The dawn of the new century saw the beginning of a paradigm shift in energy policy: from fossil-fuel-based systems towards a sustainable energy supply. The basis for this transformation was laid by science over the last few decades. The man-made causes of global climate change – mainly the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere – will very likely result in non-manageable worldwide disasters if today's methods of energy production are not changed fundamentally. However, we also know that the transformation of the current energy supply into a sustainable system is technologically and economically feasible.

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