EFP Brief No. 34: Sustainable Transformation of German Utilities 2025

This project was established to explore the consequences of structural change in German utility sectors and to raise awareness of the need for coordinated action by stakeholders as well as for the development of strategies for sustainable development. A three step procedure was applied comprising socio-technical scenarios, sustainability assessment and strategies for critical innovation processes. Interactions between four utility sectors – electricity, natural gas, water and sanitation, telecommunications – were considered. Stakeholders involved in production, consumption and governance have been involved at all stages. A multi-level approach was applied to link developments at the sector level with general societal developments and the dynamics of specific fields of innovation. The project also aimed at developing a general methodology for ‘sustainability foresight’.

EFMN Brief No. 34 – Sustainable Transformation of German Utilities 2025