8.5.1 Germany as a role model?
So is the UK in danger of being left behind? Should it follow the lead of countries like Germany and give greater commitment to deploying renewable energy?
Watch the following video, which describes the feed-in tariffs and other measures that have led Germany to accelerate the deployment of renewables, accompanied by a phase-out of nuclear power.
It also points out that, out that as part of Germany’s energy transition, the railway operator Deutsche Bahn, is proposing to run the country’s rail system entirely on renewables. The concept of a transition to renewables providing much-needed meaningful work among young people concerned about future climate change is also discussed.
The video interviewees agree that the UK should be doing much more to develop its enormous renewable resources. It should look at what other countries have done, and not just at EU countries like Germany but other major nations. China is heavily committed to developing renewables and wants to take the lead in developing and marketing the technologies world-wide. If China can see the opportunities, then maybe UK should do so too?
In the next section we’ll study some renewable energy scenarios for Europe as a whole.