Hans-Josef Fell was awarded The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2015, the highest honour available to a German citizen. In August 2018, he was also awarded the LUI Che Woo Prize in the category of sustainability.
Fell was a member of the German Parliamentary Group Alliance 90/The Greens from 1998 to 2013.
An internationally renowned energy and climate change advisor, author and speaker Hans-Josef is rightly described as the ‘Father of the German Renewable Energy Generation’.
Together with Hermann Scheer, he authored the 2000 draft of the Renewable Energy Sources Act, establishing the foundation for the technology developments in photovoltaic, biogas, wind power and geothermal energy in Germany. This Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), was adopted in 2000 in the face of strong political opposition.
The law, enacted 25 February 2000, guarantees cost-covering feed-in tariffs for electricity from biomass, wind and solar power, and aimed to increase the percentage of renewable energy used in Germany to 12.5 per cent by the year 2010 and 20 per cent by 2020. By 2011, Germany was already generating 20 per cent of its energy from renewable resources.
Hans-Josef was also involved in drafting the law amending the EEG in 2004. He initiated legislation exempting biofuels from tax and was also actively involved in establishing the legislative framework for renewables at the European level.
Hans-Josef is founder and president of the Energy Watch Group, a network of parliamentarians and independent researchers who conduct studies on global energy developments and publish open-access papers to secure a sustainable global energy supply.