Stadtwerke Symposium, 2018


"The Future of Stadtwerke - New Business Models in the Age of Digitalization"

Stadtwerke Symposium on 11.09.2018 in Tokyo

The German municipal utility (“Stadtwerke”) model is internationally perceived as a role model for public welfare-oriented municipal utility business. As decentralized actors, municipal utility companies can also be a pioneer of the energy transition.

In celebration of the founding of the “Japan Stadtwerke Network” (JSWNW) one year ago, JSWNW, ECOS Consult and the Wuppertal Institute, supported by the Federal German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) organized a German-Japanese “Stadtwerke”Symposium in Tokyo.

More than 170 experts from municipalities, companies and administration participated.
From the German side, experts from Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, the German association of municipal utility companies (VKU), Trianel and representatives of several German Cities and Stadtwerke such as Osnabrueck, Leipzig, Hamburg, Alheim and Wuppertalinformed about future business models in regional power supply.
A special focus was set on the possibilities of digitalization, the utilization of renewable energies and sector-coupling of electricity, heat and transport.

From the Japanese side, experts and pioneers of regional energy supply in Japan such as Miyama Smart Energy and Shonan Power, Local Energy and Osaka City shared their experiences.


  • Wuppertal Institute
  • ECOS Consult

Supported by:

  • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)


  • Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MoEJ)
  • ICLEI Japan
  • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Tokyo

Further Information

Johanna Schilling,