following these development goals. We support the Federal Government in anchoring the sustainability goals in the funding programmes for various technology sectors. “Agenda 2030” also specifies the framework for research and development funding.
In 2006, the Federal Government introduced the “High-Tech Strategy” (HTS), a comprehensive research and innovation strategy for Germany, and, with the new edition in 2014, set itself the goal of establishing Germany as a global leader in innovation by speeding up the practical application of good ideas. In addition to business and science, society has also been taken into consideration with regard to continuing development. Specifically, the “New High-Tech Strategy” aims to help solve the major societal challenges.