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  • 15 Jan 2020 |

    Preview 2020: Germany’s targets under scrutiny in year of global climate action

    15 Jan 2020, 16:53 2020 will be a year of global climate action as countries are called upon to ratchet up ambitions under the Paris Agreement. The shaky German government will be in the midst of what many hope to be a European diplomatic effort to ...
  • 29 Nov 2019 |

    Climate cabinet to put Germany back on track for 2030 targets

    Chancellor Merkel's coalition government aims to agree on steps and climate action law 29 Nov 2019, 11:00 Chancellor Angela Merkel's so-called "climate cabinet" has put together the bedrock for future climate action legislation. It ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Nov 2019 |

    Europe's largest economy aims to exit coal to reach climate goals

    Germany's coal phase-out 29 Nov 2019, 11:00 Germany has officially set in motion the gradual withdrawal from coal, joining other major economies in the global farewell to the climate-damaging fossil fuel. Faced with stagnating greenhouse gas ...
  • 21 Jan 2020 |

    The heat is on to make German buildings 'nearly' climate-neutral

    The Wärmewende – Germany’s heating transition 21 Jan 2020, 14:33 A mainly fossil energy guzzler, heating in Germany has taken a back seat to the Energiewende's poster child, the power sector. But the “Wärmewende”, or heating transition, has ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 01 Aug 2014 |

    EEG 2.0 – A new legal framework for the German energy transition

    Germany revamps renewables law as it adapts to future with green power 01 Aug 2014 Germany’s energy market is bracing for the most far-reaching legislative changes since green power incentives were introduced a quarter of a century ago. The controversial ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Sep 2019 |

    Too big to just stand by- Germany's financial sector faces climate challenge

    The challenge for government, banks and citizens to raise billions through green finance 09 Sep 2019, 10:58 The German finance sector is among the largest in the world and crucial to the country's strong industrial base that underpins its prosperity. ...
  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    Vote2017- German elections and the Energiewende

    Energy and climate policy in Germany's election 16 Oct 2017 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's ...
  • 11 Sep 2019 |

    Europe's largest auto show pits climate protests against carmakers

    The energy transition closes in on German carmakers 11 Sep 2019, 09:14 This year's Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) pits a wave of climate protests against the car industry. Europe's largest car fair from 12-22 September also coincides with a crunch ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Oct 2015 |

    The challenges of Germany’s nuclear phase-out

    Managing the nuclear legacy – a project into the next century 12 Oct 2015 (Updates NPP map with new BfE data)-- The question is no longer whether Germany’s future will be nuclear-free – or even when, since the government is committed to completing the ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 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 the Paris ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
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  • 02 Aug 2019 |

    Climate Action Law could be “intergenerational climate contract”

    02 Aug 2019, 11:52 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

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

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

    Majority wants climate action to become part of German Basic Law – online survey

    01 Aug 2019, 12:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Spiegel Online Climate action belongs in Germany’s Basic Law as a “binding state task”, a majority (59%) of respondents in an online climate ...
  • 30 Jul 2019 |

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

    30 Jul 2019, 10:30 Markus Söder, Bavaria’s conservative state premier, has called for climate action to be enshrined in Germany’s Basic Law, according to German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. Söder has thus embraced a long-standing demand by the Green Party, ...
  • Think tanks call for climate action law that includes CO₂ price for transport, buildings

    13 May 2019, 14:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Agora Energiewende / Agora Verkehrswende [This article was based on the German version of the proposals. Agora Energiewende and ...
  • 05 Apr 2019 |

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

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

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

    26 Feb 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Government Handelsblatt In an op-ed in Handelsblatt, Klaus Stratmann argues that the draft Climate Action Law’s rigid sector targets don’t allow ...
  • Environment minister submits draft of climate action law to chancellery

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

    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 ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

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

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

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

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

    15 Jan 2019, 12:01 Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) Business & Jobs Read more about Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Mobility and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Environment ministry wants to fix sectoral targets as CO2 budgets in Climate Action Law

    Germany’s environment ministry plans to use the concept of CO 2  budgets in next year’s much-anticipated Climate Action Law, reports Nora Marie Zaremba in Tagesspiegel Background. A ministry spokesperson told the publication that it wants to define the ...
  • NGOs call for including financial sector in Germany’s Climate Action Law

    The financial industry is a relevant actor in virtually all sectors of the economy and should therefore be included in  Germany’s Climate Action Law  as well as in any action plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 2030, the environmental NGO Climate ...
  • 28 May 2019 |

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

    28 May 2019, 13:25 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 CDU- Christian Democratic ...
  • 15 Nov 2019 |

    Germany's parliament greenlights first major climate law

    15 Nov 2019, 15:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Government [Update adds opinion piece by Süddeutsche Zeitung] The German parliament (Bundestag) has decided the country's first major climate ...
  • Industry says it will need public funds to abide by German's planned climate law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Germany’s climate law and national emissions trading system clear last legislative hurdle

    29 Nov 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Government Clean Energy Wire The council of federal state governments (Bundesrat) has greenlit  Germany’s Climate Action Law  and the  planned ...
  • 09 Oct 2019 |

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

    09 Oct 2019, 17:06 The German government cabinet has adopted the country’s first framework climate law and a detailed programme of measures to reach national and European targets for 2030. Against the backdrop of climate action protests by the Extinction ...
  • 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 ...
  • EU top job candidate promises "Green Deal" and "Climate Law" for Europe ahead of crunch vote

    16 Jul 2019, 13:08 German defence minister and European Commission candidate Ursula von der Leyen told Members of the European Parliament that if elected, she would introduce a "Green Deal" for Europe in her first 100 days in office, including a ...
  • Germany's proposed climate law to create certainty for businesses- op-ed

    04 Mar 2019, 13:40 Expert IASS- Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Think tank on sustainable development Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs ...
  • German government sticks to plan for Climate Protection Law in 2019

    The German government will stick to its plan to introduce a Climate Protection Law in 2019 despite  major internal difficulties  harrowing the coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD). A first ...
  • Climate protection law, swift coal exit, EU CO₂ floor price – DUH demands for next Energiewende government

    Germany will miss its climate targets unless the next federal government steps up its efforts, according to non-profit environmental and consumer protection association Environmental Action Germany (DUH). In a list of 85 measures for the energy, heating ...
  • 05 Aug 2019 |

    Conservatives debate speedy reduction of VAT on train tickets, Greens present law draft

    05 Aug 2019, 13:17 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/ ...
  • 27 May 2016

    Media reports: climate law rewards power waste / Ministry dispute on self-supply tax

    27 May 2016 (All day) Panorama (ARD) “Absurd Energiewende: climate law rewards electricity waste” To be exempted from Germany's  Renewable Energy Act (EEG)  surcharge,  some companies just on  the threshold of qualifying as "energy intensive ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

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

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

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

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

    Germany installs “climate cabinet” to coordinate action across ministries

    15 Mar 2019, 13:32 The German government has agreed to install a “climate cabinet” to coordinate emissions reduction efforts across various ministries to reach the country's 2030 climate targets. Environment minister Svenja Schulze said the climate ...
  • 09 Jan 2020 |

    Tracking progress of Germany's 2030 climate action package

    09 Jan 2020, 13:30 With its Climate Action Law and the Climate Action Programme 2030, Germany's government coalition has presented a far-reaching climate strategy that is aimed at putting the country on track towards reaching its climate targets. The ...
  • Federal government unsettles population with climate action debate – Saxony state premier

    31 Jul 2019, 13:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Rheinische Post The federal government is “frightening” the population with the debate about climate action measures such ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    German grid expansion law takes effect as grid agency urges rapid action

    16 May 2019, 14:02 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Grid ...
  • 11 Apr 2019 |

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

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

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

    10 Sep 2019, 13:43 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Expert Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) German CEOs for climate protection Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 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 ...
  • 05 Sep 2019 |

    Germany's finance industry struggles to marry climate action and business strategy

    05 Sep 2019, 12:00 Banks, insurers and investment funds in Germany look back at nearly two decades of energy transition – but many of the biggest actors still struggle to embrace its potential as a core business area. While most are well aware of the ...
  • 23 Oct 2019 |

    Germany slashes key efficiency target in new building energy draft law

    23 Oct 2019, 13:24 Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Efficiency Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 Sep 2019 |

    German government faces 11th hour talks over climate action

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

    Most Germans say government's 2030 climate action package does not go far enough

    27 Sep 2019, 13:39 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/ ...
  • Major German companies among world's most active anti-climate action lobbyists- study

    11 Oct 2019, 14:15 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire German car manufacturers Daimler and BMW, utility RWE and building materials company HeidelbergCement are among ...
  • 08 Oct 2019 |

    Extinction Rebellion protesters block main roads in Berlin, urge climate action

    08 Oct 2019, 11:00 Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion have begun two weeks of blockades and acts of civil disobedience by occupying two main traffic intersections in Berlin, demanding that Germany's government "tells the truth" ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

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

    06 Jun 2019, 14:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cities Clean Energy Wire The Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag) has called on the federal government to adopt a price on CO2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Feb 2016

    Climate Action Plan 2050 worries industry / Further RWE impairments

    17 Feb 2016 (All day) Handelsblatt / Ministry for Environment “Everything for the climate” The Ministry for Environment (BMUB) is about to enter the second phase of consultation for its Climate Action Plan 2050, and has published a 288-page “measure set” ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

    Germany launches sustainable finance council to leverage climate action

    06 Jun 2019, 14:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Finance Clean Energy Wire The new advisory council on sustainable finance established by Germany’s government has held its first meeting to ...
  • 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) ...
  • 08 Apr 2019 |

    Fridays For Future Germany presents set of climate action demands

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

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

    Germans want more climate action and faster Energiewende – study

    28 May 2019, 13:21 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 UBA- Federal Environment ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany passes laws on grid, CHP to keep Energiewende going

    18 Dec 2015 (All day) Second parliament chamber passes laws for combined heat and power support and new power cables / Progress in grid expansion and more money for efficient power stations will advance energy transition and national climate targets, says ...
  • Debate over future of German coal heats up ahead of climate action plan

    21 Nov 2014 (All day) Ten days before the plan to fix Germany’s "climate gap" is set for cabinet approval, it is still unclear how much the power sector will contribute toward the carbon emissions target of a 40 percent cut by 2020. The debate ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

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

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

    Reactions to Germany's Climate Action Plan 2050

    14 Nov 2016 (All day) After a public consultation process of over a year and months of political wrangling, the German government agreed on a climate action plan 2050. While this roadmap to a nearly carbon-emission free economy contains detailed targets ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

    Thousands of German students to join global strike for climate action

    14 Mar 2019, 13:24 Students in Germany and around the world are expected to walk out of school Friday for what is being billed as a “global strike” to demand action on climate change. Organisers hope it will be the largest demonstration yet in the series ...
  • 29 Jun 2016 |

    CO2 targets and coal deadline omitted from Climate Action Plan draft

    29 Jun 2016 (All day) The energy industry and transport sector may escape specific greenhouse gas reduction targets, according to a new draft version of Germany's Climate Action Plan 2050. The proposal also omits an end date for power production from ...
  • 22 Jun 2017 |

    “There’s no way around a coal exit law

    22 Jun 2017 (All day) Germany's energy transition can only be successful if it is created by citizens themselves in a socially fair way, the Left Party writes in its election campaign programme. The Left is currently the largest opposition group in ...
  • 07 Dec 2015 |

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

    07 Dec 2015 (All day) Day 7/8 at the UN climate conference: Environment state secretary Flasbarth becomes facilitator / EU fights for new differentiation / Germany plans decarbonisation by 2050 The ministers and top-officials from 195 countries have found ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • New environment minister Schulze says Germany must regain leading position in international climate action

    Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, says Germany must regain its leadership position in the international effort to reduce carbon emissions. “Germany quickly has to restore its pioneering role in climate action,” Schulze said during her ...
  • 09 Nov 2016 |

    Coal exit dispute delays Germany’s Climate Action Plan

    09 Nov 2016 Disagreements over the future of coal in Germany have blocked adoption of a long-awaited government roadmap for making the country almost greenhouse gas neutral by 2050. In a surprise move capping several days of uncertainty about the fate of ...
  • Associations call on government not to soften building energy efficiency standards with planned law

    Several associations and NGOs have called on economy minister Peter Altmaier and interior and building minister Horst Seehofer not to soften existing energy efficiency standards with the planned Building Energy Law (GEG). In a joint letter, Environmental ...
  • 06 May 2016

    Climate Action Plan draft backs ecological tax reform, carbon price floor

    06 May 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Everything for the global climate” A leaked draft of the Climate Action Plan 2050 shows the path the German environment ministry wants to take to carbon neutrality by the middle of the century, reports ...
  • Power consumers pay higher grid fees than required by law – think tank

    A combination of lack of transparency and denial of legal protection means that German power grid fees cannot be sufficiently checked by consumers, consumer organisations, or even politicians, according to a legal analysis published by the Regulatory ...
  • 21 Jun 2016

    Climate Action Plan 2050 delayed / 'VW is more than diesel'

    21 Jun 2016 (All day) Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) Climate Action Plan 2050 delayed The Climate Action Plan 2050 that is to describe a pathway and policy measures for Germany to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent by 2050 will not be ...
  • 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 ...
  • German emissions trading scheme for transport and heating would delay action several years – study

    20 Aug 2019, 13:59 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Nov 2014

    In the media: Energiewende awareness, coal exit and climate action plan

    06 Nov 2014 (All day) SolarServer “Survey: Energiewende little known in neighbouring countries, but support for goals” Public awareness of the Energiewende – or energy transition – among some of Germany’s immediate neighbours is low, according to a story ...
  • Views and comments on Germany's Climate Action Programme

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The German government has approved a package of measures to achieve its goal of reducing carbon emissions 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990. The following collection provides a snapshot of comments and reactions.   Environment ...
  • 13 Dec 2019 |

    Fossil fuel use for heating German homes rises as govt delays action

    13 Dec 2019, 13:11 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Freja Eriksen Heating Clean Energy Wire Consumption of oil and natural gas for heating Germany's residential buildings rose by 1.1 and 1.5 ...
  • 02 Dec 2014

    In the media: E.ON and the age of dinosaurs, climate action ready for government approval

    02 Dec 2014 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “The end of dinosaurs“ In the end, the large dinosaurs who had ruled the world disappeared – Germany’s big energy companies face a similar fate, writes Markus Balser in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. E.ON’s announcement ...
  • 12 Dec 2019 |

    Targeted action needed to curb unrelenting global demand for coal power – German env min

    12 Dec 2019, 13:04 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Sören Amelang Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Clean Energy Wire ...
  • Govt energy transition commission calls for CO2 price, mobility action

    01 Nov 2017 (All day) Germany is likely to miss several of its energy transition goals by 2020, including greenhouse gas and energy consumption reduction, writes an expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German Energiewende in a ...
  • Merkel's quest for climate leadership at G7

    07 Jun 2015 (All day) UPDATE (7 June 2015)-- All eyes are on Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G7 summit this weekend. Recent statements including her weekly podcast indicate Merkel intends to do justice to her former reputation as " ...
  • New Bavarian government coalition plans state climate protection law

    Bavarian conservative parties Christian Socialist Union (CSU) and Free Voters have signed a coalition treaty for the coming five years in Germany’s southern economic power house and largest federal state. The alliance aims to make climate protection a ...
  • 01 Feb 2019 |

    German govt almost certain to accept coal exit proposal, action must start now- Forbes

    01 Feb 2019, 14:08 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Germany eyes coal exit by 2038 in bid for climate-friendly economy Germany's grand ...
  • Greens want climate protection included in German Basic Law

    The Greens parliamentary group in the Bundestag has introduced a draft law that would make international climate goals and obligations, as well as the nuclear exit, binding under German Basic Law. In a plenary debate, Green group leader Anton Hofreiter ...
  • 16 Aug 2019 |

    German economy ministry mulls action on looming solar power support cap

    16 Aug 2019, 12:11 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 Benjamin ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Jan 2016 |

    First reactions to Renewable Energy Act reform proposal

    27 Jan 2016 (All day) The centrepiece of Germany's Energiewende in the power sector is to undergo a profound revision this year. The government has tabled a draft law for the reform of the Renewable Energy Act, which has stirred a heated debate. The ...
  • 14 Aug 2018 |

    New “Power Grid Action Plan” to accelerate network development

    14 Aug 2018, 14:31 Technical fixes, better communication and smoother planning procedures are to accelerate Germany’s grid expansion, the energy minister has proposed in a new plan. Heading off on a visit to contested power line building sites in western ...
  • SPD election programme draft includes CO₂ floor price, climate protection law

    The Social Democratic Party (SPD) wants to develop a national climate protection law and introduce a CO₂ floor price, the party says in a first draft for the federal election campaign programme. "We will continue to develop European emissions trading ...
  • 02 Jun 2016 |

    Wind development has to wait for grid expansion

    02 Jun 2016 (All day) The latest reform of Germany’s renewable energy law is taking shape – on Tuesday the federal government and the heads of the 16 states reached an agreement on essential aspects of a reformed bill, such as the amount of onshore wind ...
  • “Paris Climate Agreement will become law

    The German federal government cabinet has decided on a draft law for the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement. Once the parliament passes the law, Germany has done its bit to ratify the climate treaty. The ratification law would also be “the basis ...
  • 07 Jan 2020 |

    Germany's towns urge rapid climate action to make infrastructure fit for future

    07 Jan 2020, 14:00 Expert German Association of Towns and Municipalities Deutsche Städte- und Gemeindebund Cities Citizens' energy Society Benjamin Wehrmann Cities Clean Energy Wire A more rapid and determined climate and energy transition policy is ...
  • 03 Dec 2019 |

    Merkel seeks to appease protesting farmers, says effective climate action is 'common cause'

    03 Dec 2019, 13:40 Expert DBV- German Farmers‘ Association Deutscher Bauernverband Agriculture Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Agriculture Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited ...
  • Coal states call for legal action against EU Commission on environmental regulations for coal power plants

    Germany’s coal states are calling on the federal government to prevent stricter emissions limits for coal-fired power plants by taking legal action against the EU Commission, writes public broadcaster rbb in an article. A spokesperson for Saxony’s ...
  • 14 Nov 2019 |

    COP25 in Madrid must lead to higher ambitions at crucial time for international climate action – German govt

    14 Nov 2019, 13:26 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert Federal Foreign Office Auswärtiges Amt ...
  • 20 Nov 2019 |

    Env ministry warns renewable fuels are no substitute for climate action

    20 Nov 2019, 13:30 Germany's environment ministry has warned that climate-neutral fuels made with renewables must not become an excuse for neglecting the domestic roll-out of renewables, increasing efficiency and other efforts to cut emissions. " ...
  • 01 Nov 2019 |

    Court in Germany rejects lawsuit against govt over alleged climate action neglect

    01 Nov 2019, 13:22 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire A court in Germany has rejected a lawsuit filed ...
  • 21 Oct 2019 |

    Carbon budget: Germany's government dodges climate action's key figure – researcher

    21 Oct 2019, 13:09 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Spiegel Online [Correction: Stefan Rahmstorf is head of the ...
  • Climate scientist says Merkel has failed on climate action

    Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has never really been a “climate chancellor,” the head of the Marine Meteorology Research Unit at Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Mojib Latif, said in an interview with Die Welt. “Whenever the ...
  • Labour union IG Metall calls for higher top tax rate to cover climate action costs

    08 Oct 2019, 14:10 Expert IG Metall-Industrial Union of Metalworkers IG Metall Business & Jobs Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire High incomes in ...
  • Germany's right-wing populist AfD says climate action criticism to be major campaign issue

    30 Sep 2019, 13:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Welt am Sonntag Germany’s right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has made its critique of policy to reduce ...
  • German businesses support more climate action, criticise power prices

    16 Sep 2019, 14:05 Expert Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Edgar Meza Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean ...
  • 09 Sep 2019 |

    Environment minister says German government coalition hinges on climate action

    09 Sep 2019, 13:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Der Tagesspiegel The German government coalition "cannot continue" if it is not prepared to clarify how Germany will achieve its climate ...
  • 16 Aug 2019 |

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

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

    German aviation levy revenues must be used for climate action – transport min

    21 Aug 2019, 12:02 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport ...
  • Coordinated Dutch-German climate action is critical for Europe – researchers

    12 Aug 2019, 12:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International Energy Post / Clean Energy Wire Coordinated action on climate by Germany and the Netherlands is critical for Europe, several ...
  • 01 Aug 2019 |

    Dying forests mean Germany loses “most important climate action ally” – minister

    01 Aug 2019, 12:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Agriculture Deutschlandfunk / Die Welt As German forests continue to suffer from heat damage and bark-beetle infestation, the country’s “most ...
  • 28 Aug 2019 |

    German cabinet adopts draft law to strengthen mining regions during coal exit

    28 Aug 2019, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Edgar Meza Coal Government Clean Energy Wire Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday adopted a draft law submitted by Germany's economy and energy minister Peter ...
  • 27 Nov 2019 |

    NRW state premier urges quick adoption of coal exit law, defends new coal plant commissioning

    27 Nov 2019, 14:01 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Rheinische Post The German government must fast-track legislation for the country's coal power phase-out, Armin ...
  • Germans willing to pay 32 euros per month for climate action – survey

    22 Jul 2019, 13:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Bild am Sonntag A survey by weekly tabloid Bild am Sonntag found people in Germany would be willing to spend an average of 32 ...
  • 11 Jul 2019 |

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

    11 Jul 2019, 14:09 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert IG Metall-Industrial Union of Metalworkers IG Metall Business & Jobs Transport Expert NABU- Nature and Biodiversity ...
  • Government must come clean on climate action costs – opinion

    09 Jul 2019, 12:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany’s federal government “should finally come clean” and tell citizens that climate action on the ...
  • 03 Sep 2019 |

    Flexible biomass reaches capacity limit for financial support

    03 Sep 2019, 13:29 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Expert German Biogas Association Fachverband Biogas e.V. Business & Jobs Citizens& ...
  • G20 must throw weight behind climate action – paper

    14 Jun 2019, 13:18 Expert DIE- German Development Institute Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International G20 German Development Institute Support ...
  • 18 Jun 2019 |

    Germany faces new protests against coal and for climate action

    18 Jun 2019, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Coal Society Clean Energy Wire Anti-coal activists and the student protest movement Fridays for Future are planning a series of demonstrations in Western Germany in ...
  • 04 Jun 2019 |

    Climate action is our new foreign policy imperative” – German foreign minister

    04 Jun 2019, 13:50 German foreign minister Heiko Maas has said that climate action is the country’s new foreign policy imperative, as the security implications of its effects can already be seen across the globe. Germany aims to play a leading role in the ...
  • 11 Jun 2019 |

    Wide gap between environmental rhetoric and climate action in Germany- opinion

    11 Jun 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Social Europe There is a wide gap between environmental rhetoric and climate action in Germany, as displayed by the “inadequate compromise” found by the coal ...
  • Climate action business generates almost 50 billion euro-turnover in Germany

    05 Jun 2019, 12:34 Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt Energiewende Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire With a turnover of 49.4 ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    Merkel says financial markets must change to better support climate action

    16 May 2019, 13:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Finance Clean Energy Wire Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel says the need for a reform of financial markets along sustainability criteria is one ...
  • Waiting for global solutions impedes climate action progress – opinion

    08 May 2019, 13:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt Leading politicians from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance call for European or ...
  • 10 May 2019 |

    Deutsche Bahn CEO calls for expanding Europe’s rail network and more climate action in transport

    10 May 2019, 13:27 Expert Deutsche Bahn German railway operator Business & Jobs Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Handelsblatt The CEO of German rail company Deutsche Bahn, ...
  • Need to take into account citizens’ wishes and concerns for climate action in transport – acatech

    07 May 2019, 12:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire An increasing number of Germans say they have major worries about climate change (61 percent in 2019 compared to ...
  • 15 May 2019 |

    OECD highlights need for rethinking financial sector as part of climate action strategy

    15 May 2019, 12:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire Most nations in the world have subscribed to the goal of limiting global warming and reining in climate change but the financial long ...
  • 06 May 2019 |

    Towns and municipalities want master plan for climate action

    06 May 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Citizens' energy ZDF Germany needs a nationwide masterplan for climate action that is applicable to all towns and municipalities, according to Gerd Landsberg, ...
  • 03 May 2019 |

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

    03 May 2019, 13:17 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Society ARD A large majority of Germans (81%) see a great need for action to protect the climate and say that climate change cannot be stopped without restrictions ...
  • German finance minister opts for emission fines rather than climate action- report

    21 Mar 2019, 12:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Efficiency Government Die Welt German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has opted to pay expensive fines for failing to meet emissions targets rather than ...
  • 04 Feb 2019 |

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

    04 Feb 2019, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price German households and industry pay highest power prices in Europe Climate ...
  • Ratifying and implementing Paris / Climate Action Plan for climate neutral economy

    Germany will strive to get parliamentary approval for the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement before the next climate summit gets underway in Marrakech in November 2016, environment minister Barbara Hendricks said at the opening press conference ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

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

    23 Jan 2019, 13:25 Expert IfW- Kiel Institute for the World Economy Institut für Weltwirtschaft Kiel International Society Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Agriculture Climate ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 Jan 2019 |

    Making the Hambach Forest symbol of climate action could backfire

    15 Jan 2019, 11:55 RWE AG Utilities Read more about RWE AG Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Society Court's halt to forest clearing fans talk of easier German coal exit Germany’s ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

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

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

    German economy minister should not call for climate action but rather deliver it- opinion

    18 Dec 2018, 13:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Government COP24 COP24 reactions from Germany: “A victory for multilateralism” Zeit Online Energy minister Peter Altmaier correctly said that Germany ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

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

    05 Dec 2018, 13:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 EIB / YouGov US citizens are somewhat more optimistic than EU citizens about the economic benefits of measures to combat ...
  • Kramp-Karrenbauer sets herself apart from other CDU leadership candidates on climate action

    29 Nov 2018, 16:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel ...
  • Power and transport most urgent in G20 country climate action – report

    Power generation from coal, oil and gas, and transport produce the largest share of emissions in the vast majority of G20 countries and none of these economies’ climate pledges are on a 1.5˚C-compatible pathway, according to the Brown to Green Report 2018 ...
  • Financial investors have evolved from bystanders to leaders in climate action

    Big financial investors, such as banks, insurance companies, investment trusts or pension funds, have long ignored the climate crisis as a field of action. But by now they have become one of the biggest drivers of change in the approach of industrial ...
  • German politicians not good at explaining necessity of climate action – researcher

    In a bid to avoid the decision to implement climate protection steps such as introducing a price on CO₂ emissions, politicians often hide behind citizens who supposedly do not want such measures, Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for ...
  • Germany’s large parties have understood nothing about climate action and fairness – opinion

    The problem with being in power for a long time is that it becomes possible to judge a politician by whether they fulfilled their promises, writes Cerstin Gammelin in an op-ed for Süddeutsche Zeitung. Angela Merkel in her 13 th year as chancellor is ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germans want more climate action from their government

    A majority of Germans want the federal government to do more for climate protection, according to a representative survey by public broadcaster ARD, conducted by Infratest dimap. 74 percent of respondents said the government should do more, 22 percent ...
  • Germans strongly support energy transition, call for more ambitious climate action

    The support of German citizens for the country’s Energiewende [energy transition] is unwavering, a poll commissioned by the country’s Renewable Energy Agency (AEE) and conducted by pollster Kantar Emnid has shown. According to the AEE, 93 percent of ...
  • Germany has turned against action on climate change

    The German government has been fighting for weaker EU climate targets, car emission standards and coal pollution rules, writes Zach Boren for the Greenpeace journalism project Unearthed. “The widely reported fight for the [Hambach] forest may be the ...
  • German environment ministry praises US states for upholding climate action

    The US states, cities, companies, and civil society actors that have confirmed their unwavering support for international climate action despite the US administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement “gives courage” to everyone adhering to ...
  • Global Climate Action Summit adds pressure on Germany and EU to act – NGO

    The non-governmental Global Climate Action Summit in California brings together representatives of private companies and cities from around the world and adds pressure on the German government and the European Union to step up their efforts to comply with ...
  • Rising EU emissions allowance price fills Germany’s climate action fund

    The rising price for CO 2 emissions in the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) has created windfall gains for Germany’s energy and climate funds, the latest monthly report by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) reveals. According to the July 2018 ...
  • 25 years after Germany’s first Climate Action Report, environmentalists say little has been achieved

    A quarter century after Germany published its first Climate Action Report in 1993, environmental groups give the country bad marks on its efforts to follow through on the promises made in the seminal document, news agency dpa reports in an article carried ...
  • Berlin start-up ubitricity wins New York City’s “Local Climate Action Tech Competition”

    Berlin start-up ubitricity, which upgrades existing street lights to electric car charging stations, has won New York’s Local Climate Action Tech Competition. Ubitricity’s technology could be instrumental in helping New York achieve its climate action ...
  • Berlin’s energy senator says cities must lead the way on climate action

    Big cities around the world have a special and urgent responsibility to press ahead in the fight against global warming, Berlin’s Green energy senator Ramona Pop says in a guest article for the Berliner Zeitung. If the federal government fails to give the ...
  • Action plan without action

    The proposal for a G20 energy and climate action plan, prepared for the summit in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July, remains vague and lacks ambition- and might yet be stopped completely by the United States, the tageszeitung (taz) newspaper writes. The 13-page ...
  • Climate action must not be elite project – German environment minister Schulze

    Germany’s new environment minister Svenja Schulze says acting on climate change must not be a project for the elites. At the German government’s 4 th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), Schulze said policymakers had to ensure that the necessary ...
  • Europe’s new climate action pioneers – opinion

    Successful and resolute climate action has a mixed record among European countries, but former trailblazer Germany today is known for trailing behind, Joachim Wille writes in the Frankfurter Rundschau. “There are still EU countries that take climate ...
  • Germany says 20 percent of EU budget should go to climate action

    The German government says the EU should devote at least 20 percent of its budget to climate-friendly projects and programmes, Rheinische Post reports. “The government supports the propositions of the EU’s Green Growth Group,” which called for one fifth ...
  • 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’s env min Hendricks calls for framing EU budget around climate action

    The coming EU budget must “lead the way for investments in climate action” and set an example for “ steering investments in the right direction ”, Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks says in a press release by the environment ministry (BMUB). ...
  • Climate action programme set back years

    Elements of the Climate Action Programme 2020, which the German government approved in 2014 to close the gap between projected greenhouse gas emissions and the reduction target of 40 percent by 2020, have still not been put into action, Silke Kersting ...
  • Germany bad example in climate action

    Germany, host of this year’s UN climate summit, is a bad example when it comes to climate action, writes Petra Pinzler in an opinion piece on Zeit Online. The country of “Climate Chancellor” Angela Merkel is not adhering to its promised CO 2 reductions, ...
  • Support for climate action no longer “a unique feature” of Germany in Europe

    A series of interviews conducted by the European Commission among over 27,900 Europeans in March reveals that Germany’s strong support for climate action is no longer “a unique feature” of the country compared to its European neighbours, Dagmar Dehmer ...
  • France and Germany to make climate protection “a priority” of bilateral action

    The governments of France and Germany have vowed to make cross-sectoral climate protection covering all areas “a priority” of their bilateral activities. In a joint statement by the Franco-German council of ministers, the countries’ leaderships said they ...
  • 20 Nov 2019 |

    Bavaria strives for climate neutrality between 2040 and 2050

    20 Nov 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire / Bayrischer Rundfunk Bavaria's state cabinet has adopted a climate action law and additional measures to reach its target ...
  • “Leading Economists: A strong carbon price needed to drive large-scale climate action

    A strong global carbon price of 40-80 US dollars per tonne of CO₂ by 2020 and 50-100 US dollars by 2030 could be key to reaching climate goals and keeping the global temperature rise below two degrees, according to a new report by the High-Level ...
  • Taking action on climate change will boost economic growth, says OECD

    It is economically beneficial for G20 member states to invest in climate protection measures, according to the new report "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth" by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), presented ...
  • 22 Jan 2019 |

    Action needed to cut transport sector emissions – environment agency president

    22 Jan 2019, 13:14 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Transport Germany’s ...
  • Ending the project decarbonisation and abolishing the Climate Action Plan 2050

    The right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) questions the scientific consensus that climate change is mainly caused by humans, wants the country to exit the Paris Climate Agreement and abolish the recently adopted Climate Action Plan 2050, ...
  • G20 Sustainability Working Group aims to develop Climate and Energy Action Plan

    The G20 Sustainability Working Group under German leadership aims to develop a ‘G20 Climate and Energy Action Plan’ in the run up to the Hamburg summit in July, Eva Kracht of the German environment ministry (BMUB) said at an event by Climate Transparency ...
  • 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 ...
  • Online tool compares national climate action plans submitted under Paris Agreement

    A new online tool by the German Development Institute (DIE) compares national climate action plans submitted under the Paris Agreement. The “NDC Explorer” offers an analysis of 60 different categories like mitigation, adaption, and finance, and visualises ...
  • Climate Action Programme 2020 less effective than expected

    Germany’s Climate Action Programme 2020, initiated in 2014 to ensure the country meets its 2020 greenhouse gas emission targets, is likely to be less effective than expected, the Environment Ministry (BMUB) said in a press release. Projections for the ...
  • “Coal exit is in the Climate Action Plan”

    A coal phase-out for Germany is implied in the federal government’s Climate Action Plan 2050, environment minister Barbara Hendricks told Susanne Götze and Susanne Schwarz in an interview for klimaretter.info. “If you read the Climate Action Plan ...
  • Climate Action Programme works like a stimulus package”

    The German government’s Climate Action Programme 2020, started in 2014 to help the country reach its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, could in fact be called a stimulus package, according to federal environment minister ...
  • Climate Action Plan 2050”

    There will be great upheaval in individual economic sectors from decisions made in the latest Climate Action Plan 2050 agreement, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He says that many of the demands that have ...
  • “Government reaches agreement on Climate Action Plan 2050”

    Chancellor Angela Merkel, economy minister Sigmar Gabriel and environment minister Barbara Hendricks have agreed on the Climate Action Plan 2050, which they had heavily debated in the run-up to the COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh, writes news agency ...
  • Businesses demand 2030 sector targets for Climate Action Plan 2050

    A group of more than 40 companies has called for 2030-targets for all sectors in a Climate Action Plan 2050 that “clearly signals” the implementation of the commitments made in the Paris Agreement. “This is the only way that new business models and ...
  • “Speedy agreement on Climate Action Plan possible after all”

    Cabinet approval of environment minister Barbara Hendricks’ Climate Action Plan 2050 before she travels to the COP22 in Marrakesh could be possible after all, reports news agency dpa. Ministry sources told dpa that Chancellor Angela Merkel had signalled ...
  • “Federal government cannot agree on Climate Action Plan 2050”

    Even if the German government approves a climate plan similar to the latest drafts that became public, it would not be enough to reach climate targets set out in the Paris Agreement, writes Hans-Josef Fell, former member of the German Bundestag and ...
  • No Climate Action Plan 2050 before Marrakesh

    Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks does not expect the cabinet to approve her Climate Action Plan 2050 before COP22 in Marrakesh next week. “My assessment at this moment is that it will be ready for approval in December,” Hendricks said at a ...
  • Approval of Climate Action Plan 2050 uncertain

    The approval of the government’s long-awaited Climate Action Plan 2050 in cabinet in the coming weeks remains uncertain, according to the environment ministry. “We would like to have a Climate Action Plan before the start of the COP 22 in Marrakesh, but ...
  • Legal opinion: End of combustion engine in Germany compatible with EU law

    Initiating the end of combustion engine technology in Germany with corresponding legislation would be in accordance with European law, environmental organisation Greenpeace says in a press release. According to a legal opinion commissioned by the ...
  • Climate Action Plan - “danger to the economy and prosperity”

    Members of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) group in the Bundestag have strongly criticised the current draft of federal environment minister Barbara Hendricks’ Climate Action Plan 2050, Silke Kersting and Klaus Stratmann write in ...
  • City of Berlin adopts law to exit coal power by 2030

    The city of Berlin has decided to exit coal power generation by 2030 to protect the climate. The state coalition of Social Democrats (SPD), the Left Party, and the Greens has passed a corresponding law, according to a news report by press agency dpa ...
  • 10 Jun 2016

    Call for changes to Climate Action Plan / State dispute over power grid

    10 Jun 2016 (All day) Reuters “Gabriel hints at changes to environment minister’s climate action plan” Based on statements by Germany’s economy minister Sigmar Gabriel,  Reuters reports  there could be changes to the enivronment ministry's draft of ...
  • “The consultation process for the Climate Action Plan 2050”

    The federal government ignored many of the results of the environment ministry’s stakeholder consultation process for the Climate Action Plan 2050 because of strong pressure from economic interests, according to a report commissioned by Greenpeace. The ...
  • Government avoids concrete targets in weakened Climate Action Plan

    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 of caving in to ...
  • 20 May 2016

    Wind to beat nuclear for the first time / States criticise Climate Action Plan

    20 May 2016 (All day) Institute for Renewable Energy (IWR) “Wind power overtakes nuclear energy for first time in Germany” Germany’s wind turbines will generate more electricity this year than nuclear power stations for the first time ever, according to ...
  • 21 Mar 2016

    Reams of ideas for govt climate action / Coal tussle picks up steam

    21 Mar 2016 (All day) Reuters / EnBW “Germany's EnBW cuts dividend, sees lower profits in 2016” Germany’s third largest utility EnBW posted a 125-million-euro net profit in 2015, but the adjusted operating result (EBITDA) decreased by 2.7 percent ...
  • Climate Action Plan boosts the share prices of E.ON and RWE”

    The energy and coal industry is happy about the new, weakened language in the draft version of the Climate Action Plan 2050, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes. Share prices of energy companies E.ON and RWE have increased in the past days – against ...
  • New draft of Climate Action Plan 2050 without clear plan for coal exit or CO2 sector targets

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

    Time to move from negotiations to actions on climate- German minister

    17 Mar 2016 (All day) (UPDATES with new quotes from the conference. Please note: this item will be updated throughout the conference)- The world has to move from negotiations to actions on climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy after ...
  • Industry, researchers and energy agency urge government action on energy transition

    20 Feb 2019, 13:22 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices German environment minister open to national carbon price German industry says protecting climate can benefit economy Putting a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Sep 2019 |

    German climate policy faces pivotal moment on 20 September

    17 Sep 2019, 13:33 Chancellor Angela Merkel's government coalition is racing to put together a major climate action package by 20 September, just in time for UN Secretary-General António Guterres' climate summit in New York on 23 September. Mere ...
  • 28 Sep 2015

    In the media: Hypocrisy in the VW scandal; Merkel's push for climate action

    28 Sep 2015 (All day) AFP “More companies are making their peace with the energy transition” An increasing number of companies in Germany are supporting the country’s move to replace conventional energy sources with renewables, press agency AFP reports, ...
  • 02 Jun 2015 |

    Must combine climate action and competitiveness- Merkel ally

    02 Jun 2015 (All day) Europe must deliver on its own targets for a successful climate summit in Paris at the end of this year, the head of the German Chancellery, Peter Altmaier, told a business conference on Tuesday. At the same time, he stressed that ...
  • 08 Apr 2016

    New renewables law threatens wind power – Green Party

    08 Apr 2016 (All day) Berliner Zeitung “The federal government is shifting into reverse gear concerning Energiewende” The federal government’s plans to reform the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) will lead to the “collapse” of the expansion of wind power in ...
  • Countries must commit on climate action for 2015 summit success- German minister

    21 Jan 2015 (All day) Environment minister Barbara Hendricks looks forward to the UN climate summit and the role of Germany's climate action programme, hails the global contribution made by German renewable technology and doubts the economic sense of ...
  • 15 Apr 2016

    [Update] Ministry releases new draft version of renewables law

    15 Apr 2016 (All day) Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy New draft version of Renewable Energy Act released The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has released a new draft of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) – the main tool for supporting ...
  • 20 Dec 2019 |

    Risen from the ruins, Germany's solar power sector has zest for action in 2020

    20 Dec 2019, 16:39 Preview 2020: Solar power in Germany has bottomed out from its breakdown a few years back and looks ahead at 2020 full of confidence that the odds are in its favour in the country thanks to the introduction of carbon pricing in the ...
  • 04 Dec 2014

    In the media: praise and criticism for government's climate action

    04 Dec 2014 (All day) Welt online "Government advisors pick apart the Energiewende" Official advisors to the German government have criticised Energiewende policies as “not concrete enough” and “not enough to achieve Germany’s climate targets,” ...
  • 05 Nov 2014

    In the media: Climate action plan, industry concerns and power lines

    05 Nov 2014 (All day) Die Welt Steel industry says its concerns over energy policy go unheard Various voices from the steel industry raise concerns about the Energiewende in an article in Die Welt. Industry representatives are especially vexed about ...
  • “Planned energy efficiency law in buildings postponed”

    Germany’s governing conservative parties CDU and CSU risk undermining  one of the country’s key climate protection targets  by postponing the adoption of a planned law on energy efficiency in public buildings, Jens Tartler writes in Der Tagesspiegel. ...
  • “Energiewende: What do the new laws mean?”

    German energy think tank Agora Energiewende* has published the English version of a paper that examines the implications of regulation reforms such as the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) and the power market reform. These will bring “fundamental changes” for ...
  • 27 Nov 2019 |

    Climate strikes announced in more than 500 German cities on eve of UN climate conference

    27 Nov 2019, 13:50 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire More than 500 German cities will see protests for more ambitious climate action on Friday, 29 November, the activist ...
  • “Energiewende: What do the new laws mean?”

    Germany will likely miss several renewables and emissions targets despite the reform of certain key regulations concerning the German electricity sector carried out by the federal government and parliament in 2016, according to a background paper by think ...
  • 03 Jun 2016

    Protests against renewables law / E.ON spin-off to receive loans

    03 Jun 2016 (All day) Recharge “Thousands protest in Berlin to save Energiewende” Several thousand protesters mobilised by the renewables sector demonstrated against current government plans to reform the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in Berlin, reports ...
  • 15 Oct 2015

    In the media: Commentators say nuclear liability law isn't enough

    15 Oct 2015 (All day) Bloomberg “Germany considers emissions levy as CO2 reduction target wobbles” Germany may have to introduce a tax on emissions in order to meet its target of cutting CO2 emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, according to ...
  • 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 ...
  • German draft power market law sticks to lignite reserve

    09 Sep 2015 (All day) The government is sticking to a controversial plan to pay power operators for keeping old coal plants in reserve in case wind and solar power are not available to meet demand, details of a draft electricity market law show. A leaked ...
  • 07 Aug 2019 |

    Germany must raise climate ambitions ahead of UN summit- researchers and climate NGOs

    07 Aug 2019, 14:01 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang International Clean Energy Wire Germany has to step up its climate ambitions so Chancellor Angela Merkel doesn’t travel to the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on ...
  • 12 Jan 2015

    In the media: (update) E.ON sells Italy coal, gas ops; law to boost carsharing; young people support energy transition

    12 Jan 2015 (All day) E.ON Press Release E.ON sells Italian coal and gas operations  E.ON said Monday it would sell its coal and gas-fueled electricity operations to the Czech energy company Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH), pending approval by EU ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

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

    23 Sep 2019, 14:12 The future of Germany's much criticised climate strategy hangs in the balance as the Green Party vowed to amend the package, and experts warned legal hurdles threatened the government's concept for a CO2 price. Yet, Chancellor ...
  • 08 Dec 2014

    In the media: Fast-track law on power market design, a nuclear fund, wind parks and birds

    08 Dec 2014 (All day) Der Spiegel “Power monster eats the Chancellor” Frank Dohmen und Gerald Trautfetter in Der Spiegel say the government is under pressure to draft and pass a law on the power market design by summer 2015, which will help deal with the ...
  • Social Democrats' climate plans show large overlap with Conservatives

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

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

    29 May 2019, 12:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate cabinet has announced it will make key decisions about climate action legislation and ...
  • Tracking the CO2 price debate in Germany

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

    Countdown to Germany's crucial climate cabinet meeting

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

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

    20 Mar 2019, 13:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Elections & Politics dpa / Rheinische Post The planned German ‘ climate cabinet ’ that aims to improve coordination among climate ...
  • Major German companies back position paper calling for climate neutrality

    09 Sep 2019, 13:41 Expert Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) German CEOs for climate protection Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Industrial policy Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 04 Sep 2019 |

    Renewables expansion recklessly ignored in climate debate – opinion

    04 Sep 2019, 12:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Renewables Solar Wind Süddeutsche Zeitung The expansion of renewable electricity facilities, such as wind and solar PV parks, is the crucial challenge currently ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Sep 2019 |

    Patchy counselling holds German citizens back from investing climate friendly

    09 Sep 2019, 12:00 Citizens have been a crucial driver of Germany's energy transition and many regard sustainability and especially environmental action a crucial feature of sound investments. Yet, the vast majority of savings in the country are not ...
  • Germany's coalition government turns the tide on climate policy- media

    01 Aug 2019, 12:22 Expert Ottmar Edenhofer Co-Chair of Working Group III of the IPCC, Director of MCC, Deputy Director and Chief Economist of PIK Energiewende Technology Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • SPD calls on Merkel’s conservatives to get serious on climate

    11 Jun 2019, 13:24 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic ...
  • We have to give better answers on climate – Merkel

    29 May 2019, 12:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics CNN The results of the European elections mean that Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) must ...
  • World must do all “humanly possible” on climate change, Merkel tells Harvard grads

    31 May 2019, 13:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Euractiv German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the world to do “everything humanly possible” to combat climate change and ...
  • Germany, Poland not among EU countries appealing for greater climate ambition – media

    08 May 2019, 13:42 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International EurActiv / Handelsblatt France, the Netherlands and Sweden are among a group of eight countries that have launched an appeal to ...
  • A climate policy that spares everyone does not deserve the name – opinion

    29 May 2019, 12:12 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Süddeutsche Zeitung The Energiewende (energy transition) is the linchpin of German climate policy, but the governing ...
  • 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 Jan 2019 |

    EU action plan on green finance elicits doubts from German finance industry

    04 Jan 2019, 13:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Finance German financial sector expects EU standards to boost green finance Germany laggard in assessing fossil investment risks- Deutsche ...
  • 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 ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

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

    22 Mar 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Rheinische Post Germany’s new climate cabinet is proof that policymakers can look ahead only as far ahead as the next election, and ...
  • 28 Mar 2019 |

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

    28 Mar 2019, 13:25 Expert BMEL- Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture Agriculture Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

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

    20 Feb 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Germany's Climate Action Law begins to take shape Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets Tagesspiegel ...
  • 06 Feb 2019 |

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

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

    Opposition lambasts climate plans as parliamentary process kicks off

    25 Oct 2019, 14:20 Opposition parties have strongly criticised the German government coalition’s climate policy package in a first parliamentary debate on key legislative elements, such as the planned major climate action law. The first reading in the ...
  • Rapid state action required to clean up road freight transport – study

    The technologies required to drastically cut road freight emissions in Germany are readily available, but policies to incentivise the transition are urgently needed, according to a study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ...
  • Climate package will lead to fiscal revenue loss in German states – Bundesrat

    11 Nov 2019, 12:56 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel ...
  • 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). ...
  • 27 Aug 2019 |

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

    27 Aug 2019, 16:42 Addressing climate change and the pros and cons of renewable power have dominated German public debate for almost two decades, but the role of the finance sector in emissions reduction has taken a back seat. Many countries have already ...
  • German parliament may renegotiate CO₂ price level in climate package- media

    09 Dec 2019, 12:58 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei ...
  • German government decides tax changes for climate plan, CO2 price details

    16 Oct 2019, 12:49 Germany’s government coalition is moving ahead to implement its climate action plan to put the country back on track to reach 2030 targets. The cabinet has adopted several legislative drafts to mould the decisions into Germany’s tax ...
  • 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 ...
  • Near-term mitigation action important for limiting long-term risks of sea level rise

    Sea level rise is a major consequence of climate change that will continue long after emissions of greenhouse gases have stopped, and today’s mitigation action is important to limit long-term risks, according to a study conducted by the Potsdam Institute ...
  • New SPD leaders call for 'massive investments' in new energy system, say climate package needs revamp

    06 Dec 2019, 14:56 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire The new leaders of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), ...
  • 26 Sep 2019 |

    Merkel's Conservatives insist on low initial CO2 price to get public on board

    26 Sep 2019, 14:12 Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives insist on a low initial price tag for CO2 emissions to secure public acceptance for the government's new climate strategy. In the first parliamentary debate on the package unveiled ...
  • New SPD leaders put German government’s future in doubt with climate demands

    02 Dec 2019, 13:45 The members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) have unexpectedly voted for a more left-leaning leadership, casting doubt on the future of the coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance. The ...
  • Economic institutes criticise German government’s climate package

    02 Oct 2019, 13:53 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Expert IfW- Kiel Institute for the World Economy ...
  • 25 Sep 2019 |

    German govt defends climate package, env min signals possible amendments

    25 Sep 2019, 14:08 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 ...
  • 26 Sep 2019 |

    Germany's climate package will be “major legislative task” – energy agency

    26 Sep 2019, 13:56 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The ...
  • Former New York mayor Bloomberg pledges 50 million dollars for anti-coal action in Europe

    Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to expand his campaign to phase out coal-fired power production from his home turf in the US to Europe, the Guardian reports. The billionaire and UN special envoy on climate change announced he will spend 50 ...
  • 19 Jul 2019 |

    Germany’s conservative parliamentary group leader calls for “hundreds of billions of euros” in climate investments

    19 Jul 2019, 13:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Policy Rheinische Post The leader of the conservative CDU party’s parliamentary group, Ralph Brinkhaus, has called for “hundreds of billions of ...
  • 14 Jan 2020 |

    Germans ready to change habits to reduce emissions – EIB survey

    14 Jan 2020, 14:08 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire Most people in Germany are ready to implement changes to their lifestyle in order to reduce their individual impact on the climate, a survey commissioned by the European ...
  • 24 Oct 2019 |

    Climate package disadvantages the poor and the old- govt auditors

    24 Oct 2019, 12:13 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Use Teaser Image as container background on grid ...
  • 30 Jun 2017 |

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

    30 Jun 2017 (All day) One week ahead of the Hamburg G20 summit, the ambitious climate and energy action plan the German presidency was pushing hangs in the balance. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is determined to make the meeting a success ...
  • Expert commission gives Energiewende status - "Greatest need for action" in transport sector

    Germany is likely to miss several of its energy transition goals by 2020, including greenhouse gas reduction and transport sector goals, writes an expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German Energiewende in a short interim ...
  • German conservatives may embrace carbon price yet- report

    06 Mar 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt Both the new state secretary in the energy ministry, Andreas Feicht, and CDU-head Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer have ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

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

    20 Sep 2019, 20:00 Chancellor Angela Merkel's so-called "climate cabinet" has put together the bedrock for future climate action legislation in Germany, just in time for UN Secretary-General António Guterres' Climate Action Summit in ...
  • 04 Mar 2015

    In the media: Greenpeace Energy to take legal action over UK nuclear support

    04 Mar 2015 (All day) Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) “No capacity payments to coal- and gas-fired power plants” Additional payments to operators of coal- and gas-fired power plants are currently not necessary to secure Germany’s ...
  • German government enters crunch time on climate challenge

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

    Germany's solar power capacity approaching 52 GW support cap, industry warns

    23 Jul 2019, 13:53 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Solar EEG 2.0 | Law dpa ...
  • Strong message, little substance on climate by new EU Commission head – reactions

    17 Jul 2019, 12:46 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Expert VDMA- German Engineering Federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

    Merkel says Germany must end 'easy-peasy' approach on climate policy, announces radical changes

    06 Jun 2019, 14:23 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Rheinische Post Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the country must stop its “easy-peasy” ("Pillepalle") approach ...
  • 19 Aug 2019 |

    German renewables levy to rise slightly in 2020 and peak the year after – think tank

    19 Aug 2019, 12:59 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Renewables EEG2016 | Law Clean Energy Wire ...
  • “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 ...
  • EU has to significantly ramp up emissions reduction goal to stay on track for Paris goals – researchers

    11 Oct 2019, 14:09 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Use Teaser Image as container background on grid ...
  • Slump in EU election raises pressure on Merkel's coalition as Greens surge on climate worries

    27 May 2019, 15:43 Germany’s ruling parties have taken another blow in the European elections, further rattling the fragile government coalition, as voters increasingly turn away from the established forces in the political centre. Against the backdrop of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Greens want Germany to turn its 2020 EU Council presidency into a “climate presidency”

    17 Jan 2020, 13:48 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire The ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

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

    07 Mar 2019, 13:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Tageszeitung The coming petition by hundreds of German scientists who openly support the school student movement Fridays for Future that ...
  • Short-term economic effect of German climate package small – Deutsche Bank

    20 Dec 2019, 14:28 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Energiewende Clean Energy Wire The government’s recently adopted comprehensive climate package will have little effect on the Germany economy in 2020, says Deutsche Bank Research in its outlook for the ...
  • Climate strikes in Germany spark debate over impact, students' commitment

    18 Mar 2019, 14:30 In the days after tens of thousands of students protested across Germany for more action on climate change, reactions poured in from across the political spectrum. Some conservative politicians argue students should not miss school, and ...
  • German parties must come together to find “climate consensus” – CDU party leader

    08 Jul 2019, 13:30 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert FDP- Free Democratic Party Freie Demokratische Partei EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | ...
  • German parties hurry to present climate plans as pressure mounts

    28 Jun 2019, 12:31 Germany’s parties are hastening to put together proposals on how the country can reach its national and international climate targets as pressure from recent election results, ongoing climate protests and an early heat wave continues to ...
  • 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 ...
  • Energy and climate observers don’t share German government’s positive mid-term review

    06 Nov 2019, 14:38 Industry experts, researchers and lobbyists give the German government mediocre mid-term marks for its climate and energy efforts- while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition has presented a largely positive self-evaluation. In what ...
  • 09 Jan 2020 |

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

    09 Jan 2020, 13:35 Expert Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change Climate & CO2 Policy International Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate package to reach 2030 targets ...
  • 18 Nov 2019 |

    2050 climate neutrality 'magical thinking' – German industry association president

    18 Nov 2019, 13:30 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert German Economic Institute (IW) Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Business & Jobs Use Teaser ...
  • German government gets mediocre mid-term marks for climate effort

    06 Nov 2019, 09:11 Energy and climate policy observers grade Angela Merkel's government 3.7 points out of 10 for climate efforts in a mid-term review. Industry experts, researchers and lobbyists say plans for a CO2 price in transport and heating ...
  • 05 Mar 2019 |

    Hundreds of scientists in Germany back Fridays for Future climate school strikes

    05 Mar 2019, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Society Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Background More than 700 scientists from German-speaking countries have signed a petition that explicitly backs students’ ...
  • 28 Mar 2019 |

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

    28 Mar 2019, 13:28 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Clean Energy ...
  • Merkel's CDU examines border adjustment measures to avoid carbon leakage

    01 Oct 2019, 13:50 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices International Clean Energy ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    Reactions to government agreement on climate strategy, CO2 pricing

    23 Sep 2019, 09:41 The German government coalition has reached an agreement on the country's climate action strategy, including a pricing system for carbon emissions in all major sectors. The Clean Energy Wire presents reactions to the deal. Use ...
  • Merkel encourages school strikes for climate, upsetting her own party

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

    Students pour into Germany's streets in major climate protest

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

    Germany to reach goal of 4 bln euros for intl climate financing by 2020 – budget draft

    01 Oct 2019, 17:30 Germany is set to reach its goal of doubling contributions to international climate finance to four billion euros annually by 2020 compared to 2014 figures. A gap had become clear earlier this year, but a budget draft states that this ...
  • Drop in coal use pushes Germany closer to 2020 climate target

    18 Dec 2019, 14:05 Germany has seen a second year of significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, as coal use fell by more than 20 percent and energy production from renewables increased, preliminary calculations by energy research group AG ...
  • 05 Dec 2019 |

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

    05 Dec 2019, 13:08 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin ...
  • “Nuclear fuel tax law incompatible with basic law and invalid”

    German nuclear utilities E.ON, RWE and EnBW can hope for the repayment of about 6 billion euros after the Federal Constitutional Court declared the nuclear fuel tax law invalid and incompatible with basic law, reports Reuters. The federal government did ...
  • German government examines CO₂ price – media reports

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

    German renewable power producers face uncertainty as feed-in tariffs expire

    28 Feb 2019, 14:15 Much of Germany’s renewable power capacity is facing uncertainty regarding its business models as generous feed-in tariffs for many wind, solar and biogas plants end in the 2020s. With the country needing more, not less, renewable power ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Conservative party head calls for overhaul of German energy taxes and levies

    12 Aug 2019, 12:29 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire / Welt ...
  • New German environment minister faces steep uphill battle on climate

    15 Mar 2018 (All day) Germany's new environment minister Svenja Schulze is a new face in Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth cabinet. But the Social Democrat inherits a range of well-known challenges- from coal emissions to air pollution by diesel ...
  • 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, ...
  • 29 Jan 2015 |

    Auction scheme for solar installations ushers in new phase for renewables market

    29 Jan 2015 (All day) The German government has launched a pilot scheme that requires operators of open-space solar installations to bid for subsidies, rather than automatically receiving them. Berlin hopes competition among solar energy producers will ...
  • CDU head’s call for climate consensus could be dead on arrival – opinion

    09 Jul 2019, 12:42 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 FDP- Free Democratic ...
  • EU and Germany hold pivotal role to drive global climate ambition 2020

    07 Jan 2020, 11:30 Preview 2020: European climate diplomats are facing a busy 2020, and Germany looks set to play a key role as it holds the EU Council presidency in the second half of the year. After the UN climate conference in Madrid left many ...
  • 30 Nov 2018 |

    Germany’s government coalition wrangles over feasibility of 65 percent renewables goal for 2030

    30 Nov 2018, 15:10 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables EEG2016 | Law Clean Energy Wire Germany’s government coalition parties have locked horns over the envisaged 65 percent share of ...
  • 27 Feb 2019 |

    Social Democrats demand clear climate proposals after ministry cancels buildings commission

    27 Feb 2019, 13:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Efficiency Clean Energy Wire Responding to the cancellation of Germany’s buildings commission, the governing Social Democrats (SPD) are calling on their coalition ...
  • Climate plans for Germany’s transport sector insufficient – ranking

    14 Jun 2019, 13:11 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Wide alliance calls for general speed limit on German autobahn for safety and climate

    12 Apr 2019, 13:45 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire A broad alliance of environmental NGOs, police unions and traffic accident victim organisations has called for ...
  • Commission on coal exit "easy way out"- Greens' climate spokesperson

    08 Feb 2018 (All day) In their coalition treaty, negotiators from Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to set up a special commission charged with managing the phase-out of coal-fired power generation in ...
  • 07 Jan 2020 |

    Transport and heating tarnish Germany's emission cuts in 2019 – researchers

    07 Jan 2020, 16:05 A sharp drop in coal use put a break on Germany's CO2 emissions last year and pushed the country "surprisingly” close to its 2020 climate target, writes energy think tank Agora Energiewende in its 2019 review. But a rising CO2 ...
  • IPCC land use report shows climate change threat to global livelihood – env min

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

    Industry and transport seen as biggest potential CO2 savers by most Germans – survey

    08 Oct 2019, 13:59 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 to support EU climate neutrality by 2050 – leaked documents

    18 Jun 2019, 08:43 Germany will join a growing group of EU countries to support the pledge to aim for carbon neutrality by 2050, increasing the likelihood EU leaders will agree to the goal at a meeting this week (20-21 June), several media outlets report. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Dec 2015 |

    Germans celebrate climate deal, turn to task ahead

    17 Dec 2015 (All day) [UPDATES with comments from VKU] German politicians, climate activists, scientists and media celebrated the "historic" Paris climate agreement. Some business associations as well as activists pointed to flaws of the deal, ...
  • Decision on CO₂ pricing in Germany by end of the year – Merkel

    16 Apr 2019, 13:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire [Update adds comment by environment ministry spokesperson] By the end of 2019, the German government will ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Jun 2018 |

    Climate goal failure warrants high Energiewende priority- gov advisors

    27 Jun 2018, 16:59 Germany will likely fail on many of its self-imposed energy transition targets, says the government-appointed expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German Energiewende in its opinion on the federal economy ...
  • 08 Nov 2019 |

    Germany's planned carbon pricing system 'unnecessarily expensive' – economists

    08 Nov 2019, 14:02 Expert ZEW- Centre for European Economic Research Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung Cost & Prices Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Clean Energy Wire A ...
  • 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, ...
  • German gov’t advisors call for CO2 price to revamp inefficient climate policy

    13 Jul 2019, 13:04 Germany should introduce a price on carbon emissions for sectors such as transport and buildings currently not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System, the government’s top economic advisors have proposed. This would work as an ...
  • “Red-Green-Red” state coalition in Bremen wants to declare “climate emergency”

    02 Jul 2019, 13:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire The likely next government coalition of Social Democrats, Greens and the Left Party in ...
  • “I want Europe to become first climate neutral continent” – EU top-job candidate

    11 Jul 2019, 10:30 The German candidate for the top job in the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen told European parliamentarians that tackling climate change is a top priority for the EU. She said the bloc's emission reduction goal could be ...
  • German Greens call for national “climate fund” to finance reduction and mitigation measures

    17 Jun 2019, 12:50 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Bild am Sonntag Germany should set up a national fund ...
  • EU commissioner calls on European leaders to embrace 2050 climate-neutrality goal

    12 Jun 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 International Handelsblatt / Guardian A “climate-neutral, prosperous and equitable” European economy is possible by 2050, said EU commissioner for ...
  • Merkel “not so happy” about EU Commission’s climate target proposal

    In an interview with public broadcaster ARD, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised the proposal for a more ambitious EU greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030 by Miguel Arias Cañete, commissioner for climate action and energy. “I am not so happy ...
  • SPD climate and energy politician Miersch says 2019 will be year of key challenges

    Energy and climate policy must be key policy areas for Germany’s government in 2019 in order to significantly reduce carbon emissions and make a substantial contribution to limiting climate change, Social Democratic (SPD) energy and climate politician ...
  • Merkel summons transport commission leaders to ensure progress on climate goals

    14 Mar 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cars Government Süddeutsche Zeitung / Handelsblatt Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel summoned the leaders of the country’s transport commission ...
  • 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 ...
  • Planting trees can be “main weapon against climate change” – study

    09 Jul 2019, 11:57 Planting huge amounts of trees across the globe could be an effective way to fight climate change, a new study said. Using the world-wide potential for close to an extra billion hectares of tree cover could absorb a large share of all ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

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

    09 Jan 2019, 10:45 Energy and climate policy has played a notable role in recent elections in Germany, where public opinion is split over the course of the country's coal exit and diesel emissions in inner cities, says Michael Schäfer, head of ...
  • PV auction designer hopes to keep citizens' projects on board

    08 May 2015 (All day) Feed-in tariffs set by government or parliament have supported rapid expansion of renewable power production, along with falling costs. Now the government wants to move to a more market-based approach. With this is mind, the 2014 ...
  • 'Green wave' vs right-wing populism: Europe faces climate policy polarisation

    05 Jun 2019, 16:00 The European elections delivered major gains for Green parties in several countries, as voters signalled a strong desire for more aggressive action on climate change. In Germany, the Green surge was especially strong. The party doubled ...
  • 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 ...
  • 23 Feb 2017 |

    Debate on financing renewables in new ways gathers pace in Germany

    23 Feb 2017 (All day) Against a backdrop of general elections later this year, a debate about a general overhaul of Germany’s much-imitated system for renewables support is gathering pace. Many proponents of replacing the current Renewable Energy Act (EEG ...
  • 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 – ...
  • 21 Aug 2015

    In the media: Stable power supply / Germany and Brazil join forces against climate change

    21 Aug 2015 (All day) Federal Network Agency / Süddeutsche Zeitung “Twelve minutes without power” The German power supply was more stable in 2014 than in any year since 2006, the Federal Network Agency said yesterday. An average power consumer experienced ...
  • 24 Jul 2019 |

    Berlin restricts diesel on some roads and sets speed limits to tackle air pollution

    24 Jul 2019, 14:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cars rbb24 The government of the federal state of Berlin has decided to ban older diesel cars from eight roads in the city and create dozens of ...
  • 13 Nov 2017 |

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

    13 Nov 2017 (All day) Chancellor Angela Merkel calls on developed nations to advance technology and make investments to combat climate change / Protesters interrupt US event on "cleaner fossil fuels" / Peruvian farmer effected by climate change ...
  • 18 Nov 2015 |

    Energiewende climate targets in “serious danger”- govt advisors

    18 Nov 2015 (All day) Days before the UN climate conference in Paris, Germany is taking stock of its national climate protection efforts. The government says the country is making “good progress” with its energy transition, but independent experts warn ...
  • 11 Nov 2016 |

    Germany finally sets specific CO₂ targets in climate roadmap

    11 Nov 2016 (All day) After months of heated debate, the German government has finally struck an agreement on its contentious Climate Action Plan 2050, due to be signed off by the cabinet over the weekend. It includes emission reduction targets for ...
  • 13 Nov 2014

    In the media: Germany's climate target plan, Row over coal, RWE financial results

    13 Nov 2014 (All day)   Der Tagesspiegel “Germany’s problems with climate protection“ Draft versions of Germany’s Climate Action Programme (Aktionsprogramm Klimaschutz), designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, and a National ...
  • 17 Apr 2019 |

    Court says Germany’s efforts to limit diesel bans are in breach of European law

    17 Apr 2019, 13:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Transport Clean Energy Wire The highest administrative court of the state of Baden-Württemberg has ruled that state governments must retain diesel driving bans in ...
  • 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 ...
  • Environment minister Schulze says Germany has done too little for the climate “for many years”

    Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has said the country has “had a deficit in climate action for many years” and urged that “we have to change course” to meet emissions reduction ambitions. In her speech at the regional industry event ...
  • 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, ...
  • German lawmakers agree to raise planned CO₂ price for buildings, transport

    17 Dec 2019, 13:35 German lawmakers have reached a preliminary agreement to raise the planned CO₂ price for the buildings and transport sectors. The starting price of the mechanism contained in the country's so-called climate package is to be ...
  • All ministries must present steps towards climate goals by end of 2018 – environment minister

    Each federal ministry must come up with a plan to help achieve the country’s 2030 climate goals by the end of 2018, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze writes in a guest article for Tagesspiegel Background. The federal government’s climate protection law, ...
  • 16 Jan 2020 |

    Climate package will increase jobs but slow Germany's economic growth – analysis

    16 Jan 2020, 14:28 Expert IAB- Institute for Employment Research Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung Business & Jobs Freja Eriksen Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Germany's climate package will create more jobs than a business-as ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

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

    20 Sep 2019, 13:03 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert IG BCE- Trade Union for mining, chemicals and energy ...
  • Far-right AfD soars in east German state elections, scoops up votes in coal regions

    02 Sep 2019, 13:15 The elections in Germany's eastern federal states Saxony and Brandenburg have dealt a blow to the country's governing parties, CDU and SPD, and brought huge gains for the far-right AfD. Even though the climate change-denying ...
  • Govt expects new CO2 pricing to raise 19 bln euros for climate package

    02 Oct 2019, 10:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt / Clean Energy Wire / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung [UPDATE adds media report on climate action cost ...
  • Cost of climate inaction “can hardly be quantified”, Germany must do more - Merkel

    While ambitious climate policy is an opportunity for growth and prosperity, the economic costs of inaction “can hardly be quantified, but they are enormous”, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the 9 th Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. “Climate ...
  • Blog: Germany pushes for joint global energy transition

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

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

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

    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 ...
  • 26 Aug 2016 |

    PV auctions: More competition, but critics warn of target shortfalls

    26 Aug 2016 (All day) In August, Germany held the fifth tender in its new auction pilot scheme for payments to large-scale solar projects. While officials overseeing the programme continue to praise its results and declining price levels, critics warn ...
  • 20 Dec 2019 |

    Agriculture climbs up on German government's climate priority list

    20 Dec 2019, 14:24 Expert BMEL- Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture Agriculture Freja Eriksen Agriculture Clean Energy Wire / Der Tagesspiegel Both climate action and adaptation to climate change must be given "higher priority" in German ...
  • Preview2019- BEE: Coal exit will not be enough for Germany

    03 Jan 2019, 11:30 Despite encountering many difficulties, Germany's so-called coal exit commission will manage to sketch a pathway out of coal-fired power production that is acceptable for everyone involved, says Peter Röttgen of renewable energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Oct 2016 |

    Ministry projections highlight risk of Germany missing emissions goal

    07 Oct 2016 (All day) Only in a best case scenario will Germany be able to reach its goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, the latest projections from the environment ministry show according to analysts. The opposition in parliament ...
  • Reaching 2030 climate target will be “very, very challenging" - Merkel

    The German government will introduce a climate protection law to ensure the country reaches its 2030 climate targets, but achieving these goals will be “very, very challenging”, said Chancellor Angela Merkel during her annual summer press conference. The ...
  • Preview2019- Conditions for Energiewende success all set, says dena

    21 Dec 2018, 09:32 Ambitious climate action and a resolute energy transition are already possible in Germany but the country's government has yet to prove how serious it is about putting words into action, says Andreas Kuhlmann, the head of the ...
  • 22 Nov 2019 |

    Coal exit must include cancellation of ETS allowances – climate economist Edenhofer

    22 Nov 2019, 12:04 Expert Ottmar Edenhofer Co-Chair of Working Group III of the IPCC, Director of MCC, Deputy Director and Chief Economist of PIK Energiewende Technology Climate & CO2 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research ...
  • 09 Dec 2015

    A 'climate miracle' under negotiation / 'Paris talks, Opec decides'

    09 Dec 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online “How the Germans are negotiating a climate miracle” The Paris climate summit could result in a global commitment to decarbonisation, writes Axel Bojanowski for Spiegel, but there is still resistance from the oil ...
  • 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 Nov 2019 |

    German industry warns government's strict wind power rules threaten climate targets

    13 Nov 2019, 13:53 Government plans to tighten distance rules for onshore wind turbines are a threat to Germany's energy and climate targets, according to stark warnings by industry, trade unions and environmental NGOs. Strict minimum distances to ...
  • 'The world needs Russia' to solve climate crisis- German development minister

    29 Nov 2019, 13:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Global climate action and environmental protection can only work with an active Russian engagement, Germany' ...
  • 04 Dec 2019 |

    German state energy ministers criticise climate package, call for 'massive' renewables expansion

    04 Dec 2019, 13:48 Benjamin Wehrmann Policy Clean Energy Wire The energy ministers of Germany's federal states have criticised the government's climate package for being full of "gaps and shortcomings" and called for measures to ensure ...
  • New law to avoid diesel driving bans passed by cabinet

    Germany’s government cabinet has decided on an amendment of the federal imissions law to prevent diesel driving bans in cities where nitrogen oxide limits are exceeded by 25 percent (50 micrograms NO 2 per cubic meter air instead of 40 micrograms). Under ...
  • Cabinet decides additional renewables auctions as part of energy law reform

    The German government cabinet has decided a collection of energy law amendments, which include the introduction of additional renewables auctions in 2019-2021, the economy ministry (BMWi) said in a press release. The press release – while not giving many ...
  • 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 ...
  • 22 Nov 2019 |

    German solar power industry’s business climate continues to be positive

    22 Nov 2019, 12:01 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Solar Clean Energy Wire ...
  • Merkel aims to change law to prevent diesel driving bans

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning for her party ahead of the regional elections in the federal state of Hesse, said her government aims to amend existing legislation to prevent diesel driving bans in cities where nitrogen oxide limits are only ...
  • 15 Nov 2019 |

    Merkel says world heading for 3-degree warming under current climate targets, calls for higher ambitions

    15 Nov 2019, 13:42 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 COP25 Stern / Clean Energy Wire The earth's surface temperature will rise by three degrees Celsius under current climate targets, meaning ...
  • New law to accelerate power grid expansion

    Germany’s energy ministry is drafting a law to accelerate the development of the country’s electricity network, Michael Bauchmüller reports in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The draft, seen by the paper, will include streamlining the planning procedure, ...
  • German labour union calls on 2 million members to join climate strike

    06 Aug 2019, 13:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Society Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germany’s service sector labour union Verdi has called on its 2 million members to join the global Fridays for ...
  • 07 Nov 2019 |

    Saxony's state premier says climate package 'discriminates against people in Germany'

    07 Nov 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Focus Online The premier of the eastern German state of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, has criticised the federal government's ...
  • 18 Oct 2019 |

    Almost all of Germany's non-residential buildings need climate-friendly modernisation- KfW bank

    18 Oct 2019, 14:25 Expert KfW Bank KfW- government-owned financing institution Fossil fuels Finance Efficiency Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Efficiency Clean Energy Wire "Practically all" of Germany's ...
  • German wind industry calls for direct sale option for facilities supported by renewables law

    According to the wind industry, German turbine operators supported under the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) should be able to sell their electricity directly to companies, reports Klaus Stratmann in the Handelsblatt. Until now, renewable electricity supported ...
  • Climate dictatorship”

    The new Climate Action Plan 2050 being prepared by Germany pursues an “absolute priority” of climate protection, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion-piece for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The plan is still vague but postulates targets which nobody is ...
  • German coalition negotiators want to postpone 2020 climate goal

    08 Jan 2018 The negotiation partners in Germany's ongoing coalition talks have agreed to postpone the country's 2020 emissions reduction target until "the early 2020s". Party negotiators also agreed on introducing a climate protection ...
  • 29 Oct 2019 |

    US airlines complain about Germany's 'illegal' climate levy- report

    29 Oct 2019, 14:10 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Transport Policy Die Welt Germany's plan to introduce a climate levy on airline tickets to finance a decrease in train fares violates an EU-US aviation treaty, ...
  • Federal cabinet endorses law limiting marine geoengineering

    The German federal cabinet has decided on a draft law to restrict marine geoengineering, technology involving large-scale technical measures to artificially reduce the atmosphere’s CO 2 concentration, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature ...
  • 16 Oct 2019 |

    Germany wants global consensus on addressing climate in finance

    16 Oct 2019, 12:41 With a new sustainable finance strategy, Germany's government hopes to better align financial policies with climate targets and to ensure the country moves from a cautious to a more proactive role in the budding green finance ...
  • Climate protection and economic growth go hand in hand, but companies move too slow

    The BDI study showing that climate protection and economic growth can go hand in hand should kill off the last arguments against ambitious climate protection, according to Greenpeace. “The economic association is right to call for planning security in ...
  • Climate protection “at the heart” of von der Leyen's new European Commission – media

    11 Sep 2019, 13:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Euractiv / Tagesspiegel Background A commitment to making Europe "the world’s first climate-neutral continent" ...
  • Deep divisions persist over German climate plan, coal exit

    26 Oct 2016 The rifts over the German Climate Action Plan 2050 and an exit from coal-fired power generation were highlighted at a string of events on Wednesday. Federal and regional environment ministry officials stressed the need for a framework to ...
  • 04 Oct 2019 |

    Extinction Rebellion climate movement plans blockades in Berlin from 7 October

    04 Oct 2019, 13:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The climate activist movement Extinction Rebellion plans several road blockades and other activities in Germany’s ...
  • 25 Sep 2019 |

    New IPCC ocean report triggers fresh criticism of German climate package

    25 Sep 2019, 13:57 Expert Oxfam Germany COP21 Climate & CO2 Expert WWF Germany World Wide Fund For Nature Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 26 Sep 2019 |

    Germany earmarks 800 million euros to make its battered forests climate-resilient

    26 Sep 2019, 13:55 Expert BMEL- Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture Agriculture Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & ...
  • Tenant electricity law for solar power ineffective – industry

    The law aimed at facilitating the use of solar panels in inner cities by allowing tenants to consume electricity generated on their roofs fails to bring about the desired effects, the industry lobby group BSW Solar says in a press release. The effectivity ...
  • 24 Sep 2019 |

    Merkel's commitment to climate neutrality by 2050 at UN summit not enough – critics

    24 Sep 2019, 13:45 Expert E3G- Third generation enviromentalism European non profit organisation for policy transformation Climate & CO2 Finance Policy Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Expert Oxfam Germany COP21 Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image ...
  • Environmental Action Germany takes legal action on emissions limits in 45 German cities

    The NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) initiated several additional legal proceedings on emissions limits in German cities, bringing the total number of affected cities to 45, the organisation writes in a press release. “Diesel driving bans in more ...
  • Climate package not enough for Germany's 2030 targets- govt agencies

    24 Sep 2019, 13:58 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image ...
  • Climate protection with construction flaws”

    Trying to micro-manage Germany’s long-term path to decarbonisation with a government climate plan is doomed to fail, because “politics is regularly unable to plan and regulate for decades,” writes Klaus Stratmann in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. He ...
  • 27 Sep 2019 |

    Germany's climate targets require huge amounts of renewable hydrogen – reports

    27 Sep 2019, 13:42 Expert Energy Brainpool Energy consultancy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Expert Greenpeace Energy Green energy provider Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Renewables Utilities Expert Wuppertal Institute for Climate, ...
  • City of Berlin prepares new mobility law to enhance status of low-carbon transport

    Germany’s capital, Berlin, is set to introduce a new mobility law which aims to enhance the status of low-carbon means of transportation, Klaus Kurpjuweit reports in Der Tagesspiegel. The governing coalition of Social Democrats (SPD), Green Party and Left ...
  • Reform of renewables law delayed again

    The reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was postponed for the third week in a row on Wednesday. The changes proposed to Germany’s renewables law, which enabled the rapid growth of solar, wind and biogas generated power, are subject to disagreements ...
  • Germans want coal exit law, population in affected mining regions divided – survey

    Seventy-five percent of Germans say the country’s new government should introduce a law for a gradual coal exit without delay, according to an in-depth online survey and analysis by the University St. Gallen, commissioned by Greenpeace. But only 43 ...
  • Green Party submits draft law for special wind power auctions in Germany

    The German Green Party has requested special wind power auctions to ensure enough new renewable power capacity. In a draft law to amend the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the Greens propose auctioning off an additional 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of onshore wind ...
  • Bavarian CSU presents climate plan ahead of crucial 20 September govt meeting

    09 Sep 2019, 13:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Elections & Politics The Bavarian conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) – sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel' ...
  • 13 Jan 2020 |

    Hub for climate-friendly aviation launched at Frankfurt Airport

    13 Jan 2020, 13:59 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Transport Clean Energy Wire A new "competence centre" for climate action in the aviation sector has been launched at Germany's most important airport in Frankfurt am Main to facilitate progress in ...
  • Preview2019- Govt too "weak" for speedy coal exit, researcher says

    20 Dec 2018, 09:06 The weak and fragile German government is unlikely to implement the drastic measures needed for a speedy coal exit, regardless of the coal commission 's proposals due early next year, according to energy policy reseacher Claudia ...
  • “Just climate rhetoric”

    The federal government’s “climate rhetoric” runs contrary to recent plans and regulatory reforms, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Rundschau. Cabinet  decided  on a draft law to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement and Chancellor ...
  • Economy ministry to amend several energy laws - report

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is working on draft amendments to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the Combined Heat and Power Act (CHP), and other energy laws, writes Hendrik Köstens for Tagesspiegel Background. The ...
  • 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 ...
  • 22 Aug 2019 |

    German government initiates strategy for climate-friendly aviation

    22 Aug 2019, 13:48 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Deutsche Welle The German government wants to promote a culture of innovation to develop CO₂-neutral aviation, reports Deutsche Welle. ...
  • Entrepreneur initiative calls for fast, effective CO₂ price, will join global climate strike

    22 Aug 2019, 13:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire / Frankfurter Rundschau A German business initiative called "Entrepreneurs for Future" will join ...
  • Preview2019- Expect the German coal debate to continue, says Aurora ER

    10 Jan 2019, 09:15 The German coal exit commission is set to deliver its final recommendations for the country’s coal exit in February 2019, but this report is likely to be only the beginning of a long and controversial policymaking process in the country ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Aug 2019 |

    Young Germans consider climate most important issue – survey

    16 Aug 2019, 12:14 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt ...
  • German industry says protecting climate can benefit economy

    18 Jan 2018 German industry believes the world’s fourth largest economy can boost its status as a manufacturing powerhouse by protecting the climate. Reducing emissions by 80 percent by 2050 is good for the economy under the right policy framework even if ...
  • 20 Nov 2017 |

    German coalition talks collapse despite progress on climate and energy

    20 Nov 2017 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 the FDP. ...
  • Green party boosts influence in German energy sector

    06 Aug 2019, 13:57 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 ...
  • German government parties debate new public debt to fight climate change – report

    08 Aug 2019, 13:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt An increasing number of MPs from Germany's governing parties are in favour of abandoning the target of a balanced ...
  • 05 Aug 2019 |

    German ministers seek climate budget funds

    05 Aug 2019, 13:11 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 ...
  • Climate cabinet deal on 20 Sep would show grand coalition can deliver – state sec

    31 Jul 2019, 13:55 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 06 Aug 2019 |

    Germans consider climate change top issue facing the country

    06 Aug 2019, 14:12 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Society International Clean Energy Wire Germans consider "the environment, climate and energy" the most important issue facing the country at the moment, ...
  • Power labelling “greenwashing by law“ – report

    Germany’s power labelling regulation allows electricity suppliers to declare a higher than real share of renewables in their customers’ power mix, which amounts to “greenwashing by law,” writes Jörg Staude for klimaretter.info, based on data from green ...
  • 14 Jan 2020 |

    Sports federations not active enough on climate – researcher

    14 Jan 2020, 14:29 Expert Mojib Latif Head of the Research Division: Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Society Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Sports federations like the German Football Association ...
  • Germany debates form of renewables support as levy rises

    17 Oct 2016 (All day) Germany’s consumer surcharge to fund renewable electricity will rise less than expected in 2017. Still, discussions about the cost of the country’s Energiewende project and ways to reform the renewables support dominated the public ...
  • 04 Sep 2019 |

    German landfill operators agree to significantly lower methane emissions

    04 Sep 2019, 12:11 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 ...
  • After protest visit, Thunberg continues to make waves in Germany

    01 Apr 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Politics Society Deutsche Welle / Spiegel Online / taz / dpa Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg continued to make waves in German media over ...
  • Auctions bring German solar power price to new record low

    16 Oct 2017 The average price of new solar power installations in Germany has fallen below five cents per kilowatt hour for the first time ever. Since the introduction of auctions in 2015, prices for the technology have declined by more than 40 percent, ...
  • Question marks remain as Germany steps up efforts to cut CO2 emissions

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The government approved what it claims to be the largest climate action package in the country’s history. Most observers applauded the commitment to emissions reduction goals by 2020. But environmentalists criticised the lack of a ...
  • EU energy ministers agree on joint negotiating position for future energy laws

    The EU is committed to reaching a target of at least 27 percent renewable energy of its overall energy consumption by 2030, the member states’ energy ministers agreed in Brussels. This formed part of a package of agreements on the Renewable Energy ...
  • 15 Jan 2020 |

    Adani coal mine row with climate activists backfires on Siemens CEO Kaeser – media commentaries

    15 Jan 2020, 14:06 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Society Handelsblatt / WirtschaftsWoche / Focus Online The row over German industrial heavyweight Siemens's involvement in the controversial Adani coal mine project in ...
  • Agreement with EU Commission clears way for German power market reform

    30 Aug 2016 (All day) The German government and the EU Commission have reached an agreement on state-aid related aspects of the country’s new power market law and other energy policy issues, clearing the way for the “most important reform” since the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 Jul 2019 |

    Recent remarks suggest EU top job frontrunner von der Leyen takes climate crisis seriously

    03 Jul 2019, 14:56 The nomination of Ursula von der Leyen as president of the European Commission has come as a surprise for many political observers in Germany and across Europe. Little is known about the incumbent German defence minister's climate ...
  • 10 Dec 2019 |

    Climate impact of cooling gases in Germany down by 21 percent in 2018- Destatis

    10 Dec 2019, 13:24 Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt Energiewende Rose-Anne Clermont Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire In time for the UN climate conference COP25 being held in Madrid, the German Federal Statistical ...
  • Danish law draft and German coalition talks hurdles for Nord Stream 2

    Opposition to the planned Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 is growing as Denmark drafts a new law that would allow the government to prevent the construction on the country’s continental shelf, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • 13 Jun 2019 |

    Climate change will increase the future risk of violent armed conflict – study

    13 Jun 2019, 13:38 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Security Nature Intensifying climate change will increase the future risk of violent armed conflict within countries, according to a study ...
  • Germany's Climate Action Law

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

    German finance sector's push to play catch up on climate action

    23 Aug 2019, 16:30 Integrating finance into climate and energy policy is becoming a central challenge for governments around the world seeking to ensure that emissions reduction plans are properly funded and not thwarted by contradicting investment ...
  • 16 Dec 2019 |

    Germany's Climate Action Programme 2030

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

    Germany's 2030 climate action package

    14 Oct 2019, 13:00 Germany's government coalition on 20 September 2019 agreed on a strategy paper that outlines its policy ideas to reach the 2030 climate targets and reduce emissions in all sectors of the economy. This factsheet summarises the paper ...
  • 10 Mar 2019 |

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

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

    Climate Action Plan 2050: Negotiating a path to decarbonisation

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

    Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050

    21 Mar 2019 Just in time for the international climate summit COP22 in Marrakesh and after months of dispute, Germany’s government agreed on a basic framework for largely decarbonising its economy to reach 2050 climate goals. It includes target corridors ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Climate Action Programme – what it's all about

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

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The cabinet has approved a new Climate Action Programme with measures to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions. Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks stressed that the country is now on ...
  • 16 Jan 2020 |

    Spelling out the coal exit- Germany’s phase-out plan

    16 Jan 2020, 13:59 Germany plans to end coal-fired power generation by 2038 at the latest and has agreed on shutdown schedule for individual lignite power plants as well as compensation payments for operators. For hard coal, meanwhile, an early draft of ...
  • 11 Jul 2016 |

    Reactions to the Renewable Energy Act reform 2016

    11 Jul 2016 (All day) Germany is giving its main renewables support scheme, the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), a major overhaul, aiming to streamline the growth of renewables and to reduce costs for consumers. But the plans, including a switch from feed-in ...
  • Germany’s climate obligations under the EU Effort Sharing scheme

    06 May 2019, 13:55 Germany is often perceived as a country with stringent national climate ambitions, but many of these rules and goals are actually prescribed by the European Union’s greenhouse gas emission reduction plans. Much of what is found in ...
  • Germany’s carbon pricing system for transport and buildings

    16 Dec 2019, 16:30 The German government has decided to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions in the transport and building sectors from 2021 as a key instrument to help reach its climate targets. The national parliament and German states greenlit the ...
  • 07 Jan 2020 |

    Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets

    07 Jan 2020, 13:48 This factsheet provides an overview of Germany's greenhouse gas emissions and the government's energy transition targets. [UPDATES text and emissions trends graph to include Agora Energiewende estimate for 2019] Climate & ...
  • Climate, energy and transport in Germany's coalition treaty

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

    23 Sep 2019, 14:00 German leader Angela Merkel has been nicknamed "Climate Chancellor" for her long-standing international engagement for emissions cuts. Many wonder if Merkel can still live up to that reputation in her fourth term as chancellor ...
  • What energy & climate stakeholders want from Germany's next government

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

    27 Sep 2017 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 first ...
  • Colour codes: How energy & climate policy differs in German coalitions

    04 Sep 2017 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 national level ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Nov 2015 |

    Controversial climate summit issues – positions in Germany

    20 Nov 2015 (All day) This factsheet gives an overview of the most disputed issues at the UN climate conference in Paris (COP21) and highlights the position of the German government and civil society on these topics. COP21 k.appunn r.russell e.thalman ...
  • Germany's energy transition in numbers

    04 Jun 2015 (All day) UPDATE-- Germany has set itself several numerical targets to measure and advance its efforts in lowering greenhouse-gas emissions. The performance towards those targets presents a mixed picture- while the share of power generated ...
  • 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: 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Media on Germany and the Paris Climate Summit

    15 Dec 2015 (All day) In this factsheet, the Clean Energy Wire presents an overview of German media comments and reports on the Paris Climate Summit, which took place from 30 November to 11 December. COP21 Climate & CO2 s.amelang2 k.appunn Süddeutsche ...
  • 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 ...
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  • 23 Aug 2019 |

    A sleeping giant finally awakening? Full weight of financial sector could crank up German climate action

    23 Aug 2019, 17:30 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance As Clean Energy Wire sets out to explore the German finance sector's role in the country's climate and energy policy, I take a minute to reflect on what diving into this vast segment of the economy as ...
  • Beneath headlines of disappointment, 2019 may have set scene for a 2020 full of climate ambition

    20 Dec 2019, 16:30 Sven Egenter Coal Climate & CO2 Renewables COP25 "Disappointing", "not enough", "climate emergency" – many headlines in 2019 gave a damning verdict on climate policy and the energy transition globally ...
  • Foundation for research on energy and environment law

    The foundation for research on energy and environment law does research on current environmental and climate protection law and makes suggestions for new policies. www.stiftung-umweltenergierecht.de Anne-Kathrin Willeke +49 931 794077-24 willeke@stiftung ...
  • DUH- Environmental Action Germany

    Environmental Action Germany (DUH) is a non-profit environmental and consumer protection association, supported by public and private project grants and donations. It has the legal right to represent group claims in court against projects that it ...
  • 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 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, Climate Protection, Agriculture, State of Hesse

    umweltministerium.hessen.de Mischa Brüssel de Laskay +49 611 815 1020 pressestelle@umwelt.hessen.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 ...
  • Research Tour: The new EU Commission’s climate drive: What does it mean for member countries?

    02- 04 Dec 2019 Brussels Climate action has soared to the top of the agenda in many countries as millions of mostly young people have taken to the streets. In December, a new European Commission will take office in Brussels, and president-elect Ursula von ...
  • 17 Jan 2019 |

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

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