As a result of the implementation of the German government's climate and environment protection programme (so-called Meseberger Beschlüsse), the EU-package "20 20 by 2020" and the EU directive about final energy efficiency and energy services, the targets and incentives for market players to invest in climate protection activities are considerably rising. Yet this also increases the responsibility of energy companies, market partners and various customer groups to get involved in the field of climate and resource protection.
Within the framework of this study, the Wuppertal Institute develops a climate protection concept for the RheinEnergie AG. It focuses on reaching the climate protection targets while at the same time it shows up possibilities how a locally, respectively regionally positioned energy company like RheinEnergie AG may assert its position under the given circumstances. This includes for instance an analysis of the potential for additional turnover by extending the value creation chain in the markets for energy-efficient services, combined heat (cooling) and power generation, renewable energies, comprehensive consulting and smart metering. The questions asked in the context of a scientific monitoring of the concept creation are: