What can we do to reduce CO2 emissions? How can we meet the rising demand for energy?
Renewable energy provides the answer to both challenges. In contrast to conventional power plants, the electricity generated by wind turbines and solar power plants is sustainable and free of carbon emissions. These systems are making an increasingly important contribution to climate protection. The countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) possess excellent preconditions for renewable energy sources. Expanding the share of renewable energy in the overall energy supply will develop new value‐added chains and thus create new local jobs. A recent study commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) confirmed that in 2010 about 370,000 people were employed in the renewable energy sector in Germany. At the same time, the rising demand for energy can be covered sustainably and potential for exporting climate‐friendly energy can be tapped.