Berlin/Bonn, 19 October 2010

EUROSOLAR mourns the loss of Hermann Scheer, founder of the European Association for Renewable Energy and the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE). He was an intellectually brilliant, warm-hearted man and untiring politician. EUROSOLAR and the Hermann Scheer Foundation will carry on with his life's work. The death notice will appear in several newspapers this week.

Dr. Hermann Scheer

Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award
President of EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy
Chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy, WCRE
Member of the German Parliament

29 April 1944 – 14 October 2010

All of us are greatly saddened and deeply shaken by his sudden death. Hermann Scheer was taken from us at age 66 fully engaged in a life of ideas and initiatives. We mourn this intellectually brilliant, warm-hearted man and untiring politician. With courage, far-sightedness and determination he significantly influenced the political discourse in the country in many fields. Hermann Scheer's life was full of many notable achievements. First of all, he made the energy shift actually happen. He had realized early that it was essential for an intact environment and for opportunities for peace as well. With his remarkable store of knowledge and rare clarity of mind, he won over many people around the world to his conviction. His enthusiasm was contagious. He was a thought leader, motivator, reformer and revolutionary. In his latest book, released only a few days before he died, Hermann Scheer explains why it is crucial to follow responsible lines of action in the context of an "energethical imperative". Our obligation to the future is, therefore, to advance the switch to renewable energy. The legacy of this great personality shall live on in the Hermann Scheer Foundation.

We miss him greatly.

Irm Scheer-Pontenagel, Dr. Nina Scheer, Lilli Scheer

The EUROSOLAR Executive Committee

Preben Maegaard, Senior Vice-President (Denmark), Hans-Josef Fell (Germany), Dr. Josep Puig (Spain), Mechtild Rothe (Germany), Prof. Dr. Tanay Sidki Uyar (Turkey), Milan Smrz (Czechia), Dr. Luciana Castellina (Italy)

The Executive Committee of the German Section of EUROSOLAR

Dr. Axel Berg (Chairman), Rosa Hemmers and Hermann Fellner (deputizing for the chairman), Johannes Gerlach, Stephan Grüger, Thomas Günther, Ulrich Kasparick, Dr. Fabio Longo, Reiner Priggen, Prof. Konrad Scheffer, Dr. Brigitte Schmidt, Dr. Eike Schwarz, Wilfried Telkämper

The WCRE Committee of Chairpersons

Prof. Peter Droege, Michael T. Eckhart, Dr. José Etcheverry, Angelina Galiteva, Dr. Yogi Goswami, Preben Maegaard, Dr. Eric Martinot, Raymond Myles, Tetsunari Iida, Dr. Wolfgang Palz, Mauro Passos, Dr. Ibrahim Togola

The EUROSOLAR team at the secretariat in Bonn and the parliamentary office staff in Berlin and Waiblingen.

Hermann Scheer will be laid to rest at a small private funeral.

A public memorial service will be held on 1 November 2010 at 11:00 at the Berlin "Museum für Kommunikation", Leipziger Straße 16, 10117 Berlin-Mitte. If you wish to attend please confirm by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No flowers by request. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hermann Scheer Foundation, which is currently being created.


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