Energy and Climate Policies

A special feature of research at Fraunhofer is the combination of applied research in the field of renewable energies with economic and political system analysis and innovation research.

By combining these competencies and based on national and international market analyses, our company can identify long-term trends in the field of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency which offer a basis of decision-making both for politics and industry.

In order to exploit the future economic potential, experts at Fraunhofer Energy Research are analyzing current and future positions of relevant stakeholders by means of participation and acceptance analyses. We support energy and climate policy stakeholders with data, studies and tools in their decision-making and in monitoring existing processes. In addition, Fraunhofer researchers provide their expertise in the field of technology and policy impact assessment - a relevant factor in achieving the final goal.

Competencies of the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance in the Field Energy and Climate Policies

Participation and Acceptance Analyses

Participation and acceptance analyses provide information about the attitudes of various stakeholders and thus allow conclusions to be drawn about the design of necessary framework conditions in the context of the expansion of renewable energies. They serve to understand the concerns, expectations and preferences of stakeholders and to integrate them into the planning and implementation of energy-related measures. In this way, conflicts can be reduced and acceptance of sustainable energy initiatives can be increased. The institutes of Fraunhofer Energy Research deal with stakeholder analyses in various contexts.




The project »COreFAKTEN« investigates the acceptance of a CO2-oriented reform of energy levies, taxes and charges (CORE). The results should contribute to improving social acceptance and social compatibility (more information in German).



»INTEGER« aims to design an overarching energy turnaround participation approach at the socio-political level, building on an analysis of existing participation processes (more information in German).



The goal of the project »sozio-E2S - Open Source Energiesystemmodellierung« is to create an open source framework, which is accessible to everyone, to model investment decisions in energy system relevant technologies.



The project »GRETA GReen Energy Transition Actions« aims to gain comprehensive insights into how citizens can be more effectively involved in the energy transition (more information in German).



The project aims to contribute to a better understanding of social innovation in the energy sector and to provide practical recommendations for harnessing the potential of these innovations to improve European energy systems.


Power2Change: Mission Energy Transition

Beginning in August 2022, the exhibition will explore the path to a climate-neutral future and present solutions for a secure and affordable energy supply.

Climate and Energy Policy Master Plans and Tools 

Strategic documents and measures taken by governments, international organizations and other stakeholders form the basis of action when it comes to counteracting climate change, reducing emissions and achieving the goals of international climate protection agreements. The institutes of Fraunhofer Energy Research play a pioneering role in the development of climate policy master plans and tools in an international context. Together with international partners, they are pursuing the goal of making renewable energy resources available worldwide at low cost.



Energy transition study

Fraunhofer CINES has published a paper that discusses 13 theses for the development of the joint model platform »EFEU – Energy Future for EUrope« based on three scenario studies (more information in German).


Council of Experts on Climate Change

Experts from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are committed to implementing the Federal Climate Protection Act with the help of scientific principles.


H2 Masterplan

The aim of the project is to investigate to what extent a conversion of existing and the establishment of new economic clusters to hydrogen use or production can represent a design option in the eastern German states by 2030.

Monitoring of Energy Policy Goals

Continuous monitoring of energy policy measures is of central importance for a comprehensive energy transformation. It enables verification of target achievement and identification of optimization potential. The experts at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are developing their own models and simulation tools to support the evaluation of measures and identify opportunities for improvement. These findings enable decision-makers to derive well-founded options for action. In this context, continuous monitoring processes are crucial to ensure that energy policy measures are effective and efficient.



EU RES-Monitoring

As part of the project, Fraunhofer ISI and partners are creating and evaluating various renewable energy indicators that serve as the EurObserv'ER Barometer.


Roadmap Energy Efficiency 2050

Fraunhofer ISI is investigating how progress in energy efficiency - particularly decarbonization and digitization - can be driven forward (more information in German).


DG ENER - Assessment Tool

The aim of the project is to develop an assessment tool for energy efficiency measures in the various EU member states.

Technology and Policy Impact Assessments

The expertise of Fraunhofer energy research institutes extends into the social sciences when it comes to assessing technology and policy impacts based on future or current energy scenarios. In this context, researchers at Fraunhofer are investigating complex energy changes and their interactions, such as efforts to achieve energy self-sufficiency in Germany. With the help of context scenarios, our experts outline future scenarios, including the potential opportunities and risks. Technology and policy impact assessments are crucial to better understand the implications of energy policy decisions and to ensure that the desired energy policy goals are in line with social, economic and environmental aspects. This allows for a sound and balanced design of the energy transition and contributes to the creation of a sustainable and future-proof energy policy.



Energy economic projections and impact assessment 2030

The project will support national and EU-wide reporting requirements with model-based projections of impacts.



As part of the »MICAT - Multiple Impacts Calculation Tool« project, Fraunhofer ISI is working with partners to develop a tool for estimating the multiple impacts of energy efficiency.