never change a running system

Active actors, in particular, are becoming more and more painfully aware that reforms for social oil withdrawal, as well as efforts to protect the climate and the energy transition can also be very uncomfortable. The clear majority of Germans (93 percent) support the goal of the energy transition and the Expansion of renewable energiesHowever, the measures on the way are uncomfortable and tough. The low hanging fruit has been picked and stepping up the ladder for further success is challenging and requires greater personal sacrifice. Demands for abstinence and fasting are increasing. But "the first thing you lose with a weight loss diet is a good mood", the actor Gert Fröbe said.

Acceptance of renewable energies energy transition Germany 2013

The Greens were also punished in the federal election because some citizens perceived them as too demanding or patronizing (keyword: Veggie Day). Who would like to be told how much meat to eat per week? From a doctor maybe, but from politics?

Petroleum fasting is not for cowards!

The personal oil consumption (Oil consumption) of about 4 liters per day and residents in Germany come a little more hidden than the beloved Wiener Schnitzel on the lunch plate. At the latest at the petrol station, as a driver you make the decision whether you prefer fossil or regenerative food for your car. How much veggie can it be today?? Unfortunately, today's selection is for refueling vegetarian fuels much more limited than the vegetarian menu of many restaurants. At most petrol stations in Germany, a tank of 10 percent biofuel is the maximum choice. A more balanced relationship between fossil and renewable would certainly not harm us.

The problems with the Introduction of the bio fuel E10 in February 2011 also showed that many drivers do not change their motor diet lightly. Why take a risk when it has worked perfectly so far? This is reminiscent of the slogan of a sticker that decorates the casing of some computers: Never change a running system!

never change a running system

The key question is: how much inconvenience and risk are there in anticipating progress? The obvious thing is to empathize with the status quo for this decision and then compare it with the hoped-for state after the change.

What about the moments when you as a driver are annoyed by the price increases for fossil fuels. These are unlikely to become rarer and like any other Dependency is also on oil their price. A rational handling of the fact of finite oil and the resulting conflicts is possible.

  1. How many years will I be driving?
  2. How much will the price of oil increase during this time?
  3. Can I accept these price increases at the petrol pump and live with the anger at them?

Dealing with the conflict that does not calculate beyond your own life limit, but nobody can take away the freedom / responsibility for this decision. It is advisable not to think about the moments when the grandchildren ask you about the unsustainable approach: How much did you do to promote climate protection at the beginning of the century? I just can't hear it anymore, this annoying climate change, it just doesn't want to go away. As if everyday life was not hard enough and climate protection is of no use anyway. And who actually wants to tell me how much meat I have to eat... let's leave that.

With their appealing election campaign, the Greens were able to prevail in this year's Bundestag election only in one of 299 constituencies with a direct mandate. This confirms again that most citizens have no rules on the right one Way of life. Seen from this perspective, this article is probably “too green” as well. Still, I'm a little proud that I also mean this green splash of color from the Republic neighbourhood may name. Congratulations Hans-Christian Ströbele, who won the political competition for the electoral district Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg for the fourth time.

Berlin Marathon 2013

The holistic energy and raw materials transition is a marathon

The 40th Berlin Marathon leads through the electoral district of Mr. Ströbele, among others. And contrary to what you might expect if you think of the interest in participating in a 42,195 km long distance run on asphalt, the 40.000 tickets were sold out within a few hours. And the participants pay around 100 euros to take part in the fight with the inner bastard.

The holistic energy and raw materials transition is also a marathon. The withdrawal of petroleum is not as easy as the Berlin marathon. However, we do not speak of a manageable runtime between 2 to 6 hours, but rather of 20 to 50 years. And here too, the earlier you finish, the higher the prize money.

"If you want to go fast, then go alone, if you want to go far, then go together“Is an African proverb. Accordingly, social action would be indispensable for success in long-distance running towards the energy transition. Together you can overcome a motivation valley more easily and you bring numerous skills to the start that are necessary for the complex Major project of the energy transition (Peter Altmaier) are needed.

But what does that mean holistic Energy transition?

Energy market = electricity market + heating market + fuel market

Thanks to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and the previous ones 3 amendments to the EEG the energy transition in the electricity sector in Germany can boast of great success. The figures for the share of RES electricity in gross electricity consumption fluctuate between 22 and 25 percent. But the total energy consumption is fed in addition to the energy requirement in the electricity market also from energy consumption in fuel and Heating market. Measured against the developments in the electricity market, the energy transition in the fuel and heating market has practically not yet started.

Graphic on the development of renewable energies in final energy consumption in Germany
Development of renewable energies in final energy consumption in Germany shows the shares for the electricity, heating and fuel sectors.

Bioenergy is a renewable energy source that can technologically supply all 3 energy markets without any problems. But the existing technology is not everything and, above all, the energy transition in the mobility sector is more than tough. In addition to engine damage, the ongoing criticism of the extraction of Agrofuels (Criticism of bio fuel: palm oil industry, Food prices) responsible for making bioethanol and biodiesel have such a hard time Energy transition in the fuel market to put on a green branch. In the last article, I addressed the diverse concerns that are specific to Sustainability of bio fuel and the Sustainability of bioenergy are generally intensively discussed. Although I strongly support the increased use of biofuels, I can only emphasize again and again: It is important that we put the various production and usage paths of regenerative fuels through their paces in order to work out the best possible applications. Above all, but not only then, bio-fuel is a real advantage over finite fossil fuels.

At the same time, I also think that criticism of bio-fuel has almost become a popular sport. The potentials of liquid bioenergy sources hardly play a role. It is therefore not surprising that a FORSA survey on August 27 showed that over 70 percent of the Germans against the further admixture of bio-fuel to conventional fuels. Does this relatively clear contradiction mean that the risks of bio-fuel for our environment are even worse than the damage caused by global oil production? This is what the residents of the Niger Delta or residents of Oil sands production regions probably different in Canada (Athabasca) and Venezuela (Orinoco). The majority of today's bio-fuel production in Europe is based on the strengths and weaknesses of conventional agriculture. Not more but also not less.

Fossil or regenerative?

So if we ask ourselves if we have our current one running system Should we change, we must not forget to include the current status quo in the calculation. Because despite all justified criticism of some production and usage paths for biomass, the economic engine of our society has so far been operated almost exclusively with fossil and finite petroleum. Against the background of the overwhelming dominance of oil in our economic system, the focus is on a bio-based circular economy (Bioeconomy) comparable to a detoxifying Biomass diet.

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