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  • 29 Nov 2019 |

    Climate cabinet to put Germany back on track for 2030 targets

    Chancellor Merkel's coalition government aims to agree on steps and climate action law 29 Nov 2019, 11:00 Chancellor Angela Merkel's so-called "climate cabinet" has put together the bedrock for future climate action legislation. It ...
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  • Stimulus debates add fresh drive as energy transition efforts restart after coronavirus break

    20 May 2020, 13:50 Months of dispute within the government coalition and the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have significantly slowed down progress on a number of important German energy transition projects. The coal exit law has yet to be adopted by ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    German government coalition agreement removes key hurdles to renewables rollout

    18 May 2020, 18:14 The German government has agreed to remove key hurdles to the rollout of renewable energies that had begun to slow the country's landmark energy transition. The deal between chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance ...
  • 08 Apr 2020 |

    Germany's climate action plan to run into massive renewable power gap by 2030 – BEE

    08 Apr 2020, 12:49 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Julian Wettengel Renewables Clean Energy Wire The climate action programme the ...
  • Climate after corona: green stimulus package could boost the economic recovery

    08 Apr 2020, 15:30 The coronavirus crisis is driving many economies around the globe into recession, leading policymakers to draw up unprecedented spending plans to cushion the impact and enable recoveries. Activists, environmental think tanks and others ...
  • 06 Mar 2020 |

    Govt studies find Germany's 2030 climate package fails to reach objective

    06 Mar 2020, 10:27 Germany's massive policy push to reach 2030 climate targets is insufficient, two studies commissioned by the government have found. Despite the agreement on a coal phase-out, the introduction of a CO2 price and a host of other ...
  • 03 Feb 2020 |

    German environment minister calls for markup on big, fuel-intensive cars

    03 Feb 2020, 13:49 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel Cars Cost & Prices dpa German ...
  • 09 Jan 2020 |

    Volume of Germany's climate package climbs to 62 billion euros – MCC

    09 Jan 2020, 13:35 Expert Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change Climate & CO2 Policy International Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate package to reach 2030 targets ...
  • 08 Jan 2020 |

    Huge state investments needed to hedge against Germany's decarbonisation – economists

    08 Jan 2020, 12:30 Julian Wettengel Industry Clean Energy Wire Decarbonising Germany’s economy while safeguarding the country’s prosperity will require "massive" investments by the state, for example in infrastructure, write economists at the ...
  • 16 Dec 2019 |

    Without innovation leaps, Germany will fail on climate action – conservative German MP

    16 Dec 2019, 10:24 Germany will miss its climate targets without leaps in technological innovation, even taking into account the recently agreed climate package, says Georg Nüßlein, deputy parliamentary group head of chancellor Angela Merkel’s ...
  • 12 Dec 2019 |

    Reactions to EU's Green Deal from Germany

    12 Dec 2019, 16:06 The European Union’s new executive has presented its highly anticipated Green Deal to tackle climate change. The policy package  commits the EU to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The Clean Energy Wire presents reactions to the ...
  • 05 Dec 2019 |

    Industry warns new SPD leaders against tightening Germany's climate package

    05 Dec 2019, 13:08 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin ...
  • 20 Nov 2019 |

    Design of Germany's wind power distance rules undecided as opposition to policy grows

    20 Nov 2019, 13:04 Following intense criticism of the German government's planned minimum distance rules for wind power by industry and environmental groups, economy minister Peter Altmaier says the government has not made a final decision on what ...
  • 18 Nov 2019 |

    Green Party dares too little for fear of losing poll tailwind – opinion

    18 Nov 2019, 13:29 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics Deutschlandfunk Germany's opposition Green Party has dared too little in their decisions at the party's national ...
  • Climate package will lead to fiscal revenue loss in German states – Bundesrat

    11 Nov 2019, 12:56 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The ...
  • 07 Nov 2019 |

    Farmers call for better inclusion in Germany's climate policy, announce more protests

    07 Nov 2019, 14:05 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Agriculture Rheinische Post A farmer ...
  • Energy and climate observers don’t share German government’s positive mid-term review

    06 Nov 2019, 14:38 Industry experts, researchers and lobbyists give the German government mediocre mid-term marks for its climate and energy efforts- while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition has presented a largely positive self-evaluation. In what ...
  • 25 Oct 2019 |

    Opposition lambasts climate plans as parliamentary process kicks off

    25 Oct 2019, 14:20 Opposition parties have strongly criticised the German government coalition’s climate policy package in a first parliamentary debate on key legislative elements, such as the planned major climate action law. The first reading in the ...
  • 24 Oct 2019 |

    NGOs call on coal mining state to protect villages and forest near mine

    24 Oct 2019, 12:06 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Freja Eriksen Coal Clean Energy Wire Leading environmental NGOs have called on the government of western German mining region North Rhine-Westphalia to protect ...
  • 21 Oct 2019 |

    Energy efficiency in Germany improved by 3.2 percent in 2018 – AGEB

    21 Oct 2019, 13:07 Expert AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V. Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende Utilities Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Freja Eriksen ...
  • 17 Oct 2019 |

    Germany slow on sustainability goals, youth urge “fundamental change”

    17 Oct 2019, 13:41 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The implementation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is happening "too slowly", German environment ministry state secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter said ...
  • German government decides tax changes for climate plan, CO2 price details

    16 Oct 2019, 12:49 Germany’s government coalition is moving ahead to implement its climate action plan to put the country back on track to reach 2030 targets. The cabinet has adopted several legislative drafts to mould the decisions into Germany’s tax ...
  • 16 Oct 2019 |

    German efficiency experts point to Danish district heating model as inspiration

    16 Oct 2019, 12:44 Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Efficiency Freja Eriksen Heating Clean Energy Wire German energy efficiency ...
  • 09 Oct 2019 |

    German govt adopts major climate law, set of measures to meet 2030 targets

    09 Oct 2019, 17:06 The German government cabinet has adopted the country’s first framework climate law and a detailed programme of measures to reach national and European targets for 2030. Against the backdrop of climate action protests by the Extinction ...
  • 07 Oct 2019 |

    German climate law draft assigns sectoral emissions budgets for 2020-2030

    07 Oct 2019, 16:41 The German government has presented a draft of Germany’s first-ever major Climate Action Law, which assigns flexible annual greenhouse gas budgets to economic sectors for the years 2020-2030, but does not make long-term climate targets ...
  • Economic institutes criticise German government’s climate package

    02 Oct 2019, 13:53 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Expert IfW- Kiel Institute for the World Economy ...
  • Merkel's CDU examines border adjustment measures to avoid carbon leakage

    01 Oct 2019, 13:50 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices International Clean Energy Wire Germany's ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) ...
  • 01 Oct 2019 |

    WWF calls for higher renewables and onshore wind energy targets in Germany

    01 Oct 2019, 13:46 Expert WWF Germany World Wide Fund For Nature Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Freja Eriksen Wind Clean Energy Wire The targets for renewable power consumption and wind energy expansion on land set by the German government's new ...
  • 13 Mar 2020 |

    Tracking progress of Germany's 2030 climate action package

    13 Mar 2020, 15:30 With its Climate Action Law and the Climate Action Programme 2030, Germany's government coalition has presented a far-reaching climate strategy that is aimed at putting the country on track towards reaching its climate targets. The ...
  • Climate package not enough for Germany's 2030 targets- govt agencies

    24 Sep 2019, 13:58 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Benjamin Wehrmann ...
  • 24 Sep 2019 |

    German industry can become CO2-neutral, but not with new govt strategy – WWF

    24 Sep 2019, 13:40 Higher energy efficiency, a "paradigm shift" in the circular economy, innovative production processes, as well as carbon capture and usage or storage could make Germany's industry CO2-neutral by 2050, but the government& ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    Climate package faces headwind and legal uncertainty as Merkel addresses UN summit

    23 Sep 2019, 14:12 The future of Germany's much criticised climate strategy hangs in the balance as the Green Party vowed to amend the package, and experts warned legal hurdles threatened the government's concept for a CO2 price. Yet, Chancellor ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    Reactions to government agreement on climate strategy, CO2 pricing

    23 Sep 2019, 09:41 The German government coalition has reached an agreement on the country's climate action strategy, including a pricing system for carbon emissions in all major sectors. The Clean Energy Wire presents reactions to the deal. Sören ...
  • 20 Sep 2019

    Massive Fridays for Future climate protests keep pressure on German govt

    20 Sep 2019, 12:55 Hundreds of thousands of people demanded rapid climate action at Germany's Fridays for Future protests, keeping public pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel's government following the announcement of a broad action package to ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

    Hambach Forest and coal phaseout must be secured – NRW state premier

    20 Sep 2019, 13:03 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert IG BCE- Trade Union for mining, chemicals and energy ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

    Germany bets on slow-starting CO2 price, slew of incentives to reach 2030 climate goals

    20 Sep 2019, 20:00 Chancellor Angela Merkel's so-called "climate cabinet" has put together the bedrock for future climate action legislation in Germany, just in time for UN Secretary-General António Guterres' Climate Action Summit in ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

    German coalition climate talks enter overtime

    20 Sep 2019, 10:25 Germany's highly anticipated future climate strategy remained uncertain on Friday morning as government coalition talks that lasted throughout the night were still ongoing. Negotiations between Chancellor Angela Merkel's ...
  • 19 Sep 2019 |

    German government faces 11th hour talks over climate action

    19 Sep 2019, 13:37 Germany's governing parties are heading into the final talks over what finance minister Olaf Scholz has said must be a "big and convincing step for climate action." But CO₂ pricing and a proposed major framework climate ...
  • 19 Sep 2019 |

    German voters would prefer coal phase-out earlier than 2038 – study

    19 Sep 2019, 13:17 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire Voters in Germany would have supported a coal phase-out much earlier than 2038, the date proposed by the country's coal exit commission earlier this year, according to a ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    While Germans wait for federal climate action, Berliners call for climate emergency

    23 Sep 2019, 10:34 After receiving more than 43,500 signatures on a petition in August, the Berlin House of Representatives will have to deliberate on a climate emergency status for the German capital. Forty German municipalities have already declared ...
  • 18 Sep 2019 |

    Energy efficiency sector has low hopes for German climate cabinet outcome – survey

    18 Sep 2019, 12:30 Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Efficiency Freja Eriksen Efficiency Clean Energy Wire Companies in Germany's ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

    Countdown to Germany's crucial climate cabinet meeting

    20 Sep 2019, 10:12 Today, the grand coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) aim to agree on a major policy package to bring Germany back on track to reaching the international ...
  • 16 Sep 2019 |

    Germany needs major change in climate strategy – media comments

    16 Sep 2019, 14:03 Edgar Meza Climate & CO2 Rheinische Post / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Süddeutsche Zeitung The ideas the German government's climate cabinet members and government parties have put on the table so far "will hardly be ...
  • 13 Sep 2019 |

    German transport minister proposes billions for e-cars, railway and cleaner trucks

    13 Sep 2019, 13:24 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics ...
  • 13 Sep 2019 |

    Conservatives propose national emissions trading system for transport and buildings

    13 Sep 2019, 13:23 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & ...
  • 17 Sep 2019 |

    German climate policy faces pivotal moment on 20 September

    17 Sep 2019, 13:33 Chancellor Angela Merkel's government coalition is racing to put together a major climate action package by 20 September, just in time for UN Secretary-General António Guterres' climate summit in New York on 23 September. Mere ...
  • 12 Sep 2019 |

    Merkel: Cutting transport emissions will be “herculean task” for govt and industry

    12 Sep 2019, 14:08 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cars Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel said reaching the country's climate targets in the transport sector will be a great challenge for the car industry and the government. Reducing ...
  • 12 Sep 2019 |

    German industry and tenants call for support in turning German houses climate friendly

    12 Sep 2019, 14:03 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Freja Eriksen Efficiency Die Welt / Clean Energy Wire Four industry associations and the German Energy Agency ...
  • Climate and digitalisation Germany's key challenges of the future- Merkel

    11 Sep 2019, 13:45 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said protecting the climate and digitalisation are the two key challenges that Germany faces in the future. Her comments ...
  • 10 Sep 2019 |

    Carmakers highlight climate ambitions at auto show in response to protest wave

    10 Sep 2019, 14:27 Facing an unprecedented wave of climate protests, Germany's trio of car groups, BMW, Daimler and VW, put their sustainability ambitions at the centre of their presentations at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). In an unprecedented ...
  • 10 Sep 2019 |

    Germany's finance minister says “restart” with massive climate investments needed to curb emissions

    10 Sep 2019, 14:13 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire / Reuters The investments in emission reductions by Germany's government need a "restart" that ends the current approach of "small measures" based on ...
  • 10 Sep 2019 |

    Largest German Protestant state church body calls on members to join climate strike

    10 Sep 2019, 14:06 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover – Germany's largest Protestant state church body – has called on its employees and members to join the planned global climate strike ...
  • 10 Sep 2019 |

    German building energy draft law unfit for emissions reduction, critics say

    10 Sep 2019, 13:43 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Expert Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) German CEOs for climate protection Business & Jobs Freja Eriksen Efficiency Clean Energy Wire The draft law ...
  • Major German companies back position paper calling for climate neutrality

    09 Sep 2019, 13:41 Expert Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) German CEOs for climate protection Business & Jobs Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Germany should aim for greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050, a position paper ...
  • 09 Sep 2019 |

    Environment minister says German government coalition hinges on climate action

    09 Sep 2019, 13:40 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Der Tagesspiegel The German government coalition "cannot continue" if it is not prepared to clarify how Germany will achieve its climate targets by 2030, German environment minister Svenja ...
  • Bavarian CSU presents climate plan ahead of crucial 20 September govt meeting

    09 Sep 2019, 13:36 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Elections & Politics The Bavarian conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) – sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU – has agreed on what it calls a " ...
  • Social Democrats' climate plans show large overlap with Conservatives

    05 Sep 2019, 12:30 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic ...
  • 05 Sep 2019 |

    Germany set to miss key energy transition targets – McKinsey

    05 Sep 2019, 12:27 Julian Wettengel Energiewende Clean Energy Wire Germany is set to miss several key energy transition targets for the year 2020, and the country's high power supply security is at risk unless new generation capacity and grid ...
  • German conservatives flesh out climate action plans ahead of decisive cabinet meeting

    03 Sep 2019, 17:45 Following key regional elections in eastern German Saxony and Brandenburg, the conservative parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's grand coalition – the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) – have ...
  • 04 Sep 2019 |

    Frankfurt car fair promises showdown between Fridays for Future and auto lobby

    04 Sep 2019, 10:53 This year's Frankfurt Motor Show steals the limelight for unusual reasons. Thousands of people will flock to the bi-annual industry fair – but many of them not to admire horsepower-proud vehicles, but instead to call for their ...
  • 02 Sep 2019 |

    Economy minister aims to lower German electricity prices as industry moans

    02 Sep 2019, 13:08 Freja Eriksen Grid Cost & Prices dpa Economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has said he aims to lower German electricity prices in the country's climate cabinet, where  key decisions  on German climate action legislation ...
  • 27 Aug 2019 |

    Leading from behind – Germany's government sparks green finance to drive climate policy

    27 Aug 2019, 16:42 Addressing climate change and the pros and cons of renewable power have dominated German public debate for almost two decades, but the role of the finance sector in emissions reduction has taken a back seat. Many countries have already ...
  • 27 Aug 2019 |

    Road traffic puts immense financial burden on German society – pro-rail NGO

    27 Aug 2019, 13:17 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire The bulk of external costs caused by transport in Germany is due to road traffic, which accounts for 95 percent of total costs, NGO Allianz pro Schiene (Pro Rail Alliance) said. The NGO ...
  • 26 Aug 2019 |

    Study finds CO2 price of 50 euros per tonne would be 'socially balanced' for Germany

    26 Aug 2019, 13:34 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Expert Agora Verkehrswende Think tank on energy transition in the transport sector Cars Transport Benjamin ...
  • Entrepreneur initiative calls for fast, effective CO₂ price, will join global climate strike

    22 Aug 2019, 13:53 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire / Frankfurter Rundschau A German business initiative called "Entrepreneurs for Future" will join the global climate strike on 20 September and call for a ...
  • Merkel’s coalition set to survive despite parties’ turmoil – analyst

    21 Aug 2019, 17:10 Angela Merkel's grand coalition government may survive yet another election debacle in the upcoming East German state votes – despite ongoing leadership problems, says political scientist Gero Neugebauer. The Social Democratic ...
  • CO2 pricing 'not a cure-all' says German industry association BDI

    20 Aug 2019, 14:01 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire / Handelsblatt Influential German ...
  • German emissions trading scheme for transport and heating would delay action several years – study

    20 Aug 2019, 13:59 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market ...
  • 20 Aug 2019 |

    CDU climate politician proposes truck toll, use revenues for rail freight

    20 Aug 2019, 13:57 Julian Wettengel Transport Freight Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Clean Energy Wire Germany should introduce a truck toll on all German roads and use the revenues to strengthen the country's rail freight infrastructure, said ...
  • German government enters crunch time on climate challenge

    21 Aug 2019, 16:00 Moment of truth for German climate policy: Right in time for the UN Climate Action Summit, chancellor Angela Merkel's government is due to present a raft of measures to drastically cut emissions. The eagerly awaited announcements ...
  • 16 Aug 2019 |

    NGOs present climate action package, call on German govt for more speed

    16 Aug 2019, 13:19 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Expert ...
  • 16 Aug 2019 |

    German transport minister's proposals for climate-friendly traffic 'completely insufficient' – media

    16 Aug 2019, 12:09 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Freja Eriksen Transport Clean Energy Wire / Zeit Online Transport minister Andreas Scheuer has ...
  • Communication crucial for success of carbon pricing schemes – study

    14 Aug 2019, 11:55 Expert adelphi Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire There is no general recipe for a successful carbon pricing scheme, but its introduction should be accompanied by open and targeted ...
  • Merkel: emissions trading has edge over carbon tax in the long run

    14 Aug 2019, 11:54 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire A system to trade CO₂ emission allowances, rather than a carbon tax, is the better way to steer Germany towards climate neutrality in the long run, Chancellor Angela ...
  • Merkel aims for balanced budget in fight against climate change

    13 Aug 2019, 13:42 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire / Spiegel Online German Chancellor Angela Merkel "stands by the objective of a balanced budget", her spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, said at a government press ...
  • Coordinated Dutch-German climate action is critical for Europe – researchers

    12 Aug 2019, 12:30 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International Energy Post / Clean Energy Wire Coordinated action on climate by Germany and the Netherlands is critical for Europe, several researchers wrote ahead of a joint German-Dutch climate ...
  • Conservative party head calls for overhaul of German energy taxes and levies

    12 Aug 2019, 12:29 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire / Welt am Sonntag The head of Germany's conservative ...
  • 09 Aug 2019 |

    New York looks to Germany for key offshore wind lessons

    09 Aug 2019, 13:49 Sören Amelang Grid Wind Clean Energy Wire Germany and other European countries offer important lessons for the development of offshore wind in New York, according to the US state's Power Authority (NYPA). “We see great value in ...
  • German government parties debate new public debt to fight climate change – report

    08 Aug 2019, 13:51 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt An increasing number of MPs from Germany's governing parties are in favour of abandoning the target of a balanced budget in order to finance the fight against climate ...
  • IPCC land use report shows climate change threat to global livelihood – env min

    08 Aug 2019, 13:41 A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on land use shows that climate change is threatening the world's food supply and livelihood, making it an "existential question", said German ...
  • 06 Aug 2019 |

    Germany’s finance ministry considers screening of state budget by climate criteria

    06 Aug 2019, 14:05 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Policy Clean Energy Wire The German finance ministry (BMF) is pondering a review of the federal budget based on sustainability criteria in order to prepare the issuing of a green state bond, a ministry source ...
  • German labour union calls on 2 million members to join climate strike

    06 Aug 2019, 13:53 Sören Amelang Society Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germany’s service sector labour union Verdi has called on its 2 million members to join the global Fridays for Future climate strike on 20 September. “We can only protect ...
  • 02 Aug 2019 |

    Climate Action Law could be “intergenerational climate contract”

    02 Aug 2019, 11:52 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 WirtschaftsWoche ...
  • Germany's coalition government turns the tide on climate policy- media

    01 Aug 2019, 12:22 Expert Ottmar Edenhofer Co-Chair of Working Group III of the IPCC, Director of MCC, Deputy Director and Chief Economist of PIK Energiewende Technology Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics ...
  • Climate cabinet deal on 20 Sep would show grand coalition can deliver – state sec

    31 Jul 2019, 13:55 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & ...
  • 30 Jul 2019 |

    Bavarian Merkel ally says climate action belongs in German Basic Law- media

    30 Jul 2019, 10:30 Markus Söder, Bavaria’s conservative state premier, has called for climate action to be enshrined in Germany’s Basic Law, according to German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. Söder has thus embraced a long-standing demand by the Green Party, ...
  • 25 Jul 2019 |

    German conservatives propose discount on electricity and support for rural commuters

    25 Jul 2019, 14:50 Freja Eriksen Cost & Prices Policy The deputy head of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU parliamentary group, Andreas Jung, has suggested consumers should pay less for electricity and receive an “eco commuters’ allowance”, ...
  • 22 Jul 2019 |

    Germany’s embattled forests shift into climate focus

    22 Jul 2019, 14:35 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Agriculture Clean Energy Wire / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The protection and expansion of German forests is becoming increasingly important to climate protection, as prolonged droughts have begun ...
  • Merkel backs national CO2 price, cites Greta-effect on policy

    19 Jul 2019, 14:04 Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed the introduction of price on CO2 emissions as part of a package to reach the country’s 2030 climate targets. In her annual mid-year press conference, Merkel said experts had made a convincing case for ...
  • German environment minister calls for higher tax on air travel

    18 Jul 2019, 13:50 Freja Eriksen Transport Elections & Politics Rheinische Post Ahead of the climate cabinet’s next meeting, German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze is calling for “a fair CO2 price for air travel”, the Rheinische Post reports. She ...
  • Industry, transport and buildings associations weigh in on CO₂ pricing ahead of climate cabinet meeting

    18 Jul 2019, 13:43 Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Efficiency Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 18 Jul 2019 |

    EU must raise 2030 emissions reduction goal to go climate neutral by 2050 – researchers

    18 Jul 2019, 13:36 Expert SWP- German Institute for International and Security Affairs Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik G20 International Policy Security Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Policy German Institute for International and Security Affairs ...
  • Right climate policy can reconcile yellow vests and Fridays For Future – French and German advisors

    16 Jul 2019, 13:11 Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices International Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Clean Energy Wire With European cooperation and an “appropriate design” of climate policy, the seemingly diverging calls for change by French yellow vests ...
  • NGO Germanwatch calls on government to follow 12 other EU states with CO2 tax

    12 Jul 2019, 13:16 Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Twelve EU member states have already set a price on CO2 and all opted for a tax solution as Germany continues discussions on the ...
  • German gov’t advisors call for CO2 price to revamp inefficient climate policy

    13 Jul 2019, 13:04 Germany should introduce a price on carbon emissions for sectors such as transport and buildings currently not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System, the government’s top economic advisors have proposed. This would work as an ...
  • 11 Jul 2019 |

    Metalworkers’ union and environmental organisations demand German climate action in rare alliance

    11 Jul 2019, 14:09 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert IG Metall-Industrial Union of Metalworkers IG Metall Business & Jobs Transport Expert NABU- Nature and Biodiversity ...
  • German parties must come together to find “climate consensus” – CDU party leader

    08 Jul 2019, 13:30 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert FDP- Free Democratic Party Freie Demokratische Partei EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | ...
  • German env min calls for raising taxes on transport and heating fuels

    05 Jul 2019, 14:17 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices ...
  • German parties hurry to present climate plans as pressure mounts

    28 Jun 2019, 12:31 Germany’s parties are hastening to put together proposals on how the country can reach its national and international climate targets as pressure from recent election results, ongoing climate protests and an early heat wave continues to ...
  • 27 Jun 2019 |

    Governing conservative parties to adopt climate action concept in September

    27 Jun 2019, 12:28 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Julian Wettengel Elections & ...
  • Environment ministry should have right to initiate laws outside own responsibility – govt advisors

    27 Jun 2019, 12:27 Expert German Advisory Council on the Environment Sachverständigenrat für Umweltfragen Climate & CO2 EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire In light of “ongoing ...
  • 27 Jun 2019 |

    Expanding ETS to transport, building and agriculture “not expedient” in light of urgency – Merkel

    27 Jun 2019, 12:24 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come out against putting a price on CO₂ emissions by expanding the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) to the transport, building and agriculture ...
  • 26 Jun 2019 |

    Spike in heat waves poised to drive up Germany's demand for cooling systems

    26 Jun 2019, 12:57 The second summer in a row with record temperatures has fuelled worries about the global climate crisis in Germany and sparked a sudden interest in room cooling systems, which remain a rarity in the central European country. Researchers ...
  • 26 Jun 2019 |

    Renewables hit record in Germany in H1 2019, outlook uncertain

    26 Jun 2019, 12:45 Renewable energy sources delivered a fresh record in Germany in the first half of 2019 with a share of 44 percent in electricity consumption as stormy weather boosted wind power production on land and at sea, utility association BDEW ...
  • 20 Jun 2019 |

    Merkel's 2050 EU carbon neutrality bid complicates Germany's climate policy – opinion

    20 Jun 2019, 13:18 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Die Welt By supporting the call for climate neutrality in the EU by 2050, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has practically also tightened national climate goals, writes Daniel Wetzel in an opinion piece ...
  • EU set to agree climate neutrality 2050 in the end – German official

    19 Jun 2019, 16:33 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire European leaders will ultimately agree on the goal of climate neutrality by 2050 for the European Union – if not at the European Council in Brussels this week then at ...
  • Germany to support EU climate neutrality by 2050 – leaked documents

    18 Jun 2019, 08:43 Germany will join a growing group of EU countries to support the pledge to aim for carbon neutrality by 2050, increasing the likelihood EU leaders will agree to the goal at a meeting this week (20-21 June), several media outlets report. ...
  • Climate plans for Germany’s transport sector insufficient – ranking

    14 Jun 2019, 13:11 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International Transport & ...
  • EU commissioner calls on European leaders to embrace 2050 climate-neutrality goal

    12 Jun 2019, 13:33 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 International Handelsblatt / Guardian A “climate-neutral, prosperous and equitable” European economy is possible by 2050, said EU commissioner for climate action and energy Miguel Arias Cañete in an ...
  • Head of German Council of Economic Experts says chances greater than ever for introducing CO2 price

    11 Jun 2019, 13:27 Expert RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Utilities Cost & Prices Electricity market Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cost & ...
  • Germany’s governing conservatives to propose CO2 pricing model by September

    11 Jun 2019, 13:26 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & ...
  • SPD calls on Merkel’s conservatives to get serious on climate

    11 Jun 2019, 13:24 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic ...
  • 07 Jun 2019 |

    German car industry states jointly push climate-friendly mobility, criticise government

    07 Jun 2019, 13:05 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire The German states home to carmakers ...
  • 07 Jun 2019 |

    Renewable energies become most important source for new residential heating

    07 Jun 2019, 13:01 Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt Energiewende Sören Amelang Heating Cities Clean Energy Wire Two thirds of new residential buildings completed in 2018 in Germany are heated with renewable energies. ...
  • Chances “better than ever” for CO₂ pricing in Germany – government advisor

    06 Jun 2019, 14:21 Germany has a rare window of opportunity to introduce CO₂ pricing as part of a comprehensive reform of the country’s energy taxes and levies and must urgently use it, according to economist and government advisor Andreas Löschel. To ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

    Germany’s cities call for carbon price, urge more rapid climate action

    06 Jun 2019, 14:19 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cities Clean Energy Wire The Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag) has called on the federal government to adopt a price on CO2 emissions as “an appropriate and necessary approach for ...
  • Government advisors give low marks for German energy transition progress

    06 Jun 2019, 17:11 Germany continues to be off track regarding many of its energy and climate targets according to the economy ministry’s  latest progress report on the energy transition. In an accompanying opinion, government advisors lament that the ...
  • 04 Jun 2019 |

    Merkel says Germany to decide between CO2 price and sectoral targets

    04 Jun 2019, 13:50 Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices Policy Clean Energy Wire The German government will decide whether to follow a sectoral emission reduction approach or a general pricing of carbon emissions in its bid to get on track in achieving the ...
  • Merkel’s Conservatives say will work on energy taxation reform, mull price on CO2

    04 Jun 2019, 13:46 Benjamin Wehrmann Policy Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Background / Rheinische Post / n-tv The German conservative party CDU has said it will work on a reform of the country’s system of taxes and levies on energy to better align ...
  • 04 Jun 2019

    German industry association says "vague" climate policy damages economy

    04 Jun 2019, 13:32 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire The influential industry lobby group BDI has criticised Germany’s government for damaging the economy with unclear and erratic policymaking in areas such as climate, energy and taxation. “There has to ...
  • 03 Jun 2019 |

    Germany’s SPD demands clear stance on coal exit from conservative partner as coalition wavers

    03 Jun 2019, 13:54 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Government Tagesspiegel The German Social Democrats (SPD) have demanded a clear stance on the country’s envisaged coal exit from their bigger partner in the governing coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ...
  • Ministers propose support for building modernisation and clean mobility at climate cabinet meeting

    31 May 2019, 13:34 Sören Amelang Transport Efficiency Policy Clean Energy Wire German ministers proposed to expand public transport and to offer billions in tax breaks for the modernisation of buildings during this week’s second meeting of the government ...
  • 29 May 2019 |

    Merkel’s climate cabinet says will make key decisions in September

    29 May 2019, 12:57 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate cabinet has announced it will make key decisions about climate action legislation and measures in September and adopt these by the end of ...
  • A climate policy that spares everyone does not deserve the name – opinion

    29 May 2019, 12:12 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Süddeutsche Zeitung The Energiewende (energy transition) is the linchpin of German climate policy, but the governing parties do little to deal with opposition, explain the ...
  • 29 May 2019 |

    NGOs criticise EU member states for receiving energy transition funds without plan to exit coal

    29 May 2019, 15:11 Julian Wettengel Coal International Clean Energy Wire [Update adds reaction by non-profit environmental law organisation ClientEarth.] Environmental NGOs Climate Action Network Europe (CAN) and Sandbag criticised some EU member states ...
  • We have to give better answers on climate – Merkel

    29 May 2019, 12:09 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics CNN The results of the European elections mean that Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) must give better answers on the climate issue, the German ...
  • 28 May 2019 |

    Energy efficiency businesses unsatisfied with German government – survey

    28 May 2019, 13:31 Julian Wettengel Efficiency Clean Energy Wire A majority of companies in the energy efficiency industry are not satisfied with the work of the federal government, according to a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and ...
  • 28 May 2019 |

    Germany's governing coalition spars over climate law ahead of climate cabinet meeting

    28 May 2019, 13:25 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich ...
  • 27 May 2019 |

    Heating manufacturer sees hydrogen as a solution to sector’s inefficiency

    27 May 2019, 13:49 Rose-Anne Clermont Gas Renewables Die Welt As the need for energy transition across all sectors is made more urgent by the fight against climate change, Germany's leading heating and air conditioning manufacturer Vaillant must ...
  • Slump in EU election raises pressure on Merkel's coalition as Greens surge on climate worries

    27 May 2019, 15:43 Germany’s ruling parties have taken another blow in the European elections, further rattling the fragile government coalition, as voters increasingly turn away from the established forces in the political centre. Against the backdrop of ...
  • 24 May 2019 |

    Slower energy efficiency gains for family homes in Germany

    24 May 2019, 13:30 Benjamin Wehrmann Efficiency Clean Energy Wire The energy efficiency gains of one- or two-family homes in Germany have begun to flatten out in recent years, making clear that more efforts are needed to achieve further progress in ...
  • 'We can accomplish this'- Fridays for Future pin hopes on EU elections

    22 May 2019, 16:37 Ahead of the European Elections from the 23rd – 26th of May, organisers of the German Fridays for Futures see the election as a last chance to put climate at the top of the European Parliament’s agenda. “This election will have a ...
  • The stakes for energy and climate policy are high in EU elections

    22 May 2019, 13:45 Voters across the EU will head to the polls between 23 and 26 May to elect a new European Parliament. It’s one of three major European institutions — along with the European Commission and Council — due for elections or leadership ...
  • 17 May 2019 |

    Nature conservation and the energy transition are compatible – study

    17 May 2019, 12:48 Julian Wettengel Renewables Energiewende NABU / Wuppertal Institute It is possible to reduce Germany’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by up to 100 percent by 2050 while at the same time maintaining a high level of nature ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    Merkel puts contentious CCS technology back on German agenda

    16 May 2019, 16:50 Chancellor Angela Merkel has put carbon capture and storage (CCS) back on the table, saying the controversial technology was crucial for Germany to reach climate neutrality by mid-century. CCS has been met with a lot of public mistrust ...
  • No EU country on track for 2030 climate goal, Germany ranks second to last – report

    16 May 2019, 13:57 Expert Ecologic Institute Energiewende International Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire The current emissions reduction and energy transition plans by all of the 28 EU member states do not ...
  • 15 May 2019 |

    Merkel’s net-zero 2050 pledge “nod to Paris”, revival of CCS debate – opinions

    15 May 2019, 12:02 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Chancellor Angela Merkel’s announcement to have the climate cabinet debate ways towards climate neutrality by 2050 is first and foremost “a nod to Paris”, writes Andreas Mihm in an ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    Germany to miss 2030 climate goal by wide margin without action across economy

    16 May 2019, 08:45 Germany is set to widely miss its greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2020 and 2030 unless significant steps such as the proposed coal exit are taken. The environment ministry’s new emissions forecast shows that the country must ...
  • 14 May 2019 |

    Merkel says climate cabinet to discuss how Germany can reach net-zero emissions by 2050

    14 May 2019, 16:28 Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said that her new climate cabinet will debate how Germany could reach climate neutrality by mid-century. Should the ministers find a “sound” way to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, ...
  • 13 May 2019 |

    Buildings minister proposes tax rebates for climate-friendly renovation

    13 May 2019, 14:03 Julian Wettengel Efficiency Rheinische Post Horst Seehofer (CSU), German federal minister of the interior, building and community and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate cabinet, will propose making the climate-friendly ...
  • 10 May 2019 |

    Merkel proposes European coalition of willing for CO₂ price in transport, buildings and agriculture

    10 May 2019, 11:33 Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed forming a coalition of the willing among European Union countries for CO₂ pricing in transport, buildings and agriculture to meet 2030 climate targets. At a meeting of EU leaders in ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    Env min says Germany’s coal exit likely to happen “much faster” than by 2038

    09 May 2019, 14:00 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Clean Energy Wire The German coal exit will likely be completed before the 2038 end-date agreed on by the country’s coal exit commission, environment minister Svenja Schulze has said. “This will happen much faster ...
  • 08 May 2019 |

    German industry ready for deep decarbonisation, but laments policy lag

    08 May 2019, 13:31 German industry heavyweights including chemical maker BASF, HeidelbergCement, gas supplier Linde and steelmaker Salzgitter say they are prepared for profound emissions cuts, but still lack the necessary market signal from policymakers. ...
  • 03 May 2019 |

    Germans see great need for climate action, oppose CO₂ tax – survey

    03 May 2019, 13:17 Julian Wettengel Society ARD A large majority of Germans (81%) see a great need for action to protect the climate and say that climate change cannot be stopped without restrictions on people’s lives,  according to a representative ...
  • German economy minister “not convinced” of CO₂ tax

    03 May 2019, 13:13 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Policy ZDF Germany’s economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier is sceptical of the idea of introducing a tax on CO₂, he said on Maybrit Illner, a political television talk show by ...
  • Tracking the CO2 price debate in Germany

    17 Sep 2019, 13:28 After shying away from the debate for a long time, Germany's political leaders are finally considering putting a price on CO2 to help reach the country's climate targets. Chancellor Angela Merkel and her " climate cabinet ...
  • 30 Apr 2019 |

    Merkel’s CDU party to wait until after European elections with CO2 price decision

    30 Apr 2019, 13:10 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 dpa Germany’s main conservative party (CDU)  will present its own concept for a CO2 pricing scheme ...
  • CO₂ price debate gathers speed within German grand coalition

    29 Apr 2019, 13:39 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and ...
  • Business-friendly Free Democrats aim to be climate action party

    26 Apr 2019, 16:50 Expert FDP- Free Democratic Party Freie Demokratische Partei EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Süddeutsche Zeitung / Spiegel Online Germany’s liberal, pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) ...
  • German politicians pitch design ideas for CO₂ price

    23 Apr 2019, 13:33 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich ...
  • Govt Energiewende report: “enormous efforts needed” in transport and buildings

    18 Apr 2019, 15:15 Germany must make “enormous efforts” to reach its climate and energy targets in the transport and buildings sectors, according to a draft of the government’s 2019 progress report on the energy transition. The leaked paper includes new ...
  • Decision on CO₂ pricing in Germany by end of the year – Merkel

    16 Apr 2019, 13:59 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire [Update adds comment by environment ministry spokesperson] By the end of 2019, the German government will decide whether to introduce CO ₂ pricing to reach its 2030 ...
  • Germany considers CO2 price to reach climate targets- Merkel

    11 Apr 2019, 14:13 The German government is exploring the introduction of a CO2 price to get the country back on track to reach its ambitious targets for emission cuts. In a turning point in the government's approach to CO2 reduction, Chancellor ...
  • 11 Apr 2019 |

    2030 climate goals in agriculture can only be reached by reducing livestock – report

    11 Apr 2019, 12:59 Expert Climate-Alliance Germany Klima-Allianz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Julian Wettengel Agriculture Climate-Alliance ...
  • 11 Apr 2019 |

    The time for waiting it out on climate action is over – opinion

    11 Apr 2019, 12:54 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Handelsblatt The expectations towards German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new ‘climate cabinet’ are high, and the federal government “cannot afford to fail” in taking the right steps now for the ecologic ...
  • Germany’s climate cabinet ready to discuss introduction of carbon price

    10 Apr 2019, 13:46 Germany's so-called climate cabinet- a round of ministers with key responsibilities touching climate issues- has decided to discuss options for a carbon price at its first meeting in Berlin today. Environment minister Svenja ...
  • 09 Apr 2019 |

    German finance minister lays out vision for climate policies including changes to taxes, levies

    09 Apr 2019, 12:40 Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Ahead of tomorrow’s first meeting of the so-called climate cabinet, German finance minister Olaf Scholz has launched his vision for Germany’s energy transition. In his ...
  • 08 Apr 2019 |

    Mining union wants more efforts to unleash energy transition's job potentials

    08 Apr 2019, 12:46 Expert IG BCE- Trade Union for mining, chemicals and energy industries Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie Business & Jobs Fossil fuels Utilities Edgar Meza Coal Energiewende Clean Energy Wire German industrial trade ...
  • Germany's economic powerhouse states demand clear federal energy policy concept

    08 Apr 2019, 12:30 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ ...
  • 05 Apr 2019 |

    Head of Merkel's party criticises plans for Germany's Climate Action Law

    05 Apr 2019, 11:37 The head of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives has criticised a key proposal for reaching Germany's 2030 climate targets, signalling major negotiations are still needed before the highly anticipated Climate Action Law ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    Germany sees largest emissions drop since 2009 recession

    04 Apr 2019, 15:12 Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 4.5 percent in 2018 as warm weather and higher prices dampened the use of climate-damaging fossil fuels. The government called the largest drop since the 2009 recession the “first notable ...
  • 01 Apr 2019 |

    SPD leader calls for swift implementation of coal exit proposal

    01 Apr 2019, 13:55 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Government Rheinische Post The leader of Germany’s governing Social Democrats (SPD), Andrea Nahles, has called for a quick implementation of the proposals made by the country’s coal exit commission, Jan Drebes ...
  • German government examines CO₂ price – media reports

    02 Apr 2019, 09:50 The German government is examining the possibility of CO₂ pricing across economic sectors, according to media reports. Several newspapers report the chancellery has asked leading German research institutes to explore socially acceptable ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    German task force can't agree on sufficient traffic emissions cuts

    27 Mar 2019, 15:42 The German commission charged with proposing emissions cuts for the nation's transport sector has failed to agree on enough steps to reach the country’s climate targets. During what was billed as the decisive meeting, members could ...
  • Industry says it will need public funds to abide by German's planned climate law

    26 Mar 2019, 13:20 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt [Update adds details on launch of environment ministry’s investment support programme.] Germany’s industrial sector fears the investment in energy efficiency it will ...
  • 25 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s emissions remain high as sector coupling potential stays untapped

    25 Mar 2019, 13:43 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Policy Clean Energy Wire Germany is failing to take advantage of the huge potential of the “rigorous electrification” of transport and heating to cut emissions, consultancy McKinsey says in its latest ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    EU omits reference to climate neutrality by 2050, as media reports German resistance

    22 Mar 2019, 16:00 European leaders did not call for climate neutrality by 2050 at today’s summit in Brussels, despite several countries including France suggesting it to be included. Germany is among a group of countries rejecting a tougher wording on ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s climate cabinet is “sad declaration of bankruptcy” – opinion

    22 Mar 2019, 13:27 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Rheinische Post Germany’s new climate cabinet is proof that policymakers can look ahead only as far ahead as the next election, and are unable to make decisions that might cause upset, ...
  • Commission cannot agree how to reduce Germany’s transport emissions

    22 Mar 2019, 13:18 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Cars WirtschaftsWoche A first draft of the final report by Germany’s transport commission does not include sufficient measures to bring the country’s transport emissions down in line with ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    Climate cabinet to ensure Climate Action Law comes before end of year – Merkel

    21 Mar 2019, 12:22 The new 'climate cabinet' consisting of ministers responsible for Germany's emissions reduction record will help to make sure that the country introduces its much-awaited Climate Action Law still in 2019, Chancellor ...
  • 20 Mar 2019 |

    Environment minister Schulze to head Germany’s ‘climate cabinet’

    20 Mar 2019, 13:31 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Elections & Politics dpa / Rheinische Post The planned German ‘ climate cabinet ’ that aims to improve coordination among climate-relevant ministries to put the country on track to meet its ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    Merkel says Germany needs e-cars for 2030 climate goal, faces “tough decisions”

    19 Mar 2019, 14:08 Sven Egenter Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany needs e-mobility to reach its 2030 emissions reduction targets in transport, Chancellor Angela Merkel told an audience of think ...
  • Climate strikes in Germany spark debate over impact, students' commitment

    18 Mar 2019, 14:30 In the days after tens of thousands of students protested across Germany for more action on climate change, reactions poured in from across the political spectrum. Some conservative politicians argue students should not miss school, and ...
  • 15 Mar 2019 |

    Students pour into Germany's streets in major climate protest

    15 Mar 2019, 18:19 Tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of students poured into the streets in cities across Germany to demand more action on climate change. It’s one of the biggest showings for the "Fridays for Future" movement, which has ...
  • 15 Mar 2019 |

    Germany installs “climate cabinet” to coordinate action across ministries

    15 Mar 2019, 13:32 The German government has agreed to install a “climate cabinet” to coordinate emissions reduction efforts across various ministries to reach the country's 2030 climate targets. Environment minister Svenja Schulze said the climate ...
  • 16 Dec 2019 |

    Germany's Climate Action Programme 2030

    16 Dec 2019, 15:00 Germany has presented an official programme of measures for the country to reach its 2030 climate targets. The Climate Action Programme comes as a supplement to the country's Climate Action Law as part of a comprehensive package to ...
  • 14 Oct 2019 |

    Germany's 2030 climate action package

    14 Oct 2019, 13:00 Germany's government coalition on 20 September 2019 agreed on a strategy paper that outlines its policy ideas to reach the 2030 climate targets and reduce emissions in all sectors of the economy. This factsheet summarises the paper ...
  • Putting a price on emissions: What are the prospects for carbon pricing in Germany?

    18 Jul 2019, 13:04 Having long shied away from the debate, the German government is finally considering a price on CO₂ emissions in sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System, such as transport and buildings. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate ...
  • Germany's Climate Action Law

    18 Dec 2019, 11:15 Germany's first major national climate law has entered into force on 18 December 2019, three months after the coalition of chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) agreed ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    A (very) brief timeline of Germany's Energiewende

    15 May 2020 In 2014, the Green Party's Julia Verlinden asked the federal government for its definition of a starting date for the "Energiewende". In his reply, parliamentary state secretary in the economy ministry Uwe Beckmeyer argued that ...
  • The story of "Climate Chancellor" Angela Merkel

    09 Jul 2020, 14:00 German leader Angela Merkel has been nicknamed "Climate Chancellor" for her long-standing international engagement for emissions cuts. Many wonder if Merkel can still live up to that reputation in her fourth term as chancellor ...
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