Commemorating Hermann Scheer

Dr. Hermann ScheerSymposium at the Atrium of Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin
14 October 2011

Hermann Scheer was taken from us at age 66 fully engaged in a life of ideas and initiatives, a life full of many notable achievements. With courage, far-sightedness and determination he significantly influenced the political discourse in the country in many fields. First and foremost he made the shift to renewable energy happen, a shift which he realized early was essential ecologically and for peace-making efforts. He was a thought leader and motivator, reformer and revolutionary.

In his last book, released only a few days before he died, Hermann Scheer defined the necessity of responsible action as the ‘energy imperative’. His political companions’ obligation to the future is, therefore, to unwaveringly advance the switch to renewable energy. Created after his death, the Hermann Scheer Foundation shares the same goal.

The symposium in honor of Hermann Scheer - held on the day of his death one year ago- addresses energy policy questions which present themselves in the course of transitioning to the age of renewable energy. It looks into levels of political decision-making and their effect on the legislative process.

11:00  Introduction
-Sigmar Gabriel, chairman Social Democratic Party (SPD)
-Dr. Nina Scheer, chair Hermann Scheer Foundation

11:30  Hermann Scheer and the SPD parliamentary group's energy policy
Ulrich Kelber, vice-chairman SPD parliamentary group

11:45  The cultural, ethical and social dimensions of energy policy

Professor Julian Nida-Rümelin, chairman SPD Commission for Basic Values (SPD-Grundwertekommission)

12:20  A vision of the future as guidance for the present
Dr. Erhard Eppler

13:00  The shift to renewable energy - scenarios, practice and tasks
Dr. Harry Lehmann, Federal Environment Agency


14:00  Shifting to renewable energy can only be accomplished with the support of the states
Margit Conrad, minister for Europe of the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz

14:30  Cross parliamentary group alliances and civil exchange - panel discussion with representatives from all parliamentary groups

-Marco Bülow, SPD parliamentary group
-Eva Bulling-Schröter, the Left Party’s parliamentary group
-Hans-Josef Fell, German Bündnis ’90/Die Grünen parliamentary group
-Ursula Heinen-Esser, parliamentary state secretary, Christian Democratic Union (CDU) parliamentary group (not yet confirmed)
-Horst Meierhofer, Free Democratic Party (FDP) parliamentary group (not yet confirmed)
-Professor Edda Müller, chair Transparency International Germany

Hosted by: Dr. Franz Alt

Organized by:

Hermann Scheer Stiftung    SPD Parteivorstand      SPD Bundestagsfraktion