Germany Member Committee

Weltenergierat - Deutschland e.V.


Weltenergierat – Deutschland is the national member representing the Federal Republic of Germany at the World Energy Council. Its members include companies in the energy industry, associations, academic institutions and individuals. As a non-governmental, joint profit association, Weltenergierat – Deutschland is independent in its opinion. The objective of Weltenergierat – Deutschland is to implement and disseminate the WEC results in Germany, in particular, to bring the global and longer-term issues and needs of the energy and environmental policy to the attention of the national debate. To this purpose, it organises its own events and carries out its own studies.

Chair: Uwe Franke


After having studied chemistry at the university of Hamburg, where he gained his PhD in 1978, Dr Uwe Franke joined BP in 1979 where he worked in several positions up to his last position at BP as CEO of BP Europa SE until 30th April 2012 when he retired. Dr Franke has played a role in many associations and organisations at the interface between business and politics. Examples are: Board of the German Industry Association BDI, Board of the German Transport Forum DVF, Board of the Eastern Committee of the German Industry, Steering Committee of the Energy Commission, Advisory Council to the Government, the German-Russian Forum, the German-British Königswinter Conference etc. He founded the Diversity Charta in Germany under sponsorship of Chancellor Merkel and was appointed German Ambassador for diversity. Dr Franke is a non-executive Director of BP Europa SE, Hoyer GmbH, Basalt AG, Biométhodes and He advises IFM Industry Funds Management as Senior Advisor as well as Pflüger International Consulting as Senior Advisor Energy. Furthermore he has joined Bernotat+Cie GmbH as Mentor for Senior Executives. On 1 January 2014 Dr Franke took the position as President of the German Member Committee of the World Energy Council.

Secretary: Carsten Rolle


Carsten Rolle, Secretary General of the German Member Committee of the World Energy Council since 2005, holds a PhD in economics from Münster University. After his studies, he managed the department for telecommunications and postal services at the Federation of German Industries (BDI) in Berlin. Since 2008 he has been the Managing Director of the Energy Policy department.

Publications by the member committee:

The benefits of coordination (1.48 MB) - published September 2014