DESERTEC - Energy, Climate and Jobs

Global Mission

Our Global Mission

Humankind is facing enormous challenges: as the planet’s population rises and the industrialization of developing countries accelerates, global energy demand continues to climb. At the same time, increases in carbon emissions bring the threat of runaway climate change and a drastic reduction in the earth’s capacity to support human life ever closer.

The DESERTEC Concept offers a solution

It demonstrates how to combat climate change, ensure a reliable energy supply and promote security and development by generating sustainable power from the sites where renewable sources of energy are most abundant.

All kinds of renewables will be used in the DESERTEC Concept, in centralized and decentralized solutions alike, but the sun-rich deserts of the world play a central role: within six hours deserts receive more energy from the sun than humankind consumes within a year. In addition, 90 percent of the world’s population lives within 3,000 km of deserts. This means that DESERTEC‘s ideas can be applied across the world by using low loss HVDC transmission.


From vision to reality

We are working on the fast global implementation of the DESERTEC Concept, a comprehensive solution that combats global warming, ensures a reliable energy supply, and promotes development and security. The team of the Foundation coordinates national associations and a network of regional coordinators as well as a large global community of supporters, which is active around the world:

  • We raise awarness for the benefits of DESERTEC and the energy-potential of Desert Regions
  • Promote the establishment of the framework conditions necessary for a global transition to renewables
  • Support knowledge transfer and scientific co-operation
  • Foster exchange and co-operation with the private sector


Focus region EU-MENA (Europe, the Middle East and North Africa)

So far, the DESERTEC Foundation has already made significant progress in the Mediterranean region. Through projects in Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia, and the DESERTEC University Network, it supports knowledge transfer and educational cooperation. EU-MENA


DESERTEC in Greater East Asia

We believe that by harnessing clean power from deserts, Greater East Asia can take a leading role in the fight against global warming. We are currently establishing contact with politicians, economists and scientists throughout this region, in order to promote the implementation of the necessary political framework conditions. Read More


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