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Hermann Scheer

Hermann Scheer's political work for the energy transition is, to this day, immeasurable in its implications. He has convinced people around the world of the necessity and the benefits of a decentralized and renewable energy supply. It is also thanks to him that more and more people have become active proponents for the energy transition. As a thought leader he is remembered for his individual perspectives and answers with which he was able to convince. His early statements about the indispensability of the energy transition as well as his statements shortly before his sudden death in 2010 are still relevant today and for the future. Scheer’s farsighted books are a rich source of inspiration for all who desire a peaceful and renewable world.

You will find detailed information about the life and work of Hermann Scheer on the following pages:


Life of Hermann Scheer

Born on 29 April 1944 in Wehrheim im Taunus, Germany
Died on October 14, 2010 in Berlin

Political activities

  • Since 2004 Chairman of the International Parliamentary Network for Renewable Energies
  • Since 2001 Chairman of the newly founded World Council for Renewable Energies (WCRE)
  • Since 1997 Editor of the "Zeitschrift für Neues Energierecht" ("Journal of New Energies")
  • 1994 to 1997 Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
  • From 1993 to 2009 Member of the SPD's Federal Executive Committee
  • 1991 to 1993 Chairman of the subcommittee on disarmament and arms control of the Bundestag
  • Since 1989 Editor of the journal "Solarzeitalter - Politik und Ökonomie Erneuerbare Energien"
  • Since 1988 honorary President of EUROSOLAR, the non-profit European Association for Renewable Energies
  • Since 1987 Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
  • Since 1980 Member of the German Bundestag

Education and profession

  • 1976 to 1980 Research Associate at the Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe
  • 1972 to 1976 Scientific Assistant at the University of Stuttgart
  • 1967 to 1972 studied at the University of Heidelberg and the Freie Universität Berlin; Doctor of Economics and Social Sciences
  • 1964 to 1967 Officer Training, then Lieutenant at the Bundeswehr
  • 1964 Abitur in Berlin


  • 2009 Karl Böer Medal for Solar Energy, awarded by the University of Delaware, USA
  • 2008 European Clean-Tech Pioneer Prize, Frankfurt
  • 2007 International Prize for Agricultural Engineering, awarded by the Association of German Engineers (VDMA)
  • 2006 TERIalumni Merit Award, TERIalumni Foundation, New Delhi, India
  • 2005 SolarWorld Einstein Award, Bonn
  • 2004 World Prize for Wind Energy, awarded by the World Wind Energy Conference, Beijing, China
  • 2004 Global Renewable Energy Leadership Award, awarded by the American Council for Renewable Energies (ACORE), New York, USA
  • 2002 Hero for the Green Century of the TIME Magazine
  • 2001 Book Prize of the German Environmental Foundation for the book "Klimawechsel", written together with Carl Amery
  • 2000 World Prize for Bioenergy, awarded by the 1st  World Biomass Conference, Seville, Spain
  • 2000 Man and the Sun Great Contribution Award, Qingdao, China
  • 1999 Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award), Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1998 World Solar Prize, awarded by the 2nd World Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion Conference, Vienna, Austria

Academic title

  • 2008 Prof. h.c. of the Tongji University of Shanghai, China
  • 2007 Dr. h.c. of the University of Lüneburg
  • 1997 Dr. h.c. of the Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria
  • 1972 Doctorate to Dr. rer. pole. at the Freie Universität Berlin

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