Dr. Hermann Scheer

On April 29, 2014 Hermann Scheer would have celebrated his 70th birthday.

Hermann Scheer, founder of EUROSOLAR and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, died at age 66 fully engaged in a life of ideas and initiatives. He had been a member of the German Bundestag for three decades and significantly influenced the political discourse in the country in many fields, with courage, far-sightedness and determination. Hermann Scheer was dedicated to the broad shift in the energy basis of modern civilization: from fossil and nuclear resources to renewable energies. He had realized early that it was essential for an intact environment and for opportunities for peace as well. He was a thought leader, motivator, reformer and revolutionary. The death of Hermann Scheer has brought into focus the extraordinary achievement of his life's work.

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Video documentation:

Just weeks before his death, Hermann Scheer was interviewed by journalist Amy Goodmann, one of the two hosts of Democracy now! the national, daily, independent US TV / radio news program. At the thirtieth anniversary of the Right Livelihood Awards, they met in Bonn in September 2010 for what turned out to be one of his final interviews.

Democracy Now!: Hermann Scheer (1944-2010): German Lawmaker, Leading Advocate for Solar Energy and "Hero for the Green Century" in One of His Final Interviews

The following are excerpts of the rush transcript of the broadcast 15 October 2010:

AMY GOODMAN: We're broadcasting today from San Francisco. And we were planning to spend the hour today with the author and philosopher Derrick Jensen, here in California for a big event - just before a big event he was having tomorrow here in California. But just before we went on air, we learned of the death of Hermann Scheer. He is a pioneering German politician and economist who helped make Germany a renewable energy powerhouse. Hermann Scheer died last night in Berlin at the age of sixty-six.

Scheer had been member of the German Parliament for three decades and was the president of EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy. He was also the general chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy. His books on solar energy include The Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future and Energy Autonomy: The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy.

In 1999, Hermann Scheer won the Right Livelihood Award for his, quote, well, "indefatigable" -tireless-"work for the promotion of solar energy worldwide." When he received the award, he described solar energy as "the energy of the people." Jakob von Uexkull, the founder of the Right Livelihood Award, said today, quote, "Hermann Scheer has been the world’s most powerful advocate for renewable energy during the last two decades. His personal commitment and his incomparable campaigning spirit will continue to encourage many policy-makers, experts and citizens around the world to fight for a world without fossil fuel or nuclear.

TIME magazine named Hermann Scheer "Hero for the Green Century."

Well, just a few weeks ago, I had a chance to sit down with Hermann Scheer in Bonn, Germany, at the thirtieth anniversary of the Right Livelihood Awards …..

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Commemorative book:

Titelblatt Sonderdruck Hermann web Seite 03To honor Hermann Scheer’s memory EUROSOLAR and the Hermann Scheer Foundation prepared a memorial series of essays with contributions by friends, political companions and fellow activists who shared some of their personal reminiscences of him for publication. Many of these reflections were written shortly after his death. The memorial publication is available as a pdf document in German language.


Tribute to Hermann Scheer
Foreword for the "Energy Imperative" by Bianca Jagger:

Bianca Jagger is Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council, Amnesty International, USA. She knew Hermann Scheer as both a friend and colleague and worked with him closely over the years.

In her foreword for the Energy Imperative, Hermann Scheer’s last book, she said: "Two revolutions have shaped the course of recent human history: the industrial and the information technology revolution. Hermann Scheer was a driving force behind the third significant revolution, renewable energy revolution, which will determine the shape of our future." ...

"The governing principles behind Hermann’s approach were the democratisation and decentralisation of energy. Energy autonomy, for countries and even for individuals, was his fundamental goal. He believed that, by producing as much energy as possible locally, we could reduce global dependence on long distance transmission lines, and diffuse the concentration of economic power, which resides largely with a very few companies and institutions. Hermann was an anti-monopolist." …

Full text of the foreword for the Energy Imperative by Bianca Jagger


Hermann Scheer book release "Energy Autonomy" in Malibu:

Renewables 100 Policy Institute was born out of a gathering for German Parliamentarian Hermann Scheer in honor of his released book, Energy Autonomy. A tireless champion for sustainability, Dr. Scheer was Time's Hero of the Green Century, winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize, and architect of the world's most successful renewable energy policies. Many accomplished leaders were introduced that day to Dr. Scheer's pioneering ideas on energy policy, including his mandate for a worldwide, rapid shift to 100% renewable energy and the feed-in tariff policy he crafted, which has been the cornerstone of the world's most robust advancement of sustainable energies. The intimate impressive audience at the home of Carol Moss in Malibu included former NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin, World Council of Renewable Energy Chair Angelina Galiteva, environmental philanthropist and Earthways founder Andrew Beath, environmental activist Kelly Meyer, Tangerine Dream's Peter Baumann, Bourne Energy CEO Chris Catlin, and Sierra Club's Marcia Hanscom and Darell Clarke, Los Angeles Business Council President Mary Leslie.

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Hermann Scheer quotes:

Quotes by Hermann Scheer drawn from his books:

"No energy technology can be installed faster than the technology for renewables, if we only want it." (2006)

"In order that humanity and nature once again work in unity, humanity must use only the same energy which nature does: the sun’s energy." (2005)

"Extra costs for renewable energy today are ecological damage which has been averted and low energy costs tomorrow." (2004)

"The immediate move to renewable energy is not an unbearable strain, but rather a unique social and economic opportunity."

"It is not renewable energy that we lack, it is time." (2010)

On solar PV: "Photovoltaics - the conversion of sunlight into electricity - offers humanity a unique opportunity." (2010)

On nuclear energy: "Because what may happen must not happen, such technology must not be used." (2010)

To view the list of books by Hermann Scheer, translated from German, please follow this link.