The programme's projects have been divided into the following areas:
Energy research and technology transfer
New technologies are essential for uninterrupted development in the energy sector. The question here is to what extent the state should promote innovation, and with which instruments.
Energy perspectives are intended to identify options for long-term energy policy while taking account of climate protection objectives and supply security. Within the scope of this research programme, answers have to be found to a variety of additional questions associated with energy perspectives.
Cross-sector energy policy
Energy is used in all sectors of the economy. While specific analyses are necessary due to the differing characteristics of the various sectors, economic instruments aimed at reducing the negative effects of energy consumption often simultaneously influence several sectors.
Buildings and electrical appliances
Private households account for almost 30% of end energy consumption. In the buildings sector there is enormous efficiency potential that can be utilised without a significant loss of comfort.
The transport sector accounts for more than 25% of gross energy and is thus the largest consumer – and the trend is still upwards.
Trade, industry and services
The economy is a major gross energy consumer. Industry currently consumes more than the services sector, and both these sectors account for more than 10% respectively.
Conversion, renewable energy, market structure
More than 20% of gross energy consumption is used for conversion purposes and is thus no longer available to end consumers. For the future energy supply, renewable forms of energy offer a great deal of potential.