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 on 1st Jan 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 Hoyer GmbH, Basalt AG, Arbiom SA, Alexander Proudfoot Consulting, Cash Payment Solutions GmbH, Brahms Oil Refineries LTD and He advises IFM Industry Funds Management as Senior Advisor. Furthermore he has joined Bernotat+Cie GmbH as Mentor for Senior Executives. On 1st 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:

Energy for Germany – Facts, Perspectives and Positions in a Global Context (July 2018)
The main topic of this study is Climate Protection in Road Traffic – Global Challenges and Instruments.

Global Energy Transitions (November 2014)
The study “ Global Energy transitions – a comparative analysis of key countries and implications for the international energy debate” was developed in cooperation with AT Kearney.

Pulse Check: Investments in Energy Infrastructure (November 2014)
This survey reflects the views of experts from the World Energy Council’s global network on  the current investment climate and barriers to investment in the energy sector.

The benefits of coordination  (September 2014)