“If we want to achieve the ambitious climate targets at EU level and also in Germany, the energy transition must finally make its way into the city. Photovoltaics on multi-family and apartment buildings as well as on commercial and industrial sites offers enormous potential. The current revision of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act must create more tailwind for photovoltaics, not new bureaucracy and tendering formats. In addition, a regulation is needed that enables the continued operation of PV systems that are not eligible for subsidies, in the interests of customers”. With these words, Karsten Wildberger, member of the board of E.ON SE responsible for the customer solutions business, calls for courageous steps in the upcoming amendment of the German Renewable Energy Act. The parties are currently discussing in Berlin how the energy turnaround can be further advanced. In this context, the potential of the cities, especially for photovoltaics, is to be used more intensively.
With its more than 1.5 million kilometers of European energy network, E.ON is the backbone of energy system transformation and focuses on providing solutions for decarbonizing all sectors of the economy. Already today, one out of five renewable energy plants in Europe is connected to E.ON's energy networks. In Germany there are around 785,000 wind and photovoltaic plants, which is around two-thirds of all plants in Germany. E.ON thus enables its customers to actively protect the climate. Together with its customers, E.ON has avoided more than 100 million tons of CO2 in 2019. E.ON is also driving climate protection in the area of transport. People can already charge their electric vehicles at 36,000 charging points built by E.ON. Together with its customers, E.ON operates one of the largest charging networks in Europe.
In addition to its central, society-wide role as Europe's largest network operator in the green energy revolution, E.ON intends to reduce the emissions that the company can directly influence and become climate-neutral by 2040. E.ON and its employees are currently also participating in the European Sustainability Week (ESDW). The ESDW is a Europe-wide initiative with the aim of promoting the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations and the 17 associated targets for sustainable development - the so-called Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.