Energy Security  -  This Affects All of Us.


70% of the world oil reserves and 65% of the world gas reserves are located  within the politically
most instable region of the world: the so called energy-ellipse between the Persian Gulf and the
Caucasian-Caspian area. This constitutes a concentration of power with great physical, economical
and social risks. Energy security politics will remain for the next 20 to 30 years and beyond an essential
international challenge.

„Population growth, urbanization, economic boom in Asia and other world regions, all of that together
will increase the demand for energy until 2030 to more than 50%.

And we have to understand, that we are charting the course today, whether we will life in a world
of out of hand resource conflicts, whether environmental catastrophes will rule our everyday life and
whether our children and grandchildren will be able to life together in a peaceful world.

Long term and responsible action means: if we want to curb global warming in the long run, then we
have to develop strategies to increase energy efficiency, to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases
and to increase the contribution of renewable energies. This is the only way in which we gain inter-
national credibility and support at the same time our own European technology and the innovation
power of our European industry.”1

“We have to realize that burning fossil fuels endangers the the future habitability of the planet in a
way that we can not foresee today. At the same time we are making ourselves dependant upon
extremely instable regimes in one of the most unfriendly region of the earth. These are all good
reasons to kick the habit of oil dependency.”2

1 Abstract from a speech of then Foreign Secretary of State Frank Walter Steinmeier
2 NZZ Format , Statement David Goodstein, Physicist Caltech