About us

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network. The primary objectives guiding our work are establishing democracy and human rights, fighting against environmental degradation, safeguarding everyone’s rights of social participation, supporting non-violent conflict resolution and defending the rights of individuals. We work with over 100 project partners in over 60 countries and currently maintain offices in 32 countries.


Martin Keim

Martin Keim is Head of European Energy Transition Programme at the European Union office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Brussels. He is responsible for all issues related to the ongoing energy transitions within Europe, including EU legislation, internal energy markets, digitalisation and external energy relations to third countries. Before joining the Heinrich Böll Foundation, he worked as a research assistant at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin, also known as the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, within the project “The Geopolitics of Energy Transformation”. Prior to SWP, Martin gained experience in EU energy affairs within the private sector. His main topics included renewable energies legislation, digitalization, e-mobility charging infrastructure and CO2 emission targets. Martin holds a BA in “International and European Governance” from the University of Münster, and a MA in “International and European Governance” and “Strategy, Intelligence and Risk Management” from Sciences Po Lille and the University of Münster.

Lisa Tostado

Lisa Tostado has been Head of International Climate, Energy & Agriculture Programme at the European Union office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Brussels since November 2019. As such, she is responsible for issues related to coherence of EU policies for sustainable development, especially with respect to their impact on developing and emerging countries.

Before joining the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, she worked as a project manager in the circular economy sector in France where her main focus was reusable and recyclable food packaging. Lisa also gained experience in international development cooperation at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) where she focused on topics related to the adaptation to climate change impacts.

Lisa holds a BA in Political Sciences and Economics from the University of Mannheim and the University of Ottawa, and a MA in Environmental Policy from Sciences Po Paris and the University of Liège.


Sarah Rüdenauer

is the project assistant for the German Energy Transition project at the headquarters of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. She is currently enrolled at Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin where she is pursuing an MA in Renewable Energy Systems.

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About the project

Germany has drawn a lot of international attention for its aim to switch to a renewable energy economy and leave nuclear and fossil energy behind. A lot of the international reporting about the German Energy Transition, or Energiewende, has, however, been misleading – for instance, when it comes to the role of coal power, energy price trends, competitiveness and carbon emissions.

This website explains what the Energiewende is, how it works, and what challenges lay ahead. It is intended to provide facts and explain the politics and policies to an international audience. The website highlights the effects of the Energiewende on the German economy, environment and society and addresses the most important related questions. We also highlight that energy transitions can be structured very differently around the world depending on the energy mix and policy priorities of individual countries.

On our Energiewende Blog, a team of international energy experts write on how the German energy transition continues and how it relates to other countries.

All the texts and graphs except for blog posts are under Creative Commons License (CC BY SA) with the aim to make this information available to the public. We encourage you to use the materials in your work. In return, we would appreciate it if you would let us know what you have used. Blog posts can be reposted in exceptional cases. Please contact us if you wish to use this material.

We welcome your feedback and encourage you to comment and discuss the German Energiewende with us.