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  • 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 ...
  • 08 Jul 2015 |

    Energy transition shapes foreign policy in Germany and beyond

    The Energiewende and its implications for international security 08 Jul 2015 Energy supply is inseparable from German foreign policy, as the country relies on imports to feed its energy appetite. The Ukraine crisis has brought the risks of Germany’s ...
  • 06 Aug 2015 |

    Energiewende effects on power prices, costs and industry

    German industry and its competitive edge in times of the Energiewende 06 Aug 2015 (All day) Industrial competitiveness in times of an energy transition: few issues have been watched as closely as this. So far, German manufacturers have kept their ...
  • Preview2017- Outlook for Germany's Energiewende

    German climate lead in G20 expected as elections to set tone domestically 20 Jan 2017 (All day) A string of regional elections as well as federal elections will dominate German policy in 2017. In this dossier, the Clean Energy Wire and a number of energy ...
  • Germany's energy transition revamp stirs controversy over speed, participation

    The reform of the Renewable Energy Act 29 Jun 2016 The German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) is the mechanism that has made possible the energy transition so far. It guaranteed renewable energy producers high returns on investment, which in turn helped to ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Mar 2016 |

    Car giant Germany struggles to ignite Energiewende in transportation

    The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector 09 Mar 2016 When it comes to the automobile, Germany flaunts unique gravitas. The German engineer Karl Benz invented the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine 130 years ago. Today, ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    Stricken solar sector sets out to regain leading Energiewende role

    Solar power in Germany 05 Dec 2018, 10:39 One of the sunniest summers on record in Germany and much of Central Europe in 2018 has refocused the spotlight on solar power after its decline in the last decade. Once a global technology leader, Germany's ...
  • German industry embraces Energiewende transformation challenge

    The energy transition's effects on the economy 20 Apr 2018 After balking at the Energiewende for many years, German industry has made a notable shift- embracing the energy transition with a new fervour. To be sure, efforts to curb climate change ...
  • 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 ...
  • 11 Jul 2017 |
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    G20 2017- Climate and energy at the Hamburg summit

    Germany pushes for G20 climate focus, despite Trump 11 Jul 2017 (All day) The leaders of the world's largest economies have met at the G20 summit in Germany's main port city Hamburg. The current US administration's decision to pull out of ...
  • 18 Jan 2019 |

    City of Berlin shoots high with climate goals – but can it deliver?

    The energy transition in Germany's capital 18 Jan 2019, 12:00 Berlin’s city government has set new climate targets – some even more ambitious than Germany’s national policy. As the seat of federal government, and with its outsized international ...
  • 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, ...
  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    Vote2017- German elections and the Energiewende

    Energy and climate policy in Germany's election 16 Oct 2017 (All day) Germans have cast their vote for a new federal parliament. Incurring heavy losses, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance once again prevailed as the country ...
  • 29 Mar 2018 |

    The new German government and the energy transition

    Germany seeks to remain climate pioneer with a "clean, secure and affordable" Energiewende 29 Mar 2018 (All day) Re-elected chancellor Angela Merkel's grand coalition government of Conservatives and Social Democrats has been sworn in and ...
  • 06 Aug 2018 |

    How Germany is greening its growing freight sector to meet climate targets

    Cargo transport and the energy transition 06 Aug 2018, 11:00 The Dieselgate scandal has put passenger car emissions in the public spotlight in Germany, but an even bigger road polluter – freight transport – remains a sideshow. Transporting goods by road, ...
  • 10 Oct 2018 |

    Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition

    Energy storage and the Energiewende 10 Oct 2018, 09:00 Germany's rapidly rising share of weather-dependent renewable energy makes the country a testbed for storage technologies, to enable its use when there is no sun or wind. Truly large-scale ...
  • 25 Jun 2018 |

    Industry bets on gas as last trump card in Energiewende

    The role of gas in Germany's energy transition 25 Jun 2018, 15:05 Does the energy transition seal the fate of natural gas in Germany? Europe's biggest economy will have to virtually phase out all fossil fuels to fully decarbonise by 2050. But ...
  • Power production at sea re-emerges as Energiewende cornerstone

    Offshore wind power in Germany 04 May 2018 Offshore wind power production for long has been a gleam of hope for Germany's energy transition as a renewable power resource with vast potential to make the shift away from fossil fuels affordable. While ...
  • The Energiewende's booming flagship braces for stormy times

    Onshore wind power in Germany 14 Jun 2017 Onshore wind power capacity in Germany has increased more than 1,000 times since 1990. A combination of idealistic impetus and entrepreneurial enthusiasm among citizens has brought the number of wind turbines up ...
  • Towns and cities central to heating and transport transition

    Cities, municipalities, and the Energiewende 26 May 2017 Germany’s energy transition is a vast national project that is reshaping the entire country. But, of course, it is also taking place on a local level. With the shift to a decentralised energy system ...
  • Digitalisation ignites new phase in energy transition

    The digitalisation of the Energiewende 21 Jul 2017 Information and communication technology is about to revolutionise Germany’s energy sector once again. The birthplace of the energy transition needs a more flexible and efficient electricity system based ...
  • 04 Aug 2017 |

    Germany's Energiewende: The Easy Guide

    Find your way around the energy transition 04 Aug 2017 (All day) Germany is bidding farewell to nuclear energy, expanding renewable energy sources and working to make its economy virtually climate-neutral by mid-century. Researching and understanding the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Sep 2016 |

    Bioenergy- the troubled pillar of the Energiewende

    Biogas in Germany's energy transition 30 Sep 2016 Following the introduction of feed-in tariffs for renewables in 2000, bioenergy plants sprang up like daisies across the country, providing a climate friendly source for power that’s independent of ...
  • 12 Oct 2016 |

    BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution

    The Energiewende and German carmakers 12 Oct 2016 In Germany, the birthplace of the automobile, three iconic carmakers, BMW, Daimler, and VW, are facing the greatest challenge in their history: The mobility revolution to create a green transport future. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Jun 2015 |

    Germany's energy transition in the European context

    The solo draws to a close 25 Jun 2015 Germany’s energy transition began as a lonely expedition. Expanding green energy rapidly and switching off its nuclear power stations antagonised some neighbours and the European Commission. Germany has now learned ...
  • 17 Sep 2015 |

    Taming the appetite for energy

    The Energiewende and Efficiency 17 Sep 2015 It will take more than just making the power supply green to achieve climate targets. Germany must also tackle demand and consume less energy. In the past, energy use only fell significantly when the economy ...
  • 30 Mar 2015 |

    Jobs won, jobs lost – how the Energiewende is transforming the labour market

    The energy transition's effect on jobs and business 30 Mar 2015 From solar-panel cleaners to housing-insulation specialists and wind-turbine climbers, Germany's move to a low-carbon economy powered by renewable energy sources is shaping new ...
  • 22 Jun 2015 |

    The history of the Energiewende

    Energiewende – the first four decades 22 Jun 2015 (All day) For many observers, the energy transition in Germany began with Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to phase out nuclear power, following the accident at the nuclear plant in Fukushima, ...
  • 05 Nov 2014 |

    The social impact of Germany's energy transition

    How the Energiewende is transforming Germany as we know it 05 Nov 2014 (All day) Germany's energy revolution is having a far-reaching impact on everything from the landcsape to education, as farmers earn more from their "energy harvest" ...
  • 01 Jul 2015 |

    Technology to transform the energy sector- made in Germany

    New technologies for the Energiewende 01 Jul 2015 Germany’s energy transition anticipates a vastly more efficient and interconnected energy system in the future. It also poses huge technological challenges – and challenges for legislation and business ...
  • The power market and the energy transition

    The country of the Energiewende strengthens competition and flexibility 26 Aug 2015 (All day) The Energiewende involves tough choices for politicians: How will Germany organise the market around the ever-increasing share of renewable energy? What happens ...
  • 10 Mar 2015 |

    Germany between citizens’ energy and Nimbyism

    The People's Energiewende 10 Mar 2015 Since the energy transition took off in 2000, millions of Germans have become energy producers, investing in solar panels on their houses and buying shares in wind parks. Citizens' engagement is one reason ...
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  • “A pact between government and industry on clean energy policy and industry policy

    In its “Future Pact Energiewende Industrial Policy”, think tank Agora Energiewende and consultancy Roland Berger have presented proposals on how to reconcile the competitiveness of the country’s industry with Germany’s energy transition after the federal ...
  • The stakes for energy and climate policy are high in EU elections

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

    08 May 2019, 13:31 German industry heavyweights including chemical maker BASF, HeidelbergCement, gas supplier Linde and steelmaker Salzgitter say they are prepared for profound emissions cuts, but still lack the necessary market signal from policymakers. ...
  • Next phase of global climate policy requires more national action – and a CO2 price

    13 May 2019, 14:00 Implementing the Paris Agreement means that countries have to have more ambition on a national level and the same is true for the European Union, Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze said at the opening of the 10th Petersberg ...
  • Germany's economic powerhouse states demand clear federal energy policy concept

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

    German coal commission helpful example but no climate policy panacea – analysis

    04 Apr 2019, 13:43 Expert E3G- Third generation enviromentalism European non profit organisation for policy transformation Climate & CO2 Finance Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Government Employing ...
  • Germany should make its energy policy fully European to improve it – DIHK head

    12 Mar 2019, 14:01 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Grid Industrial policy International ...
  • 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 ...
  • Altmaier wants to boost battery cells, autonomous driving as part of industry policy

    05 Feb 2019, 13:40 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 ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

    France and Germany call for EU industrial policy to spur low-carbon investments

    20 Feb 2019, 11:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Chinese-German battery cell deal key step for mobility transition Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition ...
  • 15 Feb 2019 |

    Nord Stream 2 is a failure for EU energy policy – opinion

    15 Feb 2019, 12:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas International Security Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 links Germany to Russia, but splits Europe Germany to stay in command on Nord Stream 2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 31 Jan 2019 |

    Germany set to have “world’s dumbest energy policy”- opinion

    31 Jan 2019, 13:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Energiewende Germany's Energiewende: The Easy Guide Wall Street Journal Germany is set to have the “world’s dumbest energy policy” ...
  • 15 Jan 2019 |

    Reform of European agricultural policy key to more eco-friendly farming – env min

    15 Jan 2019, 12:10 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Agriculture Climate impact of farming, land use (change) and forestry in Germany Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050 The wicked task of feeding 83 million in a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    German Conservatives’ foreign policy expert urges government to “reconsider” Nord Stream 2

    13 Dec 2018, 14:41 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Security The Guardian The head of Germany’s parliamentary foreign affairs committee, Norbert Röttgen of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    Merkel leaves long list of unsolved energy policy tasks to her successor

    10 Dec 2018, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Government Bloomberg Germany’s long-time Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will leave her successor a long list of unsolved tasks once she ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    Nord Stream 2 “a German foreign policy disaster” – opinion

    07 Dec 2018, 14:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Security Zeit Online New tensions between Russia and the Ukraine have reinvigorated critics of the natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    State ministers criticise Germany's energy transition policy

    29 Nov 2018, 15:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Government WirtschaftsWoche / BMWi The Green Party’s energy minister in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Franz Untersteller, has lamented a ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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, ...
  • 15 Oct 2018 |

    Bavarian vote shakes Berlin coalition, leaves energy policy in limbo

    15 Oct 2018, 17:33 The ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) – the sister party to Angela Merkel’s CDU and the partner in her national grand coalition government – were dealt a historic blow in the Bavarian state elections, ...
  • SPD at odds with itself over level of ambition in climate policy to regain ground

    The German Social Democrats (SPD) have made climate policy one of the key topics during a special conference ("debate camp") following defeats in two state elections in which the federal government coalition party suffered major voter losses, ...
  • Germany’s biogas industry says long-term policy strategy needed to keep plants running

    Biogas production in Germany has a lot of untapped potential for contributing to the country’s climate targets and needs a proper long-term strategy to make sure it is put to the best possible use, lobby group Fachverband Biogas says in a press release. ...
  • Social Democrats need more “courage” in environment policy - env minister

    Environment minister and Social Democrat (SPD) Svenja Schulze called on her party to become more vocal in environmental and climate protection policy, reports newspaper Merkur. The Social Democrats have "for a long time not been decisive and ...
  • German policy shamefully neglects building emissions – commentary

    Buildings cause a third of German emissions, but the government continues to “shamefully neglect” this problem, writes Bernhard Pötter in a commentary for tageszeitung. “It doesn’t really bother anyone that all climate targets are missed in this sector, ...
  • 12 Oct 2018 |

    Shake-up in Bavaria's election may impact German energy policy

    12 Oct 2018, 16:30 The surge of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and a strong showing of the Green Party look set to end the absolute majority of conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavarian state elections on 14 October. The CSU is a ...
  • 13 May 2019 |

    Germans consider climate issue biggest challenge for Europe on eve of EP elections

    13 May 2019, 14:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Two weeks before the European Parliament elections, German voters have said that climate and environment protection are the ...
  • Greens strong in regional election, but ability to turn success into concrete policy remains to be seen - opinion

    While the Greens were strengthened by their success in the regional elections in the German federal state of Hesse, it remains to be seen whether they can convert this political success into concrete green policy, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece ...
  • COP24 in Katowice will be “milestone in international climate policy” – state secretary

    There is much detail work to be done until the UN Climate Change Conference will start in Polish Katowice on 2 December, said the German environment ministry after a preparatory meeting in Kraków. However, the will of governments to agree on a rulebook ...
  • "Inconvenient truths" about Germany’s climate policy

    Germany’s government is creating a “climate chaos,” the tabloid newspaper Bild writes in a page two article. Despite the high costs of renewable power, the targets of the energy transition are far from being reached, the article says. Another point of ...
  • VW CEO Diess says clean car policies “threaten the very existence” of Germany’s car industry

    Stricter EU emission limits and new, more realistic exhaust gas testing methods were pushing the car industry to the “brink of collapse,” Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said at an event on 16 October, Spiegel Online reports. He lamented that the current ...
  • German government must urgently tackle energy policy issues – industry association

    The energy transition offers plenty of opportunities for German businesses, but the current government coalition has done little to solve key issues for the industry, writes the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) in its 2018 ...
  • Germany alone with no-nuclear policy – article

    Germany’s decision to phase-out nuclear power and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the same time is posing difficulties for the country, which will miss its 2020 CO 2 reduction targets, Paola Tamma writes on Politico. Both the IPCC’s new 1.5 degree ...
  • Renewables and energy industry lobby groups criticise German energy policy

    Germany’s energy policy has not lived up to its climate and renewables expansion targets and has failed to adequately integrate citizens in planning procedures, Simone Peter of the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) and Stefan Kapferer of the German ...
  • German industry calls for more decisive energy and climate policy

    Germany’s energy and climate policy lacks decisiveness and a coherent approach, according to representatives of the country’s industries. “Germany must urgently take an integral approach to the climate-friendly modernisation of our economy, instead of ...
  • Germany must show Security Council members value of making security policy implications key topic

    The German government has to carefully moderate the many differing interests in order to successfully make security policy implications of climate change a key topic during its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, writes ...
  • Need for energy policy reform “piling up” – parliamentary debate

    The need for reform in German energy policy is “piling up” under the current grand coalition government, said Oliver Krischer, deputy leader of the Greens parliamentary group in a plenary debate on the economy and energy budget for 2019. Economy minister ...
  • Call for “climate passport” helps advance debate about fairness in climate policy – opinion

    It is futile to hope that the German government will officially propose the introduction of a “climate passport” at the upcoming UN climate conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Rundschau. In a ...
  • Consternation over SPD leader Nahles’s attack on Green climate policy

    The criticism of the Green Party’s climate policy by Andrea Nahles, leader of the  SPD, Germany’s junior government coalition partner, has led to consternation and objections by the Greens and environmental groups. NGO Greenpeace said in a mailed ...
  • Four climate policy initiatives for a fair transformation

    Climate policy must take into account all the affected people, empower them, hold those responsible for climate change accountable, and create both global and national prospects for the future, according to the German Advisory Council on Global Change ...
  • Coal exit highlights contradictions in climate and energy policy for eastern Germany

    Devising a plan for Germany’s coal exit through a commission is a tough job with many  pitfalls for policymakers, Cecile Boutelet reports for Le Monde. Coal region Lusatia in eastern Germany is one example of a place “where the contradictory narratives of ...
  • 2018 drought unlikely to change Germany’s climate policy - opinion

    The debate between politicians and scientists in one of Germany’s most popular political talk shows – Anne Will – makes clear that this year’s heat wave and resulting draught is unlikely to fundamentally change Germany’s climate policy, writes Joachim ...
  • 13 Jun 2018 |

    German utilities urge gvt to speed up Energiewende policy making

    13 Jun 2018 (All day) Germany’s policymakers have not kept pace with the energy industry’s rapid transformation caused by the Energiewende, and must catch up urgently, according to the utility association BDEW. The utilities also say that Germany needs a ...
  • The big influence of a small number of coal workers on German energy policy

    Just 20,000 people in Germany are still employed in the once-mighty coal sector but their influence on energy policy is far greater than their number would suggest, Felix Heilmann writes for Climate Home. Coal workers are well-organised and good at ...
  • Bavarian cabinet announces climate action policies

    Bavarian state premier Markus Söder and his ministers are planning to expand existing measures, such as building insulation, support for community climate action, and growth of renewable energies, in order to fight climate change, they announced after a ...
  • Opposition FDP calls federal government’s energy policy unclear

    The German federal government’s uncertainty about how to achieve a 65 percent share of renewable energy by 2030 “speaks for itself,” said Sandra Weeser, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) faction on the federal parliament’s (Budestag) Committee on ...
  • German climate policy a failure – commentary

    Germany’s energy transition is expensive and ineffective, writes economist Joachim Weimann of the University of Magdeburg in a guest commentary in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Despite high financial support for green energies and high electricity ...
  • 21 Jun 2018

    First 100 days- German government in disarray neglects energy policy

    21 Jun 2018, 16:13 An internal brawl in the German government's conservative camp over immigration has a paralysing effect on the country's energy and climate policymaking. After 100 days in office, the government coalition officially has to ...
  • China and Germany reassert close cooperation on climate and energy policy

    The governments of China and Germany have vowed to intensify their joint efforts in global climate diplomacy and in upholding free trade, as well as in the development and rollout of energy transition technologies, the German government says in a press ...
  • “Climate policy is possible with coal” – op-ed

    A premature phase-out of the lignite industry doesn’t make “climate policy sense,” it is “humbug,” writes Germany’s former economy and employment minister Wolfgang Clement in an opinion piece in the Handelsblatt. He argues that the legal end date for ...
  • Government crisis halts Germany’s energy policy

    The “chaotic” internal strife in the German government's conservative camp over immigration means that no progress of any kind can be expected in the country's energy and climate policymaking for some time, writes Tagesspiegel Background in an ...
  • German states’ energy ministers agree on non-partisan Energiewende policy approach

    The energy ministers of Germany’s 16 federal states have agreed to strengthen their focus on the separation of key energy policy decisions from party politics, and to improve coordination between the individual state ministries, the Environment and Energy ...
  • Outsourcing of German coal question to commission is “coward energy policy” – opinion

    Solving a complex social problem like the phasing-out of coal- Germany’s traditional and still most important energy source  - is a “core task” of policymakers, and to outsource this task to an external commission amounts to “ cowardice and refusal to ...
  • Heavy industry employers’ association criticises German government for inaction in energy policy

    The German government currently administers past achievements and fails to set new impulses in economic and energy policy to ensure that the current economic upswing can be sustained, Rainer Dulger, head of the heavy industry employers’ association ...
  • Climate targets and SDGs achievable together with smart policy mix

    A broad combination of policies ranging from straightforward CO₂ pricing to regulation of water and forest protection, as well as lifestyle changes such as eating less meat, may be the best way to meet climate-stabilisation targets alongside most of the ...
  • Far right triggers feud within conservative govt, which could shift energy policy for good

    The far-right party Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) may be largely focusing on immigration and not playing a direct role in German federal policy, but its influence can be seen even in energy and climate policy, writes ...
  • German utilities urge government to speed up Energiewende policy making

    Germany’s government has fallen behind in the transformation of the energy industry triggered by the energy transition, and must now speed up its policy making processes to support the sector in reaching emissions reduction goals, the managing director of ...
  • German scientists call for changes in energy policy due to negative power prices

    Scientists of the Technical University of Dresden are calling for a “readjustment” of Germany’s energy policy as power prices are turning negative due to the expansion of renewable energy sources and persisting nuclear and fossil power generation capacity ...
  • Power-to-gas crucial if Germany pursues ambitious climate policy - metastudy

    Producing gas using renewable power is crucial for the success of Germany’s energy transition if the country decides to pursue ambitious climate targets, according to a meta-analysis by energy management consultancy enervis commissioned by Leipzig natural ...
  • Germany’s nuclear plant operators may get one billion euro in compensation for 2011 policy change

    The German government plans to compensate operators of the country’s nuclear power plants with about one billion euros for the nuclear policy U-turn in 2011, Malte Kreutzfeldt writes in the tageszeitung (taz). The nuclear power companies had sued because ...
  • Government needs to rethink its energy and climate policy – joint commentary

    Radical changes in global energy supply require a “change of historical dimensions” in Germany’s climate and energy policy, comparable to the social welfare policies of Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of the German Empire between 1871 and 1890, ...
  • Green Party’s policy statement to herald “new stage” in party history

    The German Green Party’s first fundamental policy statement in 16 years heralds “a new stage” in the ecologic-liberal party, Cordula Ebel writes in the Tagesspiegel. The party will use a convention to start working on the paper, which is scheduled for ...
  • In defense of Germany’s energy and climate policies - opinion

    Germany, which is “deservedly famous” for its Energiewende, has so far failed in honouring its commitment to the EU’s short-term climate targets, but this does not mean that the country has strayed from the EU’s, or its own, climate agenda, writes ...
  • Climate policy in the coalition treaty: Three steps forward, four steps back

    The German government's coalition agreement is a major missed opportunity to realign German climate policy with the Paris Agreement, Niklas Höhne writes in a blog for the New Climate Institute, translated to English for Climate Home. In scrapping the ...
  • Conservatives’ economic council issues “list of demands” for energy and climate policy

    In a document named Energy Agenda 2030, the Economic Council of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU has issued a “list of demands” for designated economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier. A “readjustment” of Germany’s energy and climate ...
  • “German energy policy is stuck in limbo”

    Germany may have “led the way in rhetoric on energy in the European Union […] but has not managed to match deeds to words”, Nick Butler, visiting professor and chair of the Kings Policy Institute at Kings College London writes in an op-ed for the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coalition agreement “fragmented and incoherent” on climate and energy policy – consultancy

    Swiss consultancy Prognos has published a detailed and highly sceptical assessment of the coalition agreement between the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), including analyses of the effects on climate, energy, transport and ...
  • The grand coalition continues its “active policy against climate protection” – opinion

    Germany’s new and old coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) have “made a shambles of the successful pro-climate and pro-renewables policy of the SPD-Greens coalition” in the early 2000s, Green politician Hans ...
  • Germany’s climate policy hurts the Philippines – Philippine Senator

    The announcement by Germany’s would-be grand coalition partners CDU/CSU and SPD to water down the country’s national 2020 climate target “has shocked many climate activists in the Philippines”, Philippine Senator Loren Legarda writes in a guest article ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coalition treaty draft on climate & energy policy emphasises 2030 climate goal

    The draft of a coalition treaty agreed by Germany’s negotiating parties suggests that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) have found common ground on energy and climate policy, mirroring several aspects ...
  • Climate policy: coalition negotiators shift responsibility to special commission - commentary

    The parties negotiating a new grand coalition government in Berlin seem to prefer to delegate important climate policy decisions – such as finding a date for a coal exit – to a future commission, rather than taking on the responsibility themselves, writes ...
  • Coalition negotiators “irresponsible” in energy and climate policy – opinion

    The latest leaked drafts of the coalition treaty show that the possible future government partners CDU/CSU and SPD know where the difficulties lie in Germany’s energy system, but they shy away from making important decisions, writes Jakob Schlandt in an ...
  • Religious actors influential in climate policy - research

    Religious groups and organisations are becoming increasingly influential in international climate policy, according to research presented at the University of Münster (WWU). “They have established themselves as non-governmental actors at the UN climate ...
  • Macron and Merkel vow closer Franco-German partnership on energy & climate policy

    France and Germany aim to renew their seminal Élysée Treaty of 1963, which formally ended centuries of rivalry between the two European powers, and will intensify their cooperation in fields ranging from cultural exchanges through security to climate ...
  • German party leaders agree energy policy blueprint for coalition talks

    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 blueprint agreement ...
  • “Trade union welcomes new climate policy

    Germany’s IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE) trade union, which covers workers in the mining, chemicals and energy sectors, has welcomed the move by likely coalition partners CDU/CSU and SPD to give up on 2020 climate protection targets, Detlef ...
  • Greens ready to make climate policy concessions in coalition talks

    07 Nov 2017 (All day) As Germany’s Jamaica coalition talks are approaching a critical point, the Green Party appears to soften core climate policy demands in an attempt to achieve similar concessions from its negotiating partners. Party leaders say that ...
  • 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 ...
  • Foreign Minister Gabriel says SPD should focus less on climate policy

    Germany’s foreign minister and former SPD head Sigmar Gabriel says his party should focus less on environmental and climate protection and instead emphasise topics that concern its traditional voting bloc, such as industrial job security and upholding ...
  • 27 Oct 2017

    Coalition talks on climate goals, energy policy "heated"- negotiator

    27 Oct 2017 (All day) As expected, Germany’s future energy and climate policy has emerged as the main stumbling block in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to form a government coalition of her conservatives, the Free Democrats, and the Green Party. Talks ...
  • 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 ...
  • Mining union says “ideological war” in energy policy threatens jobs & supply security

    An “ideological war” in Germany’s energy policy puts thousands of jobs and the country’s energy supply security at stake, the mining union IG BCE says in a press release. Speaking at a rally held near the Niederaußem coal-fired power plant in the western ...
  • Mining labour union calls for “reasonable” energy policy of possible grand coalition

    Germany’s mining labour union IG BCE has called on the parties of the so-called grand coalition to pursue a “reasonable” energy and climate policy, news agency dpa reports. IG BCE head Michael Vassiliadis said “more realism” and a “modernisation boost” ...
  • Job cuts at Siemens are the result of misguided energy policy – opinion

    Politicians have to take responsibility for the fact that the recently announced layoffs at Siemens are the consequence of wrong Energiewende policies, argues Carsten Knop in an opinion piece for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.  “It is a structural ...
  • Study compares long-term policy frameworks for implementation of Paris Agreement

    A long-term policy approach to achieving the climate protection effects required by the Paris Agreement is crucial for the successful transformation of the affected economic sectors, but progress in this field varies considerably across different ...
  • Germany could reach 2020 climate targets with EU ETS minimum price – policy paper

    The EU should quickly introduce a minimum price to the Emissions Trading System (ETS), because the current prices do not create the necessary incentives for low-carbon assets, according to a policy paper published jointly by the Mercator Research ...
  • Energy and climate policy not cause for German coalition talk end - politicians

    Disagreements over energy and climate policy were not the ultimate reasons for the collapse of coalition talks to form a new government, representatives of three of the parties involved said at the annual congress of the German Energy Agency (dena) in ...
  • Jamaica parties caught in climate policy quarrel in countdown of exploratory talks

    Germany’s aspiring Jamaica coalition parties still disagree on a range of key policy fields one day before exploratory talks for a new government are scheduled to end, Gregor Waschinski writes for news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP). “There’s a ...
  • Environmental organisations warn Jamaica coalition parties of “climate policy blackout”

    Environmental organisations have warned Chancellor Angela Merkel and her negotiating partners at the ongoing Jamaica coalition talks for a new German government of risking a “climate policy blackout”. Merkel had to make “a clear commitment” to the ...
  • German coal mining could end by 2030s - CDU chief energy policy negotiator

    The chief energy policy negotiator of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU in the ongoing ‘Jamaica coalition’ talks, North Rhine-Westphalia’s (NRW) State Premier Armin Laschet, said that Germany could give up coal-fired power production by ...
  • “German climate policy – better than its image” – op-ed

    Germany is constantly worried that it might lose its image of climate protection pioneer, which appears to be a legitimate fear due to its stalling performance in CO 2 emissions reduction and sluggish renewable energy expansion, Axel Bojanowski writes in ...
  • “Seizing the initiative to create better cleantech policies in Germany”

    A group of green startups and other organisations including CleanTechnica and Berlin-based green energy quarterly The Beam, is calling for German politicians in talks to form the next federal government to look at measures to boost green business in ...
  • 15 Sep 2017 |

    'Parties unlikely to draw energy policy red lines in coalition talks'

    15 Sep 2017 (All day) German voters head to the polls on 24 September to decide the make-up of the federal parliament. The next step, however – forming a government – could take weeks, if not months. Germany’s party landscape has become more fragmented, ...
  • Heated debate over energy policy in coalition talks

    Differing views on Germany’s future energy system are emerging as a major source of contention between the parties attempting to establish a new German federal government, Andreas Mihm writes for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The Greens want Germany ...
  • Energy policy “detached from reality”

    The German Energiewende could fail due to policymakers’ unrealistic goal of an energy system relying almost entirely on electricity by 2050, former German Energy Agency head Stephan Kohler writes in an op-ed for the Handelsblatt. “There has probably never ...
  • Combustion engine ban splitting point in German transport policy talks

    After an expected clash over climate and energy policy last week, Germany’s aspiring coalition partners of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the pro-business FDP and the environmentalist Green Party also failed to find a first official agreement on ...
  • Coalition talks stuck over climate, energy policy

    As expected, Germany’s future energy and climate policy has emerged as the main stumbling block in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to form a government coalition of her conservatives, the Free Democrats, and the Green Party. According to media reports, ...
  • Climate Chancellor or Coal Chancellor – Taking stock of Merkel’s climate policy 2005 - 2017

    There is a large gap between the standards in climate protection that German Chancellor Angela Merkel proclaims on an international stage and the actual results of her policies at home, according to a Greenpeace Germany paper. The NGO charts Merkel’s ...
  • Climate policy underestimates moral responsibility of polluters

    Moral responsibility plays a more important role in environmental policy than previously thought, according to a new study by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für ...
  • Reconciling economic and environment policy core question in coalition talks - chancellery chief

    Coalition talks between CDU, CSU, FDP and Green Party will be about the parties’ ability “to make something constructive of the differences”, said chancellery chief and Christian Democrat Peter Altmaier in an interview with German public broadcaster ARD ...
  • FDP head Lindner says differences with Greens especially evident in energy policy

    Christian Lindner, the head of German free-market liberal party FDP, has said his party and the German Greens are especially at odds over their approaches to energy policy. In an interview with Austrian newspaper Die Presse, Lindner said the Greens were ...
  • IEA – Every German saved almost 500 euros in 2016 thanks to efficiency policies

    Germany is a world leader on energy efficiency, according to IEA executive director Fatih Birol. Speaking at the presentation of the IEA’s Energy Efficiency report 2017 in Berlin, Birol said that “every German citizen had 580 dollars more to spend on ...
  • Greens have a chance to readjust Germany’s climate policy – Green Bundestag member

    The Green Party would have the opportunity to help re-adjust Germany’s climate protection policy if it entered into a coalition with the CDU/CSU and the FDP, said Green member of the Bundestag Renate Künast in an interview with Tagesspiegel. Künast called ...
  • FDP head Lindner calls for “reasonable energy policy

    The Free Democrats’ (FDP) leader, Christian Lindner, has said his party will strive for “a reasonable energy policy” if it is going to be part of Germany’s next government. The economic liberal FDP could become part of a coalition with Chancellor Angela ...
  • Industry alliance: Energiewende policy threat to German industry

    The German Energiewende policy endangers the country’s industry competitiveness, growth and employment, says an alliance of mining union IG BCE and businesses such as E.ON, Linde, BASF and Merck in a joint paper. The goal of competitiveness should be on ...
  • Think tank: Five German companies among most active “lobbying against climate policy

    Five major companies from Germany are among the world’s 35 most active anti-climate policy lobbying enterprises, British think tank InfluenceMap says. In a study that examines the companies most influential in shaping climate and energy policy around the ...
  • Hurricane Irma “wake-up call for resolute climate policy

    Hurricanes such as Irma and Harvey are a “wake-up call for resolute climate policy” and it is alarming that climate is playing no role in the current German federal election campaign, writes environmental and development NGO Germanwatch in a press release ...
  • FDP head: Energy policy a hurdle for coalition with Greens

    Free Democratic Party (FDP) head Christian Lindner sees “high hurdles in energy policy” for a possible government coalition of conservatives (CDU/CSU), Free Democrats and the Green Party after the German general elections, he told FOCUS Magazin in an ...
  • Environmental NGOs take stock: Merkel’s climate policy “lacks farsightedness”

    German climate, transport and agricultural policy under Chancellor Angela Merkel has “lacked farsightedness” and needs rerouting by the next government, German environmental NGOs WWF, NABU, Greenpeace and DNR say in a joint press release. “Environmental ...
  • “Inefficient climate policy

    German climate policy often overlooks the important principle of keeping costs at a minimum, economists Hubertus Bardt and Thilo Schaefer write in a guest commentary for the Handelsblatt. “Of course, there might be good reasons to diverge from this ...
  • Energy policy shape depends strongly on Green govt participation - minister

    The Green election programme would demand a lot of possible coalition partners after the elections, such as the coal exit and the phase-out of the combustion engine, said Schleswig-Holstein state energy minister Robert Habeck in an interview with daily ...
  • “A corporation cannot dictate a state’s energy policy

    It is incomprehensible that the Left Party in the Brandenburg state government does not defend existing ambitious emission reduction targets against its coalition partner SPD, writes Eva Bulling-Schröter, spokesperson for energy and climate policy for the ...
  • “Insincere German climate policy

    German coal states have been insincere by voting for the Paris Climate Agreement last year in the Bundesrat – the council of state governments – and now toning down their climate protection efforts, writes Michael Bauchmüller in an opinion piece in ...
  • Energy policy uncertainty delays some companies’ investments in Germany

    A number of German energy-intensive and high-revenue companies are postponing investments due to energy policies and regulatory framework in the country, writes Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Köln) in a policy paper. A total of 9.1 percent of ...
  • 23 Jun 2017 |

    Leaders of Greens, FDP lock horns over energy policy as elections loom

    23 Jun 2017 The leading candidates of the two smaller yet influential German political parties sparred at a utilities conference in Berlin over major energy policy issues, such as the exit from coal-fired power generation and a national versus a European ...
  • “Why climate policy matters for the G20 finance ministers’ agenda”

    Climate policy should be integrated with the G20 finance ministers’ agenda in order to stay below the 2 degrees Celsius guardrail set in the Paris Agreement, a team of authors including Ottmar Edenhofer, director of Mercator Research Institute on Global ...
  • 24 Jan 2017 |

    German energy minister to change office, takes stock of policies

    24 Jan 2017 (All day) Germany's economy and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel will not run for Chancellor in this year's federal election. Gabriel plans to step down from his current role to head the foreign office instead, various news outlets ...
  • “We will initiate a restart of energy policy from North Rhine-Westphalia”

    The future government coalition of Christian Democrats (CDU) and Free Democrats (FDP) in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) wants to slow down wind power expansion and keep energy generation from fossil fuels as “bridging technologies for the foreseeable future ...
  • “Renewables boom worldwide – but Merkel botches up her energy policy in Germany”

    Renewable energies around the globe are growing at a rate “never thought possible by many some years ago” but Germany “is botching up” the technology and is haunted by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s continued failure in energy policy, former Green MP Hans ...
  • “G7 environment ministers commit to ambitious climate policy

    German environment minister Barbara Hendricks welcomed the commitment to climate protection that all G7 members except the United States made in the final communiqué of the environment minister meeting in Italy, according to a press release. “The Paris ...
  • US exit from Paris does not mean climate policy “fully outlined” – gov’t official

    US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement does not mean that the country’s climate policy was already “fully outlined”, a German government official told reporters at a press briefing in Berlin, when asked about the upcoming G20 ...
  • Greens and Free Democrats in Schleswig-Holstein differ most on electricity policy

    For the upcoming coalition talks in Germany's northernmost state Schleswig-Holstein, policy positions by the Green Party and the Free Democrats (FDP) differ most when it comes to the power sector, said regional FPD leader Wolfgang Kubicki in a joint ...
  • “SPD ministers argue about climate policy consequences“

    Economy minister Brigitte Zypries cautioned her Social Democrat colleague, environment minister Barbara Hendricks, not to agree to “unreflected compromises” in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform negotiations, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • “SPD develops economic policy concept for the election campaign”

    Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) have issued a paper outlining the party’s economic policy ideas meant to substantiate their candidate Martin Schulz’s position in his bid to become German chancellor, Henrike Roßbach writes in Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • “Watershed in energy policy

    The energy industry hovers between shock and sensation since it has become clear that several companies are ready to build offshore wind power plants without any support payments, Frank-Thomas Wenzel writes in Frankfurter Rundschau. The German Engineering ...
  • “We need a turnaround in transport policy

    Carbon emissions in Germany will only be reduced if the country commits itself in earnest to “ a turnaround in transport policy ”, education minister Johanna Wanka told Frankfurter Rundschau in an interview. Wanka said she had made research on e-mobility ...
  • “Donald Trump’s energy policy killing spree“

    For a long time, Germany's insistence on the energy transition raised eyebrows, Nils-Viktor Sorge writes in an opinion piece for manager magazine Online. Six years on from the Fukushima disaster, it's  the USA  that increasingly looks like the ...
  • “Left wants to show influence of energy lobbyists on government policy

    In a parliamentary inquiry, the Left Party asks the federal government for information on its contact with fossil and renewable energy interest groups. The party is worried that the voices of representatives of the fossil sector were heard more, which ...
  • “New economic policy concept: Green imposition for the economy”

    The German Green Party’s new economic policy concept “is going to demand a lot from companies”, as the party itself puts it, Silke Kersting writes on Handelsblatt Online. The party wants to “reflect environmental costs in prices in an ecologic-social ...
  • 23 Dec 2016 |
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    Preview2017 – Elections, G20 set to dominate Energiewende policy

    23 Dec 2016 (All day) Germany is heading into a year filled with international top-events and elections that will determine the future course of the country’s Energiewende project. The uncertainties about the new US administration and the exact details of ...
  • Bosch chairman calls Stuttgart driving bans “disastrous” economic policy

    The regional government’s decision to ban older diesel cars from Stuttgart city centre on days with bad air from next year is “ill-advised”, “disastrous” economic policy, and its environmental benefits “questionable,” according to Franz Fehrenbach, ...
  • Germany 5th on energy policy index

    Germany is ranked 5 th on the Worldbank’s Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) index that compares states’ policies and regulations in the energy sector. Countries are scored using 27 indicators in the three pillars energy access, energy ...
  • Citizens’ participation for climate policy

    The federal environment ministry (BMUB) will continue to use citizens’ participation processes to develop climate policy in the future, the ministry said in a press release. “What we learned in the stakeholder process helped us in developing the Climate ...
  • EU Commission praises German environmental policy but criticises air pollution

    Germany is following a “proactive strategy in developing comprehensive environmental policies” but should make greater efforts to improve air quality for the sake of its citizens’ health and quality of life, the European Commission said in a country ...
  • “German energy policy – a blueprint for the world?”

    German energy policy will not serve as a global energy policy blueprint, but as inspiration, according to the World Energy Council (WEC) Germany. In a survey, 60 percent of energy experts from 42 countries said the Energiewende could not serve as a global ...
  • “Transportation Electrification Policy in California and Germany”

    While the German and Californian transport transitions face common challenges, German lawmakers could derive valuable best practices from the US state’s “more advanced stage”, according to a report by the Ahead project, a joint initiative of the Potsdam ...
  • “Trump has substantial potential to cause trouble on climate policy

    Incoming US president Donald Trump could have many indirect effects on international climate policy, according to Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). “Trump could try to drive the ...
  • “Key Policy Actions for Sustainable Land and Water Use to Serve People”

    G20 countries should develop and share renewable energy innovation in water use, food and agriculture to ensure food security, according to policy recommendations by the G20 think tank network T20 Task Force Towards Ending Hunger and Sustainable ...
  • “Inside the Energiewende: Policy and Complexity in the German Utility Industry”

    The German Energiewende has a “mixed, but very troubling” record, Christine Sturm says in a long article on the Energiewende for Issues in Science and Technology, an online magazine from The University of Texas at Dallas. “On the plus side is continued ...
  • Grid fees: Government’s policy U-turn met with criticism in Eastern Germany

    Politicians in the Eastern German state of Thuringia have called on the federal government to align power prices across the country, Thüringer Allgemeine reports. Federal economy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s backtracking on plans to standardise electricity ...
  • “Germany's Merkel says she will work with Trump on climate policy

    Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would try to work on climate policy with US President-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to pull out of the Paris Agreement, reports news agency Reuters. At a meeting of her party (CDU), Merkel pointed out that ...
  • Europe must “fill the gap” if USA ends climate policy cooperation with China

    Europe will have to “fill the gap” in cooperating with China on climate protection if the future US administration refuses to maintain the Obama government's impetus, German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said at the DENEFF financial forum ...
  • German energy policy could hurt Germany as location for business investments

    Costs connected to the German Energiewende and high industry power prices could hurt the country as a location for business investments, Willem Huisman, president of the chemicals company Dow Germany, told the German Chemicals Industry Association (VCI) ...
  • Energy and climate policy to play minor role in conservative party’s campaign programme

    Energy and climate policy is likely to play a minor role in the 2017 election campaign programme of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The party leadership on Monday decided on the ...
  • “Why haven’t CEE policy makers embraced the Energiewende?”

    Many Central and Eastern European countries have reacted extremely sceptical to Germany’s energy transition, but they have been proven wrong, writes Jan Ondrich in a blog post on energytransition.de. Germany’s grid remains one of the most stable in Europe ...
  • “Strong German climate policy needed in wake of Trump victory”

    Germany and other European countries need to “move ahead” with their climate commitments and should “intensify their efforts” following the election of Donald Trump, which has made international climate diplomacy far less predictable, said climate policy ...
  • “Gabriel demands more speed of EU in energy policy

    Federal economy minister Sigmar Gabriel calls on the European Commission to publish a legislative catalogue regarding the “central challenges” of the EU’s energy policy this autumn, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). In a letter ...
  • “Cabinet approves important energy policy projects”

    The federal cabinet today decided on reform drafts for two energy policy projects: The law regulating state support for combined heat and power (CHP) plants will be changed to include tenders for CHP facilities with a capacity of 1-50 megawatts, according ...
  • Merkel’s green energy policy and poverty

    Germany’s energy transition is leading to an increased number of houses being renovated and insulated, which can inflate rents, Tobias Lill says in an opinion piece in the Huffington Post. The growth of renewables has also led to higher power prices that ...
  • Energy policy sidelined in regional elections, results may have impact

    04 Mar 2016 (All day) On 13 March, three German states go to the polls in regional elections. Last time these states voted, energy policy was the hot topic, and Germany elected its first Green state premier. Now, energy and the climate have been ...
  • “Negative price spikes on power markets – The role of energy policy

    High electricity feed-in from renewables increases the chance of negative power prices, according to a new study by Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI Essen). “Reaching ambitious renewable energy targets increases the frequency of ...
  • “Dependence management - The background of the German gas policy

    A report by Polish think tank Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich (Centre for Eastern Studies) examines the challenges Germany faces regarding the country’s dependence on natural gas. “Natural gas plays a key role in the German economy, […] is the most important ...
  • “Beyond growing pains: Germany’s new normal in renewable energy policy

    The German government is “again leading the way in renewable energy policy” with the switch from set feed-in tariffs to an auction-based system for renewable power, writes Johannes Urpelainen, Associate Professor at Columbia University. “Auctions are the ...
  • “Weak coal policy

    The federal government “shows an alarming despondency” when it comes to its policy on a coal phase-out, writes Thorsten Knuf in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Rundschau. “Clear decisions about a long-term exit would be in the interest of the relevant ...
  • “Coalition parties fight politely over their energy policy

    The heads of the conservative CDU-CSU parliamentary groups in the German Federal Parliament have complained about a letter by energy minister Sigmar Gabriel stating that previous governments had “ignored” the necessary integration of the German energy ...
  • 26 Apr 2016

    Energy policy after Chernobyl / One billion euros for e-cars

    26 Apr 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Energy policy after Chernobyl” The impact of Chernobyl was the largest where its fallout was the smallest – in Germany, where the worst case accident in Ukraine was a catalyst for the nuclear exit ...
  • “Brexit foils EU energy policy

    The European Union would lose a strong voice for ambitious climate protection policy if the UK leaves following last week’s referendum, writes Claudia Kemfert from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in a guest commentary for Capital. A ...
  • “Rational climate policy is something different”

    The federal government’s “Climate Action Plan 2050" is “a continuation and intensification of a purely national climate policy,” says German economist Joachim Weimann in a guest commentary in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The emissions avoided in ...
  • “Germany overhauls its flagship energy policy

    The reform of the Renewable Energy Act puts the Energiewende at a crossroads, writes political scientist and energy analyst Arne Jungjohann on environmental news website China Dialogue. “So far, citizens, communities and new investors have been the ...
  • 03 Mar 2016

    Government seen missing energy policy targets / A new gas pipeline?

    03 Mar 2016 (All day) McKinsey “Energiewende Index Germany 2020 – Tour de Force nuclear exit” According to consultancy McKinsey, the government risks missing most of its 2020 energy transition targets. “A majority of indicators are pointing downwards for ...
  • 11 Jan 2016

    How to exit coal / Energy policy "reminiscent of GDR"

    11 Jan 2016 (All day) Agora Energiewende “How the exit from coal power generation by 2040 can be managed” Germany can exit coal by 2040 without significant effects on power prices or supply security, and the government should start to organise the phase ...
  • 28 Dec 2015

    Utilities face new competitors / 'Fraudulent' climate policies

    28 Dec 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online “Car and internet companies conquer the power sector” Utilities face massive new competition as the transformation of Germany’s energy landscape attracts powerful new players from the IT and car industries, writes ...
  • 23 Nov 2015

    Transport still problem child of climate policy/ RWE can't get money

    23 Nov 2015 (All day) Renewable Energies Agency (AEE) / Green Budget Germany (FÖS) “Energiewende in transport a long time coming” Fundamental political steps to relocate and avoid traffic and push alternative fuels and engines are needed to make the ...
  • 24 Sep 2015

    In the media: Flawed emissions test; successful policies for renewable support

    24 Sep 2015 (All day) The Guardian “UK, France and Germany lobbied for flawed car emissions tests, documents reveal” The UK, France and Germany lobbied the European Commission to approve car tests that would increase global emissions by 14 percent beyond ...
  • 16 Mar 2015

    In the media: Bild am Sonntag attacks German energy policy

    16 Mar 2015 (All day)  Bild am Sonntag “Getting the green light?” Germany’s transition to a low-carbon economy is not very environmentally friendly and doesn’t make economic sense, argues Olaf Wilke in a seven-sentence commentary for Bild am Sonntag, ...
  • 09 Jan 2015

    In the media: Renewables superlatives, EU policy, heating and e-cars

    09 Jan 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) "A year full of superlatives for ecologic power" German consumers paid almost 23 billion euros for renewable electricity in 2014, the FAZ writes, citing figures released by the ...
  • 26 Jan 2015

    In the media: Tensions in Bavaria over energy policy

    26 Jan 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Online “Aigner under pressure” Writing for Süddeutsche Online, Frank Müller reports on tensions between Bavarian energy minister Ilse Aigner and state prime minister Horst Seehofer, as Aigner prepares to present an energy ...
  • 17 May 2019 |

    Germany’s economy ministry presents key points for coal region support

    17 May 2019, 13:23 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Policy The German economy and energy ministry (BMWi) has presented its main fields of action for the economic restructuring of coal mining regions amid ...
  • 03 May 2019 |

    Constance becomes first German city to declare “climate emergency”

    03 May 2019, 13:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Policy Society Deutsche Welle The southern German city of Constance has become the first in the nation to pass a resolution declaring a  climate emergency, according ...
  • 04 Feb 2019 |

    Merkel’s parliamentary group leader says 2038 coal exit depends on secure supply

    04 Feb 2019, 13:56 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Policy German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Relief about German coal exit deal fades as focus turns to implementation ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Jan 2019 |

    Resolute state intervention must initiate heating transition- study

    10 Jan 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Efficiency Policy Buildings commission to be established next year NGOs warn govt that tight housing market no excuse to neglect climate ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Preview2019- Coal exit should be driven by markets, is bad for energy security- RWI

    08 Jan 2019, 11:00 A key premise for Germany to meet its climate goals is a strong CO2 price signal, says Manuel Frondel, head of the department "Environment and Resources" at the RWI-Leibniz Institute for Economic Research. Preferably, such a ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    ‘Yellow vests’ protests in France are blow to climate activists

    07 Dec 2018, 14:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Policy Society Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The so-called ‘yellow vests’ protest against higher taxes on fuel and heating oil in France are a ...
  • 04 Oct 2018 |

    Germany’s 'huge step' to solve diesel crisis leaves NGOs unconvinced

    04 Oct 2018, 17:11 Germany’s government has decided to reduce emissions from diesel cars in polluted cities by swapping old models for new ones and retrofitting some older cars. Transport minister Andreas Scheuer and environment minister Svenja Schulze ...
  • 18 Apr 2019 |

    Media commentators critical of minister’s propsal for rail tax cut

    18 Apr 2019, 12:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Julian Wettengel Mobility Transport Policy Rheinische Post / Saarbrücker Zeitung / Wirtschaftswoche German media commentators are sceptical of transport minister ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Merkel pulls "emergency brake" in coal exit talks- commentary

    08 Jan 2019, 13:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Policy Germany’s coal exit commission Merkel intervenes in stagnating German coal exit talks Political uncertainty weighs as ...
  • 30 Nov 2016 |

    German reactions to the EU energy package

    30 Nov 2016 (All day) “Putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers” are the objectives of the EU Commission’s energy package. The paper presented on Wednesday, also dubbed ...
  • Can Salzgitter cut Germany's CO2 emissions with low-carbon steel project?

    22 May 2019, 11:33 Volker Hille’s passion project could cut Germany’s entire CO2 output by almost one percent. He is head of corporate technology at Salzgitter Group, one of Europe’s largest steelmakers, which currently emits around eight million tonnes ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    Merkel’s partner CSU wants climate action through lower taxes

    09 May 2019, 14:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices Policy Clean Energy Wire The Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) – part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s alliance of centre-right parties – is ...
  • Clear steps must underpin EU renewables goal- German energy minister

    13 Jun 2018 (All day) Increasing the EU's renewable energy target without a clear idea on how to achieve it would undermine political credibility, according to German energy minister Peter Altmaier. More ambitious goals for the deployment of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Feb 2015 |

    Reactions to EU Commission's strategy paper on the Energy Union

    25 Feb 2015 (All day) The EU Commission has published its strategy paper on the creation of a European Energy Union. CLEW presents a brief summary of reactions out of Germany to the proposals. See the full EU Commission paper here.   Federal Ministry for ...
  • 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, ...
  • 18 Dec 2014 |

    Proposal for nuclear fund seen by some as no-confidence vote in utilities

    18 Dec 2014 (All day) A leaked document outlines plans to transfer some provisions German utilities have put aside for nuclear decommissioning and waste disposal to a state-managed fund. The Clean Energy Wire spoke to two policy analysts about the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rebates save German industry eight billion euros in power costs in 2017

    08 Feb 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Industrial policy Energy-intensive industries call for energy transition cost “super cap” How much does Germany’s energy ...
  • Conservatives reject environment ministry proposal for climate action law- report

    01 Feb 2019, 12:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Policy Elections & Politics Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are annoyed by a first and as yet unpublished environment ...
  • Energy-intensive industries call for energy transition cost “super cap”

    17 Jan 2019, 14:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Industrial policy Energiewende effects on power prices, costs and industry German households and industry pay highest ...
  • 04 Jan 2019 |

    Preview2019-Govt must urgently clarify 2030 climate strategy – SME rep

    04 Jan 2019, 11:00 German climate and energy policy must urgently become more proactive in 2019 to increase companies’ planning and investment security, says Mario Ohoven, president of the German Association of Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW). ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    SPD group calls for swift coal exit by 2030 to avoid “poverty trap climate change”

    18 Dec 2018, 13:34 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Fossil fuels Policy Commission watch – ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    Coal commission to meet again on 25 January – source

    11 Dec 2018, 15:47 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Fossil fuels Policy Clean Energy Wire Germany’s coal commission will hold its next full plenary meeting on 25 January, followed by the last ...
  • 22 Nov 2018 |

    German government plans to postpone deadline for coal commission

    22 Nov 2018, 15:06 The German government wants to postpone the deadline for the conclusion of the country’s coal exit commission. Sources told the Clean Energy Wire the commission may have to extend its work on the phase out of the fossil fuel until ...
  • 17 Oct 2018 |

    Disruption caused by energy transition is unstoppable- Amory Lovins

    17 Oct 2018, 14:44 The global energy transition is both accelerating and unstoppable, and will continue to disrupt many industries from carmaking to construction, according to green energy pioneer Amory Lovins. But the cofounder and Chief Scientist of the ...
  • 12 Oct 2018 |

    Special deals for mining areas to ease coal exit – task force draft

    12 Oct 2018, 16:40 Germany’s coal commission wants to ease the coal exit by granting lignite mining regions preferential treatment in infrastructure and innovation projects, according to a leaked draft report seen by the Clean Energy Wire. The paper ...
  • 16 Dec 2016 |

    Preview2017- "I don’t think the momentum can be reversed"

    16 Dec 2016 (All day) 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of ...
  • 19 Sep 2018 |

    Germany launches task force to kickstart shift to sustainable mobility

    19 Sep 2018, 15:20 The German government has launched a new advisory panel to reduce transport emissions in line with national climate targets. The task force will broaden the focus of an earlier panel concentrated on electric cars, to discuss the entire ...
  • German UN climate report author says country needs carbon storage to become climate-neutral

    24 May 2019, 13:24 Expert SWP- German Institute for International and Security Affairs Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik G20 International Policy Security Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 ...
  • Researchers in Germany aim to reduce cement’s CO2 footprint with recycling procedure

    21 May 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Industrial policy Clean Energy Wire Using residues from industry production in the making of cement can substantially reduce the basic material’s ...
  • German parties at odds over idea of banning short-distance flights in Europe

    20 May 2019, 13:12 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Technology Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Policy Hamburger Abendblatt / Clean ...
  • Clear-cut Climate Action Law is in German steel industry’s own interest – env min

    15 May 2019, 12:23 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Industrial policy Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung A Climate Action Law in Germany that spells out clear sectoral emissions reduction targets is in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany’s renewables support system does not violate state aid rules- EU court

    29 Mar 2019, 13:56 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables EEG2016 | Law Policy Clean Energy Wire The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that Germany's system of financing its renewables build-up ...
  • 01 Apr 2015 |

    Strict rules set to make commercial fracking in Germany unlikely

    01 Apr 2015 (All day) Fracking is to be banned in all protected areas and near aquifers in Germany, a government draft law proposes. Unconventional fracking in upper rock layers is only permitted for scientific purposes or in individual cases. ...
  • 16 Jan 2015 |

    Merkel's capacity market scepticism seen as signal in reform debate

    16 Jan 2015 (All day) Energy experts say the German chancellor's secpticism over extensive payments to conventional power plants as back-up for renewables sends a strong signal that capacity markets may not be on the cards in the upcoming power ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • New energy minister seen keeping Energiewende course till elections

    25 Jan 2017 (All day) Germany’s energy policy will see little change as former justice minister Brigitte Zypries replaces Sigmar Gabriel as economy and energy minister this week, according to policy experts. Gabriel’s Social Democratic party colleague ...
  • 23 Nov 2016 |

    Businesses should make proposals to reach climate goals- govt official

    23 Nov 2016 (All day) Germany’s industry should work with the government to reach the goals in the country’s newly adopted Climate Action Plan 2050 rather than criticise the plan or individual measures, energy state secretary Rainer Baake told a ...
  • 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 ...
  • Migration trumps energy in regional votes despite anti-wind party

    31 Aug 2016 (All day) German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy continues to dominate the political debates across all federal states and immigration trumps other topics in the upcoming state elections in the north-eastern state of Mecklenburg ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German economy minister “not convinced” of CO₂ tax

    03 May 2019, 13:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Policy ZDF Germany’s economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier is sceptical of the idea of introducing a tax on CO₂, he said on ...
  • 03 Dec 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: Next innovation wave in economy will be “green"

    03 Dec 2015 (All day) The final negotiations for a global climate treaty have kicked off in Paris. What is the German perspective on an international climate agreement and what has the energy transition (Energiewende) got to do with it? The Clean Energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Nov 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: Energy sector key to cutting CO2, cannot do job alone

    13 Nov 2015 (All day) The final negotiations for a global climate treaty in Paris are just weeks away. What is the German perspective on an international climate agreement and what has the energy transition (Energiewende) got to do with it? The Clean ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Government paper lays out options for German power market overhaul

    31 Oct 2014 (All day) The German government plans a complete overhaul of energy sector legislation. But one key question is as yet unanswered: Do fossil power plants need subsidies if Germany is to avoid power shortages? A green paper on energy market ...
  • Preview2018- Energiewende funding needs fixing-German energy agency

    22 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 ...
  • Weakened Merkel set to seek coalition talks with Greens, FDP

    24 Sep 2017 (All day) Despite heavy losses in Germany's parliamentary elections, Angela Merkel is poised to stay chancellor for another four years. The voters’ decision sets her conservative CDU/CSU party alliance on course for coalition talks with ...
  • Merkel at second diesel summit: must avoid driving bans "by all means"

    04 Sep 2017 (All day) For the second time within one month, Germany’s government has held a “diesel summit” to discuss the consequences of the emissions fraud scandal of the country’s major carmakers. After a first summit in early August with industry ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Report about coal exit plan causes stir ahead of commission meeting

    17 Sep 2018, 10:30 A report about a proposal by one of Germany’s coal commission co-heads for a coal exit by 2038 has caused irritation. Some commission members were quick to reject the report and warned that the commission's work was in peril should ...
  • 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 ...
  • Reactions to Germany's official launch of coal exit task force

    07 Jun 2018 Germany has launched official talks to phase out coal power in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions that have remained stubbornly high despite the country’s shift to renewable power. The Clean Energy Wire collects reactions from environmental ...
  • 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 ...
  • Environment minister says Germany needs plan to exit coal

    20 Jan 2016 (All day) Germany needs a pathway for exiting coal by 2050 at the very latest, according to Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. She welcomed Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel's announcement of a round table on the thorny issue, and said ...
  • German energy minister wants round table on future of coal

    19 Jan 2016 (All day) Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel wants to establish a round table on the future of coal in the country of the Energiewende this year. He said only factual discussions, rather than emotional debates, could provide the long ...
  • Wrangling over German coal exit talks reveals difficult task ahead

    30 May 2018 (All day) Germany struggles to get its highly anticipated coal exit task force on track. The government on Wednesday postponed at the last minute the official launch of the phase-out commission for the third time. The quarrels over the ...
  • German environment minister open to national carbon price

    23 Apr 2018 (All day) Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has indicated support for a national price on carbon emissions. The Social Democrat said in an interview the idea that Germany improves its emissions reduction by putting a price ...
  • Time to advance Energiewende by cutting power costs- top economist

    27 Apr 2018 (All day) The Energiewende is an indispensable project even if future economic returns remain uncertain, according to Christoph M. Schmidt, president of the RWI- Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, and chair of the German Council of ...
  • Reactions to European Parliament committee vote on ETS reform

    24 Feb 2015 (All day) A vote in the European Parliament on the reform of the EU's emissions trading system has prompted applause by some and disappointment from others. The Clean Energy Wire has compiled some of the reactions out of Germany to the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Feb 2018 |

    Reactions to Germany's court ruling on diesel driving bans

    27 Feb 2018 (All day) Germany's Federal Administrative Court has ruled that cities can ban dirty diesel cars to improve local air quality. The Clean Energy Wire presents reactions to the landmark ruling from NGOs, politicians and industry ...
  • Germany views European Energy Union proposals through Energiewende lens

    25 Feb 2015 (All day) Germany’s biggest concerns regarding the European Commission’s energy policy proposals are potential impact on its own transition to renewables power, as well as power market reform. The European Commission published it framework ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Sep 2017 |

    Vote2017: Politicians' comments on German election results

    25 Sep 2017 (All day) Germans have handed Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in the country’s federal election. Most likely, Merkel will have to start talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a so-called "Jamaica coalition, ...
  • 26 Sep 2017 |

    Vote2017: Reactions to German election results

    26 Sep 2017 (All day) Germans have handed Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in the country’s federal election. Most likely, Merkel will have to start talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a so-called "Jamaica coalition, ...
  • 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. ...
  • 15 Oct 2018 |

    Renewables surcharge set to fall by six percent in 2019

    15 Oct 2018, 14:44 Germany’s renewable energy surcharge that is paid by consumers with their electricity bill and supports wind, solar, biomass and hydro power installations, is to fall by 5.7 percent in 2019, transmission grid operators have calculated. ...
  • Vote in No.1 wind power state stalls Germany’s coalition talks

    09 Oct 2017 (All day) As Germany digests the result of this year’s federal election, the country prepares for yet another important vote, this time in the state of Lower Saxony. The early election in the country’s number one wind power state is seen as ...
  • 24 May 2019 |

    Fridays For Future: Students protest for climate action ahead of EU election

    24 May 2019, 17:25 Young climate activists across Europe took to the streets Friday to demand more ambitious climate action from politicians two days ahead of the main day of the EU elections. In Germany, “Fridays For Future” students protested in more ...
  • 18 Sep 2017 |

    German election to define speed and shape of energy transition

    18 Sep 2017 (All day) With Germans about to cast their votes in the federal election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is virtually certain to retain power. But the make-up of the next coalition will be key to how the new government tackles a host of energy and ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    Entrepreneur initiative from Germany joins Fridays for Future appeal for more climate action

    22 May 2019, 13:23 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire A group of more than 1,000 companies from Germany has joined the appeal by student protest movement Fridays for Future (FfF) ...
  • 'We can accomplish this'- Fridays for Future pin hopes on EU elections

    22 May 2019, 16:37 Ahead of the European Elections from the 23rd – 26th of May, organisers of the German Fridays for Futures see the election as a last chance to put climate at the top of the European Parliament’s agenda. “This election will have a ...
  • Elections could mean EU loses "historic opportunity" for climate action- former French climate diplomat

    21 May 2019, 13:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Die Zeit Parties which stand for election in the European Parliament vote this weekend may face a "historic ...
  • 21 May 2019 |

    Wind power gut issue in eastern German regional elections

    21 May 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Background The expansion of onshore wind power capacities is turning into a highly controversial issue for the regional ...
  • 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 ...
  • CO₂ price must not put additional burden on citizens –Social Democrat leader

    13 May 2019, 14:12 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices A CO₂ price can be a useful ...
  • 14 May 2019 |

    Volkswagen enters battery cell production in Germany

    14 May 2019, 13:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Technology Clean Energy Wire Heavyweight carmaker Volkswagen has announced the launch of a battery cell production facility that will be operated in ...
  • Tracking the CO2 price debate in Germany

    16 May 2019, 18:28 After shying away from the debate for a long time, Germany's political leaders are finally considering putting a price on CO2 to help reach the country's climate targets. Chancellor Angela Merkel and her " climate cabinet ...
  • 12 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog- Germany's environment minister rejects hypocrisy criticism

    12 Dec 2018, 17:52 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 ...
  • 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 conservatives score poorly on climate in EU parliament – NGO ranking

    23 Apr 2019, 13:48 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Use Teaser Image as container ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coal exit: elephant in the room at vote in German industry heartland

    12 May 2017 (All day) In what is often dubbed “the small-scale federal election”, voters in Germany’s industrial powerhouse and most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia decide on a new government on 14 May. The exit from coal-fired power generation – a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Nov 2017 |

    German coalition talks collapse despite progress on climate and energy

    20 Nov 2017 (All day) After almost five weeks of deliberations, the pro-business Free Democratic Party has pulled the plug on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a coalition government made up of her conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the Greens and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    Volkswagen launches battery alliance with Swedish producer Northvolt

    22 Mar 2019, 13:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Storage Cars International Clean Energy Wire Germany’s largest carmaker, Volkswagen, and Swedish battery producer Northvolt have announced a joint research ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 31 Mar 2016

    German solar "a pile of shards" / Chinese power for Germany?

    31 Mar 2016 (All day) (UPDATE- clarifies sourcing in section on emissions trading in paragraph 6- sources are Prognos and German Steel Federation, not Die Welt. Headline changes accordingly.) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Pile of solar shards” It is ...
  • 18 Mar 2019 |

    Germany and Poland agree on forging battery production alliance

    18 Mar 2019, 14:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Storage International Clean Energy Wire The governments of Poland and Germany have agreed on pooling their efforts to establish an independent battery production ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

    Germany has understood need to change economy’s structure amid energy transition – WEC

    07 Mar 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Energiewende Clean Energy Wire The advanced stage of Germany’s energy transition has led the country to understand that a broader ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

    As German political parties realign, environment will be a key issue- op-ed

    07 Mar 2019, 13:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Elections & Politics New York Times German politics are undergoing a realignment, and the environment will be a key flashpoint in the future, argues Alexander ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    Greens call for implementing coal exit proposal fast

    14 Feb 2019, 14:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Politics German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Political uncertainty weighs heavily on energy policy crunch time year for Germany ...
  • 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 ...
  • CO₂ price debate gathers speed within German grand coalition

    29 Apr 2019, 13:39 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and ...
  • 06 Feb 2019 |

    Chinese battery producer plans larger capacity of German cell factory

    06 Feb 2019, 13:54 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Business & Jobs Altmaier wants to boost battery cells, autonomous driving as part of industry policy Chinese-German battery cell ...
  • Minister promises stability for troubled German wind power sector

    16 Aug 2018, 16:59 While touring critical power grid projects in northern Germany, energy minister Peter Altmaier also faced a troubled wind industry that fears its golden years in the country are over. Under pressure from workers and local politicians, ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

    Climate change is a threat to peace and security – German foreign minister

    28 Jan 2019, 12:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Security Energy transition shapes foreign policy in Germany and beyond Germany aims to put climate into focus at UN Security Council Germany supports Dominican Republic’s ...
  • Govt support pledge for mining regions puts coal commission on home stretch

    16 Jan 2019, 13:16 The German government has pledged long-term payments to lignite mining regions, removing a major hurdle to reaching a compromise over the country’s coal exit. After a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Olaf ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Jan 2019 |

    Performance of Germany’s energy minister Altmaier disappoints industry

    07 Jan 2019, 13:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Politics Economy minister Altmaier defends Germany’s slow breakup with coal Germany sets deadline for grid expansion plans Political ...
  • 07 Jan 2019 |

    Merkel intervenes in stagnating German coal exit talks

    07 Jan 2019, 13:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Fossil fuels Politics German Chancellor Angela Merkel will personally weigh in on the stagnating negotiations over the end of coal ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German providers can have regional origin of renewable electricity certified from 2019

    21 Dec 2018, 13:33 BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Read more about BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Energy minister rejects idea of changing fees and taxes on energy

    05 Jun 2018 (All day) Germany's energy minister Peter Altmaier said there won't be any changes to fees on power and heat during his term, refuting the idea of a price for CO2 emissions floated by coalition partner SPD and the environment ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 May 2019 |

    Markets still bet Paris Agreement will not be honoured, German finance researcher says

    20 May 2019, 16:29 Financial markets are excellent processors of information- and they currently don't seem to expect that the global economy will be geared towards respecting the Paris Climate Agreement 's goals and give up fossil fuel ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog: "We don't want just any outcome, we want a good one"- env min

    14 Dec 2018, 11:00 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 ...
  • 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' ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog: Rulebook's technical details are sticking point- German negotiator

    13 Dec 2018, 17:40 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 ...
  • 05 Apr 2019 |

    German parliament passes law on faster grid expansion to ensure renewables growth

    05 Apr 2019, 12:40 New legislation passed yesterday by Germany’s federal parliament is to ensure the timely completion of crucial power grid connections that transport renewable electricity throughout the country. This law will bring the energy transition ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    German conservatives elect Merkel-confidante as new party leader

    07 Dec 2018, 19:29 Germany's conservative Christian Democrats elected general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel at the helm of the party. The election of Merkel's close ally and former premier in the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Apr 2019 |

    Standstill in grand coalition working group on renewables expansion

    29 Apr 2019, 13:43 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic ...
  • 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 ...
  • German politicians pitch design ideas for CO₂ price

    23 Apr 2019, 13:33 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 May 2019 |

    Environment minister backs CCS as part of a German 2050 climate-neutrality bid

    20 May 2019, 13:08 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 May 2019 |

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

    10 May 2019, 11:33 Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed forming a coalition of the willing among European Union countries for CO₂ pricing in transport, buildings and agriculture to meet 2030 climate targets. At a meeting of EU leaders in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    Climate and energy views of candidates to follow Merkel at helm of CDU

    07 Dec 2018, 09:13 With her decision not to seek re-election as party chair and chancellor, Angela Merkel has kicked off what is a novelty for her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU): an organised internal election campaign for the party’s ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    Germany’s environment minister says company credit rating needs reform to include sustainability risks

    22 May 2019, 13:21 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 ...
  • 29 Jul 2016 |

    Renewable energy levy set to rise in 2017 – think tank

    29 Jul 2016 (All day) The surcharge that German consumers pay through their power bills to fund renewable power looks set to rise again in 2017, think tank Agora Energiewende* has predicted. If power suppliers calculate bills fairly, this won’t ...
  • 01 Feb 2019 |

    Relief about German coal exit deal fades as focus turns to implementation challenges

    01 Feb 2019, 13:53 The initial relief in Germany over a coal exit deal has given way to fresh discussions over how to implement the hard-won compromise. Chancellor Angela Merkel and politicians from her grand coalition government praised the agreement by ...
  • 22 Oct 2018 |

    Must Germans give up sausage and schnitzel to cut agri-food emissions?

    22 Oct 2018, 16:34 Eating and producing less meat is one way to curb emissions from the agriculture sector, but giving up sausages and schnitzel is a tough sell in Germany – not just for consumers but also for farmers and the government. There are a lot ...
  • Business-friendly Free Democrats aim to be climate action party

    26 Apr 2019, 16:50 Expert FDP- Free Democratic Party Freie Demokratische Partei EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Süddeutsche Zeitung / Spiegel Online Germany’s ...
  • Energy innovation is our biggest hope in fight against climate change – WEC

    09 Apr 2019, 13:29 The speed of energy transition innovations led by start-ups around the world continues to exceed expectations and is our biggest hope in the fight against climate change, according to Christoph Frei, secretary general and CEO of the ...
  • Germany’s far-right AfD focuses on climate denial ahead of EU elections to woo disgruntled voters

    15 May 2019, 12:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics The Guardian Climate change denial has become a key topic of Germany’s far-right populist party AfD ahead of the EU ...
  • 17 Apr 2019 |

    Official Energiewende evaluation calls for massive investments- report

    17 Apr 2019, 13:27 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert IASS- Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Think tank ...
  • 23 May 2019 |

    German government adopts national Clean Air Programme

    23 May 2019, 12:22 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 May 2019 |

    Government announces coal region support guidelines ahead of elections

    22 May 2019, 13:19 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • No EU country on track for 2030 climate goal, Germany ranks second to last – report

    16 May 2019, 13:57 Expert Ecologic Institute Energiewende International Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire The current emissions reduction and energy transition ...
  • “Utility in a box”- Start-up Lumenaza enables disruptive power trading

    20 Mar 2019, 11:49 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its coverage of how business is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we are launching a series on start-ups that ...
  • 25 Apr 2019 |

    Green Party: CO2 tax is not enough

    25 Apr 2019, 13:04 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Süddeutsche Zeitung As new warnings of drought show that "the climate crisis is ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

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

    16 May 2019, 08:45 Germany is set to widely miss its greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2020 and 2030 unless significant steps such as the proposed coal exit are taken. The environment ministry’s new emissions forecast shows that the country must ...
  • 16 Feb 2016

    Warning against coal exit / No more traffic accidents in 2025?

    16 Feb 2016 (All day) E-World Essen State economy minister warns against decreed coal exit Garrelt Duin, economy minister for Germany’s largest federal state- North-Rhine-Westphalia- warned against a government-decreed exit from coal-fired power ...
  • 14 May 2019 |

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

    14 May 2019, 16:28 Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said that her new climate cabinet will debate how Germany could reach climate neutrality by mid-century. Should the ministers find a “sound” way to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Aug 2018 |

    From ideas to laws – how Energiewende policy is shaped

    28 Aug 2018, 17:11 Ministerial bureaucracy, objection bills, informal agreements with interest groups, green and white papers – energy transition policy shaping in Germany’s parliamentary system is a complex process. This factsheet provides a brief ...
  • 09 Mar 2016 |

    Energiewende in transportation: Vague goals, modest strides

    09 Mar 2016 (All day) (UPDATE with new data on e-car registrations in paragraph 3)- The European Union wants to reduce CO2 emissions in the transportation sector of its 28 member states by 60 percent by 2050. Germany has no stated goal for its own ...
  • 24 Jun 2016 |

    Germany's new power market design

    24 Jun 2016 (All day) The German parliament has approved wide-reaching reforms of the power market and agreements about the transferral of lignite power plants into an emergency reserve before permanent phase-out. This factsheet presents a summary of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Facts on German state elections in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

    06 Dec 2016 (All day) Voters cast their vote in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on 4 September and in the city state of Berlin on 18 September. The debates about immigration and the federal refugee policy dominated the election ...
  • German federalism: In 16 states of mind over the Energiewende

    10 Mar 2016 (All day) Germany’s 16 federal states may have a common goal – to cut emissions and fight climate change – but there are many different opinions about how to achieve it and how exactly the Energiewende should progress. Ahead of the ...
  • Germany’s Siemens: a case study in Energiewende industry upheaval

    23 Apr 2018 (All day) Like no other company, German industry behemoth Siemens epitomises the upheaval caused by the Energiewende in the world’s fourth largest economy. None of the electrical engineering and electronic group’s businesses has been left ...
  • German commission proposes coal exit by 2038

    17 May 2019, 09:20 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany ponders how to finance renewables expansion in the future

    13 Jul 2017 (All day) Germany’s main instrument to support renewables expansion – the renewable energy surcharge – is under intense scrutiny in the run-up to the country’s federal elections in autumn. Demands for a fairer distribution of costs, and the ...
  • Green Party coalition partner in three new German state governments

    23 May 2016 (All day) State elections have shifted the power balance in Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt and Baden-Württemberg. The Greens are partners in each new coalition government. The party’s commitment to the energy transition is reflected in ...
  • Key results and facts from German state elections on 13 March

    09 May 2016 (All day) [Updates appointments] On 13 March, three German states went to the polls in regional elections. Last time these states voted, energy policy had been the hot topic, and Germany elected its first Green state premier. But this time ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG: Research Institutes

    06 Oct 2014 (All day) This Factsheet lists views and positions of some German research institutes on the new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which came into effect on 1 August 2014. Energiewende EEG 2.0 | Law Policy k.appunn Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko ...
  • Position of key stakeholders on the EEG 2.0: Environmental groups

    07 Oct 2014 (All day) This Factsheet lists views and positions of some German environmental groups on the new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which came into effect on 1 August 2014. Energiewende EEG 2.0 | Law Policy k.appunn e.thalman Nature and Biodiversity ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG 2.0: Business and consumers

    06 Oct 2014 (All day) This Factsheet lists views and positions of the the renewables sector, the industry sector and consumers on the new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which came into effect on 1 August 2014. Energiewende EEG 2.0 | Law Policy k.appunn German ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG: Government and federal states

    06 Oct 2014 (All day) This Factsheet lists views and positions of Germany's federal government and the 16 states (Bundesländer) on the new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which came into effect on 1 August 2014. Energiewende EEG 2.0 | Law Policy k.appunn ...
  • COP23- See the energy transition in Germany's industrial centre

    30 Oct 2017 (All day) Germany’s coal mining state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) hosts the United Nations’ COP23 climate summit in Bonn. The epicentre of Germany’s industrialisation, this region is responsible for almost one percent of global CO2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 24 May 2019 |

    Facts on the German state elections in the city of Bremen

    24 May 2019, 13:24 As voters across Europe head to the polls to elect a new European Parliament, German national media pays comparatively little attention to the regional election taking place at the same time in the country’s smallest and least populous ...
  • 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 ...
  • 11 Mar 2017 |

    The Green Party's federal election programme

    11 Mar 2017 (All day) In its party programme for Germany's upcoming federal election, the Greens focus on the country's “ecological modernisation”. In the run-up to September’s vote, the party sets out its aims of reinvigorating renewables ...
  • Tenant electricity- feeble start for Germany's 'Energiewende at home'

    05 Dec 2018, 10:09 As the expansion of Germany's renewable energy sources goes ahead, rooftops and facades in cities and urban areas become a more and more valuable resource for producing solar power next to where it is consumed. While complicated ...
  • 02 May 2019 |

    Implementing Germany’s coal exit proposal – the road ahead

    02 May 2019, 14:00 Germany's coal exit commission has agreed on a proposal on how the country can manage to phase out its single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by 2038, but the ensuing political decision-making process has only just ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    The task force in charge of steering Germany to clean mobility

    21 Mar 2019, 11:52 Germany struggles to lower emissions in the transport sector and has launched an advisory panel to clean up the sector according to national climate targets. Its findings, to be published by spring, are meant to feed into the government ...
  • 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, ...
  • 12 Nov 2018 |

    Facts on the German state elections in Bavaria

    12 Nov 2018, 17:05 Bavaria, the picture-book state with its rich green alpine landscapes, Walt Disney-inspiring Neuschwanstein Castle, Oktoberfest and champion football club FC Bayern Munich boasts the highest amount of installed capacity of solar PV, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 16 Aug 2018 |

    Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 links Germany to Russia, but splits Europe

    16 Aug 2018, 14:01 The natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, currently under construction under the Baltic Sea, has been the subject of heated debate for years. The project, scheduled for completion in late 2019, would allow additional Russian gas to flow ...
  • 30 Oct 2018 |

    Climate impact of farming, land use (change) and forestry in Germany

    30 Oct 2018, 22:15 Farming and land use emissions arise from a very diverse range of sources – milk cows, growing cereal, converting pastures into maize fields, producing fertiliser, driving tractors, draining moorlands, to name just a few. Other ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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  • 09 May 2019 |

    European Elections 2019: Energy and climate policy contacts for journalists

    09 May 2019, 14:49 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire has compiled a list of contacts as a jumping-off point for journalists covering the 2019 European Parliament elections. With voting just weeks away (23-26 May), we've been ...
  • 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 ...
  • WBAE- Scientific Advisory Board on Agricultural Policy, Food and Consumer Health Protection

    The WBAE is an advisory body to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Its members are an interdisciplinary group of researchers from German universities. They give independent expertise and prepare reports on subjects of their own choice ...
  • FFU- Environmental Policy Research Centre

    The FFU is an international team of social science researchers and students who research, study, and provide policy advice related to environmental and sustainable energy politics and policies. The FFU community is engaged in academic as well as more ...
  • 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, ...
  • Andreas Kraemer

    Andreas Kraemer is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), as well as f ounder and Director Emeritus of Ecologic Institute in Berlin. Researcher ...
  • DIE- German Development Institute

    The German Development Institute (DIE- Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik) is a German think tank specialising in global development and international cooperation, located in Bonn. DIE’s work is based on the interplay between research, policy ...
  • NPE- German National Platform for Electric Mobility

    The Naional Platform e-mobility (Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität) is an advisory board of the German government which monitors and analyses developments in electro mobility. NPE was founded in May 2010 and tries to connect essential actors of ...
  • Ecologic Institute

    Ecologic Institute is a transdisciplinary research organisation whose work encompasses the entire spectrum of environmental topics, including the integration of environmental issues in other political fields. The scientists at Ecologic Institute prepare ...
  • Ministry of Economics, Labour and Transport, State of Lower Saxony

    www.mw.niedersachsen.de/ Christian Haegele +49 511 120-5427 Sabine Schlemmer-Kaune +49 511 120-5426 pressestelle@mw.niedersachsen.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism, State of Schleswig-Holstein

    www.schleswig-holstein.de Harald Haase harald.haase@wimi.landsh.de +49 431 988-4420 Government ...
  • Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection, State of North Rhine-Westphalia

    www.umwelt.nrw.de Frank Seidlitz +49 211 4566 294 frank.seidlitz@mkulnv.nrw.de Birgit Müller +49 211 4566 719 birgit.mueller@mkulnv.nrw.de Nora Gerstenberg +49 211 4566 589 nora.gerstenberg@mkulnv.nrw.de Government ...
  • Christlich Soziale Union CSU- Christian Social Union

    The Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) is a conservative political party that only operates in Bavaria, not in any other federal state. Together with its sister party the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)- which operates in the remaining 15 federal ...
  • 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 ...
  • r2b- Research to Business Energy Consulting

    Research to Business r2b energy consulting GmbH is an independent consultancy located in Cologne. It advises companies, energy industry and political institutions on energy policy, energy economy and energy technology, focusing on quantative analysis, and ...
  • 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 ...
  • IIT- Institute for Innovation and Technology

    The Institute for Innovation and Technology (Institut für Innovation und Technologie, IIT) is a research institute located in Berlin. Its main topics are social developments and technological trends and policies. Its publications are available on the ...
  • IZT- Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment

    The IZT is a non-profit research institute focused on research projects, delivering expert opinions, and advising decision makers in politics and industry. Most scientific work concentrates on research relevant to the future, the analysis of developments ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dr. Patrick Graichen

    Patrick Graichen studied economics and political science, earning a Ph.D. on municipal energy policy at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics, University of Heidelberg. H e worked at the Federal Ministry of Environment, first in the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dr. Julia Verlinden

    Andreas Kappler +49 30 227- 572-11 or-12 presse@gruene-bundestag.de   Political parties ...
  • Ministry of Environment and Consumer Protection, State of Bavaria

    www.stmuv.bayern.de Dr. Thomas Marzahn & Barbara Litzlbeck-Siebert +49 89 9214 2204 pressestelle@stmuv.bayern.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Economics, Labour and Transport, State of Saxony

    www.smwa.sachsen.de Florian Schaefer  +49 351 5 64 80 60 presse@smwa.sachsen.de Government ...
  • SPD- Social Democratic Party

    The Social Democratic Party (SPD) is currently the junior partner in the government's ruling "grand coalition" of conservative Christian Democrats and Social Democrats. The SPD favours the transition to a low-carbon economy. It sees highly ...
  • Senator for Environment, Construction and Transportation, State of Bremen

    www.bauumwelt.bremen.de Der Senator für Umwelt, Bau und Verkehr +49 421 361 2407 office@umwelt.bremen.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment, Nature and Digitalization, State of Schleswig-Holstein

    www.schleswig-holstein.de Nikola Kabel +49 431 988 7201 nicola.kabel@melur.landsh.de Government ...
  • Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, State of Baden-Württemberg

    um.baden-wuerttemberg.de Ralf Heineken +49 711 126 27 80 Frank Lorho +49 711 126 2781 presse@um.bwl.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, State of Brandenburg

    www.mwe.brandenburg.de Andrea Beyerlein +49 331 866 1509 Claudia Lippert +49 331 866 1505 pressestelle@mwe.brandenburg.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture, State of Hesse

    umweltministerium.hessen.de Mischa Brüssel de Laskay +49 611 815 1020 pressestelle@umwelt.hessen.de Government ...
  • Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection, State of Lower Saxony

    www.umwelt.niedersachsen.de Rudi Zimmeck +49 511 12034 22 Dunja Rose, Justina Lethen +49 511 12034 23 pressestelle@mu.niedersachsen.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Environment and Consumer Protection, State of Saarland

    www.saarland.de/ministerium_umwelt_verbraucherschutz.htm Sabine Schorr +49 681 501 4710 s.schorr@umwelt.saarland.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Science and Economic Affairs, State of Saxony-Anhalt

    www.mw.sachsen-anhalt.de Franziska Krüger +49 391 567 4428 franziska.krueger@mw.sachsen-anhalt.de Robin Baake +49 391 567 4218 robin.baake@mw.sachsen-anhalt.de presse@mw.sachsen-anhalt.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure, State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

    www.regierung-mv.de Steffen Wehner +40 385 588 8003 steffen.wehner@em.mv-regierung.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Economics, Labour, Energy and Transport, State of Saarland

    www.saarland.de/ministerium_wirtschaft_arbeit_energie_verkehr.htm Wolfgang Kerkhoff +49 681 501 1690 w.kerkhoff@wirtschaft.saarland.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Economics, Labour and Technology, State of Thuringia

    www.thueringen.de Stephan Krauß +49 361 37 97 030 stephan.krauss@tmwat.thueringen.de Larissa Schulz-Trieglaff +49 361 37 97 031 larissa.schulz-trieglaff@tmwat.thueringen.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transportation, State of Hesse

    www.wirtschaft.hessen.de Marco Kreuter +49 611 815 2020 presse@hmwvl.hessen.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy, State of North Rhine-Westphalia

    www.wirtschaft.nrw Matthias Kietzmann +49 211 61772 204 matthias.kietzmann@mweimh.nrw.de Rabea Ottenhues +49 211 61772 124 rabea.ottenhues@mweimh.nrw.de Marie Vörckel +49 211 61772 217 marie.voerckel@mweimh.nrw.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, State of Saxony-Anhalt

    www.mlu.sachsen-anhalt.de Detlef Thiel +49 391 567 1950 pr@mlu.sachsen-anhalt.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, Climate Protection, Energy, State of Rhineland-Palatinate

    www.mwkel.rlp.de Ruth Bökle +49 6131 16 2549 ruth.boekle@mwkel.rlp.de Stefanie Mittenzwei +49 6131 16 2550 stefanie.mittenzwei@mwkel.rlp.de Government ...
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, State of Thuringia

    www.thueringen.de Andreas Maruschke +49 361 37 99930 andreas.maruschke@tmlfun.thueringen.de Government ...
  • FDP- Free Democratic Party

    The Free Democrats are Germany's liberal, market-oriented party. Although the party was not elected to federal parliament in 2013 for the first time in post-war history, it still holds political sway, especially in some state politics. The FDP wants ...
  • Left Party

    The Left Party currently makes up part of the opposition in the German federal parliament. They advocate decentralised energy production and distribution and a 100 percent renewable energy sector by 2050. Costs of the energy transition should be ...
  • Green Party

    The Green Party, which is currently part of the opposition in the German federal parliament, would like to see more power from renewable energy sources, greater energy efficiency and lower energy consumption. An overview of the Green party’s objectives in ...
  • 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 ...
  • Department of Urban Development and Environment, State of Hamburg

    www.hamburg.de/bsu Volker Dumann +49 40 42840 3249 Dr. Magnus-Sebastian Kutz +49 40 428 40 2051 Pressestelle@bsu.hamburg.de Government ...
  • CDU- Christian Democratic Union

    The conservative centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is one of Germany's largest parties and led by current Chancellor Angela Merkel. Together with its sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU)- which only operates in the federal states ...
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology, State of Bavaria

    www.stmwi.bayern.de Katrin van Randenborgh +49 89 2162 2290 Christian Faul +49 89 2162 2291 pressestelle@stmwivt.bayern.de Government ...
  • Dr. Joachim Pfeiffer

      www.bundestag.de/pfeiffer_joachim Anna-Lena Gleich +49 30 227 75212 joachim.pfeiffer.ma06@bundestag.de Ulrich Scharlack +49 30 227 53015 pressestelle@cducsu.de Political parties ...
  • SWP- German Institute for International and Security Affairs

    The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) is Europe’s largest independent think tank in the fields of international politics, and foreign and security policy, according to their website. With offices in Berlin and Brussels, SWP’s ...
  • World Energy Council Germany

    The World Energy Council (in Germany "Weltenergierat") is a network "of leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all". It has over 3000 member ...
  • Economic Council- CDU Wirtschaftsrat

    The CDU-Wirtschaftsrat is a professional association of business actors associated with the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The lobby group aims to represent the interests of more than 11,000 small and medium sized firms, as well as larger ...
  • E3G- Third generation enviromentalism

    E3G is an independent, non-profit organisation operating to accelerate the global transition to sustainable development. It has offices in London, Berlin, Brussels and Washington. E3G was founded in 2004 to address the challenge of how to deliver ...
  • Thorsten Müller

    Thorsten Müller is the chairman of the "Stiftung Umweltenergierecht" (foundation for research on energy and environment law). His areas of research include renewable energy law and energy efficiency law. www.stiftung-umweltenergierecht.de +49 ...
  • German Advisory Council on Global Change

    The German federal government set up the WBGU as an independent, scientific advisory body in 1992 in the run-up to the Rio Earth Summit. The council's principal tasks are to analyse global environment and development issues and provide early warning ...
  • 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; ...
  • Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann

    Bachmann is director of the German Council for Sustainable Development, an advisory body that works closely with the business world to promote green standards and reports back to the German federal government. The Council’s tasks comprise developing ...
  • BDI- Federation of German Industries

    The BDI represents 37 German industry associations, claiming to represent the interests of 100,000 businesses with eight million employees.  The BDI advocates free competition and regularly calls for an investment-friendly environment in Germany. The BDI ...
  • Frontier Economics Ltd.

    Frontier Economics is an independent microeconomics consultancy providing economic counselling to public and private clients, primarily in the energy sector. Frontier regularly analyses various aspects of the Energiewende, including market design and ...
  • German Steel Federation

    "The German Steel Federation (WV Stahl) is the political-economic association of the steel industry in Germany and is based in Düsseldorf. It represents the sector’s political interests in contacts with politicians, business and the public for steel ...
  • BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

    www.bmwi.de Pressestelle +49 30 18 615 6121 and-6131 pressestelle@bmwi.bund.de Government ...
  • 15 Sep 2017 |

    What’s the climate for future policies around the Baltic Sea?

    15 Sep 2017 Berlin A journalism programme on environmental, energy, and climate policy: Confrontation or cooperation- What’s the climate for future policies around the Baltic Sea? source: unicorno, flickr.com, (CC BY 2.0) Amid the unfolding Brexit, the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Can renewables drive reindustrialisation?

    04- 06 Oct 2015 Hamburg How the energy transition is changing the economic landscape- the case of Northern Germany: The three-day media workshop in October 2015 will take stock of the potential of the energy transition for reindustrialisiation and its ...
  • 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 ...
  • CLEW Calendar- Energy Policy and Energiewende Events

    Upcoming events 26 May: Regional elections in the state of Bremen. 28 May: Climate change- new topic for populists?, panel discussion at Free University Berlin, BERLIN. 28 May: Press talk BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries, How can ...
  • Privacy Policy

    Data Protection Policy of Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP) gGmbH   1      Introduction Regardless of whether you are a customer, prospective customer, applicant or visitor to our website: We, „Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP) gGmbH“, ...
  • Neves

    Brazil Electricity market Renewables Storage Policy Lívia's work has appeared in Brasil Energia, Cenários Energia Solar, Cenários Energia Eólica, Brazil Energy. Connect with her online via LinkedIn. ...
  • Ott

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

    Belgium Mobility Business Finance Digitalisation Efficiency Policy Society Philippa is Editor in Chief of FORESIGHT Climate & Energy. Connect with her online via Twitter or LinkedIn. ...
  • Mitch

    Congo- Kinshasa Electricity Finance Policy Elections & Politics Agriculture Gabrielle is a freelance journalist. Her work is published in Talk Africa, the newspaper Instant news, AfricaWeb, as well as Kin24 (TV). ...
  • Wyns

    Switzerland Renewables Politics Policy Society International COP24 Belgian Arthur is a Belgian journalist based in Germany. His work is published, among others, by The Ecologist, the Belgian MO* Magazine, USA Today, and Mona5na. He also works for ...
  • Timperley

    United Kingdom Electricity Fossil fuels Renewables Transport Industrial policy International COP24 Jocelyn is a staff correspondent at Carbon Brief. Previously, she worked at BusinessGreen. ...
  • Ehlerding

    Germany Climate & CO2 Renewables Efficiency Policy International COP24 Susanne Ehlerding is CLEW ambassador for Germany. She works as an editor with Tagesspiegel Background Energie & Klima in Berlin. Susanne covers renewable energies and related ...
  • Drevensek

    Slovenia Climate & CO2 Industrial policy Society International Simona is CLEW ambassador for Central and Eastern Europe, based in Ljubljana. She has been covering business and energy for 15 years for various media outlets in Slovenia, Germany, the ...
  • Gerdes

    United States Renewables Wind Efficiency Cities Policy Elections & Politics Justin is CLEW ambassador for the United States, based in San Fransisco. He is an award-winning, independent journalist specialising in energy issues and a contributing writer ...
  • Germany's Energiewende – The Easy Guide

    Find your way around the energy transition Germany is bidding farewell to nuclear energy, expanding renewable energy sources and working to make its economy virtually climate-neutral by mid-century. Researching and understanding the massive undertaking ...
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