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    German Uniper Launches Debate Platform


The utility is hoping to generate a discussion on the energy transition without ideological content.

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German Uniper Launches Debate Platform

German utility Uniper, majority owned by the Finnish government, has launched a discussion platform to address the energy transition, it said May 18. The Debate.Energy site "brings together diverse and controversial opinions from those in politics, science and industry, as well as the wider society‚Äč," it said, and is "intended to promote discussion and give rise to a rich variety of solutions and innovations."

By 2035, Uniper's European production will be CO2-neutral but it has not said how it will achieve that goal: however collaboration is the way forward, it said as it announced the new venture, which is co-developed with the Hamburg-based communications agency Grabarz & Partner.

Reports, interviews, podcasts and videos will highlight the answers to the most significant question of the day, it said: "How should we go about using energy sustainably, both now and in the future?"

The hope is that it will promote "respectful and objective discussion" and ultimately help participants to form their own opinions. CEO Andreas Schierenbeck said it was "completely normal for this debate to get quite heated at times, but we hope that, in the end, the most convincing arguments and the best solutions will prevail. After all, everyone everywhere – from businesses and politicians to NGOs and individual citizens – wants the same thing: an environment that is pleasant to live in and a safe, environmentally friendly energy supply."