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  • 17 Nov 2017 |

    COP23 climate summit – All eyes on Germany

    Hammering out the details of the Paris Agreement in the home of the Energiewende 17 Nov 2017 From 6 to 17 November 2017 the UN climate summit (COP23) was held in Bonn. Around 25,000 delegates, observers and journalists descended on the German city, where ...
  • Green pioneer Germany struggles to make climate protection a reality

    The energy transition and climate change 16 Dec 2016 As the home country of the Energiewende, Germany is considered a pioneer in the fight against man-made climate change. But despite a spectacular rise in power generation from renewables, the country’s ...
  • COP21- The view from Germany

    German positions on the Paris Climate Summit 17 Dec 2015 (All day) Hopes for the Paris Climate Summit from 30 November to 11 December are high, but will the COP21 as it is called become a breakthrough for global efforts to reign in climate change? In this ...
  • Political uncertainty weighs heavily on energy policy crunch time year for Germany

    CLEW Preview 2019 11 Jan 2019, 10:30 Germany will finally have to make up its mind in this year which exact path to take towards a climate-friendly economy. Pending long-term decisions on a coal exit, sustainable mobility and heating as well as a Climate ...
  • Preview2018- Outlook for Germany's Energiewende

    Climate targets, coal & renewables funding set to top Germany's Energiewende agenda 09 Jan 2018 Germany's 2020 climate targets are Germany's first major Energiewende policy issue in 2018- even before a new government has been found. In ...
  • 24 Oct 2018 |

    The wicked task of feeding 83 million in a climate-friendly way

    Emissions from food and farming in Germany 24 Oct 2018, 10:00 No matter how you look at it, people need sustenance to survive – and growing crops or raising livestock creates emissions. But Germany must find a way to reduce its agricultural emissions, ...
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  • 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 ...
  • Climate levy – the debate and proposals for cutting CO2 emissions

    27 May 2016 (All day) Update 27 May 2016 [European Commission approves state aid for closure of lignite power plants] | The government has approved wide reaching power market reform, including a phase-out plan for some lignite plants. A "coal reserve ...
  • 08 Apr 2019 |

    German government to consider CO2 tax

    08 Apr 2019, 12:39 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 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research ...
  • 30 Jan 2019 |

    Germany’s coal exit could breach Paris climate goals by 1 bln tonnes of CO2 – analysis

    30 Jan 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 CarbonBrief If the German government adopts the commission recommendations for a coal exit by 2038, coal capacity would ...
  • Reactions to climate & energy policy in parties' coalition blueprint

    15 Jan 2018 (All day) The parties currently in talks to form Germany’s next government have agreed to speed up the roll-out of renewable energies and start the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. Contrary to a draft leaked earlier this week, the ...
  • 29 Jun 2016 |

    CO2 targets and coal deadline omitted from Climate Action Plan draft

    29 Jun 2016 (All day) The energy industry and transport sector may escape specific greenhouse gas reduction targets, according to a new draft version of Germany's Climate Action Plan 2050. The proposal also omits an end date for power production from ...
  • 18 Mar 2019 |

    Researchers call for standardised CO2 compensation scheme for air travel emissions in Germany

    18 Mar 2019, 13:58 Expert IKEM- Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität Climate & CO2 Renewables Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    Hardware retrofitting of manipulated diesel cars pushes up CO2 emissions – automobile club

    19 Mar 2019, 13:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cars Clean Energy Wire Retrofitting manipulated diesel cars with hardware that reduces their output of harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) can greatly ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    Green Party calls for CO2 price and reimbursements to spare low-income households

    17 Dec 2018, 13:19 Green Party EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Read more about Green Party Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Finance dpa / Focus Online Germany’s Climate Action Law planned for ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    A CO2 price must not hurt the poor – environment minister and union head

    11 Dec 2018, 13:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Tagesspiegel Germany plays a central role at the UN climate summit COP24 because it wants to show that ambitious climate ...
  • UN Development Programme head says Germany must “lead by example” on CO2 price

    07 Dec 2018, 14:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Handelsblatt Industrialised countries like Germany have to “lead by example” through bold climate action policies ...
  • Reducing CO2 emissions with EU ETS doesn’t hurt industry competitiveness – OECD report

    07 Dec 2018, 14:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Curbing CO2 through the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has not hurt the profitability ...
  • Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price

    03 Dec 2018, 11:28 Politicians across party lines, environmental and industry groups and researchers alike are in favour of a price on carbon emissions in all sectors. There is debate on details such as the pros and cons of a carbon tax versus a trading ...
  • 28 Oct 2014 |

    German CO2 emissions set to fall in 2014 as overall energy use drops

    28 Oct 2014 (All day) The rise in renewable energy production and a mild winter have probably led to a decline in carbon emissions in Germany this year, energy research group AG Energiebilanzen said. Overall, German energy use dropped to the lowest level ...
  • 09 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 4: EU CO2 market deal signal for Bonn / Climate Risk Index

    09 Nov 2017 (All day) German state secretary for environment says ETS reform shows EU can work together on climate policy / Negotiators progress on technical details of Paris rulebook / COP president Fiji was world's third most climate-impacted ...
  • Protests in France highlight why a CO2 price must be socially fair- German minister

    27 Nov 2018, 15:07 Germany will ultimately need a price on greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors that does not overburden citizens with lower incomes in order to complete its energy transition, the country’s environment minister, Svenja Schulze, ...
  • “German CO2 price debate is here to stay”- liberal MP

    12 Dec 2018, 12:05 Negotiations on the “markets article” (Article 6) of the Paris Agreement are a bit on the side lines of the talks at COP24. While representatives of many countries and regions, e.g. the one of Canadian British Columbia don’t tire to ...
  • 21 Dec 2015 |

    German CO2 emissions rise in 2015 despite renewables surge

    21 Dec 2015 (All day) Germany’s CO2 emissions have inched up in 2015 despite a rapidly increasing share of renewables in electricity production, according to first calculations by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen. The main cause for the ...
  • Question marks remain as Germany steps up efforts to cut CO2 emissions

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The government approved what it claims to be the largest climate action package in the country’s history. Most observers applauded the commitment to emissions reduction goals by 2020. But environmentalists criticised the lack of a ...
  • CDU & Greens' energy politicians clash over Germany's coal exit speed

    10 Oct 2017 (All day) One week before the start of exploratory talks on forming a government coalition, aspiring German government alliance partners CDU and the Green Party agree that the country will have to phase out coal-fired power production. Yet, ...
  • Experts call for CO2 price to retain Energiewende’s credibility

    15 Dec 2016 (All day) An expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German energy transition warned the country will probably miss its 2020 emission targets and other crucial Energiewende goals, threatening the entire project’s ...
  • Renewables overtake lignite: German CO2 emissions fall in 2014

    17 Dec 2014 (All day) The latest figures on Germany’s energy consumption and electricity generation for 2014 suggest that the country’s recent rise in greenhouse gas emissions could be coming to an end. Primary energy consumption fell to its lowest level ...
  • Lack of CO2 price is killing energy innovation – German government advisors

    27 Feb 2019, 16:36 An expert panel advising the German government has called for a price on CO2 to spur the development of new technologies that are key for the energy transition. “Innovations are driven into the ground without a CO2 price signal,” said ...
  • 31 Jul 2018 |

    Dip in energy use, rise in renewables lowers German CO2 emissions

    31 Jul 2018, 14:06 Germany’s energy consumption fell by one percent in the first half of 2018 as warm weather in the spring reduced the need for heating. A rise in renewable energy generation that pushed out coal in the power sector also helped to cut ...
  • Govt energy transition commission calls for CO2 price, mobility action

    01 Nov 2017 (All day) Germany is likely to miss several of its energy transition goals by 2020, including greenhouse gas and energy consumption reduction, writes an expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German Energiewende in a ...
  • Auditors: German govt must manage Energiewende better, need CO2 price

    28 Sep 2018, 12:24 Germany still lacks an overview of the total cost of the Energiewende and the government must improve cost transparency, efficiency and coordination of the energy transition in order to keep citizens’ trust, the Federal Court of ...
  • Energiewende experts call on new government to prioritise CO2 pricing

    The next federal government should put a high priority on introducing a higher price on CO₂ across all economic sectors and a fundamental reform of energy-related taxes and levies in Germany, if climate targets are to be taken seriously, according to a ...
  • 25 Nov 2015

    Study says banks put billions into lignite / A "deceptive" CO2 balance

    25 Nov 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online/Urgewald “German banks still put billions into brown coal” A study by environmental NGO Urgewald shows that German banks continue to finance climate-damaging brown coal, reports Spiegel Online. Deutsche Bank alone has ...
  • Environment ministry wants to fix sectoral targets as CO2 budgets in Climate Action Law

    Germany’s environment ministry plans to use the concept of CO 2  budgets in next year’s much-anticipated Climate Action Law, reports Nora Marie Zaremba in Tagesspiegel Background. A ministry spokesperson told the publication that it wants to define the ...
  • German env minister plans CO₂ price concept to boost climate action

    12 Nov 2018, 14:15 Germany's environment minister Svenja Schulze continued her push for a price on CO2 emissions, announcing plans to team up with fellow Social Democrat Olaf Scholz's finance ministry in order to prepare a concept in line with ...
  • Ambitious EU car fleet CO2 emission limits are crucial for Germany’s 2030 transport climate targets – study

    Germany can only reach its 2030 climate targets for the transport sector with ambitious EU car emission limits and a host of additional measures, according to a study by the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) and the International Council on ...
  • Germany has already used up its CO2 budget for the 1.5°C climate target – institute

    If Germany contributed to reaching the Paris Climate Agreement’s 1.5°C temperature target in accordance with its share of the global population, the country would have to stop all CO 2  emissions now, according to calculations provided by the Institute ...
  • National CO2 tax and European carbon floor price most effective climate protection - study

    A German CO 2 tax in combination with a European carbon floor price would be a very effective means to protect the climate, according to a study by consultancy Energy Brainpool commissioned by the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE). This model would ...
  • 28 Mar 2019 |

    Average CO₂ emissions from new cars increase despite alternative drives- dena

    28 Mar 2019, 13:28 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Clean Energy ...
  • “What a CO2 price floor can (and cannot) do for German climate goals”

    Germany can meet its energy sector climate goals with a CO 2-price floor between 50 and 75 euros, write Fabian Huneke, Carlos Perez Linkenheil and Simon Göß from the Berlin-based independent energy market specialist Energy Brainpool, in a contribution for ...
  • Decision on CO₂ pricing in Germany by end of the year – Merkel

    16 Apr 2019, 13:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages 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 ...
  • Merkel's quest for climate leadership at G7

    07 Jun 2015 (All day) UPDATE (7 June 2015)-- All eyes are on Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G7 summit this weekend. Recent statements including her weekly podcast indicate Merkel intends to do justice to her former reputation as &quot ...
  • Germany’s roadmap to CO2-neutrality delayed amid industry objections

    24 Jun 2016 (All day) Germany’s first roadmap for decarbonisation by the middle of the century has been delayed amid industry fears that tough climate targets would endanger the country’s economic competitiveness and growth. The Environment Ministry in ...
  • 21 Dec 2018 |

    Germany abstains in vote on CO₂ limits for trucks in European Council

    21 Dec 2018, 13:29 BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Climate & CO2 Policy Read more about BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Use Teaser Image as container ...
  • A successful energy transition requires CO2-oriented energy price reform – KfW

    26 Mar 2019, 13:28 KfW Efficiency Shaping a new integrated energy system and decoupling growth and emissions will require a much more efficient use of energy. Under the headline “Efficiency”, CLEW covers the quest for efficiency gains in buildings and ...
  • 22 Apr 2016

    Record CO2 levels / 'TTIP destroys climate achievements'

    22 Apr 2016 (All day) UBA Record high CO2 measurements in Germany Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has measured the highest annual CO2 concentrations ever in 2015. In its research stations on the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest mountain) in Bavaria ...
  • New draft of Climate Action Plan 2050 without clear plan for coal exit or CO2 sector targets

    A new draft version of the Climate Action Plan 2050 that is to describe the pathway to a decarbonised economy has been leaked (and seen by the Clean Energy Wire). Unlike a former version by the Environment Ministry, the new draft- which was compiled after ...
  • 11 Nov 2016 |

    Germany finally sets specific CO₂ targets in climate roadmap

    11 Nov 2016 (All day) After months of heated debate, the German government has finally struck an agreement on its contentious Climate Action Plan 2050, due to be signed off by the cabinet over the weekend. It includes emission reduction targets for ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    Increase in engine performance major driver of rising total CO₂ emissions of passenger cars

    29 Nov 2018, 15:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Climate & CO2 Cars Destatis An increase in the average engine performance of both diesel and petrol cars is one of the main reasons for the continuously increasing ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rising CO2-price could trigger German coal phase-out in 5 years

    21 Aug 2018, 15:33 The projected rise in CO2 prices in Europe could see coal-fired power plants being replaced by gas plants in Germany, thereby saving millions of tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions and helping the country to achieve its energy transition ...
  • 08 Apr 2019 |

    Fridays For Future Germany presents set of climate action demands

    08 Apr 2019, 12:48 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Organisers of the German section of the “Fridays For Future” student climate protests have called for net zero emissions by 2035 ...
  • 11 Apr 2019 |

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

    11 Apr 2019, 12:54 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Handelsblatt The expectations towards German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new ‘climate cabinet’ are high, and the federal government “cannot afford ...
  • 09 Apr 2019 |

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

    09 Apr 2019, 12:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

    Germany increasingly off-track regarding EU 2030 non-ETS climate targets- researchers

    20 Feb 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Germany's Climate Action Law begins to take shape Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets Tagesspiegel ...
  • EU climate commissioner says climate targets no danger for industry

    04 Dec 2018, 15:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business International German industry embraces Energiewende transformation challenge Handelsblatt Germany's industry ...
  • 21 Jan 2019 |

    Rhine could become impassable because of climate change – media report

    21 Jan 2019, 13:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Hot summer turns up the heat on Germany’s coal commission Bloomberg Researchers say low water levels on Germany’s Rhine ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    Support programme for excess heat usage saves 1.4 million tonnes CO2 as of 2020

    18 Jan 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Efficiency Businesses invest more than ever in energy efficiency, survey shows Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets Taming the appetite for energy Clean ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Feb 2019 |

    Germany must take new climate measures "urgently"- environment minister

    06 Feb 2019, 13:38 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 22 Feb 2019 |

    Environment ministry draft law aims to tighten Germany's climate targets

    22 Feb 2019, 18:00 German environment minister Svenja Schulze is calling for an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goal of “at least 95 percent” by the year 2050 compared to 1990, in a draft of the highly anticipated Climate Action Law, seen by Clean ...
  • 14 Jan 2019 |

    Climate action law must secure social acceptance and German competitiveness – industry

    14 Jan 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Climate, energy and transport in Germany's coalition treaty Mobility and coal task force delay pushes back Germany’s ...
  • 02 Jan 2019 |

    Water supply infrastructure must be better prepared for climate change effects – industry

    02 Jan 2019, 13:17 BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Electricity market Utilities Read more about BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    German ISS astronaut calls for climate action in message to future grandchildren

    20 Dec 2018, 14:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Climate & CO2 In a moving message to his future grandchildren, German ISS commander Alexander Gerst appealed to humanity to finally get its act together on climate ...
  • 30 Jan 2019 |

    CO2 price would trigger efficient energy transition in transport – commentary

    30 Jan 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Mobility Policy Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price The task force in charge of steering Germany to clean mobility ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    German media welcome emissions reduction success, debate causes and solutions

    03 Apr 2019, 12:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Frankfurter Rundschau Germany’s largest emissions drop since the 2009 recession is a success, but it should not ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    US citizens more optimistic about economic potential of climate action than Europeans

    05 Dec 2018, 13:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 EIB / YouGov US citizens are somewhat more optimistic than EU citizens about the economic benefits of measures to combat ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

    Carbon capture technologies not yet mature for large-scale use, German gov says

    05 Feb 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Call for open debate on CCU and CCS to save industry emissions Clean Energy Wire Technologies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere are ...
  • Climate action law draft would enable “reliable climate policy” for first time- commentary

    22 Feb 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Env min law draft calls for tightening of Germany's climate targets Environment minister submits draft of climate ...
  • Carmakers' cheating on fuel efficiency has caused millions of tonnes of additional CO2 emissions – NGO

    Cheating on fuel efficiency by major carmakers is responsible for 264 million tonnes of additional CO 2 emissions between the years 2000 and 2017, an analysis by NGO Transport & Environment has shown. The additional cost of fuel amounted to nearly 150 ...
  • Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out

    31 Jan 2019, 13:30 In a bid to improve Germany's poor emission reduction record and to identify economic perspectives for people employed in the waning coal industry, the grand coalition government in 2018 set up a commission tasked with managing the ...
  • NGOs and industry groups welcome European Commission’s 2050 CO2-neutrality target

    29 Nov 2018, 16:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Industrial policy International WWF / Greenpeace / DUH / BNE / VCI / BDI The European Commission’s plan to make the EU CO2 ...
  • Angela Merkel’s Conservatives reject CO2 price proposal

    The parliamentary group of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservative alliance (CDU/CSU) has rejected environment minister Svenja Schulze’s proposal to introduce a price on CO 2  emissions. “We say No to higher taxes on petrol and heating oil,” said Georg ...
  • CO2 price could become “next tax hammer” for petrol and heating oil

    Environment minister Svenja Schulze’s proposal to introduce a CO 2  price could make petrol and heating oil even more expensive, write Fritz Esser, Kai Weise, Karina Mössbauer and Larissa Krüger in mass-daily Bild. “As if petrol and heating oil didn’t ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    2018 Germany's warmest year on record

    20 Dec 2018, 15:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Climate & CO2 2018 has been the warmest year in Germany since measurements began in 1881, the German National Meteorological Service (DWD) said in a press release. The ...
  • 26 Sep 2018 |

    Euro 2024 may force German football to get serious on climate- expert

    26 Sep 2018, 13:53 The German Football Association (DFB) has included a sustainability concept in its bid to host the 2024 European Football Championship. While the plan lacks concrete goals for action, awarding the tournament to Germany could obligate ...
  • 14 Nov 2016 |

    Reactions to Germany's Climate Action Plan 2050

    14 Nov 2016 (All day) After a public consultation process of over a year and months of political wrangling, the German government agreed on a climate action plan 2050. While this roadmap to a nearly carbon-emission free economy contains detailed targets ...
  • NGOs lambast "dirty deal" between government and carmakers on diesel and CO2 emission limits

    There is mounting evidence that the German government will oppose stricter car fleet emission limits at EU level in exchange for carmakers’ consent to cover the hardware retrofitting costs in certain types of diesel vehicles, reports the Frankfurter ...
  • Lignite plants could be affected by rising CO2 prices – but not till the early 2020s

    When CO 2 prices rise to over 50 euros per allowance under the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), even lignite plants will struggle to remain profitable, writes Daniel Wetzel in an article for Die Welt. However, these plants, which are always ...
  • Berlin’s main power provider halves CO2 emissions

    Germany’s capital Berlin has halved its emissions from power and heat supplied by utility Vattenfall since 1990. Vattenfall thereby reaches its emissions reduction target three years earlier than agreed in the climate action agreement of 2009 with the ...
  • European Commission uncovers evidence of carmakers manipulating CO2 emissions tests

    Auto manufacturers may be inflating their vehicles’ officially-declared CO 2 emissions to lower the ambition of passengers cars’ and vans’ pollution reduction targets, according to an internal European Commission paper. The document, published by ...
  • Green ministers’ call for minimum CO2 price ups pressure on economy minister

    The German federal government is struggling to implement an effective carbon pricing mechanism despite a consensus among climate experts about the need for such a scheme, writes Joachim Wille in the Frankfurter Rundschau. However, the recent call by Green ...
  • Hot and dry weather in German cities strains CO2 absorption rate of trees

    Trees in German cities are stressed by an unusual drought that affects their ability to absorb CO 2 and convert it into oxygen, biologist Michael Blaschke says in an article written by Peter Clement in the Rheinische Post. Many trees in inner cities shed ...
  • 26 Sep 2018 |

    Sustainability concept bolsters Germany’s football Euro 2024 bid

    26 Sep 2018, 13:14 The German Football Association (DFB) has included a sustainability concept in its bid to host the 2024 European Football Championship. UEFA is set to select the host country this week. The DFB says it wants the tournament to contribute ...
  • 23 Jan 2018 |

    Germany may have to buy way out of EU climate goal- ministry paper

    23 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany may have to resort to an unusual measure to comply with the EU's 2020 climate targets in sectors not covered by the union's emissions trading scheme (ETS). Achieving the non-ETS goal looks increasingly unfeasible, a ...
  • Rapid emissions reductions would keep CO2 removal and costs in check

    Rapid greenhouse-gas emissions reductions are needed to keep in check both the costs of the transition towards climate stabilisation and the amount of CO2 that will have to be removed from the atmosphere, write researchers from the Potsdam Institute for ...
  • 10 Oct 2018 |

    German parties fiercely debate IPCC's 1.5°C report in parliament

    10 Oct 2018, 17:18 Two days after the UN's latest IPCC report on global warming urged greater international efforts against climate change, the German parliament saw a heated debate about the implications for Germany. While the Green Party, which had ...
  • 11 Oct 2017 |

    Germany set to widely miss climate targets, env ministry warns

    11 Oct 2017 (All day) Germany’s environment ministry fears high emissions from coal-fired power plants and transport will make the country miss its 2020 climate targets by a wider margin than previously anticipated. The ministry’s warning adds further ...
  • No improvements on average CO2 emissions from new cars in the EU in 2017

    Efforts to improve the fuel efficiency of new cars sold in the European Union (EU) stalled in 2017 compared to 2016, according to provisional data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). At 118.5 grammes (g) of carbon dioxide (CO2) per ...
  • 02 Dec 2015

    RWE split “perhaps too late” / Refugees affect German CO2 emissions

    02 Dec 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Late, perhaps too late” RWE’s plans are radical and effectively split Germany’s second largest utility in two, writes Caspar Busse in a commentary for Süddeutsche Zeitung. “The decision is right and long overdue, ...
  • 30 Dax listed companies want global CO2 price – report

    Large German companies have criticised the coalition agreement between Social Democrats and the conservative CDU/CSU for being too weak on climate action, Handelsblatt reports. A survey among Germany’s 30 Dax-listed companies also shows they support a ...
  • CO2 price reduces emissions and supports growth – study

    Introducing a CO 2 price would not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also the returns on investments into fossil fuel energy sources, leading to increased investment in technology, research and development in other sectors, the Mercator Research ...
  • 26 Oct 2015

    A brown coal standby reserve to cut CO2

    26 Oct 2015 (All day) Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy “Gabriel: Brown coal agreement is important contribution to reaching climate targets” Coal power plant operators will gradually transfer 2.7 gigawatts (GW) of brown-coal capacity into ...
  • 25 Sep 2015

    In the media: CO2 emissions from cars; citizens' energy pushed out?

    25 Sep 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online “Exhaust affair: VW tricks increase doubts about climate calculations” Car manufacturers are not only using tricks to stay under nitrogen oxide thresholds in tests but also to reduce fuel consumption and thereby CO2 ...
  • Carmakers’ CO2 emissions fraud costs Germany over ten billion euros in lost tax revenue – NGO

    The manipulation of exhaust emissions values by German carmakers has cost the German state in excess of ten billion euros in lost tax revenue, the NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says in a press release. “Many carmakers have misled their customers ...
  • Coalition of federations calls for CO2 price in Germany

    A coalition of several German environmental and energy federations urges the next government to introduce a price for emitting CO 2 to safeguard the country’s contribution to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The current low oil price “makes ...
  • 28 Mar 2019 |

    Agriculture ministry’s initial proposals to reach 2030 climate targets “too vague” – env. NGO

    28 Mar 2019, 13:25 Expert BMEL- Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture Agriculture Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & ...
  • Five EU countries want to “examine” the option of a CO2 price

    France, the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany announced at the One Planet Summit in Paris on Tuesday that they would “examine or introduce” an effective CO 2 price in "relevant sectors," according to a  press release from the German ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

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

    22 Mar 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages 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 ...
  • Total CEO: 20 euros per tonne CO2 floor price could convince Germany

    German policymakers could agree to a European carbon floor price of 20 euros per tonne, Patrick Pouyanne, CEO of French oil company Total, has said according to Reuters. Back in September, French President Emmanuel Macron suggested a minimum CO 2 price of ...
  • Renewables cut German CO2 emissions by 160 million tonnes in 2016

    The roll-out of renewable energies in Germany is key to reaching the country’s climate targets, according to the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). In a publication on the impact of green energies on emissions, the agency says that renewables increasingly ...
  • 21 Dec 2015

    German CO2 emissions up in 2015 / Call for e-car subsidies

    21 Dec 2015 (All day) AG Energiebilanzen German CO2 emissions rise in 2015 Germany’s CO2 emissions have increased slightly in 2015, according to preliminary calculations by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen. “Adjusted to the temperature ...
  • Macron’s CO2 tax suggestion revives German debate

    French President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion of introducing a CO 2 tax leading to a minimum price of 25-30 euros per tonne of CO 2 is entering the debate between possible coalition partners in a new German government, writes Joachim Wille in the ...
  • 18 Mar 2019 |

    German env minister optimistic cabinet colleagues will subscribe to climate law plans

    18 Mar 2019, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Tageszeitung / Frankfurter Rundschau Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze is confident that the ministries relevant to the ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

    Scientists take a stance on school strikes for climate but could do more – opinion

    07 Mar 2019, 13:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Tageszeitung The coming petition by hundreds of German scientists who openly support the school student movement Fridays for Future that ...
  • Germany’s economic government advisor council says national CO2 serious option

    The German economic experts’ council (Wirtschaftsweise) has called for the introduction of a uniform price on carbon emissions that covers the transport and energy sector as well as individual households. In its annual report, the council of five economic ...
  • 05 Mar 2019 |

    Extreme weather “wake-up call” for many Germans to act on climate change – survey

    05 Mar 2019, 13:48 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The extreme weather events Germany experienced in recent years have served as a “wake-up call” for many people in the ...
  • 01 Mar 2019 |

    Young climate activist Greta Thunberg visits Germany for Friday school strikes

    01 Mar 2019, 13:50 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society dpa / Tagesspiegel The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg says Germany’s school strikes for climate action give her “a lot of hope,” ...
  • 11 Mar 2019 |

    New parents’ group backs student climate protests in Germany

    11 Mar 2019, 14:17 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Society Deutsche Welle / Bild am Sonntag The weekly “Fridays for Future” school strikes have prompted a fierce ...
  • 29 Mar 2019 |

    Greta Thunberg joins German students for climate protest in Berlin

    29 Mar 2019, 14:03 Swedish activist Greta Thunberg visited Berlin on Friday, joining thousands of young people who took to the streets in the most recent "Fridays for Future" school strike demanding more action on climate change. Protesters ...
  • 02 Nov 2015

    Greenpeace excluded from Vattenfall sale / CO2 pledges "Sign of Hope"?

    02 Nov 2015 (All day) Greenpeace “Greenpeace excluded from Vattenfall bidding process” Citigroup has excluded Greenpeace from the sale process of Swedish utility Vattenfall’s German lignite operations. The bank said the NGO did not intend to place a bid, ...
  • 05 Nov 2015

    'Emergency repairs' to the power market / Cutting CO2 without nuclear

    05 Nov 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Power market reforms are mainly “emergency repairs” German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel says the reforms passed in cabinet yesterday train the power market for the 21st century, writes Andreas Mihm in ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

    EU should focus on transport emissions, battery production to reach climate targets- think tank

    07 Mar 2019, 13:45 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Policy Clean Energy Wire The EU can meet its 2030 climate targets and even ratchet up its commitments in time for the 2020 UN climate summit, ...
  • 26 Feb 2019 |

    Climate Action Law has the right aim but relies on inadequate instruments” – op-ed

    26 Feb 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Government Handelsblatt In an op-ed in Handelsblatt, Klaus Stratmann argues that the draft Climate Action Law’s rigid sector targets don’t allow ...
  • Monopolies Commission calls for replacing renewables support with CO2 price

    Germany's Monopolies Commission, which advises the government on competition policies, is calling for a shift from renewables support to a price on CO2 emissions to finance the country's energy transition. In a new report on the electricity and ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

    Bad marks for Germany’s climate-relevant ministries after first year in office

    14 Mar 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Tagesspiegel The ministries responsible for implementing climate policy in Germany get bad marks from newspaper Tagesspiegel in an ...
  • 06 Mar 2019 |

    Missing climate targets in transport could cost Germany billions of euros – report

    06 Mar 2019, 11:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Transport Clean Energy Wire Missing its  2030 climate targets for the transport sector could cost Germany billions of euros,  ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

    Senior Conservative says proposed Climate Action Law would “paralyse” Germany

    28 Feb 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Tageszeitung The Climate Action Law proposed by Germany’s environment ministry is “a planned economy approach” that could “paralyse the ...
  • 25 Feb 2019 |

    Germany's government coalition divided over draft Climate Action Law

    25 Feb 2019, 14:17 The first draft of Germany’s Climate Action Law, presented last week, has laid bare conflicting views within the German coalition government over how the country should meet its climate targets. The proposal has drawn criticism from ...
  • 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 ...
  • 04 Feb 2019 |

    Climate action must not come at the expense of the poor – op ed

    04 Feb 2019, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price German households and industry pay highest power prices in Europe Climate ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

    Thousands of German students to join global strike for climate action

    14 Mar 2019, 13:24 Students in Germany and around the world are expected to walk out of school Friday for what is being billed as a “global strike” to demand action on climate change. Organisers hope it will be the largest demonstration yet in the series ...
  • German President Steinmeier retraces Humboldt’s journey to warn against climate change

    15 Feb 2019, 12:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Germany aims to put climate into focus at UN Security Council Clean Energy Wire Germany’s President Frank ...
  • 11 Feb 2019 |

    Climate change important security policy issue – Chancellor Merkel

    11 Feb 2019, 14:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Security Climate change is a threat to peace and security – German foreign minister Germany aims to put climate into focus ...
  • 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 ...
  • “EU-wide Carbon Price Support (CPS) will avoid up to 943 million tonnes of CO2 in EU 2017 – 2025”

    The introduction of an EU-wide carbon price would help member states avoid 943 million tonnes of CO₂ by 2025 as electricity generation from hard coal and lignite will decrease by 28 percent, according to a study by non-profit EWI Energy Research & ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    Serious discussion on climate action must include agriculture and its products – opinion

    23 Jan 2019, 13:25 Expert IfW- Kiel Institute for the World Economy Institut für Weltwirtschaft Kiel International Society Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Agriculture Climate ...
  • “For better CO2 regulation of motor vehicles in Europe – a compendium”

    Future CO 2 regulation of cars and trucks will play a substantial role in climate policy because of road traffic’s key position in mobility, according to the Cologne Institute for Economic Research. In a compendium on European CO 2 rules, the institute ...
  • 13 Nov 2017 |

    Germany's energy use and emissions likely to rise yet again in 2017

    13 Nov 2017 (All day) Higher energy demand triggered by economic growth and colder weather is likely to push up Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions again this year, energy market group AG Energiebilanzen forecast on Friday. A new rise would put Germany’s ...
  • 24 Jan 2019 |

    Coal commission proposal neglects climate protection – commentary

    24 Jan 2019, 12:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 German coal exit timetable to be settled in last minute talks Germany’s coal exit commission Handelsblatt The leaked ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    Climate protection has long become a business worth billions for German companies

    13 Dec 2018, 14:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business Clean Energy Wire While the UN climate conference enters its critical phase, climate protection has long become a ...
  • 25 Jan 2019 |

    German energy minister gets booed by student climate protesters

    25 Jan 2019, 13:51 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • 11 Dec 2014

    In the media: Global perceptions of the Energiewende, CO2 from cars and report on fossil fuel dependency

    11 Dec 2014 (All day) Study: Renewable Energies Agency (AEE) “How the world sees the Energiewende” Germany’s Energiewende – the shift from conventional and nuclear energy to a renewable power supply – is the focus of much media attention around the world, ...
  • “Changed land use causes more CO2 than expected”

    Forest clearance and other changes to the landscape are responsible for more CO2-emissions than previously thought, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have found. “Forests, grasslands and fields contribute considerably to climate ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Germany supports Dominican Republic’s push for climate action in UN Security Council- source

    09 Jan 2019, 12:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Security Energy transition shapes foreign policy in Germany and beyond Germany aims to put climate into focus at UN ...
  • Call for EU-wide CO2 floor price

    In a guest commentary published by the business daily Handelsblatt, Franz Untersteller, environment minister of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, and Green member of the federal parliament Oliver Krischer call for a CO₂ price to be set for energy sources ...
  • Germany presents patchy climate plan draft to European Commission- report

    08 Jan 2019, 13:15 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050 Germany’s greenhouse gas ...
  • 25 Sep 2016 |

    Germany ratifies Paris Agreement

    25 Sep 2016 (All day) In a move to fast-track the full ratification of the 2015 UN climate treaty (Paris Agreement), the German parliament has unanimously approved the terms of the treaty, helping to pave the way for it to enter into force before the end ...
  • 19 Dec 2018 |

    Preview2019- Climate Action Law “crucial” step, says Greenpeace head

    19 Dec 2018, 10:10 Germany must face several fundamental energy and climate decisions in 2019 to save the country's Energiewende and its international standing, according to Greenpeace head Jennifer Morgan. Most importantly, the promised Climate ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    Industrialised countries have special responsibility to protect climate – Merkel

    23 Jan 2019, 17:36 Developed countries have the responsibility to establish “technologies from which others can benefit”, such as forms of renewable energy production, after they emitted a lot of CO₂ during the industrialisation, German Chancellor Angela ...
  • 08 Nov 2016 |

    Germany seeks to prove climate credentials with last-minute plan

    08 Nov 2016 (All day) After months of dispute, the German government has reached a tentative agreement on a roadmap to wean the world’s fourth largest economy from fossil fuels almost entirely by 2050, according to press reports. A last-minute Climate ...
  • Merkel – Germany must soon decide whether to aim for 80 or 95 percent CO2 reduction by 2050

    Germany should specify its mid-century climate ambitions soon, according to Chancellor Angela Merkel. “From my point of view, this must be decided at the start of the next legislative period,” she said at a conference by local utility association VKU. ...
  • New Franco-German treaty lacks clarity and ambition on energy and climate- NGOs

    22 Jan 2019, 17:31 Germany and France have signed an update to their landmark 1963 post-war Élysée friendship treaty, showcasing their commitment to European cooperation in the face of Brexit and growing nationalism in several member states. The treaty ...
  • 02 Jan 2019 |

    Germany takes up seat in UN Security Council, aims to put climate into focus

    02 Jan 2019, 13:06 Federal Foreign Office International Germany is a party to the Paris Climate Agreement and often puts climate issues on the agenda of international gatherings such as the G20 or G7. The country’s energy transition is not an isolated ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    Most Germans unconvinced UN will be able to solve climate crisis

    10 Dec 2018, 13:54 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society ARD The UN is unlikely to find a solution to the world’s climate crisis, most Germans believe according to a survey ...
  • 06 Dec 2018 |

    Diesel cars still needed to meet climate targets, German carmakers say

    06 Dec 2018, 14:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars German Association of the Automotive Industry The German carmaker association VDA says the share of diesel cars has to rise ...
  • Merkel will leave vacuum in climate negotiations when her Chancellorship is over – commentary

    05 Dec 2018, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics International Social Europe German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision not to run for re-election will create a vacuum ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    German language association names “Hot Age” Word of the Year in nod to climate change

    14 Dec 2018, 10:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The Association for the German Language (GfdS) has made the term “Heißzeit” (hot age) its Word of the ...
  • Germany alone can’t save the climate, but must push others – opinion

    30 Nov 2018, 15:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Handelsblatt While it is clear that Germany alone is not able to save the global climate, the government ...
  • “Global climate protection will be decided in emerging countries”- minister

    29 Nov 2018, 16:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire A new alliance of companies, banks, insurers, and environmental organisations wants to invest in ...
  • CORRECTION: Germany will double contribution to Green Climate Fund – minister

    29 Nov 2018, 16:33 [CORRECTION: The German government announced to contribute an additional 1.5 billion euros to the Green Climate Fund, not 750 million euros.] Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW ...
  • European leaders call for ambition ahead of climate conference

    29 Nov 2018, 15:45 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics International German President German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is among several European heads of state who ...
  • 21 Dec 2018 |

    Germany aims to put climate into focus at UN Security Council

    21 Dec 2018, 15:08 Germany plans to use its diplomatic clout during its two-year term on the UN Security Council to ensure that climate change concerns are an integral part of UN security policy. People who are most vulnerable to global warming, such ...
  • 21 Dec 2018 |

    Small island state rep says Germany needs to advocate for climate in UN Security Council

    21 Dec 2018, 11:58 The German government has said it will use its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council to spotlight the security implications of climate change. After the recent shift in climate policy by some permanent ...
  • Experts call for CO2 price tag to preserve Energiewende’s “credibility”

    Leading experts commissioned by the German economy ministry (BMWi) say Germany will probably miss key targets of the Energiewende, endangering the entire projects's credibility.” In their advisory opinion on the BMWi’s fifth Energiewende Monitoring ...
  • “German government wants to reconsider CO2 storage”

    Germany is reconsidering its position on underground CO2 reservoirs, in order to help reach emissions reduction targets agreed in the Paris climate agreement, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt, citing the latest version of the Climate Action Plan 2050, ...
  • Green Party co-leader Özdemir: climate protection a priority in coalition talks

    The German Green Party’s co-leader, Cem Özdemir, has said that climate protection, European integration, and social justice are the topics his party will be most adamant on in a possible coalition with the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the economic ...
  • 19 May 2015 |

    Merkel and Hollande urge ambitious push for climate agreement

    19 May 2015 (All day) German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have thrown their weight behind an ambitious and urgent push to make the Paris climate summit a success. The international community must start work now in order ...
  • 07 Oct 2016 |

    Ministry projections highlight risk of Germany missing emissions goal

    07 Oct 2016 (All day) Only in a best case scenario will Germany be able to reach its goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, the latest projections from the environment ministry show according to analysts. The opposition in parliament ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    German govt should follow coal exit proposal closely – comission co-leader

    14 Feb 2019, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Elections & Politics Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Germany eyes ...
  • 14 Mar 2016

    Ten million tonnes more CO2 / Energiewende 'no election campaign hit'

    14 Mar 2016 (All day) Green Budget Germany / Frankfurter Rundschau “Ten million tonnes more CO2” Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions increased again in 2015, compared to 2014, researchers from Green Budget Germany (FÖS) say. Emissions increased by 1.1 ...
  • Industry says it will need public funds to abide by German's planned climate law

    26 Mar 2019, 13:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt [Update adds details on launch of environment ministry’s investment support programme.] Germany’s industrial ...
  • 07 Apr 2016

    Government rejects national CO2 price floor / A new renewable research network

    07 Apr 2016 (All day) Bundestag Federal government rejects national CO₂ price floor The federal government continues to have reservations over a national price floor for carbon allowances, according to the government’s reply to a parliamentary question by ...
  • 17 Nov 2014 |

    German energy minister dismisses reports of changes to climate goals

    17 Nov 2014 (All day) Following heated debate over a possible exit from coal-fired power, Sigmar Gabriel has reaffirmed his commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2020. Germany's Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy has ...
  • Protecting climate good for Germany’s economy- study

    08 Jan 2019, 13:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs German industry embraces Energiewende transformation challenge German industry says protecting climate can benefit economy Green ...
  • German conservative party head calls for serious discussion on climate action law – media

    19 Feb 2019, 13:19 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 ...
  • Climate change abroad hits German economy- Federal Environment Agency

    17 Dec 2018, 12:51 UBA- Federal Environment Agency Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Read more about UBA- Federal Environment Agency Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business ...
  • 03 May 2018 |

    Germany wants transparent global climate reporting to ensure trust

    03 May 2018 (All day) Negotiators from 184 countries gather in the city of Bonn from 30 April to 10 May to work on the implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement, designed to limit global warming to under 2°C. The German government is a longtime ...
  • German businesses support plans for climate action law

    15 Jan 2019, 12:01 Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) Business & Jobs Read more about Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Mobility and ...
  • Environment minister submits draft of climate action law to chancellery

    21 Feb 2019, 13:26 German environment minister Svenja Schulze has sent a first draft of the planned Climate Action Law to the chancellery for “early coordination”, even as conservative politicians continue to criticise key elements and demand for it to be ...
  • 22 May 2015

    In the media: Steel industry fears CO2 trade burden

    22 May 2015 (All day) Destatis “G7 in Figures” Germany’s Federal Statistical Office Destatis has published a booklet ahead of the G7 summit in Bavaria this June, including data on energy and climate protection efforts in the world’s leading industrial ...
  • Merkel pledges stronger climate action globally and at home

    19 Jun 2018, 18:10 In her speech at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for more ambitious global climate action and multilateral cooperation. At international level, it will be important to develop a rulebook for the ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    Germany’s emission drop 2018 even larger – environment agency corrects figures

    04 Apr 2019, 14:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Agriculture Clean Energy Wire Germany reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 4.5 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to corrected estimates ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    Germany edges closer to 2020 renewables target

    27 Mar 2019, 12:24 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Renewables Federal Environment Agency (UBA) The ...
  • Merkel calls climate change “vital question” in new year’s address

    02 Jan 2019, 13:10 CDU- Christian Democratic Union Elections & Politics Policy Read more about CDU- Christian Democratic Union CSU- Christian Social Union Elections & Politics Policy Read more about CSU- Christian Social Union Use Teaser Image as ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    Eastern German coal states refuse to pay for coal exit measures

    03 Apr 2019, 12:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Climate & CO2 MDR Germany’s eastern coal mining states have told the government that they do not intend to contribute to the financial liabilities ...
  • 02 Apr 2019 |

    Most German insurers not really interested in sustainability reporting – study

    02 Apr 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Climate & CO2 Finance Clean Energy Wire The majority of German insurance companies do not regard sustainability reporting on their business activities as worthwhile ...
  • German industry worried by lack of progress at UN climate talks

    10 Dec 2018, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire The Federation of German Industries (BDI) has urged delegates at the UN climate conference ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Capitalism has to save the climate” – opinion

    10 Dec 2018, 14:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Tageszeitung There’s a “silent consensus” surrounding the international climate action negotiations that ...
  • 25 Mar 2019 |

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

    25 Mar 2019, 13:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages 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 ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s environment minister Schulze reiterates call for carbon price

    19 Mar 2019, 13:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Tagesspiegel German environment minister Svenja Schulze has renewed her call for a price on CO2 emissions, arguing it would be one of ...
  • 12 Mar 2019 |

    Researchers back “Fridays for Future” protests, global school strike planned for Friday

    12 Mar 2019, 14:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Society dpa / Tagesspiegel / Clean Energy Wire Students are expected to walk out of school in more than 1,000 cities around the world on Friday, as ...
  • Climate change, if uncontained, “will change the face of our planet”- Merkel

    07 Dec 2018, 13:29 CDU- Christian Democratic Union Elections & Politics Policy Read more about CDU- Christian Democratic Union Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics ...
  • 19 Feb 2019 |

    NGOs, RWE and regions argue over which coal plants to shut down first

    19 Feb 2019, 13:33 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s coal phase-out goal “seems completely unrealistic” – JP Morgan

    19 Mar 2019, 14:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Coal Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The growth in Germany’s renewable electricity output triggered by the country’s energy transition policy is “quite an ...
  • German government looks ahead as Bonn climate talks leave much to do

    11 May 2018 (All day) The climate talks in the city of Bonn failed to meet expectations they would deliver a draft rulebook for the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement. After eleven days of negotiations, an extra session in Bangkok is now planned ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 reactions from Germany: “A victory for multilateralism”

    17 Dec 2018, 10:11 Nearly 200 nations agreed on a rulebook for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Agreement at the UN climate change conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland. The deal on climate action rules was immediately hailed as a victory for ...
  • 12 Mar 2019 |

    Debate on curbing aviation emissions gains traction in Germany

    12 Mar 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Tagesspiegel The growing level of emissions caused by air travel has started to move into the debate about Germany’s climate action, ...
  • Blog: Germany pushes for joint global energy transition

    10 Apr 2019, 13:44 German ministers, high-level policymakers, as well as representatives from industry, science and civil society gather at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 9-10 April 2019 to discuss the progress of a global energy transition. ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

    Aviation emissions under scrutiny at Germany’s largest tourism fair ITB

    07 Mar 2019, 13:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Freight dpa / airliners.de The emissions caused by the growing volume of global air travel are a problem that needs to be addressed more ...
  • German researchers propose “nothing less than relaunch of climate policy”

    03 Dec 2018, 14:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Politics Der Spiegel / Clean Energy Wire German magazine Der Spiegel has run a cover story on the ...
  • 22 Jan 2019 |

    Thyssenkrupp to switch to hydrogen-based steel production by 2050

    22 Jan 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Technology Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets Handelsblatt German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp plans to ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

    German school protests will focus on transport emissions on global strike day in March

    20 Feb 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Society Washington Post Tens of thousands of teenagers across Europe have skipped school since the beginning of the year, joining protests ...
  • 22 Jan 2019 |

    Action needed to cut transport sector emissions – environment agency president

    22 Jan 2019, 13:14 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Transport Germany’s ...
  • 31 Jan 2019 |

    Air pollution in German cities decreases slightly in 2018

    31 Jan 2019, 13:27 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars One year after German ...
  • 25 Feb 2019 |

    German Court of Auditors calls on govt to “seriously consider” carbon price

    25 Feb 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Policy New German energy state secretary takes carbon price off table for now Putting a price on emissions: What are the prospects for carbon ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

    German Greens' leader in parliament says Macron set bad policy example

    05 Feb 2019, 13:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price Working paper by Germany’s clean mobility commission sparks public ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Forest fire insurance costs soar at Munich Re

    09 Jan 2019, 12:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Finance Reuters Forest fires are becoming increasingly likely because of climate change and are bound to cost insurers more ...
  • 18 Feb 2019 |

    Postponement of buildings commission irks German real estate industry

    18 Feb 2019, 13:50 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Efficiency Germany to face EU sanctions if it does not lower heating sector emissions Clean Energy Wire / dpa / ...
  • 11 Feb 2019 |

    Coal exit compromise brings uncertainty for Germany’s most modern coal plant

    11 Feb 2019, 14:05 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Europe's largest economy aims to exit coal to reach climate goals German ...
  • 04 Feb 2019 |

    Germany to face EU sanctions if it does not lower heating sector emissions

    04 Feb 2019, 14:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Efficiency Die Welt The sluggish emissions reduction in Germany’s heating sector could mean the country will face severe ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

    German mobility commission head says speed limit not best option to curb emissions

    08 Feb 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars Autobahn speed limit: good for climate and safety, or a useless loss of freedom? NGO triggering diesel bans now eyes ...
  • 06 Feb 2019 |

    Merkel backs German coal exit by 2038

    06 Feb 2019, 13:41 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Europe's largest economy aims to exit coal to reach climate goals German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 ...
  • 01 Feb 2019 |

    Market effects of plan to cancel emission rights during coal exit unclear- media

    01 Feb 2019, 12:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Coal Climate & CO2 German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 German government stands ready to move on coal exit proposal Understanding the European Union’s ...
  • Franco-German cooperation treaty does not mention carbon price

    10 Jan 2019, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 International Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price Rift between Germany and Brazil stalls work on carbon market – report ...
  • 15 Jan 2019 |

    Drought and new car emissions test dampen German GDP growth in 2018 – ministry

    15 Jan 2019, 11:59 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt ...
  • Rift between Germany and Brazil stalls work on carbon market – report

    10 Jan 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 International Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price Germany stays out of call for stronger carbon pricing in EU ...
  • Europe must find answer to China's economic strategy – former env min

    14 Jan 2019, 13:37 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Global move to renewables may reduce energy ...
  • 06 Dec 2018 |

    Mixed prospects for success of Germany’s sustainability strategy, report says

    06 Dec 2018, 14:12 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics Federal Statistical Office The German sustainability strategy has mixed prospects for fulfilling its 2030 goals in many ...
  • 2018 may be warmest, driest year in Germany on record – weather service

    04 Dec 2018, 15:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Germany's National Meteorological Service (DWD) 2018 could be Germany’s warmest, driest and sunniest year ...
  • 08 Nov 2017 |

    EU car emission limits too weak for German climate targets- experts

    08 Nov 2017 (All day) Following intense lobbying by German carmakers, the EU has proposed car emission targets that will be insufficient to meet the country’s climate targets in the transport sector, according to environmental organisations. Critics said ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    Material producer makes sports field from carbon dioxide

    29 Nov 2018, 16:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Technology Rheinische Post German polymer producer Covestro has developed a new CO2-based foam material that can be used as ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Preview2019- German govt must act on environment to retain votes, says WWF

    09 Jan 2019, 10:45 Energy and climate policy has played a notable role in recent elections in Germany, where public opinion is split over the course of the country's coal exit and diesel emissions in inner cities, says Michael Schäfer, head of ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    Germany invests in zero-emission shipping research

    13 Dec 2018, 14:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Transport Clean Energy Wire The German government has set aside 45 million euros for research in zero-emission ship engines to ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    Two German brands in top ten of least damaging airlines

    10 Dec 2018, 14:03 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Transport Clean Energy Wire German airlines TUIfly and Condor are among the ten least climate-damaging aviation companies in the ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    Germany cashes in on emissions allowances as ETS price rises

    10 Dec 2018, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Finance Focus Online The trade in emissions certificates has brought Germany more money than ever in one year in 2018, the news ...
  • “We will not leave developing countries alone” – environment minister

    30 Nov 2018, 15:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Germany will not leave developing countries alone in dealing with climate protection and ...
  • UN’s Emissions Gap Report is a call for a carbon price in Germany – think tank

    29 Nov 2018, 15:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics International MCC / PIK The United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) “Emissions Gap Report” on the divergence ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    Cities must decouple urban growth from emissions, says Berlin senator

    16 Jan 2019, 14:18 Berlin aims to slash carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2030 and become carbon-neutral by 2050. For a city growing at a rate of 50,000 inhabitants a year, that’s no mean feat. But Ramona Pop, Berlin’s Senator (minister) for Economy, ...
  • New business mindset bolsters Paris Agreement- German official

    29 Nov 2018, 12:35 The rise of populism and unilateralists like US President Donald Trump increasingly challenge the rules-based international order and put global climate action as pledged in the Paris Agreement at risk. Still, a changing mind-set in ...
  • 28 Jul 2017 |

    Why the German diesel summit matters for climate and energy

    28 Jul 2017 (All day) On 2 August, the CEOs of Germany’s major car manufacturers will meet with federal and state government representatives to discuss ways to reduce pollution from diesel cars. Recent cartel allegations shed a new light on the meeting’s ...
  • Wide alliance calls for general speed limit on German autobahn for safety and climate

    12 Apr 2019, 13:45 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire A broad alliance of environmental NGOs, police unions and traffic accident victim organisations has called for ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Nov 2018 |

    Germany's coal exit commission extends work to 2019

    27 Nov 2018, 12:01 Germany risks showing up empty-handed at the UN climate change conference COP24 in Poland in December as the country’s coal exit commission has decided to extend its work beyond the original end-of-2018 deadline. The task force has set ...
  • Merkel summons transport commission leaders to ensure progress on climate goals

    14 Mar 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cars Government Süddeutsche Zeitung / Handelsblatt Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel summoned the leaders of the country’s transport commission ...
  • Germany’s AfD among most hardline climate sceptics of all European right-wing parties – study

    26 Feb 2019, 14:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Politics Society Clean Energy Wire The German far-right nationalist party AfD is among the most climate-sceptical of European populist parties, ...
  • Right-wing climate change deniers shun taking responsibility – opinion

    04 Mar 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Climate & CO2 Politics Society Tagesspiegel As the political debate over immigration in Germany is becoming less heated in line with the decreasing number of migrants ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Sep 2018 |

    Call for open debate on CCU and CCS to save industry emissions

    27 Sep 2018, 13:57 Germany needs to have a rational and open public discussion about carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) and storage (CCS) as ways to avoid releasing climate-harmful emissions from industry into the environment. A position paper by the ...
  • Merkel encourages school strikes for climate, upsetting her own party

    04 Mar 2019, 12:01 The school student protests for rapid climate action make headlines in Germany as well as in other countries, putting pressure on politicians to take a stance. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said this weekend she “strongly welcomes” ...
  • 09 Nov 2016 |

    Coal exit dispute delays Germany’s Climate Action Plan

    09 Nov 2016 Disagreements over the future of coal in Germany have blocked adoption of a long-awaited government roadmap for making the country almost greenhouse gas neutral by 2050. In a surprise move capping several days of uncertainty about the fate of ...
  • German industry says protecting climate can benefit economy

    18 Jan 2018 German industry believes the world’s fourth largest economy can boost its status as a manufacturing powerhouse by protecting the climate. Reducing emissions by 80 percent by 2050 is good for the economy under the right policy framework even if ...
  • German carbon tax most efficient way to meet climate goals-study

    13 Jul 2017 (All day) Germany should implement a national tax on carbon emissions in order to meet its own emission reduction targets in the an efficient and straight forward way, the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) proposed based on a study by ...
  • German climate law put off as disagreements weigh on governing coalition

    18 Feb 2019, 13:24 A dispute over what is supposed to be its most important climate policy is adding to the woes of Germany’s governing coalition. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and their centre-left coalition partner SPD are ...
  • Climate Chancellor” Merkel has failed – opinion

    30 Nov 2018, 15:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics Government WirtschaftsWoche German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government have failed on climate protection ...
  • Germany’s diesel strategy pointless from a climate perspective

    29 Nov 2018, 15:54 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars Politics Spiegel Online The rise in emissions from passenger cars in Germany shows that “the diesel strategy has been ...
  • 08 Jan 2015

    No room for Energiewende complacency despite 2014 CO2-drop

    08 Jan 2015 (All day) Proving Energiewende critics wrong or only a minor step in the right direction? Recent data indicated that Germany has started substituting power from hard coal with renewable electricity while lower power consumption has contributed ...
  • 08 Sep 2016 |

    Ministry avoids concrete targets in weakened Climate Action Plan

    08 Sep 2016 (All day) Environmental organisations have responded to a government proposal to decarbonise the economy with outrage. They say the Climate Action Plan 2050 will fall well short of meeting climate targets, and accuse the environment ministry ...
  • 03 Dec 2018 |

    Has-been climate pioneer Germany “total failure” at COP24 – opinion

    03 Dec 2018, 14:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 COP24 Die Welt “Without a doubt”, Germany – once a role model in international climate protection – is a “total failure” at ...
  • “Complete uncertainty” on climate ahead of G20 summit – German official

    29 Nov 2018, 16:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International G20 Clean Energy Wire The German government wants to build on last year’s G20 final declaration regarding climate ...
  • NGOs and citizens file lawsuit with Germany’s highest court to enforce climate protection

    29 Nov 2018, 15:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Government WDR A group of German citizens and NGOs has filed a lawsuit with the country’s constitutional court to oblige ...
  • 18 Nov 2015 |

    Energiewende climate targets in “serious danger”- govt advisors

    18 Nov 2015 (All day) Days before the UN climate conference in Paris, Germany is taking stock of its national climate protection efforts. The government says the country is making “good progress” with its energy transition, but independent experts warn ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    Preview2019- Gas will loom large on Energiewende agenda, WEC says

    18 Dec 2018, 09:35 The role of gas – both in its natural form and as a CO2-neutral variety made with renewable power – will be one of the hottest topics on Germany's 2019 energy transition agenda, according to Carsten Rolle, secretary of the World ...
  • German coalition negotiators want to postpone 2020 climate goal

    08 Jan 2018 (All day) The negotiation partners in Germany's ongoing coalition talks have agreed to postpone the country's 2020 emissions reduction target until "the early 2020s". Party negotiators also agreed on introducing a climate ...
  • New govt report on climate ups pressure on Germany’s coal commission

    14 Nov 2018, 14:13 A new government report detailing Germany’s failure to cut emissions increases pressure on the country’s coal commission to agree on a speedy phase-out plan. Work in the coal commission enters a critical stage for climate protection ...
  • "Mammoth" energy transition key to German climate efforts- minister

    18 Mar 2016 (All day) Renewable energy sources already play a key role in keeping Germany's carbon emissions in check, the country's environment minster told an international conference on Friday in Berlin. However, completing the energy ...
  • 08 Jun 2018 |

    German environment ministry pushes for tougher EU car emission rules

    08 Jun 2018 (All day) The German environment ministry has called for much more ambitious EU targets to lower car emissions than those proposed by the European Commission. In a position paper seen by the Clean Energy Wire, the ministry says car emissions ...
  • German coalition talks past 2nd deadline still stalled over climate

    19 Nov 2017 (All day) Germany's aspiring coalition partners continued talks past a second deadline on Sunday, 19. November, after having made little headway in key climate and energy issues in exploratory talks that had already gone past the first ...
  • Government gridlock- Can Germany still act on climate?

    24 Nov 2017 (All day) For the first time in its post-war history, Germany struggles to form a stable government coalition two months after voters cast their ballot in September's elections. The so-called Jamaica coalition talks' collapse plunges ...
  • German coalition talks stuck over climate, energy policy

    27 Oct 2017 (All day) Germany’s future energy and climate policy has proven the expected difficult issue in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to form a government coalition of her conservatives, the Free Democrats, and the Green Party. According to media ...
  • German Greens confident pro-climate government coalition possible

    09 Oct 2017 (All day) Leading Green politicians in Germany are optimistic an agreement to improve the country’s patchy climate record is possible in likely coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the free-market FDP. Despite major ...
  • Countries must commit on climate action for 2015 summit success- German minister

    21 Jan 2015 (All day) Environment minister Barbara Hendricks looks forward to the UN climate summit and the role of Germany's climate action programme, hails the global contribution made by German renewable technology and doubts the economic sense of ...
  • 17 Dec 2015 |

    Germans celebrate climate deal, turn to task ahead

    17 Dec 2015 (All day) [UPDATES with comments from VKU] German politicians, climate activists, scientists and media celebrated the "historic" Paris climate agreement. Some business associations as well as activists pointed to flaws of the deal, ...
  • Coal commission fail would be lost year for climate policy- member

    20 Nov 2018, 10:30 Germany’s coal exit commission aims to propose a path for the country’s phase-out by the end of November. Agreeing a compromise on how to end the use of Germany's most important fossil fuel in such a short time will be difficult, ...
  • G7 to vow decarbonisation, support for climate summit- official

    04 Jun 2015 (All day) G7 countries hope to present their vision of a long-term target for climate protection at their upcoming summit in Germany, according to a German official. Industrialised nations could also make pledges to decarbonise their economies ...
  • 02 Jun 2015 |

    Must combine climate action and competitiveness- Merkel ally

    02 Jun 2015 (All day) Europe must deliver on its own targets for a successful climate summit in Paris at the end of this year, the head of the German Chancellery, Peter Altmaier, told a business conference on Tuesday. At the same time, he stressed that ...
  • "Elmau delivered"- Comments on G7 climate, energy statement

    08 Jun 2015 (All day) The G7 has published its final communiqué after the summit in Elmau in southern Germany. CLEW presents reactions from Germany to the results of the meeting of major industrialised countries. Read the "Leader's Declaration ...
  • German consumers waste 9 billion euros worth of power each year – survey

    27 Feb 2019, 13:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Private households in Germany could save 9 billion euros and 18 million tonnes of CO 2 each year by following ...
  • German conservatives may embrace carbon price yet- report

    06 Mar 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt Both the new state secretary in the energy ministry, Andreas Feicht, and CDU-head Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer have ...
  • Germany “stands by existing climate targets” – chancellery chief

    14 Mar 2017 (All day) The Chief of the Federal Chancellery, Peter Altmaier, threw his weight behind Germany's self-imposed plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, after calling national climate targets the "wrong path" last week. Germany ...
  • Debate over future of German coal heats up ahead of climate action plan

    21 Nov 2014 (All day) Ten days before the plan to fix Germany’s "climate gap" is set for cabinet approval, it is still unclear how much the power sector will contribute toward the carbon emissions target of a 40 percent cut by 2020. The debate ...
  • Industry, researchers and energy agency urge government action on energy transition

    20 Feb 2019, 13:22 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices German environment minister open to national carbon price German industry says protecting climate can benefit economy Putting a ...
  • Germany's proposed climate law to create certainty for businesses- op-ed

    04 Mar 2019, 13:40 Expert IASS- Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Think tank on sustainable development Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs ...
  • German transport minister invites opposition to join mobility commission

    06 Feb 2019, 14:01 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Mobility Elections & Politics Env min grudgingly defends less ambitious EU car emissions proposal Working paper by ...
  • Germany to open climate research institute in coal region

    11 Mar 2019, 14:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Coal Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire The German environment ministry (BMU) says it will open a research centre focused on reducing emmissions in ...
  • Student climate activist Greta Thunberg calls Germany’s 2038 coal exit proposal “absurd”

    07 Feb 2019, 13:49 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Focus Online Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has called the ...
  • Merkel calls for honouring Paris deal as German climate action falters

    29 May 2018 (All day) In a plea for global cooperation and the rule of law in international relations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the signatories of the Paris Climate Agreement to honour their commitment and implement the agreed emissions ...
  • Germany on track to widely miss 2020 climate target – government

    13 Jun 2018 (All day) The German government has conceded that the country is on course to widely miss its 2020 climate target. The economic boom, the pressure of immigration, and high emissions in transport mean that the energy transition pioneer is ...
  • Drought in Germany continues in autumn, forces chemical plant shutdown

    27 Nov 2018, 14:00 AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V. Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende Utilities Read more about AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V. Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate ...
  • 28 Jul 2017 |

    “Diesel summit comes two years too late”

    28 Jul 2017 (All day) [CORRECTION, due to mistake in transcription: in reply to 4th question, diesel cars have "always been allowed to emit more NOx than petrol cars", not CO2] On 2 August, the CEOs of Germany’s major car manufacturers will meet ...
  • 02 Aug 2017 |

    German carmakers pledge diesel software updates and buyer’s bonus

    02 Aug 2017 (All day) German carmakers VW, Daimler and BMW – under pressure to act after the diesel emissions scandal – pledged to install emissions control software updates in about 5 million diesel passenger cars, offer buyer’s premiums for customers ...
  • German government could finance climate goals with little fiscal strain – consultancy

    05 Dec 2018, 13:55 Expert Prognos Consultancy Energiewende Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Finance Prognos Germany can implement effective measures to ...
  • New German environment minister faces steep uphill battle on climate

    15 Mar 2018 (All day) Germany's new environment minister Svenja Schulze is a new face in Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth cabinet. But the Social Democrat inherits a range of well-known challenges- from coal emissions to air pollution by diesel ...
  • Germany eyes coal exit by 2038 in bid for climate-friendly economy

    26 Jan 2019, 16:45 Energy transition home country Germany eyes a phase-out of coal power by 2038 at the very latest, as the country tries to get back on track to create a climate-friendly economy. In its highly anticipated phase-out proposal, the country ...
  • G7 business groups- Strong climate deal “eminently important”

    20 May 2015 (All day) Industrialised countries’ business associations have urged to make the Paris climate summit a success. “The world climate conference in Paris in December offers a chance to greatly advance global climate politics. The world must use ...
  • Preview2018- 2020 climate target failure "not an option"- German NGO

    03 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Kramp-Karrenbauer sets herself apart from other CDU leadership candidates on climate action

    29 Nov 2018, 16:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel ...
  • 31 May 2016 |

    Merkel, state premiers seek compromise on core Energiewende law

    31 May 2016 (All day) [UPDATE with new details on 2025 renewable target in paragraph 3, ads News Digest items] German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers will meet on Tuesday to work out a compromise on reforming the core piece of legislation ...
  • 03 Nov 2016 |

    German energy use stable in 2016 as gas spike compensates coal drop

    03 Nov 2016 Germany's primary energy consumption is likely to remain broadly unchanged this year, according to estimates by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB). While data for the first nine months of the year indicate a rise in ...
  • 30 Jun 2017 |

    G20 climate, energy plan goes to the wire at Hamburg summit

    30 Jun 2017 (All day) One week ahead of the Hamburg G20 summit, the ambitious climate and energy action plan the German presidency was pushing hangs in the balance. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is determined to make the meeting a success ...
  • 31 Oct 2017 |

    COP23- ‘We must use Bonn to push the national climate debate’

    31 Oct 2017 (All day) Ahead of the climate summit in Bonn, Professor Mojib Latif, a leading climate scientist from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, tells the Clean Energy Wire about his distrust in emission data, the unfortunate ...
  • 13 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 8: German climate responsibility/ Protest against US event

    13 Nov 2017 (All day) Chancellor Angela Merkel calls on developed nations to advance technology and make investments to combat climate change / Protesters interrupt US event on "cleaner fossil fuels" / Peruvian farmer effected by climate change ...
  • Argentina to carry on Germany's G20 climate focus- env min Bergman

    30 Nov 2017 (All day) During its G20 presidency this year, Germany made the issue of climate change and energy transition a central topic- and its G20 presidency successor Argentina is ready to carry it forward to the 2018 summit in Buenos Aires, ...
  • Merkel prepares departure in shock move at key time for climate policy

    29 Oct 2018, 16:39 The elections in the German state of Hesse have set in motion a major shift in the country's political landscape. Germany's national government coalition parties took the second pounding at regional elections in a row, ...
  • Merkel wins respect for G20 climate result at "B-"-summit

    08 Jul 2017 (All day) The German presidency and chancellor Angela Merkel pulled off a “solid” diplomatic success on climate policy by closing the ranks of all G20 members except the United States at the summit in Hamburg, experts for climate diplomacy ...
  • Germany heads for "spectacular" 2020 climate target miss- study

    07 Sep 2017 (All day) Germany must urgently step up its CO2 reduction efforts immediately after the upcoming elections if it wants to prevent a spectacular miss of its 2020 climate targets, according to think tank Agora Energiewende. Instead of reducing ...
  • Germany faces balancing act in climate leadership role

    05 Jul 2017 (All day) The pressure on Germany to take global leadership on climate action has been constantly mounting since US President Donald Trump decided to take the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. Ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg ...
  • International climate community pins hopes on Merkel to sway Trump

    24 May 2017 (All day) Days before the G7 summit in Italy, foreign governments praised German Chancellor Merkel for her international leadership on climate and urged her to sway US President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement. ...
  • 29 Jun 2017 |

    EU leaders pledge to work for joint solution on climate at G20

    29 Jun 2017 (All day) European Union leaders have underscored their commitment to work towards a joint solution on climate issues at the G20 summit in Hamburg. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it would not be easy regarding questions such as climate ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Nov 2015 |

    COP21- Day 1: Merkel says decarbonisation needed, but mum on coal

    30 Nov 2015 (All day) Day 1 at the UN climate conference: Paris must deliver an ambitious, comprehensive, fair and binding agreement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the climate conference in Paris / Germany's Environment Minister called for ...
  • 20 Jun 2017 |

    NGOs urge Merkel to push G20 on climate despite US opt-out

    20 Jun 2017 (All day) NGOs from all over the world have called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to fight for a strong stance on climate at the G20 summit in little more than two weeks. Merkel said the US decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement ...
  • German industry says 95 percent emissions reduction by 2050 “totally unthinkable”

    04 Apr 2019, 14:03 The influential German industry association BDI wants the country to opt for the lower end of its 2050 climate ambitions. The lobby group says a 95 percent reduction in line with the Paris Climate Agreement is currently  “totally ...
  • Industry says environmental NGOs have thwarted compromise on Germany’s transport emissions

    29 Mar 2019, 14:01 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire The influential lobby group Federation of German Industries (BDI) has said that a “blockade mentality” by ...
  • Merkel vows to convince climate sceptic “elephant in the room”

    23 May 2017 (All day) German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to try and convince “doubters” of the urgent need to mitigate climate change. But environmental organisations said her credibility as “Climate Chancellor” was severely damaged because Germany ...
  • 08 Jul 2017 |

    Isolating Trump, 19 G20-members say Paris climate deal "irreversible"

    08 Jul 2017 (All day) Nineteen members of the G20 group of leading industrialised and emerging economies underscored their commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, leaving the United States isolated. The US also was the only country to opt-out of a ...
  • 04 Jul 2017 |

    “G20 needs to show concrete steps to implement Paris climate accord”

    04 Jul 2017 (All day) At the Hamburg summit, the G20 leaders must go beyond mere lip services and present concrete proposals on how they will implement the Paris Climate Agreement, Christoph Bals, policy director of environmental NGO Germanwatch, tells ...
  • Steelmaker Salzgitter expects policymakers to help fund massive decarbonisation project

    04 Apr 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Gas Technology Clean Energy Wire German steelmaker Salzgitter has expressed confidence that policymakers will provide the support necessary to ...
  • After protest visit, Thunberg continues to make waves in Germany

    01 Apr 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Politics Society Deutsche Welle / Spiegel Online / taz / dpa Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg continued to make waves in German media over ...
  • Expansion of low-carbon energy sources too slow in Germany – utility association

    01 Apr 2019, 13:42 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 22 May 2017 |

    Germany, China urge US to remain in climate agreement

    22 May 2017 (All day) Germany and China increased pressure on the US government to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement ahead of the G7 and G20 summits. The continuing uncertainty about the US position puts Germany’s aim to agree on a G20 energy and ...
  • Missing EU emissions reduction targets could cost Germany up to 300 million euros by 2020- report

    19 Mar 2019, 13:48 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government International Tagesspiegel Background Germany could face fines of up to 300 million euros payable over three years for its failure to ...
  • Commission cannot agree how to reduce Germany’s transport emissions

    22 Mar 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages 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 ...
  • Transport commission meeting in German Chancellery ends with dispute over principles

    15 Mar 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Tagesspiegel Background / Clean Energy Wire A meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ministers from her cabinet and ...
  • 13 Mar 2019 |

    Court rejects lawsuit aiming to protect Hambach Forest, woodland’s future still uncertain

    13 Mar 2019, 11:10 The Hambach Forest in western Germany has become a symbol for climate activists, who are seeking to prevent energy company RWE from razing it to expand a nearby coal mine. A lawsuit by the environmental NGO BUND last year temporarily ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

    German politicians and energy experts praise coal exit deal, say real work starts now

    28 Jan 2019, 11:36 The agreement by Germany's coal exit commission to end the fossil power source's use by 2038 the latest is welcomed by the country's climate activists and energy industry representatives alike. They praise the final ...
  • 01 Dec 2016 |

    IEA director calls on Germany to lead on climate during G20 presidency

    01 Dec 2016 (All day) Calls for Germany to take on a leadership role in international climate protection grow louder as the country’s government is set to take over the G20 presidency from China on 1 December. Commentators and politicians see the ...
  • "We know that we need very deep cuts in global emissions"- Merkel

    08 Jun 2015 (All day) G7 leaders made a commitment to limit global warming to 2 degrees at their meeting in southern Germany. In order to achieve this goal, the group of seven industrialised countries said they would push for a decarbonisation of the ...
  • Germany keeps pushing for G20 climate focus

    20 Mar 2017 (All day) Germany aims to use a large international energy conference in Berlin to inject fresh momentum and ideas into the G20 process in the run up to the Hamburg summit in July. The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue – a two-day conference ...
  • Lufthansa will buy green kerosene from northern German refinery

    19 Feb 2019, 13:36 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Technology Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Freight Technology Air ...
  • German transport minister pledges to avoid bans, price hikes ahead of commission’s final meeting

    25 Mar 2019, 14:51 After months of negotiations, the commission tasked with proposing measures to cut emissions from Germany’s transport sector has come together for its final meeting. So far, the task force has made headlines mainly for fierce dispute ...
  • Transport minister cancels clean mobility commission meeting following speed limit controversy

    23 Jan 2019, 13:21 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

    Survey reveals many German economists ignorant of key coal exit details

    28 Feb 2019, 10:36 A survey of economics professors that found widespread scepticism about the climate impact of Germany's landmark coal exit deal accidentally revealed that many economists have only a patchy grasp on key details of the plan. More ...
  • New German energy state secretary takes carbon price off table for now

    15 Feb 2019, 13:49 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter ...
  • Deep divisions persist over German climate plan, coal exit

    26 Oct 2016 The rifts over the German Climate Action Plan 2050 and an exit from coal-fired power generation were highlighted at a string of events on Wednesday. Federal and regional environment ministry officials stressed the need for a framework to ...
  • Significant drop in energy use pushes down German emissions in 2018

    19 Dec 2018, 14:21 Germany’s energy-related CO₂ emissions dropped by more than six percent year-on-year as the country consumed “significantly” less energy in 2018, but with a greater share of renewables than last year, said energy market research group ...
  • “There is no planet B” – video message from the ISS

    04 Dec 2018, 15:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics COP24 Federal Environment Ministry For the start of the UN climate change conference in Poland, German astronaut ...
  • Mobility and coal task force delay pushes back Germany’s climate policy timetable

    13 Dec 2018, 17:52 Delays in the work of the commissions charged with providing pathways to a coal exit and the mobility transition are threatening the German government's climate policy timetable. However, environment minister Svenja Schulze told ...
  • Preview2019- BUND: Germany's energy policy will change substantially

    07 Jan 2019, 09:30 The impending phase-out plan for coal power in Germany will have a profound impact on the country's entire energy policy, says Antje von Broock of environmental organisation Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). The NGO is a member ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog- Germany drops in climate performance

    10 Dec 2018, 09:03 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for the CO2 ...
  • 03 Dec 2018 |

    World must step up cooperation to fight global warming but it does not – opinion

    03 Dec 2018, 14:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 COP24 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The international community is failing badly to cooperate as needed to counter the ...
  • NGO triggering diesel bans now eyes speed limit on German Autobahn

    19 Dec 2018, 14:19 Diesel driving bans in numerous German cities are a major blow to many car drivers, the country’s carmakers, and its leading politicians. Now, the NGO that set the ball rolling on the bans is eyeing legal steps to end the world-famous ...
  • “We’re not going to Katowice empty-handed” – environment minister

    30 Nov 2018, 15:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels International Clean Energy Wire Despite the extension of the work of Germany’s coal exit commission, the country’s delegation will ...
  • Macron’s fuel tax courageous move which Germany does not dare to make – opinion

    29 Nov 2018, 16:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics Society Süddeutsche Zeitung French President Emmanuel Macron might have made several mistakes when introducing a new tax ...
  • German party leaders agree energy policy blueprint for coalition talks

    12 Jan 2018 (All day) The parties currently in talks to form Germany’s next government have agreed to speed up the roll-out of renewable energies and start the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. Contrary to a draft leaked earlier this week, the ...
  • No tightening of building efficiency standards planned in Germany

    29 Nov 2018, 15:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Efficiency Government Tagesspiegel The new draft law on the energy efficiency of  buildings, proposed by Germany’s interior (BMI) ...
  • Coal commission members eager to find solutions, but framework conditions “chaotic” – task force member

    29 Nov 2018, 15:38 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Clean Energy Wire The members of Germany’s coal exit commission are “willing to work together ...
  • Preview2019- Conditions for Energiewende success all set, says dena

    21 Dec 2018, 09:32 Ambitious climate action and a resolute energy transition are already possible in Germany but the country's government has yet to prove how serious it is about putting words into action, says Andreas Kuhlmann, the head of the ...
  • Germany’s coal commission insists no decision yet on exit date

    18 Sep 2018, 18:50 The country’s coal exit commission said there were no predetermined decisions regarding a date for the end to coal-fired power generation. Following irritation about reports of a supposed compromise on a 2038 end date, economy minister ...
  • Preview2019- BEE: Coal exit will not be enough for Germany

    03 Jan 2019, 11:30 Despite encountering many difficulties, Germany's so-called coal exit commission will manage to sketch a pathway out of coal-fired power production that is acceptable for everyone involved, says Peter Röttgen of renewable energy ...
  • Coal exit proposal reveals faultlines in energy debate

    13 Jan 2016 (All day) A think tank proposal on how Germany should exit coal has pushed the debate on the Energiewende's future into full swing, exposing deep fault lines. The environment ministry and Greens backed the plan for a phase-out of coal ...
  • Germany headed for largest emissions drop since 2009 recession

    02 Nov 2018, 14:40 Germany’s CO2 emissions are on course for their largest drop since the 2009 recession this year after remaining virtually unchanged for four consecutive years, according to first estimates by energy market research group AG ...
  • Just transition in Germany could help counter populism- state sec

    28 Nov 2018, 15:20 If Germany manages its coal exit in a socially fair way, this will not only prevent the success of populists in the country, says Jochen Flasbarth, state secretary in the German environment ministry. It could serve as a model for other ...
  • 12 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 13: "Historic" global climate agreement adopted

    12 Dec 2015 (All day) Countries have agreed to a new global deal to limit global warming and address climate change impacts / “Paris will forever be connected to this historic watershed,” says Chancellor Merkel / “Climate neutrality” still in the text, ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    “All countries face same challenges, but some simply tackle them”- Green MP

    13 Dec 2018, 18:20 The global community is closely watching Germany’s lagging domestic climate action, which certainly does not help the country’s credibility in international negotiations, says Lisa Badum, climate policy spokesperson of the Greens' ...
  • Commission on coal exit "easy way out"- Greens' climate spokesperson

    08 Feb 2018 (All day) In their coalition treaty, negotiators from Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to set up a special commission charged with managing the phase-out of coal-fired power generation in ...
  • Preview2018- German coal exit would not help climate- researcher

    21 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Preview2018- Energy economist fears for Germany's climate reputation

    18 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Mixed reactions to EU agreement on Market Stability Reserve

    07 May 2015 (All day) Superfluous emission allowances will be put into a market stability reserve from 2019 onwards, EU institutions agreed. The German government’s core demands have been included in the reform. But the chemicals industry fears for its ...
  • 15 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog: Parties decide "solid" rulebook

    15 Dec 2018, 22:10 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail to meet its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for ...
  • Preview2018- WWF calls for German climate policy emergency programme

    19 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • 02 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 3: Measuring CO2, divestment and resilience

    02 Dec 2015 (All day) Day 3 at the UN climate conference: Today's official theme is resilience, with divestment and renewables featuring in others of the many side events / Germany insists on strong monitoring mechanism in agreement / ambitious pace ...
  • Climate high on Germany's G7 agenda, ambitious goals tough to agree- Merkel

    20 Apr 2015 (All day) German chancellor wants to push for commitment for ambitious climate targets from G7 as climate activists call for strong leadership. Ambitious climate targets are high up on Germany's list for the upcoming G7 summit but could ...
  • German commission draft suggests coal exit with compensation

    16 Nov 2018, 16:19 The German coal exit commission has debated a first draft that outlines how the country could start the phase-out the fossil power source in the coming years. According to a leaked draft plant operators could receive compensation ...
  • COP23- 'Firms need certainty on climate policy to unlock investments'

    06 Nov 2017 (All day) The UNFCCC conference in Bonn needs to see more states make ambitious climate mitigation pledges, Sabine Nallinger, Managing Director of the Foundation 2°- German Businesses for Climate Protection, tells CLEW. The outcome could spur ...
  • Minister set to ease climate levy burden on old coal plants- draft proposal

    19 May 2015 (All day) UPDATE: Angela Merkel weighs into the dispute about the proposed climate levy on old fossil-fuelled power stations and summons ministers to the chancellery on Wednesday. The climate levy could be reduced and special rules applied to ...
  • Ministry to tweak climate levy to ease industry concerns- reports

    24 Apr 2015 (All day) [Updates explanation of climate contribution] The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has signalled it might make changes to its climate levy to ease concerns over potential job losses, media report on Friday as ...
  • Views and comments on Germany's Climate Action Programme

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The German government has approved a package of measures to achieve its goal of reducing carbon emissions 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990. The following collection provides a snapshot of comments and reactions.   Environment ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog- Germany pledges 70 million euros extra to Adaptation Fund

    11 Dec 2018, 20:00 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for the CO2 ...
  • German court stops controversial clearing of forest for lignite mine

    05 Oct 2018, 17:00 Clearing operations at the embattled Hambach Forest to make way for a coal mine have to be halted to decide whether the forest is protected by EU environmental rules, a German court has decided. The judges said energy company RWE did ...
  • German financial sector expects EU standards to boost green finance

    25 Sep 2018, 14:33 Europe needs a common standard for sustainable finance and investment regulation to ensure that the financial sector contributes to the transition to a low-carbon economy, financial industry representatives said at a green finance ...
  • Germany laggard in assessing fossil investment risks- Deutsche Börse

    04 Oct 2018, 14:16 The financial sector in Germany needs better regulation to fully incorporate sustainability criteria in its business practices, says Kristina Jeromin, head of sustainability at the German stock exchange Deutsche Börse and managing ...
  • Germany faces challenges to its triad of targets at European climate negotiations

    22 Oct 2014 (All day) Germany is to push for a triad of targets for 2030 at the EU climate summit on 23-24 October with broad backing from the public, and some concerns on the part of industry. As EU leaders prepare to set out the cornerstones of climate ...
  • Coal commission keeps out of lignite mine expansion dispute

    23 Aug 2018, 18:15 Germany’s coal commission will not give any recommendation regarding mining-owner RWE’s plans to continue clearing forest for the planned extension of the Hambach lignite mine in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The country's ...
  • 10 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 5: Progress in tough talks

    10 Nov 2017 (All day) Tough talks- but not yet reason to worry / EU remains steadfast on pre-2020 action and inflexible on Adaptation Fund / "No jobs on a dead planet"- trade unions / Climate-smart agriculture / Effects of climate change in ...
  • 07 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 2: Conference agenda accepted / More ambition needed

    07 Nov 2017 (All day) Conference off to a reassuring start, final agenda passed / Developing nations want to talk about pre2020 climate action by industrialised states / German companies call for a coal exit path and climate friendly regulation / Emission ...
  • Climate economist and co-chair of coal commission says 2030 climate targets define group’s duty

    The 2030 emissions reduction target defines the duty and objectives of the commission tasked with planning Germany’s coal exit, climate economist Barbara Praetorius said in an interview with Der Tagesspiegel. “The 2030 climate targets are set, they ...
  • Gov advisors say Energiewende will only thrive in European framework

    28 Jun 2018, 16:17 The German government’s Energiewende advisors say the country must put much greater emphasis on the project’s European dimension to achieve the shift to renewables and the necessary emissions reduction during the next decade. The group ...
  • Germany starts coal exit talks in bid to improve patchy climate record

    06 Jun 2018 (All day) Germany has launched official talks on phasing out coal in power generation. The aim is to cut greenhouse gas emissions that have remained stubbornly high despite the country’s ongoing shift to renewable power. The government on ...
  • German steelworkers fight EU plans for emissions trading

    11 Apr 2016 (All day) With backing from economy minister Sigmar Gabriel, thousands of German steelworkers rallied against EU reform plans for the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) on Monday. Gabriel said there must be no contradiction between ...
  • Renewables cover about 100% of German power use for first time ever

    05 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany has crossed a symbolic milestone in its energy transition by briefly covering around 100 percent of electricity use with renewables for the first time ever on 1 January. In the whole of last year, the world’s fourth largest ...
  • Germany gears up for official talks on coal phase-out

    22 May 2018 (All day) Energy transition pioneer Germany is about to launch a highly anticipated task force on phasing out coal power, the most prominent blemish on the country’s climate record. The government will likely nominate the coal exit commission ...
  • New government gets little credit in quest to regain climate lead

    29 Mar 2018 (All day) A new government with fresh faces for environment, energy, and transport policy is supposed to bring Germany's dented reputation as a climate policy pioneer back on track. Critics point out that apart from ambitious ...
  • Preview2018- Merkel is "a master of announcements"- environment NGO

    04 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Need measures to reduce carbon footprint by cement industry – WWF Germany

    12 Apr 2019, 13:20 Expert WWF Germany World Wide Fund For Nature Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Industrial policy WWF Germany Environmental ...
  • Rhine River could run too low again for shipping in Germany

    10 Apr 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Coal Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Bloomberg Germany’s Rhine River could be impassable to ships again this summer if Europe has another drought,  reports ...
  • Merkel’s grand coalition in review: The climate and energy record

    08 Sep 2017 (All day) As the current legislative period draws to a close, The Clean Energy Wire asked key stakeholders to review the last four years of German energy and climate policy – and tell us what they would like to see from the next government. ...
  • 01 Nov 2017 |

    COP23 – ‘Outgoing government could well act more boldly in Bonn’

    01 Nov 2017 (All day) Chancellor Angela Merkel could use her appearance at the COP to advance coalition talks on climate, says Ann-Kathrin Schneider, specialist for international climate policy at Friends of the Earth Germany. Meanwhile, Germany’s NGOs ...
  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    COP23 – Heartland of coal and renewables hosts climate summit

    16 Oct 2017 (All day) Not far from Germany's largest brown coal mine, the United Nations’ 23rd COP climate summit will take place in Bonn. While implementing the Paris Agreement will take centre stage under the presidency of Fiji, the host country ...
  • 06 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 1: More German money for adaptation fund

    06 Nov 2017 (All day) Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said vulnerable countries must be put centre-stage and kicked off the conference with a pledge to raise Germany's contribution to the climate change adaptation fund by 50 million euros. ...
  • Fully renewables-based global energy system possible by 2050, at lower cost – study

    12 Apr 2019, 13:40 Expert Hans-Josef Fell Politician EEG 2.0 | Law Energiewende Renewables Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Renewables Cost & Prices Energy Watch Group / LUT University A global ...
  • 07 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 7/8: A German facilitator, a climate action plan 2050

    07 Dec 2015 (All day) Day 7/8 at the UN climate conference: Environment state secretary Flasbarth becomes facilitator / EU fights for new differentiation / Germany plans decarbonisation by 2050 The ministers and top-officials from 195 countries have found ...
  • 14 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 9: Technical talks approach end/ Germany Fossil of the Day

    14 Nov 2017 (All day) Technical negotiations at COP23 in Bonn are approaching the final stage; it's important that they will be open to amendments throughout 2018, says German negotiator / Ministers arriving in Bonn will focus on finance, loss and ...
  • 15 Dec 2015 |

    Paris deal fuels German coal exit debate, stirs industry concerns

    15 Dec 2015 (All day) The widely celebrated Paris Agreement has intensified the debate about how Germany can achieve its endangered climate targets. Most commentators and climate activists argued the results of the climate summit vindicated demands that ...
  • COP23 – 'Germany can achieve most for climate by technology export'

    25 Oct 2017 (All day) Germany is hosting this year’s international climate summit (COP23) in Bonn. The conference will be about establishing the trust in mutually agreed rules on climate protection, says Carsten Rolle, head of the energy and climate ...
  • German reactions to US decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement

    02 Jun 2017 (All day) President Donald Trump has announced that he will pull the United States out of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. The USA will be the first country to leave the seminal 2015 treaty signed by nearly 200 individual nations that ...
  • 02 Jun 2016 |

    Wind development has to wait for grid expansion

    02 Jun 2016 (All day) The latest reform of Germany’s renewable energy law is taking shape – on Tuesday the federal government and the heads of the 16 states reached an agreement on essential aspects of a reformed bill, such as the amount of onshore wind ...
  • Env min Hendricks: "Nothing less than transforming our society"

    31 Jul 2017 (All day) Environment minister Barbara Hendricks has been at the helm of Germany's climate protection efforts for the past four years. During her tenure, the country has contributed substantially to brokering the Paris Agreement and put ...
  • Resolute renewables expansion will reduce power price and emissions amid coal exit – report

    06 Feb 2019, 14:10 Expert Greenpeace Energy Green energy provider Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Renewables Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Cost &amp ...
  • VW plans internal carbon levy and carbon-neutral electric car production

    18 Feb 2019, 13:28 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars Business & Jobs Dieselgate forces VW to embrace green mobility Fear of public ...
  • "Merkel's experience, credibility make her key in swaying Trump"

    23 May 2017 (All day) Days before the G7 summit in Italy, foreign governments praised German Chancellor Merkel for her international leadership on climate and urged her to sway US President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement. ...
  • EU Climate agreement gets mixed reception in Germany

    24 Oct 2014 (All day) The framework for energy policy until 2030 failed to meet all Germany’s ambitions but government says the agreement is in line with the energy transition. The EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework agreed in Brussels last night has ...
  • Cities and municipalities spearhead local transport revolution

    01 Jun 2017 (All day) A large share of the emissions from towns and cities comes from traffic. If Germany is to reach its Energiewende goals, each will have to do their bit to reduce the number of vehicles on their roads, and steer citizens towards ...
  • German reactions to reports on US withdrawal from Paris Agreement

    01 Jun 2017 (All day) According to several US media reports, the Trump administration has decided to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The US President said on Twitter he would announce his decision on Thursday. The USA would be the first country ...
  • Expensive coal exit in Germany could not serve as role model – opinion

    24 Jan 2019, 12:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices German coal exit timetable to be settled in last minute talks Germany’s coal exit commission Welt ...
  • 01 Jul 2017 |

    “Merkel has to play her cards right at the G20 summit in Hamburg”

    01 Jul 2017 (All day) German Chancellor Angela Merkel can still hope to achieve substantial progress in climate protection as she enters difficult talks with the leaders of the world’s largest economies at this week’s G20 summit in Hamburg, John J. Kirton ...
  • Efficiency gains make eastern German city Energiewende frontrunner

    29 May 2017 (All day) Germany’s energy transition is a vast national project that is reshaping the entire country. But it is happening on a local level, too. Here, the Clean Energy Wire looks at the path that one eastern German city is taking towards ...
  • 29 Dec 2015 |

    2016 Outlook – Key topics for Germany’s energy transition

    29 Dec 2015 (All day) 2016 is set to be another eventful year in German energy policy. The Paris climate summit underlined the need to reduce emissions even further, which will ultimately involve painful decisions about the future of coal. A series of ...
  • German carbon emissions rise in 2016 despite coal use drop

    20 Dec 2016 (All day) German energy-related CO₂ emissions rose almost 1 percent in 2016, despite a fall in coal use and the ongoing expansion of renewable energy sources, according to first estimates by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen. A ...
  • German grid regulator cuts lignite in its planning scenarios

    11 Feb 2015 (All day) Analysts have welcomed a new planning framework for the German grid that works on the basis of less lignite being burned in Germany, saying grid development must serve the country’s climate targets. Germany's grid regulator, the ...
  • German coal exit timetable to be settled in last minute talks

    23 Jan 2019, 18:16 Germany’s detailed coal exit path and the end-date to coal-fired power generation remain unknown only days before a highly anticipated phase-out proposal is due to be published. A leaked draft of the final report of the country’s coal ...
  • German Greens thrive in backlash to right wing-conservative push

    28 Nov 2018, 16:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Elections & Politics New York Times As a turn towards conservative and right-wing politics appears to dominate the ...
  • Germany stays out of call for stronger carbon pricing in EU

    14 Dec 2018, 13:35 Germany abstained from a call by nine other European countries for a stronger and extended role of carbon pricing at the COP climate conference in Katowice. The German environment ministry said it did not want to pre-empt the country’s ...
  • The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2018

    18 Apr 2018 (All day) German ministers and European Commissioners will be among those explaining why an energy transition is a good idea for the world, at the fourth Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 17-18 April 2018. The Clean Energy Wire will give a ...
  • State will have to spend “several billions of euros” to support coal regions – finance minister

    30 Nov 2018, 15:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Cost & Prices Tagesspiegel / dpa German finance minister Olaf Scholz said it is “perfectly clear” that the ...
  • European Commission’s zero-carbon 2050 target a “farewell to the industry” – opinion

    29 Nov 2018, 16:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Industrial policy Handelsblatt When presenting the European Commission’s plans for a carbon-neutral EU in ...
  • Climate & energy stumbling blocks for Jamaica-coalition talks

    27 Sep 2017 (All day) Germany might be headed towards a new chapter in its political history with a governing coalition of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the economic liberal FDP, and the environmentalist Green Party looming as a real prospect for the ...
  • What energy & climate stakeholders want from Germany's next government

    14 Sep 2017 (All day) Environmentalists, business associations, lobby groups, think tanks and researchers have all drawn up their wish list for future energy and climate policy ahead of the federal elections on 24 September. Whatever coalition German ...
  • 20 Sep 2017 |

    Campaign quotes: What Merkel & Schulz say about Energiewende issues

    20 Sep 2017 (All day) Chancellor Angela Merkel promises more precise climate goals after the elections; contender Martin Schulz calls for a binding e-car quota. In the run-up to the federal elections in Germany on 24 September, CLEW presents key campaign ...
  • Cities' & municipalities' role in the Energiewende

    26 May 2017 (All day) Local energy transitions across Germany play a key role in achieving the goals of the national Energiewende. In this factsheet, we provide some of the facts and figures key to understanding the power, opportunities and challenges of ...
  • Colour codes: How energy & climate policy differs in German coalitions

    04 Sep 2017 (All day) The next German government is almost certain to be a coalition of two or more parties. That means the country’s energy and climate policy will be a compromise between different party priorities. Energy and climate issues on a ...
  • Vote2017: German parties' energy & climate policy positions

    01 Sep 2017 (All day) Germany’s Energiewende is a project that enjoys backing from almost all of the country’s relevant political parties. But apart from the general intention to decarbonise the economy by the middle of the century and abide by the goals ...
  • 10 Mar 2019 |

    Students demand climate action with “Fridays for Future” school strikes

    10 Mar 2019, 15:22 Students around the world are walking out of school on Fridays to demand faster action on climate change. The protests were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began skipping school last August. In Germany, ...
  • 23 Jun 2016 |

    Climate Action Plan 2050: Negotiating a path to decarbonisation

    23 Jun 2016 (All day) Even before the Paris Agreement laid out international climate commitments, Germany had set its own ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2050. But emissions from the power and transport sector are failing to fall fast ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets

    04 Apr 2019, 14:48 This factsheet provides an overview of Germany's greenhouse gas emissions and the government's energy transition targets. [Updates emission data with corrected official 2018 estimates] Climate & CO2 Kerstine Appunn Julian ...
  • 22 Sep 2018 |

    Solar power in Germany – output, business & perspectives

    22 Sep 2018, 15:06 Solar power in Germany has gone through turbulent times since it got off to a flying start in the wake of Germany's Renewable Energy Act in the year 2000. German companies quickly ascended to global leadership in solar power ...
  • Germany's Climate Action Law begins to take shape

    21 Mar 2019, 10:30 Germany's environment ministry wants to enshrine a target of "at least 95 percent" greenhouse gas reduction by 2050 in the new Climate Action Law. A first draft of the law, seen by Clean Energy Wire, was sent to the ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050

    21 Mar 2019 Just in time for the international climate summit COP22 in Marrakesh and after months of dispute, Germany’s government has agreed on a basic framework for largely decarbonising its economy to reach 2050 climate goals. It includes target ...
  • 09 Sep 2016 |

    Germany’s trimmed-down Climate Action Plan

    09 Sep 2016 (All day) After months of deliberation, the German environment ministry has presented a trimmed-down Climate Action Plan 2050 for consultation with other ministries. The plan has been presented as crucial for Germany to achieve its ambitious ...
  • National climate measures and European emission trading: Assessing the ‘waterbed effect’

    04 Apr 2019, 12:40 When countries like the Netherlands, the UK or Germany attempt to lower greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation and industry, they are regularly faced with the same criticism: Saving emissions that are covered by the ...
  • Facts on German state elections and the energy transition in Hesse

    29 Oct 2018, 08:30 The central German state of Hesse has been a latecomer in terms of the country's energy transition, the Energiewende, but has gained ground by swiftly expanding renewables in recent years. The state that is a European ...
  • Government progress report on Energiewende spells out political goals

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) [Update: We have added an overview chart from the progress report to this factsheet, 05 Dec 2014] In its 2014 first progress report on the Energiewende, the German government has established what it calls political goals for its ...
  • 15 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Media on Germany and the Paris Climate Summit

    15 Dec 2015 (All day) In this factsheet, the Clean Energy Wire presents an overview of German media comments and reports on the Paris Climate Summit, which took place from 30 November to 11 December. COP21 Climate & CO2 s.amelang2 k.appunn Süddeutsche ...
  • Climate, energy and transport in Germany's coalition treaty

    07 Feb 2018 Concluding weeks of intensive negotiations, Germany's would-be government partners have agreed on a coalition treaty. The Clean Energy Wire presents excerpts on climate, energy and transport from the agreement between Chancellor Angela ...
  • Details of new Climate Action Programme

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The cabinet has approved a new Climate Action Programme with measures to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions. Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks stressed that the country is now on ...
  • The Climate Action Programme – what it's all about

    17 Nov 2014 (All day) On 3 December, the cabinet is to approve a new Climate Action Programme with measures to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions. But why is the government presenting the plan now? Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels k.appunn Germany has ...
  • Germany’s coal exit commission

    13 Dec 2018, 12:20 Germany has launched a highly anticipated task force on phasing out coal power, the most prominent blemish on the former climate action pioneer country’s emissions reduction record. The coal exit commission is supposed to find economic ...
  • Putting a price on emissions: What are the prospects for carbon pricing in Germany?

    06 Feb 2019, 11:04 Germany's environment minister, as well as various NGOs and political parties, are adamant the country must extend CO2 pricing to cut emissions and meet climate targets. Although not on the official agenda of the current coalition, ...
  • When will Germany finally ditch coal?

    16 Dec 2016 Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050 – which details how the country is to become close to carbon-neutral by mid-century – failed to set a deadline for the last of its coal-fired power plants to go offline. The country’s power supply still ...
  • The story of "Climate Chancellor" Angela Merkel

    01 Nov 2018, 17:00 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 ...
  • Understanding the European Union’s Emissions Trading System

    21 Aug 2018, 16:05 Germany's increasing CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants are partially due to the historically low prices for emissions allowances in the EU's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). One of the world's biggest carbon ...
  • Coal in Germany

    07 Feb 2019, 15:00 The future use of coal is at the centre of Germany's political debate on the energy transition and its efforts to mitigate climate change after the country has seen a stagnation in greenhouse gas emissions despite growing use of ...
  • German commission proposes coal exit by 2038

    21 Mar 2019, 12:20 The final report of Germany's coal exit commission sets out a pathway for the country to phase out the fossil power source and make progress on its slow emissions reductions. Delegations from industry, environmental NGOs, civil ...
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  • 18 Mar 2019 |

    #GETJO Keynote teaser: Business innovation, the energy transition & journalism

    18 Mar 2019, 14:00 Christian de Boisredon Business International "Journalists can play a vital role in highlighting innovative business change-makers across borders, and exploring solutions that reconcile ecology and the economy." Ahead of CLEW& ...
  • CLEW works on fixes to climate reporting at journalism festival

    20 Apr 2018, 15:22 m.otwinowski Climate & CO2 International One hour to generate a comprehensive roadmap of solutions to major challenges in climate change reporting together with over 40 international journalists? Clean Energy Wire accepted the ...
  • Now complete: Jury for the second CLEW cross-border energy transition story grants

    15 Jan 2019, 16:25 Martha Otwinowski Climate & CO2 Business International The jury for the CLEW cross-border journalism story grants is complete: The accomplished and experienced journalists Clara Navío, Isabel Hilton and Pilita Clark will pick the ...
  • 30 Nov 2018 |

    COP24 – Energy and climate policy experts in Poland

    30 Nov 2018, 15:56 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 COP24 Clean Energy Wire CLEW has compiled a list of Polish contacts for journalists reporting on the UN Climate Conference in Katowice in December. Clean Energy Wire's mission is to make life ...
  • Biomass, deforestation and EU-regulations: a Romanian-Polish cross border story

    30 Sep 2018, 17:55 Rose-Anne Clermont Martha Otwinowski Bioenergy Climate & CO2 Gas International Is biomass an attractive way to diversify fosssil fuel dependent countries' energy portfolios? Or the root of the deforestation in protected nature ...
  • Key take-aways from 1st Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference

    22 Dec 2017, 14:00 Sven Egenter Martha Otwinowski Nabeelah Shabbir Climate & CO2 International COP23 "Don't annoy a journalist if you don't have a good story," said Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament from the Group of ...
  • Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif

    Mojib Latif is Head of the Research Division Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics and Head of the Research Unit Marine Meteorology at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. He was a contributing author to the IPCC reports 2001 and 2007 and ...
  • adelphi

    Berlin-based adelphi is an independent think tank and public policy consultancy specialised on climate, environment and development. Founded in 2001, the 180-strong staff provides interdisciplinary research, strategic policy analysis and advice, and ...
  • Climate Service Center Germany

    The Climate Service Center Germany provides advisory services based on sound scientific knowledge for decision makers in Germany  in order to support government, administration and business in their efforts to adapt to climate change. www.climate-service ...
  • Climate-Alliance Germany

    Climate-Alliance Germany is a network of 115 organisations including environmental groups, development groups, churches, trade unions and consumer associations. Their objective is to shape the political framework needed to reduce Germany's greenhouse ...
  • PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    PIK addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. Researchers from the natural and social sciences work together to generate interdisciplinary insights and to provide society with sound ...
  • DWD- Germany's National Meteorological Service

    Germany's National Meteorological Service, the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) is a public institution responsible for providing meteorological services for the general public or for industrial customers and users. They also issue weather forecasts and ...
  • Alfred Wegener Institute

    The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) is a Helmholtz centre for polar and marine research and works mostly in the cold and temperate regions of the world. Seeing that the planet is experiencing radical climate change, AWI scientists are participating in ...
  • Sabine Minninger

    Sabine Minninger is a policy advisor on climate change with the German Protestant aid agency Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World), dealing with global warming and development issues. Since 2008 she has been following the UNFCCC process together with ...
  • IÖW- Institute for Ecological Economy Research

    The IÖW is a scientific institute in the field of practice-oriented sustainability research. It devises strategies and approaches for viable, long-term economic activity – for an economy which enables a good life and preserves natural resources. http:/ ...
  • Germanwatch

    Since 1991, Germanwatch has been engaged in global equity and the preservation of livelihoods under the motto “Observing, Analysing, Acting”. Germanwatch believes the political and globalised market structures of the North, as well as their resource ...
  • Greenpeace Germany

    Greenpeace Germany was established in 1980 and has more than 580,000 members (2.8 million members worldwide). The group has always been a vocal promoter of the nuclear shut-down in Germany and currently (July 2014) lobbies for a coal phase-out, to be ...
  • NABU- Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union

    This environment group has over 520,000 members and sponsors. Since its start in 1899, it has been committed to  the protection of threatened species and habitats, climate protection and energy policy. The NABU promotes in general renewables like wind ...
  • BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany

    BUND is a grassroots NGO with more than 480,000 members and supporters. It was founded in 1975 to promote nature conservation and protect the environment. BUND gets involved in policy making processes on environment issues, climate, transport, chemicals ...
  • Dennis Tänzler

    Dennis Tänzler is Director International Climate Policy at adelphi. His research focuses on climate and energy policies as well as on peace and conflict studies. In 2007 and 2008 he served the Policy Planning Unit of the German Foreign Office as an expert ...
  • Dr. Constanze Haug

    Constanze Haug works at adelphi as a Senior Project Manager in the fields of Climate and Energy. The key focus of her work at adelphi is the international carbon market, and emissions trading in particular. She is currently the Head of the Secretariat of ...
  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

    GEOMAR is a marine research institute based in Kiel, Germany. Operating in all ocean basins, the institute specialises in climate dynamics, marine ecology and biogeochemistry, and ocean floor dynamics and circulation. It is affiliated with the University ...
  • IKEM- Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility

    IKEM is a German climate policy research institute, which analyses, evaluates and develops strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by taking into account the interactions between law, economics and politics. IKEM conducts research on behalf of ...
  • WRI- World Resources Institute

    The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a research institution working in over 50 countries. It aims to gather data and develop ideas and strategies to influence government policies, businesses and civil society to sustain natural resources. WRI's ...
  • NewClimate Institute

    The NewClimate Institute for Climate Policy and Global Sustainability aims to develop new ideas on climate policy and to promote their implementation. It provides expertise in climate negotiations, carbon market mechanisms, development and climate finance ...
  • IASS- Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

    The IASS aims to merge relevant knowledge from science and other fields to find joint solutions for sustainable development. The IASS shares its findings through dialogue with politicians, researchers and civil society. iass-potsdam.de Dr. Bianca Schröder ...
  • BGR- Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources

    The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is accountable to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and provides neutral and independent advice and information on geoscientific and natural resource issues. The ...
  • DUH- Environmental Action Germany

    Environmental Action Germany (DUH) is a non-profit environmental and consumer protection association, supported by public and private project grants and donations. It has the legal right to represent group claims in court against projects that it ...
  • BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety

    www.bmub.bund.de Nikolai Fichtner +49 30 18 305 2010 presse@bmub.bund.de Government ...
  • Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

    MCC conducts assessment reports and analyzes policy options, fostering close collaboration with policy-makers, society and other sustainability institutes worldwide. In addition, the Institute develops original research contributions on economic growth; ...
  • City of Berlin Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection

    The Berlin Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection (SenUVK) is one of ten departments of the Berlin Senate and the supreme state authority responsible for environmental, transport and climate protection policy in the German ...
  • Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

    Founded in 1991, the Wuppertal Institute was set up as an interdisciplinary research unit to cover the subjects climate change, energy and policy. It analyses and provides strategies for transitions to sustainable development. Among others, it has ...
  • BMUB- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety

    Please note: as of 15 March 2018, the German environment ministry's acronym is BMU- not BMUB. The construction policy porftolio (Bau) has been transferred to the interior ministry. www.bmub.bund.de Nikolai Fichtner +49 30 18 305 2010 presse@bmub.bund ...
  • Prof. Dr. Reimund Schwarze

    Prof. Dr. Schwarze's areas of expertise and research:- Sustainability economics- International climate change policy- Management of soil and groundwater contamination- Management of natural hazards- Environmental liability and insurance www.ufz.de ...
  • arrhenius Institute for Energy and Climate Policy

    The arrhenius Institute is a think tank that produces independent research for decision makers in government, public policy and business. Its areas of expertise include: "analysis of business ideas, designing energy markets, modeling energy systems, ...
  • UFZ- Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

    The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) is a research institute focusing on the intersection of environment and society and is based in Leipzig. The work of UFZ's 1,100 researchers in core subject areas such as land use, biodiversity, ...
  • CLOSED: Go collaborate! Grant for energy & climate journalism

    09 Oct 2017 Bonn PLEASE NOTE: Winners will be notified by 09 October, and all other applicants shortly thereafter. A cross-border perspective is key to reporting on the global energy transition. Clean Energy Wire CLEW is offering three grants for the most ...
  • 17 Jan 2019 |

    The German Climate Change Act – a new legal framework for the Energiewende pioneer?

    17 Jan 2019 Berlin PRESS BRIEFING on 17 January- An extreme drought in the summer 2018, a heated controversy over the pace of a coal phase-out, the Dieselgate scandal and a continuous failure to meet its self-declared emission targets – this cocktail of ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    Medien-Briefing: Klimaschutzgesetz 2019 – was kann Deutschland vom Ausland lernen?

    17 Dec 2018 Berlin Der Dürresommer 2018,  der Streit über den Kohleausstieg, die Gelbe-Westen-Krawalle in Frankreich, der nicht enden wollende Dieselskandal: dieser Problem-Mix hat den Klimaschutz zurück auf die vorderen Ränge der politischen Agenda in ...
  • The Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference 2019 #GETJO19

    07- 08 Apr 2019 Berlin BUSINESS JOURNALISM IN TRANSITION SIGN UP UNTIL 25 March: The story of the energy transition cuts across borders and beats. One major angle is how businesses and business models are transforming in response to the climate crisis. ...
  • 27 Nov 2018 |

    NOW CLOSED: Call for energy transition cross-border journalism

    27 Nov- 31 Dec 2019 Berlin Dare to cross borders, cooperate across traditional beats and most of all: collaborate! Clean Energy Wire CLEW pleased to extend the call for a second round of applications for the 'Go collaborate! Energy transition story ...
  • India & Germany: Joint transition to a low-carbon energy system?

    27 Sep- 03 Oct 2015 Freiburg Ahead of the visit of Chancellor Merkel to India on 5/6 October, the study visit for Indian journalists will look at the record of German energy and climate policy. What can be learnt from Germany for the massive transition of ...
  • IJP fellowship energy and climate: Germany-Central Eastern Europe

    01 Oct 2018 A journalism programme on environmental, energy, and climate policy: Exploring the energy transition in the heart of Europe The German non-profit organisation IJP (International Journalists’ Programmes) is offering its first special fellowship ...
  • Berlin Clean Energy Wire Press Briefing: Poland ahead of COP24

    13 Sep 2018 Berlin In the lead-up to the upcoming COP24 climate change conference in Poland, the Clean Energy Wire is inviting Germany-based journalists to a media briefing on Polish energy and climate policy on 13 September 2018. Energy analysts and ...
  • 07 Oct 2018 |

    Poland ahead of COP24

    07- 10 Oct 2018 Warsaw Update: CLEW has compiled a list of contacts for journalists ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice (COP24). Against the backdrop of the upcoming COP24 climate conference in Poland, the Clean Energy Wire is inviting ...
  • 10 Nov 2017 |

    Programme: The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready?

    10- 11 Nov 2017 Brühl A conference for journalists, journalism funders, and journalism networks Friday, 10 November 2017 09.00     Conference registration desks open   Location: H+ Hotel Köln Brühl, Römerstraße 1, 50321 Brühl (approx. 45 mins from Bonn ...
  • Saertex GmbH & Co. KG: supplying the wind energy industry

    Family-owned company Saertex is the global leader in manufacturing multiaxial fabrics (non crimp fabrics) and core materials for fibre-reinforced composites, used for building wind turbines, among other things. With over 300 million euros in annual sales, ...
  • Electric mobility, CO2 limits, Dieselgate: The big challenge for German automotive suppliers

    Magna Powertrain/GETRAG is a supplier of transmission systems for passenger cars and light-duty utility vehicles, based in Untergruppenbach- 45 kilometers north of Stuttgart. Magna Powertrain/GETRAG has around 14,200 employees in 20 sites around the world ...
  • Impact Clean Power Technology SA (PL): Battery solutions for the car industry

    Impact Clean Power Technology S.A. is one of the leading manufacturers of battery systems for public transport, industrial and commercial applications, and driverless transport vehicles. It is an innovative company within the Polish energy sector. CLEW ...
  • Wodny Park Tychy (PL)

    Wodny Park Tychy (Aquapark Tychy) is a public spa owned and operated by a municipality-owned utility in the city of Tychy. The aquapark is heated and powered by a CHP plant run on gas produced from the local sewage system. Surplus electricity is fed in to ...
  • Anti-coal protest symbol Hambach Forest

    The Hambach mine, the largest lignite mine in Germany, has been the subject of decades of protests. Since 2012, protesters have occupied parts of the Hambacher Forst, a 1,200 hectar-wide forest that has largely fallen victim to the expanding lignite mine. ...
  • Ibbenbüren coal mine

    Coal-mining company RAG owns and operates Germany’s last two coal mines and records around 1.5 billion euros in annual sales. It employs 12,000 people, of which more than three quarters work in its mining division, which is scheduled to be wound down in ...
  • Stakeholder and citizen involvement in regional planning- repurposing a hard coal mining site

    Regional authorities want to breathe new life into the Ibbenbüren colliery. Located on the northern edge of North Rhine-Westphalia, the city of  Ibbenbüren  is home to one of the last two active hard coal mines in Germany. This colliery directly feeds ...
  • Al Shameri

    Yemen Climate & CO2 Sahar has written for Yemen Science and Scientific Arab. ...
  • Berwyn

    Austria Climate & CO2 Bob is an American freelance journalist based in Vienna. His work appears in InsideClimate News, Deutsche Welle, Pacific Standard. He mostly covers climate and the environment, writing about biodiversity, forests, water, and ...
  • Mguni

    Botswana Climate & CO2 Agriculture Zimbabwean Mbongeni is staff correspondent at Mmegi. Among other topics, he covers food and water security and energy issues. ...
  • Belmabrouk

    Tunisia Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Bahija works for Agence Tunis Afrique Presse. She also covers environmental issues, water management, as well as corruption. ...
  • Ott

    Austria Climate & CO2 Renewables Industrial policy Magdalena is a staff writer at Vienna-based HLK magazine. ...
  • Daea

    Romania Climate & CO2 Renewables Energiewende Efficiency Romanian Marius Daea works for www.oltenianews.ro. You can find him via LinkedIn. ...
  • Sobral

    Uruguay Bioenergy Climate & CO2 Mobility Digitalisation Gonzalo runs EL AMBIENTE EN EL MEDIO, a TV show on environmental issues on NSTV in Uruguay. ...
  • Miebach

    France Climate & CO2 Renewables Energiewende German Elisa Miebach is a German journalist. She publishes mostly in Tagesspiegel Background Energie&Klima. You can reach her via LinkedIn. ...
  • Toppa

    Pakistan Climate & CO2 Business International Security US American Sabrina is a Lahore-based freelance journalist. Her work has been published by The Guardian, NBC News, Washington Post, TIME Magazine. ...
  • Al-Hayani

    Yemen Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Omar is a Sanaa-based science journalist. His work appears mostly in yemenscience.net. Find him online via Facebook.   ...
  • Balakrishnan

    Germany Climate & CO2 Renewables Cities Vijay publishes in The Lancet titles (environment and energy from a health angle), Scroll.in, WHO Bulletin. He is also interested in the connection between climate and health. Find Vijay's website here. ...
  • Cheema

    Pakistan Bioenergy Climate & CO2 Technology Elections & Politics Agriculture Saif Ullah mostly publishes with Dawn News. Find him online via LinkedIn. ...
  • Buchsbaum

    Germany Coal Climate & CO2 Renewables Energiewende Elections & Politics International US American Michael is an U.S. American freelance journalist based in Germany. His work is published in energytransition.org as well as POWER Magazine. ...
  • Kassim

    Nigeria Climate & CO2 Renewables Cities Agriculture Ayoola works for Channels Television. She also covers biodiversity and the environment. Connect with her online via Twitter or LinkedIn. ...
  • Tollersrud

    Norway Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Renewables Energiewende Society Emma is a journalist at Klassekampen. Previously, she worked with Dagens Næringsliv, Morgenbladet, Aftenposten. Connect with her online via Twitter or LinkedIn. ...
  • Niiler

    United States Climate & CO2 Renewables Technology Elections & Politics Eric Niiler is CLEW ambassador for the United States, based in Wahsington D.C. He is a freelance science writer. Eric's work appears in WIRED, National Geographic, Medium ...
  • Goret

    Belgium Climate & CO2 Renewables Energiewende Mobility Agriculture COP24 French Camille Goret writes for Metro (Belgium). ...
  • Balao

    Togo Climate & CO2 Renewables Solar Technology Agriculture Kossi Elom is a freelance journalist and publishes in Indices Magazine, AfricaWeb. Connect with him online via Facebook or LinkedIn. ...
  • Wecker

    Switzerland Climate & CO2 Energiewende Cities Politics Society Katharina is a German freelance journalist based in Switzerland. Her work is published in Deutsche Welle as well as ze.tt. Find her online via her website. ...
  • Dey

    India Climate & CO2 Renewables Finance Cities Indian Swati Dey publishes mostly in The Tribune, Patriot and Youth Ki Awaaz. ...
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