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  • 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, ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • News
  • Renewables cut German CO2 emissions by 160 million tonnes in 2016

    The roll-out of renewable energies in Germany is key to reaching the country’s climate targets, according to the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). In a publication on the impact of green energies on emissions, the agency says that renewables increasingly ...
  • Transport sector pushed up German emissions again in 2016

    An increase in transport sector emissions drove up Germany’s total greenhouse gas emissions for the second time in a row in 2016, according to the the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). At 909.4 million tonnes of CO 2 equivalent, emissions were 2.6 million ...
  • German carbon emissions rise in 2016 despite coal use drop

    20 Dec 2016 (All day) German energy-related CO₂ emissions rose almost 1 percent in 2016, despite a fall in coal use and the ongoing expansion of renewable energy sources, according to first estimates by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen. A ...
  • One tonne of CO2 emissions causes damages worth 180 euros

    The environmental cost of the emission of one tonne of CO 2  is about 180 euros, according to new calculations published by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Economic losses include crop losses, damages to buildings and infrastructure, and ...
  • Climate levy – the debate and proposals for cutting CO2 emissions

    27 May 2016 (All day) Update 27 May 2016 [European Commission approves state aid for closure of lignite power plants] | The government has approved wide reaching power market reform, including a phase-out plan for some lignite plants. A "coal reserve ...
  • 27 Mar 2018

    Energy sector drives slight drop in German emissions in 2017

    27 Mar 2018 (All day) Germany saw its greenhouse gas emissions dip slightly in 2017, as wind power continued to replace coal-fired electricity generation and hard coal power plants were shut down, new estimates released by the Federal Environment Agency ...
  • German industry emissions reduction below EU average for ten consecutive years

    Industry and energy production emissions reduction in Germany has been below the EU-average for the tenth year in a row, according to figures released by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). With 453 million tonnes of CO 2 equivalent, combined emissions ...
  • 21 Dec 2015 |

    German CO2 emissions rise in 2015 despite renewables surge

    21 Dec 2015 (All day) Germany’s CO2 emissions have inched up in 2015 despite a rapidly increasing share of renewables in electricity production, according to first calculations by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen. The main cause for the ...
  • German steelworkers fight EU plans for emissions trading

    11 Apr 2016 (All day) With backing from economy minister Sigmar Gabriel, thousands of German steelworkers rallied against EU reform plans for the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) on Monday. Gabriel said there must be no contradiction between ...
  • Revised greenhouse gas emissions data show dip in 2015

    Falling emissions from the energy sector mean Germany’s overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell slightly in 2015, compared to 2014, according to revised data published by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). 901.9 million tonnes CO₂ equivalents were ...
  • “Transport and cold weather cause emissions to rise”

    Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions rose to 906 million tonnes in 2016 (from 902 mln in 2015), due to colder weather and rising emissions in the transport sector, according to preliminary calculations by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The data ...
  • 17 Mar 2016

    2015 emissions rise / An international view of the energy transition

    17 Mar 2016 (All day) Federal Environment Agency (UBA) Emissions data 2015 – 6 million tonnes more CO2 2015 has seen a slight increase in greenhouse gas emissions, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) reports. According to its estimates, emissions (CO2 ...
  • 05 Apr 2016

    Industry emissions almost unchanged / Wind-powered lamps

    05 Apr 2016 (All day) Federal Environment Agency “Emissions trading: industry’s emissions almost unchanged in 2015” The CO₂ emissions of German energy intensive industry remained virtually unchanged for the second year in a row in 2015, according to the ...
  • 03 Feb 2016

    2014 emissions data updated / Vattenfall's losses / Wind record

    03 Feb 2016 (All day) Federal Environment Agency “German greenhouse gas emissions fall considerably in 2014” New data shows that Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions fell to 901.9 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents in 2014, a 4.6 percent reduction compared ...
  • 24 Feb 2016

    'Basement energy transition cancelled' / What future for wind gas?

    24 Feb 2016 (All day) Die Welt “Energy transition in the basement cancelled” Three quarters of the energy consumption of German households is used for heating and hot water, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. Climate protection should therefore start with ...
  • Tracking the CO2 price debate in Germany

    04 Sep 2019, 12:28 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Jun 2016

    Law reform delays energy transition- study / Utilities fear collapse

    20 Jun 2016 (All day) University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW) “New study: EEG 2016 thwarts Paris climate agreement” If Germany continued the deployment of renewable energies at the average pace of the last 15 years, the energy transition would take ...
  • 23 Jan 2018 |

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

    23 Jan 2018 Germany may have to resort to an unusual measure to comply with the EU's 2020 climate targets in sectors not covered by the union's emissions trading scheme (ETS). Achieving the non-ETS goal looks increasingly unfeasible, a paper by ...
  • 22 Apr 2016

    Record CO2 levels / 'TTIP destroys climate achievements'

    22 Apr 2016 (All day) UBA Record high CO2 measurements in Germany Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has measured the highest annual CO2 concentrations ever in 2015. In its research stations on the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest mountain) in Bavaria ...
  • Old diesel cars responsible for high nitrogen dioxide pollution in German cities

    Diesel cars, and older models in particular, are responsible for high levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution in German city centres, according to Federal Environment Agency (UBA). 57 percent of measuring stations close to traffic showed pollution exceeding ...
  • “Climate targets in Germany almost out of reach“

    Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions rose to 906 million tonnes in 2016 (from 902 million tonnes in 2015), making it unlikely that the country will reach its 2020 emission reduction target, according to preliminary data by the Federal Environment Agency ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    Merkel puts contentious CCS technology back on German agenda

    16 May 2019, 16:50 Chancellor Angela Merkel has put carbon capture and storage (CCS) back on the table, saying the controversial technology was crucial for Germany to reach climate neutrality by mid-century. CCS has been met with a lot of public mistrust ...
  • Cities and municipalities spearhead local transport revolution

    01 Jun 2017 (All day) A large share of the emissions from towns and cities comes from traffic. If Germany is to reach its Energiewende goals, each will have to do their bit to reduce the number of vehicles on their roads, and steer citizens towards ...
  • 30 May 2016

    EU threat to split German power market-report/ VW strategy for e-cars

    30 May 2016 (All day) Die Welt “EU wants to split Germany into two power price zones” The European Commission “is threatening to split [Germany] into two power price zones,” which would make power more expensive in the South than in the North, according ...
  • 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 ...
  • “A target evaporates”

    Aspiration and ambitious targets are needed to make the transition to a low-carbon economy, but the German federal government has done too little, according to emissions data by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), writes Michael Bauchmüller in an ...
  • 17 Jun 2016

    GHG-neutral transport by 2050 / EU Commission approves e-car subsidy

    17 Jun 2016 (All day) Federal Environment Agency “Climate protection contributions of the transport sector by 2050” Germany's transport sector will need to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 98 percent to compensate for inevitable emissions ...
  • 29 Oct 2015

    Suspend energy efficiency rules for refugee homes?

    29 Oct 2015 (All day) Federal Environment Agency (UBA) “Energiewende: Industrial consumers can use power more flexibly” German industry could make their power demand more flexible and thus reduce load by up to 6 gigawatt (GW), or 7 percent of German peak ...
  • Germany keeps pushing for G20 climate focus

    20 Mar 2017 (All day) Germany aims to use a large international energy conference in Berlin to inject fresh momentum and ideas into the G20 process in the run up to the Hamburg summit in July. The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue – a two-day conference ...
  • 21 Apr 2016

    'Germans want more climate action' / Belgians keep nuclear plants running

    21 Apr 2016 (All day) WWF Germany “Germans want more climate action” German citizens would like to see more engagement in the fight against climate change, environment organisation WWF Germany says, referring to a representative survey by research ...
  • Germany heads for "spectacular" 2020 climate target miss- study

    07 Sep 2017 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 emissions ...
  • 17 Mar 2015 |

    Moorburg power plant – Last of a dying breed, or the future of coal in Germany?

    17 Mar 2015 (All day) The first block of a large coal-fired power station has just gone online in Hamburg, even as two thirds of German fossil-fuelled facilities fail to turn a profit and their operators are applying for many to be mothballed. So is the ...
  • 02 May 2016

    Fracking's chances dwindle / 'CO2 floor would fail in Germany'

    02 May 2016 (All day) Handelsblatt “Dwindling chances for fracking” The proposed fracking law has been delayed and might not be adopted in the current legislative period, writes Klaus Stratmann in Handelsblatt. Energy minister Sigmar Gabriel's Social ...
  • 10 Feb 2016

    EU nuclear provisions '100 bln euros short' / Wind mill envy

    10 Feb 2016 (All day) Spiegel Online “Internal market analysis: EU member states’ nuclear provisions more than 100 billion euros short” An EU analysis has revealed that the member states are not well prepared for the pending closure of many old nuclear ...
  • 11 Feb 2016

    No future for German ski regions / A pending wind merger

    11 Feb 2016 (All day) Der Tagesspiegel “Government sees no future for two thirds of ski regions” The government predicts that with a 2 degree Celsius warming, 61 percent of Germany’s ski regions would not be suitable for winter sports, even with ...
  • 05 Sep 2019 |

    "Dieselgate"- a timeline of the car emissions fraud scandal in Germany

    05 Sep 2019, 13:00 "Dieselgate" started out as a scandal exclusively affecting Germany's largest car company Volkswagen. But since it broke in September 2015, it has morphed into a global issue involving many industry giants. In Germany, ...
  • 03 Aug 2018 |

    Road freight emissions in Germany

    03 Aug 2018, 13:45 Trucks and other freight vehicles are the backbone of Germany’s export-driven economy. But the rapid growth in traffic volumes increases the pressure of reaching emissions reductions in the transport sector, which already lags behind on ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Sep 2019 |

    Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets

    10 Sep 2019, 14:48 This factsheet provides an overview of Germany's greenhouse gas emissions and the government's energy transition targets. [UPDATE: adds emissions projections data from 2019 report under heading Closing the "climate gap ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    Key publications on Germany’s Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 (All day) Reporting on Germany’s generational Energiewende can be challenging for even the most seasoned journalist. Government institutions, NGOs and researchers publish a myriad of studies, reports, data collections and analyses every year. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Aug 2018 |

    Germany’s three lignite mining regions

    07 Aug 2018, 22:09 The beginning of the end of coal-fired power generation is imminent in Germany – a so-called 'coal exit commission' (or ' coal commission ' for short) of government officials and lobbyists is to decide an end-date by ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    Limits to growth: Resistance against wind power in Germany

    27 Mar 2019 Wind turbines have become one of the most visible components of the Energiewende and increasingly shape the landscape in many parts of the country. But Germany’s most important renewable energy source does not only have supporters – numerous ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coal in Germany

    07 Feb 2019, 15:00 The future use of coal is at the centre of Germany's political debate on the energy transition and its efforts to mitigate climate change after the country has seen a stagnation in greenhouse gas emissions despite growing use of ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    Key stakeholders in Germany’s Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 (All day) Which groups are invested in, and impacted by, the German energy transition? Here we identify the key stakeholder groups, their positions and concerns. Energiewende s.egenter r.russell j.wettengel The German federal government ...
  • Conference panellists and session chairs

      Please note: This list was compiled in preparation for the Clean Energy Wire network conference "The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready?" in November 2017. Abaño, Imelda- President of Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists ...
  • Journalism for the energy transition

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