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The path to the future of energy
Stefan Dohler, Vorstandsvorsitzender EWE AG

We stand at the threshold of a transformative era as we shift towards green technologies. The challenge ahead lies in financing investments in the future of energy largely through our own economic performance while remaining competitive. Along the way, we want to take people with us and provide them with our services.Together, we can make northwest Germany the "Ruhr Valley of tomorrow" – but this time keep it clean. Stefan Dohler, Chief Executive Officer of EWE AG

Legal conditions & requirements

The German government has charted a clear course towards an energy future that is free of fossil fuels by amending the Climate Protection Act. This amendment has intensified the government's commitment to climate protection and set a target of achieving greenhouse gas neutrality by 2045. The plan calls for emissions to fall by 65 per cent by the end of the 2020s compared to 1990 levels. If Germany's "traffic-light coalition" has its way (this refers to the coalition government of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and Alliance 90/The Greens), at least 65 per cent of new heating systems will be powered by renewable energies starting next year.

Amidst an unprecedented energy crisis, the focus is clearly on the security of supply and energy affordability. Investment and political and economic partnerships are required to achieve these goals and to create and maintain a liveable and sustainable future.

Stefan Dohler, Vorstandsvorsitzender EWE AG

To reach the investment potential of €14 billion that we envision for EWE, we must work closely with other companies, the scientific community, and policymakers. This requires many different partnerships and support mechanisms. Stefan Dohler, Chief Executive Officer of EWE AG

We are convinced that Germany's advancement in electrification, digitalisation, decentralisation, and decarbonisation is vital for the future of energy, and, based on our decades of experience, we firmly believe that EWE is capable of meeting these challenges. This is also reflected in our plan to invest more than €14 billion in the green infrastructure of tomorrow over the next 10 years.

One of our key partners for climate-neutral energy supply, Alterric, also plans to invest €3.6 billion in additional facilities by the end of the decade, which would more than double their current installed capacity.

The German government and environmental experts agree that climate targets can only be achieved if wind and solar energy are expanded more than previously planned. Green hydrogen is also considered to be an indispensable future energy carrier since it can be stored and used in a variety of ways, and is completely climate-neutral. One thing is clear: modern lifestyles require ever-increasing amounts of electricity.

To ensure that electricity can be stored and consistently delivered where it is needed, we are actively working on projects and carrying out tests to make sure that electricity distribution will work in the future and our power grids become intelligent.

To help you better understand all these issues, this website provides you with detailed information and explanations about our activities, projects and plans. Also, our "EWE Smart Guides" explain in their videos what we at EWE are doing to ensure the energy supply of tomorrow.

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Frau im EWE Klimadatengarten GfG/Gruppe fuer Gestaltung, Michel Ifflaender

Climate-neutral in all aspects

We will become climate neutral by 2035. Since various factors affect the climate, we need to find holistic solutions and multi-faceted approaches. The energy and transport revolutions are part of the process, and hydrogen applications and synthetic fuels will also help us to achieve our goal. All aspects of the climate must be taken into account. Find out more about our path to get there.

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Moving together into the digital age

Digitalisation impacts us all, and EWE in particular. First of all, because we are expanding high-speed internet in our regions to provide digital accessibility for everyone. And secondly, because the energy revolution can only succeed with digital support. We take a look at our digital business models and explain what digital accessibility might actually mean in concrete terms.

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Hydrogen as the driver of the energy revolution

Industry and transport are becoming more climate-friendly, and hydrogen plays a pivotal role in their climate neutrality. We are doing pioneering work by operating the first hydrogen cavern in Germany. But what is hydrogen, exactly? And what colours, or kinds, of hydrogen are there? We explain it to you.

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Wind energy as a component of the energy revolution

Holistic solutions are needed for the energy revolution to succeed. EWE has been a pioneer in the generation of wind power for many decades. We want to continue to shape this area and to expand our role, and northwest Germany offers the best conditions for this. Wind energy offers a broad range of potential applications. Learn more about this pillar of the German energy transition.

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