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Kerstine Appunn, Sven Egenter, Julian Wettengel (Clean Energy Wire)
 German ministers Heiko Maas (second from left) and Peter Altmaier (third from left) open the fourth Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue.
German ministers Heiko Maas (second from left) and Peter Altmaier (third from left) open the fourth Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. Photo: BETD2018.

Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas highlighted the security aspect of transforming national energy systems to renewable sources. “An energy transition is not a sufficient solution for but a necessary condition for a stable and peaceful world,” he said.

Producing renewable energy could help countries to become less dependent on those fossil fuel exporting states who could put pressure on those they deliver their raw materials to, Maas said. He urged all countries to work together to prevent the dangers from global climate change, which threatened the livelihoods of millions and forced them to leave their homes. "We do not have endless time," Maas said. A multilateral approach could create more stability and more wealth in many regions of the world.

 

[This article originally appeared on Clean Energy Wire.]

[Find the full speech here (in German) or watch it here (Youtube, in German).]


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