EnBW boss puts pressure on the expansion of renewable energies


With the expansion of renewable energies, the head of the EnBW energy company, Frank Mastiaux, is calling for significantly more speed so that the politically set climate targets can still be achieved. Something had to happen relatively quickly, said the 57-year-old in the newspaper “Badische Latest Nachrichten” (Saturday). When it comes to expanding wind power, for example, the country is too slow. “And it won’t get any better if we wait,” said the CEO.

According to Mastiaux, the need and pressure are obvious: “When it is 50 degrees Celsius in Canada and rain and tidal waves cause terrible damage to us, you hardly have to convince anyone about climate change and the necessary countermeasures,” he said. However, society and politics are more likely to be able to solve problems regionally. “But that’s not enough for the energy transition and the climate challenge.” A different point of view, transparency and coordination are required here. “The corona crisis has shown that we as a country can react flexibly and quickly,” said Mastiaux. “You can learn from this.”

The 57-year-old announced a month ago that he wanted to transfer his post at the top of the group to other hands after the end of his second term in the coming year. His term of office ends on September 30, 2022. The chemist who holds a doctorate has been in charge of the EnBW Board of Management since October 1, 2012. At the group, the change from a nuclear and coal company to a green electricity producer was the focus of his tenure. EnBW employs around 24,000 people, making it one of the largest energy companies in Germany and Europe.

The SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz has also called for consistent measures to combat climate change. “Climate change is man-made and we have to do everything we can to stop it,” said Scholz on Friday at a public citizens’ dialogue in Potsdam with a view to the flood disaster in West Germany.

The material damage is probably greater than in the previous flood disasters in Germany, said the Federal Minister of Finance. Therefore, he wants to set up financial aid together with the federal states. “You can’t leave anyone alone with something like that – we all have to help out,” emphasized Scholz.


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