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  • 17 Nov 2017 |

    COP23 climate summit – All eyes on Germany

    Hammering out the details of the Paris Agreement in the home of the Energiewende 17 Nov 2017 From 6 to 17 November 2017 the UN climate summit (COP23) was held in Bonn. Around 25,000 delegates, observers and journalists descended on the German city, where ...
  • COP21- The view from Germany

    German positions on the Paris Climate Summit 17 Dec 2015 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 regularly ...
  • Preview2017- Outlook for Germany's Energiewende

    German climate lead in G20 expected as elections to set tone domestically 20 Jan 2017 A string of regional elections as well as federal elections will dominate German policy in 2017. In this dossier, the Clean Energy Wire and a number of energy and ...
  • 28 Jun 2020 |
    Gas

    U.S. LNG showcases transatlantic rift on climate and energy

    28 Jun 2020, 17:00 Natural gas has a special role in the debate about the global transition to a decarbonised energy system to combat climate change thanks to its reputation as the greenest of fossil fuels. Pushed by the recent oil and gas boom, the U.S. ...
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  • COP23 - Day 1: More German money for adaptation fund

    Germany will raise its contribution to the climate change adaptation fund by 50 million euros, the environment ministry announced on the opening day of the COP23 climate summit in Bonn. The development cooperation ministry pledged an additional 50 million ...
  • German government looks ahead as Bonn climate talks disappoint expectations

    Eleven days of climate negotiations in the city of Bonn have failed to deliver a draft text for the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement implementation guidelines. While the different text proposals had become more concrete and short, and the process of creating ...
  • 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 Climate & CO2 COP21 Freja Eriksen ...
  • 14 Nov 2017 |

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

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

    COP23- Day 3: US should be kept on board / "Time to stop digging"

    08 Nov 2017 Talks in Bonn as technical as expected but also “unexcited, friendly and positive”, says German negotiator / Developing countries call for voluntary reporting / US should remain part of COPs / German taxpayers are financing the climate crisis- ...
  • Germany could step in for Chile as host of UN climate summit

    31 Oct 2019, 13:34 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire / WDR The former German capital Bonn could become the venue for the next UN climate summit COP25, after the government of Chile has  said  it has to cancel the event ...
  • COP23- 'Firms need certainty on climate policy to unlock investments'

    06 Nov 2017 The UNFCCC conference in Bonn needs to see more states make ambitious climate mitigation pledges, Sabine Nallinger, Managing Director of the Foundation 2°- German Businesses for Climate Protection, tells CLEW. The outcome could spur the next ...
  • Optimism for COP23 in Bonn, despite uncertainty about US position

    The presidency of this November’s UN Climate Change Conference, the government of Fiji, is “very optimistic” about the outcome of COP23, while the US administration still has not decided on its international climate policy positions. “The rest of the ...
  • 31 Oct 2017 |

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

    31 Oct 2017 Ahead of the climate summit in Bonn, Professor Mojib Latif, a leading climate scientist from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, tells the Clean Energy Wire about his distrust in emission data, the unfortunate dominance of ...
  • What happens at the UN climate conference? – infographic

    Ahead of COP23 in Bonn in November, klimafakten.de has published a detailed infographic (see above) that explains processes, content and actors at a UN climate conference, and presents a timeline of past COPs. The graph is a translation from the Clean ...
  • “The climate deal shows that it is working”

    Germany’s role as a host of this year’s UN climate conference “left a question mark for many diplomats” at the COP23 in Bonn, Jürgen Polzin writes in an op-ed for the Hamburger Abendblatt. That Germany is still ruled by a provisional government and ...
  • Germany assists Fiji in preparing COP23 in Bonn

    Germany will assist Fiji in preparing the 23 rd UN climate conference, the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) has said in a press release. Jochen Flasbarth, state secretary in the environment ministry, met Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe ...
  • 01 Nov 2017 |

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

    01 Nov 2017 Chancellor Angela Merkel could use her appearance at the COP to advance coalition talks on climate, says Ann-Kathrin Schneider, specialist for international climate policy at Friends of the Earth Germany. Meanwhile, Germany’s NGOs want to ...
  • German village close to COP23 site disappears to make way for coal

    The German village of Immerath, located in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) not far from the venue of the ongoing UN climate conference COP23 in Bonn, is about to disappear in order to make way for the expansion of an open pit coal mine, ...
  • Government transition will not impede Germany’s negotiators at Bonn climate conference

    The upcoming UN climate conference (COP23) in Bonn will be an important milestone on the way to creating a rulebook for the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, Germany’s chief UNFCCC negotiator Karsten Sach said at a briefing in Berlin. “If ...
  • 06 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- German negotiator will try to keep Turkey on side

    06 Nov 2017 German-Turkish relations might be at a low-point in many respects but when it comes to climate politics, Germany will try to keep the country on side during the COP23 summit in Bonn. Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature ...
  • 15 Nov 2019 |

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

    15 Nov 2019, 13:42 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 CO2 emissions targets especially of industrialised ...
  • Environmental organisations warn Jamaica coalition parties of “climate policy blackout”

    Environmental organisations have warned Chancellor Angela Merkel and her negotiating partners at the ongoing Jamaica coalition talks for a new German government of risking a “climate policy blackout”. Merkel had to make “a clear commitment” to the ...
  • 10 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 5: Progress in tough talks

    10 Nov 2017 Tough talks- but not yet reason to worry / EU remains steadfast on pre-2020 action and inflexible on Adaptation Fund / "No jobs on a dead planet"- trade unions / Climate-smart agriculture / Effects of climate change in Germany / ...
  • Petersberg Climate Dialogue will focus on green recovery – German and UK govts

    24 Apr 2020, 13:40 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 International Clean ...
  • 06 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 1: More German money for adaptation fund

    06 Nov 2017 Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said vulnerable countries must be put centre-stage and kicked off the conference with a pledge to raise Germany's contribution to the climate change adaptation fund by 50 million euros. Protestors ...
  • 15 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog: Parties decide "solid" rulebook

    15 Dec 2018, 22:10 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail to meet its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for ...
  • Germany may host world climate conference 2017

    The world climate conference 2017 may be hosted by Germany, the news agency Reuters reports. Delegates at the COP22 in Marrakesh will vote on a proposition to hold the COP23 in the city of Bonn, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s seat, ...
  • 13 Nov 2017 |

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

    13 Nov 2017 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 achieves ...
  • 18 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 12: Germany positive on results from Bonn

    18 Nov 2017 Bonn had delivered what was necessary to be on schedule for the decisions needed at COP24 in Katowice, the Germany delegation said / Negotiations finished in the early hours of 18 November / Last contentious issues still debated through the ...
  • 07 Nov 2017 |

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

    07 Nov 2017 Conference off to a reassuring start, final agenda passed / Developing nations want to talk about pre2020 climate action by industrialised states / German companies call for a coal exit path and climate friendly regulation / Emission gap ...
  • 28 Jun 2019 |

    Little progress at Bonn climate change conference

    28 Jun 2019, 12:38 Expert E3G- Third generation enviromentalism European non profit organisation for policy transformation Climate & CO2 Finance Policy Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 COP24 tageszeitung (taz) / ...
  • Merkel vows to convince climate sceptic “elephant in the room”

    23 May 2017 German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to try and convince “doubters” of the urgent need to mitigate climate change. But environmental organisations said her credibility as “Climate Chancellor” was severely damaged because Germany had failed ...
  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    COP23 – Heartland of coal and renewables hosts climate summit

    16 Oct 2017 Not far from Germany's largest brown coal mine, the United Nations’ 23rd COP climate summit will take place in Bonn. While implementing the Paris Agreement will take centre stage under the presidency of Fiji, the host country Germany must ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    Germany joins 31 nations in coal phaseout alliance PPCA

    23 Sep 2019, 13:56 Freja Eriksen Coal Clean Energy Wire Germany has joined the international Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) but withheld fully endorsing the PPCA declaration, which would commit OECD countries to phase out unabated coal no later than ...
  • 25 Oct 2017 |

    COP23 – 'Germany can achieve most for climate by technology export'

    25 Oct 2017 Germany is hosting this year’s international climate summit (COP23) in Bonn. The conference will be about establishing the trust in mutually agreed rules on climate protection, says Carsten Rolle, head of the energy and climate policy ...
  • COP23- 'Our guests will be surprised how much Germany relies on coal'

    23 Oct 2017 Germany is hosting this year’s international climate summit (COP23) in Bonn while in Berlin ongoing coalition talks will shape the future of national climate actions. Annalena Baerbock, climate spokesperson of the Greens, which are likely ...
  • 16 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 11: Germany ratifies Doha / Canada, UK march ahead on coal

    16 Nov 2017 Germany ratifies Doha without joint EU move / “If the talks continue this way, we will reach our negotiation targets” – German negotiator / UK and Canada march ahead on coal exit, NGOs criticise Germany / “Move away from fossils if you want ...
  • German coalition talks past 2nd deadline still stalled over climate

    19 Nov 2017 Germany's aspiring coalition partners continued talks past a second deadline on Sunday, 19. November, after having made little headway in key climate and energy issues in exploratory talks that had already gone past the first self-imposed ...
  • COP23 in Bonn could boost climate ambitions during Germany’s coalition talks

    The COP23 climate conference in Bonn could be more important than ever for the “ self-proclaimed climate champion ” Germany, writes Petra Pinzler in a commentary for Die Zeit. Because the November summit will likely coincide with negotiations to form a ...
  • Poland's Katowice COP: Next coal country hosting UN climate talks

    17 Nov 2017 The Bonn climate summit of 2017, a short way from Germany’s largest coal mining district, is almost over. But the COP will reconvene next year, 1,050 kilometres away from Bonn in Katowice, another traditional coal mining area located in Upper ...
  • 09 Nov 2017 |

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

    09 Nov 2017 German state secretary for environment says ETS reform shows EU can work together on climate policy / Negotiators progress on technical details of Paris rulebook / COP president Fiji was world's third most climate-impacted country in 2016 ...
  • 15 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 10: Merkel disappoints hopes for clear words on coal

    15 Nov 2017 German Chancellor calls on world to walk the talk, fails to deliver strong statement on German coal / Representatives from science, climate and environmental NGOs, and vulnerable small island states appealed to Merkel to meet the country’s ...
  • 03 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- 'Bonn talks will be about the heart of the Paris Agreement'

    03 Nov 2017 Negotiations at the upcoming climate conference in Bonn are about “the heart of the Paris Agreement”, because the delegations will shape the transparency rules on how states measure and report their progress in climate mitigation, says Jochen ...
  • Climate protection “clear priority“ in Germany’s UN Security Council application – foreign minister

    Foreign minister Heiko Maas said that Germany would be dedicated to dealing with climate change-related conflict risks should the country be elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2019/2020, reports the AFP news ...
  • Study compares long-term policy frameworks for implementation of Paris Agreement

    A long-term policy approach to achieving the climate protection effects required by the Paris Agreement is crucial for the successful transformation of the affected economic sectors, but progress in this field varies considerably across different ...
  • Jochen Flasbarth to remain state secretary in the environment ministry

    Incoming environment minister Svenja Schulze will keep Jochen Flasbarth on as state secretary, Flasbarth confirmed to the tageszeitung (taz). The 55-year old Social Democrat is “central to German environment policy”, well-connected in the EU and UN, and ...
  • UN worries could be tailwind for German Greens in coalition talks

    The United Nation’s warning about a “worrying” gap between climate pledges and emissions cuts needed ahead of the climate conference in Bonn could provide the Green Party with tailwind in the ongoing talks to form a new government coalition, writes ...
  • Climate poster boy Germany has not done its homework

    The upcoming UN climate change conference (COP23), which will take place in Bonn on 6-17 November, will focus the international community’s attention on the fact that Germany, the poster boy of climate protection, is bound to miss its 2020 targets, writes ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

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

    11 Dec 2018, 20:00 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for the CO2 ...
  • “Energy transition on the high seas”

    Maritime transport is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, but a growing awareness in the sector could herald an “ energy transition on the high seas ”, Axel Höpner writes in Handelsblatt. The Green Ship of the Future initiative brings industry ...
  • UN Climate Secretary Espinosa: “Everybody must raise their ambitions, also the EU”

    Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Patricia Espinosa sees a more active role for China and the EU in climate diplomacy and technological development in the renewables sector after US President Donald ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

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

    14 Dec 2018, 11:00 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail to meet its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for ...
  • Climate change adaptation important topic at G7 environment ministers’ meeting – env min

    Climate change adaptation has played a big role at the G7 environment ministers’ meeting, said German environment minister Svenja Schulze in a telephone press briefing after the first day of the meeting in Halifax, Canada. “It is important to discuss this ...
  • German Coal phase-out on agenda for coalition talks – state sec

    Germany must start phasing out coal-fired power generation as the next step of its energy transition, and the matter was also on the agenda of the talks to form a new government coalition in Berlin, the state secretary in the economy and energy ministry, ...
  • Merkel must make clear this is moment to “rebuild better” – Greenpeace head

    22 Apr 2020, 15:01 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Expert Greenpeace ...
  • Climate protection outrivals environmental protection

    The focus on climate protection by activists and politicians could overshadow necessary efforts in environmental protection, Ferdinan Knauß writes in the business weekly WirtschaftsWoche. “The preservation of biological diversity, of natural habitats and ...
  • German rail company ratchets up climate ambition ahead of UN climate conference

    Germany’s biggest power consumer, Deutsche Bahn (DB), has set itself new climate protection targets ahead of the COP23 UN climate conference in Bonn next month, Henrik Mortsiefer reports for the Tagesspiegel. The company – including its global logistics ...
  • 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 ...
  • “German climate policy – better than its image” – op-ed

    Germany is constantly worried that it might lose its image of climate protection pioneer, which appears to be a legitimate fear due to its stalling performance in CO 2 emissions reduction and sluggish renewable energy expansion, Axel Bojanowski writes in ...
  • 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 ...
  • Paris Summit media coverage had “appeasing rather than mobilising effect” on Germans

    The intense media coverage of the 2015 Paris Climate Summit only had a “modest appeasing rather than mobilizing effect” on the German public, according to a five-author paper published by Nature Climate Change. Before and after surveys showed that ...
  • German labour union calls on 2 million members to join climate strike

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

    Against the backdrop of the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Clean Energy Wire invited journalists, journalism and media networks, communication scientists, policymakers and journalism funders to discuss what global energy transition reporting should ...
  • EU reaches deal to overhaul European Emissions Trading System (ETS)

    EU negotiators have reached a provisional deal to overhaul the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), bolster carbon prices and adjust the system to more ambitious climate goals, Ewa Krukowska reports for Bloomberg. The deal follows more than two years of ...
  • Hamburg G20 summit “major success” for multilateralism – Merkel advisor

    The joint communiqué from July’s G20 summit in Hamburg was a “major success” for multilateralism, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s economic advisor and G20 sherpa Lars-Henrik Röller said at an event on the sidelines of the UN climate conference in Bonn. ...
  • Germans want their country to take climate leadership during EU presidency – survey

    26 Mar 2020, 14:03 Expert Heinrich Böll Foundation Green policy think tank Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Society Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Climate action tops the wish list of German citizens for their government ...
  • Germany’s aspiring coalition parties disagree over coal exit speed

    15 Nov 2017 The German coalition talks on climate and energy policy stumble over a dispute over the reduction of coal fired power production. Just days before exploratory talks are scheduled to finish, the Green Party and its negotiating partners from ...
  • 16 Dec 2019 |

    COP25 blog- Germany says worst has been avoided in Madrid, urges UN summit must change

    16 Dec 2019, 12:00 The UN climate summit COP25 in Spain is the last meeting of its kind before countries around the world are supposed to step up their ambitions under the Paris Climate Agreement in 2020. Germany has made several key climate action ...
  • “German foreign aid is at record high and rising”

    Germany is a reluctant global leader but persistently works on providing assistance to developing countries, not least in the energy sector, Catherine Cheney writes on international development website  devex.com. Effective development assistance must be ...
  • “Germany and France seek agreement on EU carbon market reform”

    The governments of France and Germany intend to reinforce European carbon trading in the electricity sector and aim to initiate a reform of the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS) before the UN’s COP 23 in November, news agency Reuters reports. Brune ...
  • 01 Oct 2020 |
    EU

    EU solidarity is key for more ambitious 2030 climate target – German env min

    01 Oct 2020, 16:41 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel EU Clean Energy Wire EU member states ...
  • 12 Feb 2020 |

    Germany must use EU Presidency to bolster European Climate Law – renewables industry

    12 Feb 2020, 13:23 Benjamin Wehrmann International Clean Energy Wire The German government must take advantage of its EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020 to bolster the bloc's climate action ambitions and vouch for a 2030 emissions ...
  • “Germany falters on climate leadership” – vs. “Germany on track with climate accord”

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel needs to put “her own house in order” on climate policy because the world needs her leadership on the issue since US President Donald Trump decided to take the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate, the ...
  • 03 Dec 2015 |

    COP21 – Day 4: Slow progress, transport and the German COP slogan

    03 Dec 2015 Day 4 at the UN climate conference: EU and G77 + China clash over differentiated responsibilities / A 2°C slogan translates into a 1.5°C target / Government compensation for CO2 emissions in transport Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the ...
  • 03 May 2018 |

    Germany wants transparent global climate reporting to ensure trust

    03 May 2018 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 proponent of ...
  • COP26 delay no excuse to put off climate action, German officials and activists say

    02 Apr 2020, 13:31 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire The decision to postpone the COP26 UN climate negotiations because of the coronavirus pandemic drew praise and concern from Germany. Government officials, experts and ...
  • 01 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 2: Forests and finance

    01 Dec 2015 Day 2 at the UN climate conference: Negotiators begin their day-to-day work / Finance pledges for forests and renewables / New guidelines for climate compatible investment rules Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature ...
  • 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 ...
  • Thousands march in protest against clearing of Hambach Forest

    Several thousand people gathered over the weekend at the embattled Hambach Forest in western Germany to protest against the expansion of a nearby coal mine and the forest’s clearing, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reports. According to the organisers ...
  • Merkel endorses proposal to raise 2030 EU emission reduction target

    28 Apr 2020, 18:30 German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she welcomes the proposal by the European Commission to raise the bloc’s greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030 to between 50 and 55 percent. In her speech at the 11th Petersberg Climate ...
  • 06 Jan 2020 |

    2019 was Germany's third-warmest year on record- meteorological service

    06 Jan 2020, 14:25 Expert DWD- Germany's National Meteorological Service Deutscher Wetterdienst Climate & CO2 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire In 2019, Germany experienced its third-warmest year since the beginning of regular ...
  • Germany wants to move key April climate summit online

    30 Mar 2020, 13:53 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 International dpa / ...
  • 22 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017- Missing emission targets would be "disastrous signal"

    22 Dec 2016 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 13 Nov 2017 |

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

    13 Nov 2017 Higher energy demand triggered by economic growth and colder weather is likely to push up Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions again this year, energy market group AG Energiebilanzen forecast on Friday. A new rise would put Germany’s 2020 ...
  • Hamburg mayor proposes conversion of coal plant into green hydrogen production site

    21 Feb 2020, 14:02 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Hydrogen Elections & Politics Hamburger Abendblatt The mayor of Hamburg, Peter Tschentscher, has proposed shutting down the city's coal plant Moorburg "many years" earlier than the current end ...
  • 15 Apr 2020 |

    Solar marks new record as renewables repeatedly outstrip German power demand

    15 Apr 2020, 15:27 Expert Fraunhofer ISE Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme Renewables Benjamin Wehrmann Solar pv magazine / Clean Energy Wire Solar power production has reached a new record share in Germany, with solar PV contributing 23 ...
  • 24 Apr 2020 |

    Coronavirus recovery must be tied to climate, innovative mobility, digitalisation – Merkel

    24 Apr 2020, 09:30 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Freja Eriksen Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire The European Union’s planned coronavirus “recovery fund” should be used to make substantial investments ...
  • Argentina to carry on Germany's G20 climate focus- env min Bergman

    30 Nov 2017 During its G20 presidency this year, Germany made the issue of climate change and energy transition a central topic- and its G20 presidency successor Argentina is ready to carry it forward to the 2018 summit in Buenos Aires, according to ...
  • 21 Feb 2019 |

    Siemens enters home battery storage market

    21 Feb 2019, 13:39 Rachel Waldholz Storage Clean Energy Wire German industrial conglomerate Siemens has launched its first battery storage system geared toward private homes. Homes that generate their own electricity from sources like solar panels will be ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

    Industry production stops set to slash Germany's energy demand

    23 Mar 2020, 13:53 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Industry Clean Energy ...
  • 12 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog- Germany's environment minister rejects hypocrisy criticism

    12 Dec 2018, 17:52 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for the CO2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 Jun 2018 |

    Germany's coal commission model for fair decarbonisation- union rep

    18 Jun 2018, 14:58 Social justice should be a guiding principle of modern climate policy, German environment minister Svenja Schulze said at the opening of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. Samantha Smith of the International Trade Union ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    'Renovation wave' must be priority in German EU Presidency- industry and NGOs

    18 Jun 2020, 14:23 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency Deutsche ...
  • Government gridlock- Can Germany still act on climate?

    24 Nov 2017 For the first time in its post-war history, Germany struggles to form a stable government coalition two months after voters cast their ballot in September's elections. The so-called Jamaica coalition talks' collapse plunges the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 05 Jan 2017 |

    Preview2017- “Transport remains problem child of the Energiewende”

    05 Jan 2017 The year 2017 will be filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. In addition to presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 13 Sep 2019 |

    Conservatives propose national emissions trading system for transport and buildings

    13 Sep 2019, 13:23 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Julian Wettengel Climate & ...
  • 27 Nov 2018 |

    Germany's coal exit commission extends work to 2019

    27 Nov 2018, 12:01 Germany risks showing up empty-handed at the UN climate change conference COP24 in Poland in December as the country’s coal exit commission has decided to extend its work beyond the original end-of-2018 deadline. The task force has set ...
  • “Big coup” in climate policy needed to continue German coalition – SPD Vice Chancellor Scholz

    03 Sep 2019, 13:41 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Spiegel Online / Clean Energy Wire Germany's Vice Chancellor, finance minister and top candidate to become leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Olaf Scholz, has ...
  • Coal commission keeps out of lignite mine expansion dispute

    23 Aug 2018, 18:15 Germany’s coal commission will not give any recommendation regarding mining-owner RWE’s plans to continue clearing forest for the planned extension of the Hambach lignite mine in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The country's ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 Feb 2020 |

    Greta Thunberg visit raises profile of Hamburg 'climate election'

    21 Feb 2020, 13:25 Greta Thunberg will travel to Hamburg to participate in the student climate protests preceding local elections in the maritime city on 23 February, according to media reports. The Swedish activist's presence at the "Hamburg ...
  • 20 Aug 2020 |

    Home office could significantly reduce commuting emissions- study

    20 Aug 2020, 13:10 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Edgar Meza Clean Energy Wire CLEW Mobility Clean Energy Wire The increase of remote working triggered by the coronavirus pandemic can contribute significantly to ...
  • Renewables law proposal not ambitious enough – Lower Saxony state premier

    23 Oct 2020, 11:57 Julian Wettengel Renewable Energy Act | EEG Handelsblatt The German government’s draft update of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) is not ambitious enough, as it fails to take into account developments that increase the need for renewable ...
  • European leaders call for ambition ahead of climate conference

    29 Nov 2018, 15:45 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics International German President German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is among several European heads of state who signed a declaration calling for more ambitious ...
  • Finishing Paris Agreement rulebook at COP24 in Katowice “feasible” – German negotiator

    It is “feasible” that the UN climate summit in Katowice in December (COP24) will produce an agreement on implementation guidelines (also called rulebook or work programme) to the Paris Climate Agreement, Germany’s negotiator Nicole Wilke from the ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog- Germany drops in climate performance

    10 Dec 2018, 09:03 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for the CO2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 23 May 2019 |

    Airbus "seriously aims for decarbonisation", works on electric airplanes

    23 May 2019, 12:25 Julian Wettengel Transport Handelsblatt / Airbus European multinational aircraft manufacturer Airbus “seriously aims for decarbonisation”, the company’s CEO Guillaume Faury said at the "Airbus Innovation Days" in French city ...
  • German government looks ahead as Bonn climate talks leave much to do

    11 May 2018 The climate talks in the city of Bonn failed to meet expectations they would deliver a draft rulebook for the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement. After eleven days of negotiations, an extra session in Bangkok is now planned in ...
  • 27 Nov 2019 |

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

    27 Nov 2019, 13:50 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 movement Fridays for Future Germany has announced. The ...
  • 08 Nov 2017 |

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

    08 Nov 2017 Following intense lobbying by German carmakers, the EU has proposed car emission targets that will be insufficient to meet the country’s climate targets in the transport sector, according to environmental organisations. Critics said the ...
  • Car remains Germans’ favoured means of transport, but it stands still more than 23 hours per day

    Private cars remain the favoured means of transportation for most Germans, but they are only used for 45 minutes per day on average, a study commissioned by Germany’s transport ministry (BMVI) has found. About 43 percent of all trips are made with either ...
  • Higher prices in Austria than Germany in first auction after power price zone split

    The first day-ahead auction on the EPEX SPOT power exchange after the split of the common power price zone between Austria and Germany, which becomes effective today (1 October), saw higher prices for Austria than Germany, writes the Austrian Energy ...
  • 13 Feb 2020 |

    Delay in fixing EU 2030 climate target puts COP26 at risk – environmental NGOs

    13 Feb 2020, 13:26 Sören Amelang International Clean Energy Wire The EU must commit to new climate targets this spring in order to increase the chances of success at this year's crucial climate conference COP26, an alliance of German environmental ...
  • Gore says Germany faces historic step as coal commission starts work

    26 Jun 2018, 17:32 Germany has provided inspiring visionary leadership on energy and climate change for many years, but is now at risk of being left behind, former US Vice President Al Gore said on the first working day of the country’s coal exit ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Dec 2015 |

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

    07 Dec 2015 Day 7/8 at the UN climate conference: Environment state secretary Flasbarth becomes facilitator / EU fights for new differentiation / Germany plans decarbonisation by 2050 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy ...
  • 11 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 12: One day delay, leaders talk, scientists fear weak deal

    11 Dec 2015 Agreement text expected Saturday morning / Germany, EU reiterate push for ambitious deal/ Leaders get on the phone/ Scientists fear weak deal Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & ...
  • 18 Dec 2019 |

    Germany sets goal of cutting primary energy use by 30 percent by 2030

    18 Dec 2019, 13:31 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency ...
  • 27 Mar 2020 |

    German carmakers among thousands of companies halting production, employing 'short-time' work

    27 Mar 2020, 13:49 Expert Daimler AG Transport Cars Business & Jobs Expert VW- Volkswagen Transport Cars Benjamin Wehrmann Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire / Erneuerbare Energien Germany's largest carmaker, VW, has extended the suspension of ...
  • COP24 in Katowice will be “milestone in international climate policy” – state secretary

    There is much detail work to be done until the UN Climate Change Conference will start in Polish Katowice on 2 December, said the German environment ministry after a preparatory meeting in Kraków. However, the will of governments to agree on a rulebook ...
  • 25 Sep 2020 |

    German government aims to support E.ON and RWE’s cause in European court

    25 Sep 2020, 13:37 Expert E.ON Utility Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Julian Wettengel Utilities Handelsblatt The German government has requested permission to support ...
  • 17 Jan 2017 |

    Preview2017- Bring ideological coal debate "back to civilised level"

    17 Jan 2017 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 21 Oct 2020 |

    Government aims to make Germany climate resilient as average temperature rises

    21 Oct 2020, 12:22 The average air temperature in Germany has risen by about 1.6°C from pre-industrial times and the effects of global warming are becoming increasingly felt in the central European country. The government’s progress report on its climate ...
  • 04 Dec 2018 |

    German development minister proposes biennial rhythm for COP climate summits

    04 Dec 2018, 15:31 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Politics COP24 Die Welt Germany’s development minister Gerd Müller has proposed a biennial rhythm for the yearly COP climate summits to make the talks more efficient, report Philipp Fritz and Daniel ...
  • 03 Dec 2018 |

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

    03 Dec 2018, 14:40 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 COP24 Die Welt “Without a doubt”, Germany – once a role model in international climate protection – is a “total failure” at the UN climate change conference COP24 in Poland, ...
  • 11 Dec 2017 |

    Private climate finance under scrutiny on eve of Paris summit

    11 Dec 2017 A round of fresh ‘green’ finance pledges by companies and investors marks the kickoff on 12 December in Paris of a climate finance summit initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron. However, NGOs say that the developments so far have failed ...
  • 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, ...
  • Germany and France say climate action must be cornerstone of EU coronavirus recovery

    18 May 2020, 14:02 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert German-French Office for the Energiewende Office franco-allemand pour la transition énergétique ...
  • 27 Aug 2020 |

    Little progress in talks about German stake in Dutch TenneT – media report

    27 Aug 2020, 11:48 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert TenneT Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Julian ...
  • 19 Jun 2020 |

    Renewables could cover nearly six months of Germany's annual power demand – E.ON

    19 Jun 2020, 14:04 Expert E.ON Utility Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Clean Energy Wire The amount of electricity produced with renewable energy sources in Germany within one year could theoretically power ...
  • 07 Sep 2020 |

    Grid agency initiates fine proceedings after 2019 power grid strains

    07 Sep 2020, 14:19 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Julian Wettengel Grid Clean Energy Wire Germany’s Federal Network Agency ...
  • EU accelerates publication of its long-term energy and climate strategy

    In the lead-up to the next climate change conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, in December, the EU is focussing on its global leadership role in the areas of energy and climate policy, writes Susanne Ehlerding in Tagesspiegel Background. For that ...
  • 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 ...
  • 23 Oct 2015

    Bavaria's energy concept / A record-breaking fuel cell

    23 Oct 2015 Kerstine Appunn Ruby Russell Clean Energy Wire CLEW Süddeutsche Zeitung “An energy concept that electrifies no one” Bavaria will have to import 40-50 percent of its consumed electricity in 2025, Daniela Kuhr writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. ...
  • 23 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017 – Elections, G20 set to dominate Energiewende policy

    23 Dec 2016 Germany is heading into a year filled with international top-events and elections that will determine the future course of the country’s Energiewende project. The uncertainties about the new US administration and the exact details of Britain’s ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

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

    13 Dec 2018, 17:40 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for the CO2 ...
  • German electricity sector should be climate neutral by 2040s- Renewable Energy Act reform

    15 Sep 2020, 14:27 Kerstine Appunn Renewable Energy Act | EEG energate messenger / Tagesspiegel Background The latest version of amendments to Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) includes a tougher climate goal for the electricity sector, which should ...
  • 22 Sep 2020 |

    German draft budget shows climate and energy spending tripling – Tagesspiegel Background

    22 Sep 2020, 13:49 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Alex Dziadosz Climate & CO2 Tagesspiegel Background Germany’s federal budget draft shows spending on the “Energy and Climate Fund” (EKF) tripling in 2021 ...
  • 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' ...
  • Energy industry calls for fixing ambitious expansion path in reform of Germany's renewables act

    25 Aug 2020, 13:26 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Julian Wettengel Renewables Renewable Energy Act | EEG ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    Industry leaders say can cope with coal exit in debate ahead of commission report

    23 Jan 2019, 10:55 Power prices are less of a concern for some industry sectors and coal-heavyweight RWE has long been about “much more than coal” – industry representatives offered an unusual take on the German coal exit debate in a panel discussion ...
  • Germany's solar industry slams renewables act reform, cites possible EU law violation

    13 Oct 2020, 13:54 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Citizens' energy ...
  • Green Party pushes for more trees and plants in Germany's inner cities

    03 Aug 2020, 13:17 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Cities Elections & Politics Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland The Green Party has called for an investment programme worth 800 million euros to make ...
  • 23 Oct 2020 |
    EU

    EU ministers agree on climate law, postpone decision on 2030 emissions target

    23 Oct 2020, 11:56 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel EU Clean Energy Wire European Union ...
  • 02 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 3: Measuring CO2, divestment and resilience

    02 Dec 2015 Day 3 at the UN climate conference: Today's official theme is resilience, with divestment and renewables featuring in others of the many side events / Germany insists on strong monitoring mechanism in agreement / ambitious pace for ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    Industrialised countries have special responsibility to protect climate – Merkel

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

    Germany overshoots natural resources two months ahead of global average

    26 Jul 2019, 13:52 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The natural resources humans can consume sustainably this year will be used up by Monday 29 July, according to calculations by the Global Footprint Network. If all the world’s population ...
  • Renewables agency publishes digital book on German energy transition to coincide with COP23

    The German Renewable Energies Agency has published its “Atlas of the Energiewende” in English. The online digital book illustrates the potential of renewable energies, as well as current challenges such as grid expansion and storage, on more than 100 ...
  • First details of planned renewables reform leave German energy market innovators unfazed

    26 Aug 2020, 12:23 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert bne- Association of Energy Market Innovators Bundesverband Neue ...
  • Conservative climate MPs call for “bold” renewables reform

    24 Aug 2020, 12:23 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Julian Wettengel Renewables ...
  • 19 Mar 2020 |

    EU should use Green Deal as road map for coronavirus stimulus – foundations

    19 Mar 2020, 13:59 Foundations are calling on the EU to use any economic stimulus enacted in response to the coronavirus to accelerate the transition to a green economy. The global climate crisis cannot be ignored even as governments focus on the health ...
  • 15 Jul 2020 |

    Germany must trigger 'paradigm shift' in water management to cope with droughts

    15 Jul 2020, 13:44 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The increasing risk of prolonged droughts in central Europe warrants a "paradigm shift" in Germany's water management in order to avoid supply bottlenecks, the ...
  • Court's halt to forest clearing fans talk of easier German coal exit

    08 Oct 2018, 16:58 Anti-coal activists in Germany and beyond experienced a sudden change in fortune on 5 October, when a court ruling boosted their cause and provisionally stopped plans of energy company RWE to cut down the embattled Hambach Forest in ...
  • German economy minister calls for 'historic' consensus on climate neutrality

    11 Sep 2020, 14:36 One year before Germany's next general election, economy minister Peter Altmaier calls for a "historic consensus" between all democratic parties, businesses and civil society to ensure that climate action and the ...
  • Entrepreneur initiative calls for fast, effective CO₂ price, will join global climate strike

    22 Aug 2019, 13:53 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire / Frankfurter Rundschau A German business initiative called "Entrepreneurs for Future" will join the global climate strike on 20 September and call for a ...
  • 27 Apr 2020 |

    Lufthansa aid after initial rescue package must incorporate climate action – env min

    27 Apr 2020, 13:53 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Freja Eriksen Transport Clean Energy Wire / dpa / Reuters A 9 to 10 ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

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

    18 Dec 2018, 13:59 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Government COP24 Zeit Online Energy minister Peter Altmaier correctly said that Germany needs a new approach to climate action by the government and businesses, but it is now up to him and ...
  • 19 May 2020 |

    Controversial new coal plant Datteln 4 test runs disrupt German power prices

    19 May 2020, 14:38 Edgar Meza Coal Renewables Tageszeitung (taz) Germany's controversial new Datteln 4 coal plant in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is running at full capacity in test operation despite the low demand for electricity on the ...
  • “German CO2 price debate is here to stay”- liberal MP

    12 Dec 2018, 12:05 Negotiations on the “markets article” (Article 6) of the Paris Agreement are a bit on the side lines of the talks at COP24. While representatives of many countries and regions, e.g. the one of Canadian British Columbia don’t tire to ...
  • 23 Sep 2020 |

    German municipal utilities' finances continuing to stabilise – consultancy

    23 Sep 2020, 13:26 Expert PwC Electricity market Transport Cars Business & Jobs Efficiency Heating Julian Wettengel Utilities Clean Energy Wire The long-term stabilisation trend of German utilities' financial situation continues, writes ...
  • 26 Oct 2020 |

    World's first electric pusher tugboat to start trial operations in Germany

    26 Oct 2020, 13:48 Sören Amelang Transport Technology Welt am Sonntag German researchers and companies are about to test the world's first emission-free pusher towboat on the rivers and canals between Hamburg and the capital Berlin, reports Stefan ...
  • 23 Oct 2020 |

    Researchers develop lightweight battery pack for electric vehicles

    23 Oct 2020, 11:58 Julian Wettengel Cars Technology Clean Energy Wire Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) have developed a lightweight battery pack to reduce the overall weight of e-car batteries. ...
  • 20 Sep 2019

    Massive Fridays for Future climate protests keep pressure on German govt

    20 Sep 2019, 12:55 Hundreds of thousands of people demanded rapid climate action at Germany's Fridays for Future protests, keeping public pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel's government following the announcement of a broad action package to ...
  • 30 Nov 2015 |

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

    30 Nov 2015 Day 1 at the UN climate conference: Paris must deliver an ambitious, comprehensive, fair and binding agreement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the climate conference in Paris / Germany's Environment Minister called for ...
  • 01 Oct 2020 |

    Solar, storage hybrid projects win majority of Germany's new “innovation auctions”

    01 Oct 2020, 13:25 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband ...
  • 27 May 2020 |

    German government to push “green recovery” in EU Council presidency

    27 May 2020, 13:35 Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire Dealing with the coronavirus crisis will be the main priority of the German EU Council presidency in the second half of 2020, chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of the European ...
  • Germany's old wind turbines will be given new lifelines at end of 20-year support

    14 Oct 2020, 14:44 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Renewable Energy Act | EEG Clean Energy Wire Germany will try to retain most of its wind power capacity that will lose its guaranteed remuneration after dropping out of the 20-year feed-in tariff support scheme ...
  • 08 Jul 2017 |

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

    08 Jul 2017 Nineteen members of the G20 group of leading industrialised and emerging economies underscored their commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, leaving the United States isolated. The US also was the only country to opt-out of a first-ever G20 ...
  • 28 Apr 2016

    Commentators welcome nuclear deal, trash e-car subsidies

    28 Apr 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Süddeutsche Zeitung “A bird in the hand” The proposed fund for nuclear storage costs is in breach of some fundamental principles, writes Michael Bauchmüller in an op-ed for ...
  • Must accelerate climate action over coming years – Germany’s Merkel

    28 Aug 2020, 13:21 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germany has made decisive steps in regards to the climate challenge in past years, but efforts have to increase, Chancellor Angela Merkel told journalists ...
  • Call for “climate passport” helps advance debate about fairness in climate policy – opinion

    It is futile to hope that the German government will officially propose the introduction of a “climate passport” at the upcoming UN climate conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Rundschau. In a ...
  • 21 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "A top-down approach won’t get us very far"

    21 Dec 2016 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 29 Oct 2020 |

    New German energy company hopes to break dominance of E.ON and RWE

    29 Oct 2020, 13:46 Expert E.ON Utility Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Business & Jobs Utilities Handelsblatt New regional energy company in the ...
  • German utilities support coronavirus rescue package but warn of growing impacts

    30 Mar 2020, 14:03 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Freja Eriksen Electricity market Utilities Clean Energy ...
  • 23 Sep 2020 |

    Germany set to partly reimburse energy-intensive companies for new CO₂ price

    23 Sep 2020, 13:30 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The ...
  • Preview2018- Next German government faces urgent coal choice

    22 Dec 2017 After a year filled with events that put Germany’s climate policy in the limelight, such as the G20 summit in Hamburg, the COP23 in Bonn, or the debate over coal in the ill-fated ‘Jamaica coalition’ talks, the country’s political life gets off ...
  • “There is no planet B” – video message from the ISS

    04 Dec 2018, 15:29 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics COP24 Federal Environment Ministry For the start of the UN climate change conference in Poland, German astronaut Alexander Gerst has called for increased action to protect ...
  • 09 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 10: New text, same issues, overnight talks

    09 Dec 2015 [Updates party statments to new draft text] Issues of differentiation, finance, loss and damage remain / High ambition coalition seeks attention and new partners / "Preparing for long nights" says German environment minister Expert ...
  • 22 Oct 2020 |

    Oil price crash could pull plug on new domestic production projects in Germany

    22 Oct 2020, 12:49 Benjamin Wehrmann Fossil fuels Tagesspiegel Background The price crash on international oil markets caused by the coronavirus pandemic is having a heavy impact on Germany's domestic oil industry, with companies cancelling ...
  • 05 Dec 2015 |

    COP21 – Day 6: Hard work ahead, more finance, elephants in the room

    05 Dec 2015 UPDATE (adds NGO statement on climate finance pledge) Agreement on a draft agreement – with lots of options / Climate funding pledges reach $94 billion / Climate risk insurance can help dealing with loss and damages / Climate blind spots ...
  • 04 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 5: Mentioning 1.5°C, fossil fuels, finance

    04 Dec 2015 Day 5 at the UN climate conference: Negotiatons are not "leaping forward" / 1.5°C should be mentioned in agreement / German climate action in the spotlight at home Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation ...
  • 12 Dec 2015 |

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

    12 Dec 2015 Countries have agreed to a new global deal to limit global warming and address climate change impacts / “Paris will forever be connected to this historic watershed,” says Chancellor Merkel / “Climate neutrality” still in the text, just ...
  • 23 Jan 2020 |

    Germany caused fewer emissions in 2018 than previously thought

    23 Jan 2020, 13:23 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Germany's emissions fell stronger in 2018 than originally assumed, the country's ...
  • 10 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 11: New draft, pressure to compromise, finish in sight

    10 Dec 2015 [Updates new draft release] Shorter draft with less brackets and clarity on long-term target / EU fights for differentiation and sees red lines on ratcheting up ambition crossed / Saudi Arabia as the symbol for "self-destruction" of ...
  • 08 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 9: Finding a word between "able" and "willing"

    08 Dec 2015 EU and African-Caribbean-Pacific group join forces / Review, finance, ambition – differentiation is key / Germany with “moderate” ranking in climate index Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    Expectations for German EU Council presidency high, climate a priority – Merkel

    18 Jun 2020, 14:04 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Policy EU Clean Energy Wire Germany will focus its upcoming EU Council presidency on the dual challenges of overcoming the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and making the continent more ...
  • 19 Oct 2020 |

    German consumers to pay more for gas in 2021

    19 Oct 2020, 12:57 Kerstine Appunn Gas Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Higher costs for gas infrastructure and the new CO2 price in the heating sector are set to increase gas costs for German households in 2021, consumer comparison site Verivox has ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 Dec 2018 |

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

    03 Dec 2018, 14:39 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 COP24 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The international community is failing badly to cooperate as needed to counter the rise in global temperature, writes Andreas Mihm in an ...
  • SPD proposes end of renewables surcharge and mandatory solar power in energy policy reform

    29 Oct 2020, 13:44 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 ...
  • 21 Oct 2015

    In the media: German coal exit within 25-30 years- govt official

    21 Oct 2015 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Environment State Secretary Flasbarth (BMUB) Germany must exit coal in the next 25-30 years A well-organised exit from coal which considers social aspects is needed in the next 25 to 30 years if Germany ...
  • 13 May 2020 |

    Number of rail passengers in Germany drops 40 percent in March

    13 May 2020, 13:39 Sören Amelang Transport Clean Energy Wire The total number of rail passengers on Germany's long and short distance routes fell 40 percent in March compared to a year ago,  according to  national statistics office Destatis. The ...
  • 22 Aug 2019 |

    Eastern German coal states welcome proposal for phase-out support

    22 Aug 2019, 13:55 Eastern German coal mining regions have welcomed draft legislation to support the states most affected by plans to phase out the fossil fuel by 2038 at the latest. The economy ministry presented an "investment law for coal regions ...
  • 10 Sep 2019 |

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

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

    Germany hesitates on support for European green finance taxonomy

    11 Dec 2019, 12:59 Freja Eriksen Finance Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany is wavering at the last minute to make a decision on whether to support an EU taxonomy for green financial activities that aims to identify the investments that will be regarded as ...
  • 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 ...
  • “We will not leave developing countries alone” – environment minister

    30 Nov 2018, 15:02 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Germany will not leave developing countries alone in dealing with climate protection and adaptation to climate change, said German environment ...
  • 13 Jan 2017 |

    Preview2017- "Coal exit must start now"

    13 Jan 2017 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    Natural gas provides half of German industry's power generation

    16 Oct 2020, 13:32 Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt Energiewende Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Industry Clean Energy Wire Natural gas has become by far the most important energy source for power generation of Germany's ...
  • 10 Sep 2019 |

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

    10 Sep 2019, 14:06 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover – Germany's largest Protestant state church body – has called on its employees and members to join the planned global climate strike ...
  • 15 Oct 2020 |

    Synthetic fuels ready for serial use in passenger cars by 2030 – Porsche CEO

    15 Oct 2020, 13:45 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars dpa / WirtschaftsWoche The serial use of synthetic fuels in passenger vehicles could become a reality in about ten years' time, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has said. At an industry meeting near Stuttgart, Blume ...
  • 19 Aug 2020 |

    Germany's RWE auctions off massive coal digger

    19 Aug 2020, 14:03 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Alex Dziadosz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal WirtschaftsWoche The energy firm RWE is auctioning off a mammoth coal digger known as a bucket wheel excavator,  ...
  • 01 Sep 2020 |

    Coal company LEAG starts demolition of eastern German mining town

    01 Sep 2020, 12:48 Alex Dziadosz Coal Clean Energy Wire / dpa / Der Spiegel Coal company LEAG says it is dismantling buildings in the Sorbian town of Mühlrose in the eastern Lausitz region as part of the plan to relocate the town’s residents. The town is ...
  • 05 Feb 2020 |

    Siemens Energy ready to be at centre of global climate debate- CEO

    05 Feb 2020, 13:21 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Industry Reuters / Deutsche Welle Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser is ready for Siemens Energy- an energy business it plans to spin off by September- to be at the centre of the ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

    New plant in Hamburg produces biogas from sewage treatment

    23 Jul 2020, 14:14 Alex Dziadosz Bioenergy Cities Die Welt A biogas plant has started operation in Hamburg which can supply around 5,700 households with energy by producing methane from the city’s largest sewage treatment facility, Julia Witte writes in ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

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

    11 Dec 2018, 13:51 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Tagesspiegel Germany plays a central role at the UN climate summit COP24 because it wants to show that ambitious climate protection offers big opportunities for new and ...
  • German industry worried by lack of progress at UN climate talks

    10 Dec 2018, 14:04 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire The Federation of German Industries (BDI) has urged delegates at the UN climate conference COP24 in Poland to ensure progress is made in ...
  • Slow progress in Paris rulebook negotiations “deeply worrying,” Germany must honour its climate commitments – researchers

    The slow pace of progress in the negotiations on a rulebook for the Paris Climate Agreement is “deeply worrying,” and industrial countries must both help configure global climate policy in a socially responsible way and do their own homework, write ...
  • 26 Aug 2019 |

    Number of domestic and international air passengers continues to rise in Germany

    26 Aug 2019, 13:32 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Clean Energy Wire The number of flights taken in Germany to domestic as well as international destinations continues to rise, the Destatis national statistical office has found. In the first half of 2019, the ...
  • 20 Oct 2020 |

    German transmission grid operator 50Hertz calls for more Baltic offshore wind power

    20 Oct 2020, 12:34 Expert 50Hertz Transmission Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Alex Dziadosz Wind Handelsblatt German electricity transmission grid operator 50Hertz wants to see a more aggressive expansion of wind power in the Baltic Sea ...
  • 29 Sep 2020 |

    Making intelligent vehicles will be bigger challenge than electric cars – VW brand chief

    29 Sep 2020, 13:00 Expert VW- Volkswagen Transport Cars Kerstine Appunn Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The transformation of the car industry will pose a challenge for German car manufacturer VW in the decades to come, brand chief Ralf Brandstätter ...
  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    Tesla forced to halt construction at Berlin factory after failing to pay its water bill

    16 Oct 2020, 13:30 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars rbb24 / Der Spiegel US carmaker Tesla has been forced to halt construction works at its planned e-car and battery factory near Berlin after failing to pay a water bill to the local supply company, which then ...
  • 10 Sep 2020 |

    Villagers fearing resettlement file constitutional complaint against RWE coal mine

    10 Sep 2020, 13:56 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Society Clean Energy Wire A group of villagers that reject a resettlement due to the expansion of the Garzweiler lignite mine in German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia have  said  they filed a constitutional ...
  • 10 Sep 2020 |

    Majority in Germany and other EU countries reject Mercosur agreement on climate grounds

    10 Sep 2020, 13:52 Benjamin Wehrmann Society International Clean Energy Wire A clear majority of people in major European countries are in favour of halting talks over the Mercosur agreement between the EU and South American states if it contributes to a ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    Germany, Norway and the UK call for tropical forest protection

    23 Sep 2019, 14:04 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom have called for "increased ambition and action by the global community" to conserve and restore tropical ...
  • G7 must increase financial support for climate change adaptation – NGO

    Ahead of the G7 environment, energy and ocean ministers meeting in Halifax, Canada, humanitarian relief organisation CARE published a comprehensive analysis of the finance provided by the G7 group to developing countries for climate change adaptation and ...
  • 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 ...
  • Some countries will wait out US elections before deciding on climate targets – policy expert

    11 Mar 2020, 13:26 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Some countries are likely to wait and see whether U.S. President Donald Trump wins another four years in office in November before committing to stepping up their ...
  • 12 Oct 2020 |

    Germany's power use returns to pre-pandemic levels

    12 Oct 2020, 13:33 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Industry Frankfurter ...
  • 29 Jul 2020 |

    Germany marks progress on grid expansion to bring wind energy from north to south

    29 Jul 2020, 13:47 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Alex Dziadosz Grid dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany is making modest progess ...
  • 23 Oct 2019 |

    German millennials want their own car, prefer combustion models – survey

    23 Oct 2019, 13:26 Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire German millennials' attitudes towards cars are less sceptical than generally assumed, according to a survey by business advisory Duff & Phelps. The use of cars is more prevalent among ...
  • 23 Sep 2020 |

    A quarter of German wind turbines at risk of going offline as fixed remuneration expires – study

    23 Sep 2020, 13:28 Julian Wettengel Wind Clean Energy Wire Almost a quarter of Germany’s wind turbines require a new business model when fixed payments under the country’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) expire after their 20-year guaranteed support period, ...
  • NGOs and industry groups welcome European Commission’s 2050 CO2-neutrality target

    29 Nov 2018, 16:24 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International WWF / Greenpeace / DUH / BNE / VCI / BDI The European Commission’s plan to make the EU CO2-neutral by 2050 has been largely appreciated by environmental NGOs as ...
  • Moving too slowly on climate targets could become expensive- Court of Auditors

    27 Oct 2020, 13:31 Alex Dziadosz Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Germany’s Court of Auditors (Bundesrechnungshof) is warning of the potentially high costs to the federal budget of moving too slowly to reach climate goals, Malte Kreutzfeldt writes in ...
  • 06 Feb 2020 |

    Thuringia’s planned leftist state govt coalition unexpectedly defeated with far-right backing

    06 Feb 2020, 14:10 Thomas Kemmerich of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) has been elected state premier by the Thuringia state parliament with support of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), in what many politicians see as breaking a taboo. ...
  • German NGO urges progress on rulebook in Bangkok talks leading to COP24

    The climate talks in Bangkok must lead to tangible results that make this year’s COP24 UN climate conference in Poland a success, NGO Germanwatch says in a press release. “Robust rules for the Paris Climate Agreement, improved climate goals for countries ...
  • “Climate conference troubled by Washington“

    Environmental groups called on participants of the UN’s Climate Change Conference in the German city of Bonn to not be sidetracked by the “distracting fire” of US President Donald Trump, reports Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Details of ...
  • 22 Jul 2020 |

    Volkswagen warns that US battery row could disrupt supplies

    22 Jul 2020, 13:32 Expert VW- Volkswagen Transport Cars Alex Dziadosz Cars International manager magazin / Reuters Car-makers Volkswagen and Ford say that a legal battle between two South Korean battery manufacturers in the United States could hamper the ...
  • 06 Oct 2020 |

    Germany's e-car subsidies cause 'economic damage' as pandemic strains budget – researchers

    06 Oct 2020, 13:09 Expert IfW- Kiel Institute for the World Economy Institut für Weltwirtschaft Kiel Society International Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Support payments for electric mobility are part of " ...
  • German states’ energy ministers agree on non-partisan Energiewende policy approach

    The energy ministers of Germany’s 16 federal states have agreed to strengthen their focus on the separation of key energy policy decisions from party politics, and to improve coordination between the individual state ministries, the Environment and Energy ...
  • 02 Jan 2017 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "Urgent matters won’t be tackled in election campaign"

    02 Jan 2017 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 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 ...
  • 02 Oct 2020 |
    Gas

    Gas plant in Bavaria comes back online thanks to low gas and high CO2 prices

    02 Oct 2020, 14:23 Expert Ministry of Economic Affairs, State Development and Energy, State of Bavaria Staatsministerium für Wirtschaftm Landesentwicklung und Energie Bayern EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Kerstine Appunn Gas ...
  • Rift between Germany and Brazil stalls work on carbon market – report

    10 Jan 2019, 14:00 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 International Bloomberg A dispute pitting two groups of nations led, respectively, by Germany and Brazil is holding up work on creating a global market for trading carbon pollution, which is one of the ...
  • 11 Sep 2020 |

    A quarter of new cars in Europe electric by 2025, Germany scoops up half of production – study

    11 Sep 2020, 14:32 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Clean Energy Wire One in four cars produced in Europe in 2025 will be fully electric, a  study  by the Chemnitz Automotive Institute (CATI) has predicted. The researchers say factories across Europe will churn out ...
  • 11 Sep 2020 |

    German Greens hope for early 2021 boost in municipal state elections

    11 Sep 2020, 14:29 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics WDR The Green Party is hoping to make huge gains in the upcoming municipal elections on 13 September in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany's most populous federal state, Tobias Zacher ...
  • 11 Jun 2020 |

    Car comparison websites say new govt support pushes up e-car demand

    11 Jun 2020, 14:11 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Der Spiegel The doubling of government subsidies for electric cars agreed last week as part of Germany's economic stimulus programme has considerably boosted interest for such vehicles on ...
  • 24 Jul 2020 |

    Fridays for Future announces new mass protests in Germany in September

    24 Jul 2020, 14:27 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The climate activist movement Fridays for Future (FfF) has announced a new "global climate action day" on 25 September on which it will hold protest events in ...
  • 29 Jun 2020 |

    Heavy industry needs support for transition to climate neutrality- opinion

    29 Jun 2020, 13:06 David Reay Industry Handelsblatt Politicians must urgently implement EU-wide mechanisms that help Germany’s heavy industry to continue to be successful while transitioning to greenhouse gas neutrality, says Klaus Stratmann in ...
  • 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 ...
  • International climate community pins hopes on Merkel to sway Trump

    24 May 2017 Days before the G7 summit in Italy, foreign governments praised German Chancellor Merkel for her international leadership on climate and urged her to sway US President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement. Merkel’s ...
  • 10 Jun 2020 |

    Solar power storage systems double in two years in Germany

    10 Jun 2020, 13:03 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Freja Eriksen Solar Storage Clean Energy Wire The number of solar power storage devices installed ...
  • EU will not aim to tighten emissions reduction target ahead of COP24

    The European Commission has given up plans to tighten the European emissions reduction goal for 2030 ahead of the UN climate conference COP24 in Katowice as member states did not voice sufficient support for the ambitious target to reduce CO 2 levels by ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

    Swiss solar firm looks to revive Germany’s 'Solar Valley'

    23 Jul 2020, 14:20 Alex Dziadosz Solar International Die Zeit A Swiss solar energy company is looking to revive eastern Germany’s “Solar Valley”, write Barbara Achermann and Martin Nejezchleba in Zeit Schweiz. The solar park, covering 160 hectares in the ...
  • 07 Oct 2016 |

    Ministry projections highlight risk of Germany missing emissions goal

    07 Oct 2016 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 and ...
  • EU approves E.ON takeover of innogy assets, subject to conditions

    17 Sep 2019, 13:24 Expert E.ON Utility Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Expert innogy SE innogy SE Grid Renewables Utilities Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Freja Eriksen Electricity market Utilities ...
  • 08 Oct 2020 |

    Germany carves out national water strategy to cope with increasing droughts

    08 Oct 2020, 14:24 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Germany's government together with researchers, water industry representatives and local authorities is working on a national water strategy aimed at coping with recurring ...
  • 10 Aug 2020 |

    Climate activists occupy two German coal power plants, demand closure of "climate killers"

    10 Aug 2020, 13:25 David Reay Coal Society n-tv Climate activists demanding an end to coal power occupied two German coal-fired powered stations over the weekend, news website n-tv reports. Around 20 members of Direkte Aktion Berlin, which campaigns for ...
  • 02 Jun 2020 |

    Germany to launch 80 billion euro-stimulus programme for 'innovation and sustainability'

    02 Jun 2020, 13:34 Benjamin Wehrmann Green stimulus Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German government's coronavirus recovery programme will likely mobilise funds of about 80 billion to 100 billion euros, Kerstin Schwenn reports in newspaper ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    Climate scientist warns Germany’s coal exit commission could fail

    14 Dec 2018, 14:34 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Politics Focus Online The commission tasked with planning the end of coal-fired power production in Germany may be imperilled by internal differences that hinder compromise, climate ...
  • 07 Apr 2020 |

    Think tank proposes remuneration for innovative renewables systems guaranteeing non-stop feed-in

    07 Apr 2020, 13:19 Expert Hans-Josef Fell Politician Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Energiewende Julian Wettengel Renewables Clean Energy Wire Operators of innovative renewables systems that guarantee continuous energy supply day and night, for example by ...
  • 03 Sep 2020 |

    One in ten Germans plan to buy an e-car – survey

    03 Sep 2020, 13:41 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Kerstine Appunn Cars Clean Energy Wire A growing number of ...
  • 09 Jun 2020 |

    Germany must push green recovery during EU Council presidency – NGOs

    09 Jun 2020, 12:55 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Expert NABU- Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Der Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) e.V. Climate ...
  • Germany to back global moorland protection initiative with two million euros

    06 Dec 2018, 14:16 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Federal Environment Ministry The German environment ministry (BMU) will support a global initiative to protect moorlands, which act as important storage for carbon ...
  • “The climate hypocrites”

    Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks did well not to rush approval for the watered-down climate plan before the COP22, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Rundschau. “It may be embarrassing to arrive at the summit in Marrakesh empty ...
  • 07 Aug 2020 |

    German North Sea outpost Heligoland hopes for green hydrogen boom

    07 Aug 2020, 14:51 Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen Business & Jobs dpa / RTL Online Germany's remote North Sea island Heligoland is hoping for a rapid increase in green hydrogen production with offshore wind power, news agency dpa reports in an ...
  • Austria calls for carbon border tax after Germany launches EU Presidency

    13 Jul 2020, 13:57 Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices International Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung The European Union should introduce a carbon border tax on imports as a source of income to finance the bloc's coronavirus recovery programmes ...
  • 12 May 2020 |

    German government, coastal states reach agreement for offshore wind expansion

    12 May 2020, 13:16 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Edgar Meza Wind Clean Energy Wire Germany's federal government, ...
  • Number of renewable energy sources in Germany climbs to over 1.7 million

    The number of solar power plants, wind turbines and other renewable energy sources in Germany has risen to 1.74 million, with a combined capacity of almost 112 gigawatts (GW), energy company innogy says in a press release. The vast majority of ...
  • 29 Sep 2020 |

    Public transport loses ground to private cars in pandemic – survey

    29 Sep 2020, 13:04 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Transport Technology Alex Dziadosz Transport Clean Energy Wire The coronavirus pandemic is causing public transport to lose ground to individual transport ...
  • 03 Aug 2020 |

    There will be no big comeback for the German solar industry- opinion

    03 Aug 2020, 13:52 Edgar Meza Solar Business & Jobs Handelsblatt Despite plans by a major solar energy company from Switzerland to revive solar pv manufacturing in Germany, there is no chance that a large-scale industry will return under current ...
  • 23 Aug 2019 |

    Increasing droughts can destabilise power supply in Germany and beyond – WWF report

    23 Aug 2019, 13:23 Sören Amelang Electricity Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Droughts caused by climate change pose a growing risk to the power supply in Germany and around the globe, according to a report by WWF Germany. 90 percent of global ...
  • 28 Oct 2020 |

    EU can reduce 2030 emissions by 60 percent- German environment agency

    28 Oct 2020, 15:00 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Edgar Meza Climate & CO2 EU Clean Energy Wire The European Union as a whole could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60 ...
  • 29 Aug 2019 |

    Five new 3 MW wind turbines needed every day to reach 2030 renewables target – DIHK

    29 Aug 2019, 12:55 Expert Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag Business & Jobs Edgar Meza Wind Clean Energy Wire The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) has ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Sep 2020 |

    City of Berlin wrangles over clean mobility concept including combustion engine ban

    09 Sep 2020, 14:31 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities rbb24 The government coalition in the City of Berlin has failed to reach an agreement on a new climate action package that would include a ban on cars with fossil-fuelled combustion engines within the next ...
  • 09 Sep 2020 |

    Germany examines further options for supporting troubled car industry

    09 Sep 2020, 14:27 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire The German government is examining additional options for supporting the country's car industry amid the twin challenges of a COVID-19 related drop in sales and the ...
  • 28 Jul 2020 |

    TenneT records offshore wind power growth of more than 20 percent in North Sea

    28 Jul 2020, 12:23 Expert TenneT Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Edgar Meza Wind Clean Energy Wire Dutch transmission grid operator TenneT recorded a more than 21 percent increase in offshore wind energy transmission from the North Sea to ...
  • Transport minister cancels clean mobility commission meeting following speed limit controversy

    23 Jan 2019, 13:21 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • 07 Sep 2020 |

    Tighter EU climate targets a challenge for German industry- DIHK

    07 Sep 2020, 14:06 Expert Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Industry EU Clean Energy Wire A tightening of the EU's 2030 climate target would come ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Sep 2020 |

    Merkel wants to rally EU member states behind 55% climate target

    30 Sep 2020, 12:23 German Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her weight behind the European Commission’s proposal to increase the bloc’s climate target to a 55 percent greenhouse gas reduction by 2030. Speaking in federal parliament, she said the country ...
  • “Germany hits delay with climate-change plan ahead of U.N. meeting in Marrakesh”

    Environment minister Barbara Hendricks’ announcement that she did not expect the cabinet to approve her Climate Action Plan 2050 before COP22 in Marrakesh next week “marks the latest embarrassment for a country that once pioneered the fight against global ...
  • 21 Apr 2020 |

    Grid agency sends warning notices after 2019 power grid strains

    21 Apr 2020, 13:29 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Julian Wettengel Grid Clean Energy Wire Germany’s Federal Network Agency ...
  • 20 Jul 2020 |

    Germany to fund green post-corona projects in developing countries

    20 Jul 2020, 14:13 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy David Reay Government International Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 09 Jun 2020 |

    Germany's planned renewable heat bonus fails to boost green district heating – utilities

    09 Jun 2020, 13:15 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert VKU- German Association of Local Utilities Verband ...
  • Coal commission members eager to find solutions, but framework conditions “chaotic” – task force member

    29 Nov 2018, 15:38 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Clean Energy Wire The members of Germany’s coal exit commission are “willing to work together constructively to find solutions”, but the conditions are “chaotic ...
  • 17 Apr 2020 |

    German Fridays for Future takes climate strike online

    17 Apr 2020, 13:42 Julian Wettengel Society Clean Energy Wire Amid the coronavirus crisis, German Fridays for Future student climate activists are focusing on online activities for the announced  Global Climate Strike  on 24 April. The protesters are ...
  • 16 Jul 2020 |

    German govt to decide on energy emergency communication after MP's vote

    16 Jul 2020, 13:58 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Grid Security Clean Energy Wire German energy industry lobby ...
  • 14 Oct 2020 |

    Germans convinced transport must change but doubt e-cars are the solution- survey

    14 Oct 2020, 15:05 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire Most people in Germany regard the mobility sector as a great threat to the country's climate targets and call for measures to reduce the impact of transport on greenhouse gas ...
  • 14 Jul 2020 |

    Germany’s use of renewables in transport failed to rise in 2019- study

    14 Jul 2020, 14:31 Expert Renewable Energies Agency Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien Citizens' energy Renewables Technology David Reay Cars Clean Energy Wire The share of renewable energies used in Germany’s transport sector stagnated at 5.6% in 2019 ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    RWE submits E.ON-innogy renewables deal for EU clearance

    23 Jan 2019, 13:23 Expert E.ON Utility Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Expert innogy SE innogy SE Grid Renewables Utilities Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

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

    08 Jan 2019, 13:09 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Policy Handelsblatt / Süddeutsche Zeitung The stagnation in Germany’s task force on a coal exit is mainly due to neglect or even obstruction by policymakers,  writes Klaus Stratmann in a ...
  • Germany and France to develop 2050 EU strategy for long-term carbon neutrality

    Germany and France have agreed to develop a 2050 European Union strategy for long-term decarbonisation, both governments said in a declaration following a joint ministerial meeting near Berlin. This is not only a necessity, but also an economic ...
  • 31 Jul 2020 |

    Large amounts of methane leak into North Sea from abandoned oil and gas wells – study

    31 Jul 2020, 12:20 Expert GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel Climate & CO2 Technology Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Alex Dziadosz Climate & CO2 Gas Clean Energy Wire Large amounts of methane, a ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    Planned coal exit auctions in Germany unlikely to achieve goals – analysis

    23 Sep 2019, 13:49 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Edgar Meza Coal Utilities Clean Energy Wire Government auctions aimed at shutting down Germany’s hard coal-fired ...
  • 17 Aug 2020 |

    Merkel meeting with Thunberg must be more than symbolic act- activists

    17 Aug 2020, 13:40 Alex Dziadosz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Society dpa / die Welt / taz Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with climate activists including Greta Thunberg and Luisa Neubauer on Thursday (20 August) to discuss climate policy,  dpa ...
  • 24 Sep 2020 |

    Europe welcomes China’s pledge to carbon neutrality as part of joint climate drive

    24 Sep 2020, 09:24 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel ...
  • Diesel crisis causes drop in used car sales – business calls for hardware retrofitting

    As a result of the diesel crisis, used car sales were down 1.9 percent in 2017, compared to the previous year, according to the German Association for Motor Trade and Repair (ZDK). “Auto dealers are deeply unsettled," ZDK president Jürgen Karpinski ...
  • Germany to establish coordination hub for international power-to-x activities

    10 Dec 2019, 13:31 Expert GIZ- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit German development agency International Sören Amelang Gas Renewables Hydrogen Technology Clean Energy Wire Germany will establish a central hub to coordinate its ...
  • “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 ...
  • 05 Dec 2019 |

    German car industry makes stand against new EU Commission's climate ambitions

    05 Dec 2019, 12:47 Expert VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire The German auto industry association VDA has warned against the new European Commission's push for ...
  • Combustion engine ban splitting point in coalition talks on transport

    02 Nov 2017 After an expected clash over climate and energy policy last week, Germany’s aspiring coalition partners of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the pro-business FDP and the environmentalist Green Party also failed to agree on transport policy, ...
  • German conservatives score poorly on climate in EU parliament – NGO ranking

    23 Apr 2019, 13:48 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Julian Wettengel Climate & ...
  • 29 Jun 2020 |

    EU funds could be tied to CO2 reduction – German environment minister

    29 Jun 2020, 13:05 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy David Reay Climate & CO2 EU tageszeitung (taz) ...
  • 'The world needs Russia' to solve climate crisis- German development minister

    29 Nov 2019, 13:39 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Global climate action and environmental protection can only work with an active Russian engagement, Germany's development minister Gerd Müller said at the German ...
  • UN’s Emissions Gap Report is a call for a carbon price in Germany – think tank

    29 Nov 2018, 15:57 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics International MCC / PIK The United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) “Emissions Gap Report” on the divergence between the Paris Agreement’s goals and actual ...
  • German cabinet approves renewables reform, but parliamentarians eye changes

    23 Sep 2020, 15:30 Germany's government has agreed on an overhaul of the country's Renewable Energy Act, the core legislation for its landmark energy transition, to enable a share of 65 percent renewables in 2030 power consumption and a ...
  • 20 Jul 2020 |

    New cars in Germany becoming greener, but not green enough

    20 Jul 2020, 14:08 Expert Federal Motor Transport Authority Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt Cars Transport David Reay Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung New vehicles in Germany are getting greener: average CO2 emissions of cars registered in the first half of 2020 ...
  • Possible 'entrance fee' for offshore projects irks Germany's wind power industry

    10 Aug 2020, 13:46 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Hydrogen Cost & Prices Handelsblatt The German economy ministry is mulling a law amendment that could force offshore wind energy investors to pay a fee before building installations at sea, Klaus Stratmann ...
  • Germany stays out of call for stronger carbon pricing in EU

    14 Dec 2018, 13:35 Germany abstained from a call by nine other European countries for a stronger and extended role of carbon pricing at the COP climate conference in Katowice. The German environment ministry said it did not want to pre-empt the country’s ...
  • 20 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "Turn Energiewende into an advantage for industry"

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

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

    16 Dec 2016 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 04 Aug 2020 |

    Applications for German government's e-car buyer's premium soar to record level

    04 Aug 2020, 14:38 Expert BAFA- Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle Fossil fuels Renewables Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und ...
  • 11 Oct 2017 |

    Germany set to widely miss climate targets, env ministry warns

    11 Oct 2017 Germany’s environment ministry fears high emissions from coal-fired power plants and transport will make the country miss its 2020 climate targets by a wider margin than previously anticipated. The ministry’s warning adds further pressure to ...
  • 17 Jun 2020 |

    Coronavirus shows little effect on German industry's climate plans so far – NGO

    17 Jun 2020, 15:06 Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Handelsblatt The economic downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic has had little effect on many German companies' plans to invest in emissions reduction measures so far, Steffen Ermisch writes in ...
  • 16 Apr 2020 |

    Coronavirus lockdown pushes up heating demand across Europe – report

    16 Apr 2020, 12:58 Sören Amelang Heating Clean Energy Wire The coronavirus lockdowns have significantly pushed up heating use across Europe, according to intelligent thermostat maker tado. In Germany, where lockdown measures started on 22 March, the use ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    Critics blast German parliament's approval of toll-free transport for LNG-powered trucks

    18 May 2020, 14:08 Expert ICCT- International Council on Clean Transportation Transport Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Edgar Meza Gas Cars Focus Online / Öko-Institut Despite ...
  • 27 Nov 2015

    Minister's 'coal solo' criticised / Consumers want to be 'climate friendly'

    27 Nov 2015 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW dpa Criticism of environment minister’s ‘solo’ push for coal exit North-Rhine Westphalia’s state premier Hannelore Kraft and her economy minister Garrelt Duin have criticised Federal Environment Minister ...
  • 13 May 2020 |

    German grid agency increases incentive for market players to balance power grid

    13 May 2020, 13:21 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Freja Eriksen Electricity market Grid Clean Energy Wire Following severe ...
  • 12 May 2020 |

    Share of coal in German public power supply down to 16 percent in April

    12 May 2020, 13:19 Expert Fraunhofer ISE Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme Renewables Freja Eriksen Coal Tagesspiegel Background / Clean Energy Wire Coal's share in Germany's net public power production fell to around 16 percent in ...
  • “Final spurt for the climate”

    Germany is making haste in ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement partly over fears that Donald Trump will pull out of the deal before it comes into force if he becomes US president, writes Michael Bauchmüller in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Time is pressing, and ...
  • 26 May 2020 |

    Emissions fraud compensation ruling marks black day for Volkswagen- German media

    26 May 2020, 12:45 Expert VW- Volkswagen Transport Cars David Reay Cars Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine / NZZ / Mitteldeutsche Zeitung Volkswagen lost a key legal battle in the long-running Dieselgate scandal on 25 May when a court ordered that a ...
  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    “High willingness” among EU member states for 55%-climate target – Merkel

    16 Oct 2020, 13:23 Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 EU Clean Energy Wire The European Union's heads of state and government have agreed to decide on a more ambitious 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target at the ...
  • 02 Sep 2020 |

    Greenpeace Energy launches complaint against hard coal tenders

    02 Sep 2020, 13:03 Expert Greenpeace Energy Green energy provider Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Renewables Utilities Kerstine Appunn Coal Renewables Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Background Power supplier Greenpeace Energy has launched a ...
  • Merkel and Macron urge introduction of EU carbon border tax

    30 Jun 2020, 13:41 Expert German-French Office for the Energiewende Office franco-allemand pour la transition énergétique Energiewende Renewables David Reay Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Germany and France have ...
  • 08 Jun 2020 |

    German solar industry files complaint against persisting support cap

    08 Jun 2020, 13:13 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Freja Eriksen Solar Clean Energy Wire Representatives of the German solar industry have lodged a ...
  • 27 Feb 2019 |

    Landmark deal between German utilities clears major hurdles in EU and at home

    27 Feb 2019, 13:33 Rachel Waldholz Utilities Reuters / Handelsblatt The European Commission announced Tuesday that it will not raise antitrust objections to a major part of the deal between German utilities RWE and E.ON, Reuters reports. The approval ...
  • 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 ...
  • We have to give better answers on climate – Merkel

    29 May 2019, 12:09 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics CNN The results of the European elections mean that Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) must give better answers on the climate issue, the German ...
  • 21 Jul 2020 |

    Majority of Germans say climate action a priority despite coronavirus challenge

    21 Jul 2020, 13:41 Expert RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert ZEW- Centre for European Economic ...
  • 18 Apr 2019 |

    How climate became Germany’s new culture war – opinion

    18 Apr 2019, 12:23 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics New York Times For years, Germany has been embroiled in a cultural war over immigration, refugees and diversity, but the environment has also emerged as a deeply polarising issue that the ...
  • 'Potential to implement Paris Agreement'- German reactions to climate aspects of EU deal

    22 Jul 2020, 13:48 After four days of negotiations, the EU member states have agreed on an unprecedented funding package to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and secure the bloc's budget until 2027. The 27 governments greenlighted a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Apr 2020 |

    Corona crisis endangers Siemens Energy spinoff – report

    16 Apr 2020, 13:02 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Sören Amelang Business & Jobs Capital Siemens might have to delay the spin-off of its subsidiary Siemens Energy due to the corona crisis,  reports Bernd Ziesemer in Capital magazine. Officially, ...
  • Offshore wind farms deliver power on 363 days a year

    Offshore wind farms produce electricity more reliably than previously thought, a study by research institute Fraunhofer IWES has shown. Wind turbines in the German North- and Baltic Sea produce power on 363 days a year, while older data from 2013 had seen ...
  • 24 Jun 2020 |

    Negative emissions not part of countries’ and companies’ climate strategies yet – WEC

    24 Jun 2020, 14:20 Expert World Energy Council Germany Weltenergierat Electricity market Fossil fuels Kerstine Appunn Technology EU Clean Energy Wire More and more countries and businesses have set the goal of becoming climate neutral but few of them have ...
  • 29 Apr 2020 |

    Economic coronavirus recovery must be at heart of German EU Council presidency – DIHK

    29 Apr 2020, 13:11 Expert Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag Business & Jobs Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire The economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis must be the ...
  • 23 Jun 2020 |
    EU

    German lobbying culture threatens climate-protection progress during EU presidency – NGOs

    23 Jun 2020, 13:52 David Reay EU Clean Energy Wire A group of non-governmental organisations warns in a report that corporate interests could push for and achieve climate-damaging EU legislation during the country’s upcoming EU Council presidency. ...
  • 05 Aug 2020 |

    Germany's econ min admits climate policy mistakes, says decarbonisation must be made "irreversible"

    05 Aug 2020, 14:14 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government dpa / Weser Kurier The ...
  • 20 Aug 2020 |

    German commuters return to public transport as operators implement health measures

    20 Aug 2020, 13:28 Edgar Meza Clean Energy Wire CLEW Mobility German commuters are slowly returning to public transport following the coronavirus lockdown. The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) said the positive trend is evident in the ...
  • Germany’s CO2 pricing part of 'irreversible' path – SPD chancellor candidate Scholz

    07 Sep 2020, 14:27 Kerstine Appunn Cost & Prices Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germany’s achievements in the field of climate and energy policy mustn’t mean that the country becomes complacent now, Olaf Scholz, finance minister and the ...
  • 03 Aug 2020 |

    Villagers plan constitutional complaint to save homes from German coal industry

    03 Aug 2020, 13:23 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Society dpa / Rheinische Post / Clean Energy Wire A group of villagers living in towns threatened by coal mine expansion in western Germany plan ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    German parliament passes contentious wind turbine distance rule and removes solar cap

    18 Jun 2020, 15:16 Alex Dziadosz Solar Wind Clean Energy Wire / Handelsblatt Germany’s parliament is preparing to pass regulation about the minimum distance of wind turbines and support payments for solar power, resolving two major points of contention ...
  • “Culture of debate as a leading culture”

    The squabbling in the German government over its Climate Action Plan 2050 is a result of the seriousness with which the topic is being treated, writes Bernhard Pötter in a commentary for Deutschlandfunk’s website. “Most other countries come up with some ...
  • 10 Jul 2020 |

    German economic stimulus needs climate impact assessment- govt advisors

    10 Jul 2020, 12:50 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire Germany’s coronavirus crisis economic stimulus package must undergo a climate impact assessment to ensure ...
  • 06 Feb 2020 |

    Siemens cautionary example during economy’s climate transition – opinion

    06 Feb 2020, 12:47 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Julian Wettengel Industry Süddeutsche Zeitung The protest against Siemens’ involvement in the Adani coal mine project in Australia and the company’s handling of the situation is a cautionary example ...
  • 17 Aug 2020 |

    German e-car subsidies weigh on second hand market

    17 Aug 2020, 13:35 Alex Dziadosz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars WirtschaftsWoche Most used electric cars are proving difficult to sell in Germany because increasing subsidies and rapidly improving technology are quickly putting older models out of date and ...
  • 26 Feb 2020 |

    Deutsche Bahn has no plans to bring back night trains despite growing popularity

    26 Feb 2020, 13:50 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Transport Tagesspiegel The German state-owned railway Deutsche Bahn has no plans to bring back sleeper cars despite their potential to provide a climate-friendly alternative to flying, the newspaper ...
  • 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), ...
  • 03 Jul 2020 |

    German new car registrations hit 30-year low though e-car sales rise

    03 Jul 2020, 12:37 Expert VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Edgar Meza Cars Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Background New car registrations in Germany fell 35 percent in the first half of 2020 to 1.21 million cars, reaching ...
  • 08 Apr 2020 |

    Record 151 million passengers on German long-distance trains in 2019

    08 Apr 2020, 12:51 Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt Energiewende Julian Wettengel Transport Clean Energy Wire The number of passengers using long-distance rail services in Germany grew 1.9 percent in 2019 to a record 151 ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

    German transport minister calls for EU-wide road toll for passenger cars

    23 Jul 2020, 13:37 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Cars ARD The German transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has proposed the introduction of a road toll for passenger cars in the whole European Union, public broadcaster ARD reports in its daily news programme ...
  • Germany and California vow to expand cooperation on climate protection

    Germany and California have agreed to ramp up their cooperation and commitment to reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement and limiting the effects of global warming, the California Environmental Protection Agency said in a press release. Germany’s State ...
  • China and Germany reassert close cooperation on climate and energy policy

    The governments of China and Germany have vowed to intensify their joint efforts in global climate diplomacy and in upholding free trade, as well as in the development and rollout of energy transition technologies, the German government says in a press ...
  • 02 Apr 2020 |

    Tesvolt starts production in 'first European gigafactory' for battery storage

    02 Apr 2020, 13:44 Sören Amelang Storage Clean Energy Wire German storage company Tesvolt says it has started production in "Europe's first gigafactory for commercial battery storage systems." The new production line, in the Eastern German ...
  • Germany’s climate credibility depends on successful coal exit - commentary

    At the next UN climate conference in Poland, the German government can credibly call on the international community to put more effort into climate protection only if it successfully manages its own coal exit, write Ottmar Edenhofer and Hans Joachim ...
  • 03 Jun 2020 |

    Pandemic fails to slow Germany's rollout of solar PV- report

    03 Jun 2020, 13:23 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Solar pv magazine The coronavirus crisis ...
  • 02 Jun 2020 |

    Purchase premium scheme for all vehicles would cause rise in CO2 emissions – study

    02 Jun 2020, 13:23 Expert ICCT- International Council on Clean Transportation Transport Expert ifo- Institute for Economic Research Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (ifo) Climate & CO2 Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices David ...
  • Hot and dry weather in German cities strains CO2 absorption rate of trees

    Trees in German cities are stressed by an unusual drought that affects their ability to absorb CO 2 and convert it into oxygen, biologist Michael Blaschke says in an article written by Peter Clement in the Rheinische Post. Many trees in inner cities shed ...
  • “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 ...
  • 25 Feb 2020 |

    Major eastern German lignite mine resumes operation

    25 Feb 2020, 13:47 Rachel Waldholz Coal Energiewende dpa / Focus Online A major eastern German lignite (brown coal) mine is resuming operations this week, six months after work was halted by an environmental lawsuit,  newswire dpa reports in an article ...
  • 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 ...
  • German carmakers agree to bet on e-cars and hybrids, fuel cells not ready – media

    21 Mar 2019, 12:31 Expert VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Sören Amelang Cars Hydrogen Business & Jobs Technology dpa / Focus Online BMW, Daimler and VW have settled a dispute over how to manage the transition to green ...
  • 20 Feb 2020 |

    Most Germans think coal exit will lead to higher electricity prices – survey

    20 Feb 2020, 13:35 Rachel Waldholz Electricity Coal Clean Energy Wire Eighty-five percent of Germans believe the country’s coal exit will lead to significantly higher electricity prices, according to a survey of 500 households conducted by the Bonn-based ...
  • 12 Jun 2020 |

    Most wind turbines' output could be boosted by changing rotational direction- study

    12 Jun 2020, 13:42 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Wind Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel The energy output of most wind turbines around the world could be increased by changing their direction of rotation from clockwise to anti-clockwise, a study ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

    E-mobility could boost Germany's post-pandemic recovery – consultancy

    23 Jul 2020, 13:44 Expert PwC Electricity market Transport Cars Business & Jobs Efficiency Heating Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Clean Energy Wire The increasing demand for electric vehicles in Germany could become an important pillar of the country's ...
  • 07 Sep 2020 |

    Calls grow for state aid to support embattled German car industry

    07 Sep 2020, 13:58 Expert German Economic Institute (IW) Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Cars t-online / Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung / dpa / Clean Energy Wire Labour unions and political parties in ...
  • 22 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "The debate on energy transition costs will intensify"

    22 Dec 2016 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 14 Apr 2020 |

    Carmakers call for state support to boost industry and green mobility after corona

    14 Apr 2020, 14:24 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Transport Cars Expert VW- Volkswagen Transport Cars Freja Eriksen Cars dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung German carmaker BMW has proposed that the German government introduce an " ...
  • 19 Dec 2019 |

    Gas to become energy transition’s 'second pillar' – German energy industry

    19 Dec 2019, 13:19 The use of gas from all sources will become more important as Germany seeks to decarbonise its economy and phase out nuclear power, the new head of Germany's largest energy industry lobby group, BDEW, has said. The Energiewende& ...
  • 20 Dec 2019 |

    Germany's coal exit is a done deal- or is it?

    20 Dec 2019, 16:30 Preview 2020: The fate of coal-fired power production in Germany has been sealed with the agreement of a government-appointed commission to phase-out the fossil fuel no later than 2038. But the proposal so far has not been translated ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    German economy at risk from climate change impacts abroad- study

    15 May 2020, 14:20 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Edgar Meza Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The effects of climate change outside of Europe pose a much larger risk to Germany's ...
  • 09 Jun 2020 |

    Interest in sustainable investments picking up in Germany

    09 Jun 2020, 12:51 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire The volume of financial investments classified as sustainable increased by nearly one quarter in Germany last year, according to the latest figures published by the financial industry ...
  • 05 Jun 2020 |

    German, Austrian and Swiss presidents urge green recovery

    05 Jun 2020, 13:07 Sören Amelang Hydrogen Green stimulus Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The heads of state of Germany, Austria and Switzerland have warned against neglecting climate protection during the pandemic and urged an economic restart with ...
  • 15 May 2020 |
    Gas

    Unravelling the climate footprint of U.S. liquefied natural gas

    15 May 2020, 16:34 The U.S. administration is aggressively promoting the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) to European partners, portraying it both as a supply that would help them diversify away from Russian gas and as a way to reduce greenhouse gas ...
  • 24 Feb 2020 |

    Deutsche Bahn wants to go green but is tied to coal

    24 Feb 2020, 13:42 Rachel Waldholz Coal Transport Zeit Online The state-owned German railway Deutsche Bahn has tried to distinguish its service in recent years as a climate-friendly form of transit, highlighting its reliance on renewable power. But a 2007 ...
  • 03 Sep 2020 |

    German politicians call to halt Nord Stream 2 following Navalny poisoning

    03 Sep 2020, 13:49 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Julian Wettengel Gas Security ...
  • Germany gives energy transition mild push with economic stimulus programme

    04 Jun 2020, 14:06 The German government coalition has decided to reboot Europe's largest economy with a 130 billion euros stimulus package that contains steps to further the country's landmark energy transition. Aside from comprehensive actions ...
  • 22 Feb 2019 |

    New north-south electricity highway takes shape

    22 Feb 2019, 13:23 Kerstine Appunn Grid Clean Energy Wire Grid operators TenneT and TransnetBW have presented their detailed plans for the route of Germany’s large north-south electricity line “SuedLink”, running from windy Schleswig-Holstein down to ...
  • Is the winter really too dark for renewable power?

    Warnings from representatives of Germany’s conventional power industry that the country’s power supply security was in danger during dark and windless periods like in January as more and more conventional plants are becoming uneconomical and are set to ...
  • 19 Feb 2020 |

    Five years after Dieselgate, VW USA wants to be the climate-friendly alternative

    19 Feb 2020, 14:23 Rachel Waldholz Cars Handelsblatt Just a few years after being hit with massive fines for its role in the emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen is hoping to re-brand as the climate-friendly alternative in the American market, Astrid ...
  • 07 May 2020 |

    German econ min says car industry support must keep climate targets in view

    07 May 2020, 13:51 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Green stimulus Bild / Clean ...
  • German state aid for car industry highly probable, decision in June – report

    06 May 2020, 13:36 Sören Amelang Cars Hydrogen Green stimulus Handelsblatt A stimulus package for the German car industry looks highly likely following a conference call between Chancellor Angela Merkel and industry executives, but details will remain ...
  • 23 Jun 2020 |

    Grid operator Amprion opposes German state investing in competitor TenneT

    23 Jun 2020, 13:48 Expert Amprion Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert ...
  • German scientists call for changes in energy policy due to negative power prices

    Scientists of the Technical University of Dresden are calling for a “readjustment” of Germany’s energy policy as power prices are turning negative due to the expansion of renewable energy sources and persisting nuclear and fossil power generation capacity ...
  • 09 Dec 2019 |

    Germany will cancel EU ETS allowances in framework of coal exit – state sec

    09 Dec 2019, 12:55 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Clean Energy Wire / Carbon Pulse ...
  • “Day of truth”

    E.ON fossil-fuel spin-off Uniper’s IPO revealed the difficult situation both companies face in the near future, writes Helmut Bünder in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “The first day of trading became the day of truth. The market ...
  • 28 Feb 2020 |

    February sets German wind power record

    28 Feb 2020, 13:48 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Freja Eriksen Wind Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel ...
  • “A difficult meeting with Trump begins”

    The German government expects difficult negotiations in climate and trade policy with US President Donald Trump at the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy, reports Henrike Roßbach in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “In terms of trade and climate, the communiqué ...
  • 17 May 2019 |

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

    17 May 2019, 13:23 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Policy The German economy and energy ministry (BMWi) has presented its main fields of action for the economic restructuring of coal mining regions amid Germany’s coal exit, which a government-appointed commission ...
  • Researchers doubt Germany's new building energy act is breakthrough for heating transition

    19 Jun 2020, 14:14 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert IKEM- Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and ...
  • 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 Benjamin Wehrmann Agriculture Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited representatives of the country's agricultural sector to a ...
  • Climate-friendly hybrid trains could replace majority of German diesel engines – study

    01 Apr 2020, 15:14 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Transport Technology Sören Amelang Mobility Transport Hydrogen Clean Energy Wire Trains with alternative propulsion systems have a large market potential in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Jul 2020 |

    Government “blackmailed” over coal-power phaseout bill – media reactions

    06 Jul 2020, 12:23 David Reay Coal Spiegel / Süddeutsche Zeitung / DW / NDR Following the German parliament’s vote on Friday in favour of a law ending all coal power production by 2038, the country’s media has been reacting to the controversial bill. As ...
  • Poorer countries’ coal exit puts pressure on Germany to follow suit

    The decision of 48 poorer countries to terminate coal-fired power production has sparked calls for Germany to envisage a speedy coal exit as well, the Rheinische Post newspaper reports. The announcement of the Climate Vulnerable Forum’s countries at the ...
  • “The beginning of the end for the diesel car”

    Environmental NGO DUH, which sues many German cities over excessive air pollution levels, calls the measures agreed in Stuttgart a “Mickey Mouse driving ban” because it only affects certain diesel cars on certain days. “We need driving bans for all ...
  • 12 Jun 2020 |

    Digitalisation boost from pandemic can advance climate protection – analysis

    12 Jun 2020, 13:37 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Mobility Digitalisation Clean Energy Wire The coronavirus pandemic has boosted digitalisation because it forced many people to do without business trips, work remotely and shop online, which offers ...
  • 23 Apr 2020 |

    Mercedes-Benz gives up on fuel cell cars – report

    23 Apr 2020, 13:46 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Transport Cars Expert Daimler AG Transport Cars Business & Jobs Expert VW- Volkswagen Transport Cars Sören Amelang Cars Hydrogen Technology ntv / electrek Daimler subsidiary ...
  • 24 Mar 2020 |

    German wind power industry welcomes deadline extensions as corona impact sets in

    24 Mar 2020, 14:34 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Technology Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

    Power lines for trucks could save a fifth of German road freight emissions – study

    23 Mar 2020, 14:06 Expert ifeu- Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Climate & CO2 Renewables Transport Freja Eriksen Cars Freight Clean Energy Wire A 3,200-kilometre network of overhead power lines (catenary) for hybrid trucks would cut ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

    Sector coupling projects threatened by regulatory strains – Bundesrat committee

    23 Mar 2020, 14:01 Expert IKEM- Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität Climate & CO2 Renewables Transport Freja Eriksen Renewables Policy Clean Energy Wire Up to 100 projects in the field ...
  • 29 Jan 2020 |

    VW set to pay €4.5 bln in EU fines for excessive emissions – consultancy

    29 Jan 2020, 14:23 Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire Volkswagen, the world's largest carmaker, will significantly exceed EU fleet emission limits in 2021 regardless of its ambitious push into e-mobility, resulting in fines of around 4.5 billion ...
  • "We know that we need very deep cuts in global emissions"- Merkel

    08 Jun 2015 G7 leaders made a commitment to limit global warming to 2 degrees at their meeting in southern Germany. In order to achieve this goal, the group of seven industrialised countries said they would push for a decarbonisation of the global economy ...
  • Merkel backs national CO2 price, cites Greta-effect on policy

    19 Jul 2019, 14:04 Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed the introduction of price on CO2 emissions as part of a package to reach the country’s 2030 climate targets. In her annual mid-year press conference, Merkel said experts had made a convincing case for ...
  • 23 Jun 2020 |

    EU climate plans near top of Germany’s "coronavirus presidency"

    23 Jun 2020, 15:13 Tough talks on how to make the European Union climate neutral by 2050 are a major challenge for Germany’s 6-month EU Council presidency in the second half of 2020. The negotiations for a European economic recovery programme will be a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Jul 2020 |

    Deutsche Bahn buys new trains for 1 billion euros but Germany still trails neighbours in investments

    16 Jul 2020, 13:44 Expert Deutsche Bahn German railway operator Transport Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Clean Energy Wire Germany's railway service Deutsche Bahn has  inked an order  worth one billion euros for new ICE high speed ...
  • Who is to blame for slow e-car sales?

    Slow sales of e-cars are caused by a lack of demand, not supply, VW CEO Matthias Müller told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in an interview. “On the one hand, many Germans think and act green in their day-to-day lives, but when it comes to e ...
  • 15 Apr 2020 |

    Oil industry lobbies German government to boost synthetic fuels amid corona crisis

    15 Apr 2020, 15:23 Benjamin Wehrmann Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire The German Petroleum Industry Association (MWV) has urged the government to ramp up the use of synthetic fuels in the mobility sector during the "economic restart" that will ...
  • 10 Feb 2020 |

    Tesla to receive state aid only if research and development 'takes place in Germany'

    10 Feb 2020, 13:33 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Welt am Sonntag The German state might grant support payments to US carmaker Tesla only if the e-car producer makes sure that "research and development as well as value creation take place in Germany", ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Feb 2020 |

    “German energy policy is a problem child” – Bavaria’s state premier

    07 Feb 2020, 12:58 Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Julian Wettengel Energiewende WirtschaftsWoche Germany needs to revamp its energy policy to avoid issues with supply security and ...
  • 07 Feb 2020 |

    New Opel Gigafactory in Germany to be largest battery cell producer in Europe

    07 Feb 2020, 12:55 Julian Wettengel Cars Clean Energy Wire German carmaker Opel, a subsidiary of French PSA, plans to manufacture enough battery cells for half a million e-cars annually in a new factory in western German Kaiserslautern from 2024. Opel ...
  • 25 Sep 2019 |

    New IPCC ocean report triggers fresh criticism of German climate package

    25 Sep 2019, 13:57 Expert Oxfam Germany Climate & CO2 COP21 Expert WWF Germany World Wide Fund For Nature Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire German environmental NGOs have used the publication of the ...
  • 02 Jan 2019 |

    First city-wide, all-year diesel driving ban takes effect in Stuttgart, home of Daimler and Porsche

    02 Jan 2019, 13:23 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars SWR Germany’s first extensive all-year driving ban for older diesel vehicles has taken effect in Stuttgart, the hometown of carmakers Daimler and Porsche. Public broadcaster SWR reports that ...
  • Climate finance among topics of growth-focused G20 in China – official

    The leaders of the leading industrialised and emerging economies will discuss ways to funnel capital into financing climate measures at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 4 and 5, a German government official said on Tuesday. The Chinese ...
  • 07 Sep 2020 |

    Merkel does not rule out impact of Navalny poisoning on Nord Stream 2

    07 Sep 2020, 13:55 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert Left Party Die Linke EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Gas ...
  • 24 Nov 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: We must err on the side of caution

    24 Nov 2015 The final negotiations for a global climate treaty in Paris are just days away. What is the German perspective on an international climate agreement and what has the energy transition (Energiewende) got to do with it? The Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 28 Nov 2019 |

    Germany's emergency services start fuel cell programme as backup system

    28 Nov 2019, 13:40 Benjamin Wehrmann Storage Cars Hundreds of radio masts in several German states will be equipped with fuel cell technology to serve as a  backup system for emergency services  in case of a power blackout, the industry association Clean ...
  • Reactions to EU's Green Deal from Germany

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

    Yet again, no onshore wind bids in fourth joint renewables auction, solar wins

    25 Nov 2019, 12:33 Julian Wettengel Solar Wind Clean Energy Wire Solar power projects  again  secured the entire volume of capacity available in the fourth joint auction for new solar and onshore wind, as no onshore bids were submitted, the German Federal ...
  • 22 May 2020 |

    Energy-intensive industry warns against additional burdens from short-term coronavirus recovery measures

    22 May 2020, 14:11 Expert VCI- German Chemicals Industry Association Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire / Die Welt Energy-intensive industry groups short ...
  • Govt says climate refugees cannot claim asylum in Germany despite UN ruling

    23 Jan 2020, 13:29 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire / Deutsche Welle The German government has expressed disagreement with a  ruling  by the United Nations Human Rights Committee, which states that countries may not deport ...
  • 21 Dec 2018 |

    Germany aims to put climate into focus at UN Security Council

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

    German conservatives elect Merkel-confidante as new party leader

    07 Dec 2018, 19:29 Germany's conservative Christian Democrats elected general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel at the helm of the party. The election of Merkel's close ally and former premier in the ...
  • 19 May 2020 |

    Industry associations release 4-point plan to green Germany's municipal heating

    19 May 2020, 14:23 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Citizens' ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

    German Fridays for Futures leader warns against protests during corona crisis

    23 Mar 2020, 14:03 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Süddeutsche Zeitung The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Germany and the rest of Europe means that the weekly Fridays for Future (FfF) protests for greater climate action need to be ...
  • 'We can accomplish this'- Fridays for Future pin hopes on EU elections

    22 May 2019, 16:37 Ahead of the European Elections from the 23rd – 26th of May, organisers of the German Fridays for Futures see the election as a last chance to put climate at the top of the European Parliament’s agenda. “This election will have a ...
  • 25 Jun 2020 |

    German EU Council presidency programme “much too vague” on climate – Germanwatch

    25 Jun 2020, 13:24 Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Hydrogen EU Clean Energy Wire The German government cabinet has approved the programme for its EU Council presidency one week before the start of its six-month tenure next week (1 ...
  • 01 Apr 2020 |

    Germany marks first ever quarter with more than 50 pct renewable electricity

    01 Apr 2020, 15:11 Germany produced more than half of its electricity with renewable power in the first three months of 2020, the first full quarter in which renewables covered the majority of the country’s electricity needs. The numbers were driven by ...
  • 20 Dec 2019 |

    Germany's 2030 target of 65 percent renewables officially adopted in grid planning

    20 Dec 2019, 14:27 Freja Eriksen Grid Clean Energy Wire The first grid development plan (NEP) based on Germany's target of 65 percent renewables in gross power consumption and planned coal exit has been approved by the German Federal Network Agency ...
  • 11 Jan 2017 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "High pressure to decarbonise heating sector"

    11 Jan 2017 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 09 Nov 2015

    Searching for blame in nuclear decision / Boiler efficiency

    09 Nov 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Grid fees push up power price” An internal analysis by the federal grid agency reveals that the systemic costs of the Energiewende will push up grid fees, ...
  • 03 Jan 2017 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "Prosperity and decarbonisation not mutually exclusive"

    03 Jan 2017 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 22 Oct 2020 |
    EU

    What’s next in Europe? – Timeline of European climate and energy policy

    22 Oct 2020, 09:05 Journalists! Mark your calendars – or rather let us do it for you. Europe is complicated and even journalists from EU member states sometimes struggle to understand how climate and energy policy is made, and when institutions take key ...
  • COP23- See the energy transition in Germany's industrial centre

    30 Oct 2017 Germany’s coal mining state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) hosts the United Nations’ COP23 climate summit in Bonn. The epicentre of Germany’s industrialisation, this region is responsible for almost one percent of global CO2 emissions, and is ...
  • The story of "Climate Chancellor" Angela Merkel

    09 Jul 2020, 14:00 German leader Angela Merkel has been nicknamed "Climate Chancellor" for her long-standing international engagement for emissions cuts. Many wonder if Merkel can still live up to that reputation in her fourth term as chancellor ...
  • What's new in Germany's Renewable Energy Act 2021

    23 Sep 2020, 15:59 Germany's landmark Renewable Energy Act- credited with making solar and wind power two of the most important electricity sources in the country- is undergoing another reform. Renewables shall grow faster, become cheaper and more ...
  • 12 Dec 2015 |

    Paris climate deal – does Germany get what it hoped for?

    12 Dec 2015 196 parties of the UNFCCC have adopted the new Paris Agreement on climate change / Transparency and the ambition mechanisms that Germany most wanted to get are in the text, but the strong long-term target had to give a little COP21 Kerstine ...
  • 12 Dec 2017 |

    Climate finance: A brief overview of Germany’s contributions

    12 Dec 2017 This factsheet provides information on how much the German government contributes to climate funding – the financial support of projects aimed at mitigating climate change and helping vulnerable countries adapt to its effects. Finance Kerstine ...
  • 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, ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    A (very) brief timeline of Germany's Energiewende

    15 May 2020 In 2014, the Green Party's Julia Verlinden asked the federal government for its definition of a starting date for the "Energiewende". In his reply, parliamentary state secretary in the economy ministry Uwe Beckmeyer argued that ...
  • The causes and effects of negative power prices

    05 Jan 2018 When power prices on the electricity exchange fall below zero, power suppliers have to pay their wholesale customers to buy electric energy. The phenomenon is on the rise in Germany with an increasing number of renewable sources feeding into ...
  • 15 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Media on Germany and the Paris Climate Summit

    15 Dec 2015 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 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Süddeutsche ...
  • 12 Jul 2016 |

    Germany’s renewable generation peaks remain shrouded in data fog

    12 Jul 2016 Germany’s renewable power generation is on the rise and may soon exceed the country’s total power consumption for short time spans for the first time. But this milestone in the energy transition will be hard to pinpoint and verify because of ...
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  • Cross-border grants go to the Himalayas, the Arctic and Eastern Europe

    27 Nov 2017, 15:40 Nabeelah Shabbir Bioenergy Climate & CO2 Wind Cars COP23 From primeval Polish forests to the Arctic, via electric car plants near the Himalayas- the inaugural energy transition story grants awarded by Clean Energy Wire guarantee a ...
  • Three questions to Claire Stam, CLEW ambassador for France

    08 Nov 2019, 15:00 Martha Otwinowski Claire Stam Climate & CO2 Nuclear phase-out Renewables Finance International Claire Stam is in charge of the German edition of Brussels-based Euractiv. Her area of focus includes the clean energy transition, ...
  • Key take-aways from 1st Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference

    22 Dec 2017, 14:00 Sven Egenter Martha Otwinowski Nabeelah Shabbir Climate & CO2 International COP23 "Don't annoy a journalist if you don't have a good story," said Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament from the Group of ...
  • Finalists selected: Three teams to receive CLEW grant

    10 Oct 2017, 15:31 Martha Otwinowski Bioenergy Climate & CO2 Renewables Wind Cars The first call for applications for the Clean Energy Wire cross-border energy transition grant attracted significant interest from around the world. Story ideas came ...
  • Wind farm projects in the Arctic- an international story

    30 Sep 2018, 17:17 Rose-Anne Clermont Martha Otwinowski Wind Business International Dare to cross borders, cooperate across traditional beats, use innovative story-telling and most of all: collaborate! Three journalists from Norway and Russia accepted the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Nov 2018 |

    COP24 – Energy and climate policy experts in Poland

    30 Nov 2018, 15:56 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 COP24 Clean Energy Wire CLEW has compiled a list of Polish contacts for journalists reporting on the UN Climate Conference in Katowice in December. Clean Energy Wire's mission is to make life ...
  • Stay updated on online journalism and energy events

    29 Oct 2020, 16:00 Milou Dirkx Energiewende International The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting daily life and work across the globe. An important consequence is that many events that were supposed to take place in the upcoming months are either cancelled or ...
  • 23 Aug 2019 |

    Three questions to Angelina Davydova, CLEW Ambassador for Russia and Central Asia

    23 Aug 2019, 10:20 Angelina Davydova Martha Otwinowski Policy International Angelina Davydova is a freelance journalist who regularly covers climate change, environmental/climate policy at the international and Russian level, the circular economy and ...
  • 18 Mar 2020 |
    Gas

    Follow the news and be ready to improvise – reporting in the time of coronavirus

    18 Mar 2020, 11:11 Julian Wettengel Gas The coronavirus is bringing public life in many countries to a halt, with potentially severe consequences for medical systems and other critical areas. And it's affecting reporters and reporting, too. Clean ...
  • 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 ...
  • Martha’s assignment- Or what makes for a successful media research tour on the Energiewende

    29 Nov 2019, 15:55 Carel Mohn Grid Energiewende International Upon his return from CLEW's most recent the research tour: ' Get the grid working- how Europe's climate goals depend on a modern power network ', our head of media ...
  • 10 Jul 2020 |

    Hitting a moving target: How Covid-19 turned geopolitics and reporting on the EU and China upside down

    10 Jul 2020, 10:00 Rachel Waldholz International Reporter Rachel Waldholz set out to explore how two of the world's biggest players – the EU and China – might team up to drive global climate action. But as the coronavirus crisis exploded across the ...
  • Vattenfall

    Vattenfall, owned by the Swedish state, is one of Germany's biggest energy providers. www.vattenfall.de Sandra Kühberger, Head of Media Relations & Content Germany +49 30 81 82 23 23 sandra.kuehberger@vattenfall.de Stefan Müller, Director Media ...
  • 19 Mar 2017 |

    CLEW Journalism Network Workshop

    19- 23 Mar 2017 Berlin THE CLEW JOURNALISM NETWORK WORKSHOP- The challenges of global reporting on energy and climate policy- A special programme for CLEW alumni in parallel with the 3rd Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Workshop CLEW media study tour ...
  • CANCELLED: CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day

    22- 23 Mar 2020 Berlin The Clean Energy Wire has decided to cancel the conference following the German government's decision to cancel the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue conference planned for 24/25 March "due to the increasing proliferation ...
  • 07 Oct 2018 |

    Poland ahead of COP24

    07- 10 Oct 2018 Warsaw Update: CLEW has compiled a list of contacts for journalists ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice (COP24). Against the backdrop of the upcoming COP24 climate conference in Poland, the Clean Energy Wire is inviting ...
  • The Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference 2019 #GETJO19

    07- 08 Apr 2019 Berlin BUSINESS JOURNALISM IN TRANSITION SIGN UP UNTIL 25 March: The story of the energy transition cuts across borders and beats. One major angle is how businesses and business models are transforming in response to the climate crisis. ...
  • The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready? #GETJO17

    10- 11 Nov 2017 Bonn The energy transition has become one of the defining global stories of our time. It demands an international perspective as well as cross-border research and cooperation. Against the backdrop of the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, ...
  • 10 Nov 2017 |

    Programme: The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready?

    10- 11 Nov 2017 Brühl A conference for journalists, journalism funders, and journalism networks Conference Friday, 10 November 2017 09.00     Conference registration desks open   Location: H+ Hotel Köln Brühl, Römerstraße 1, 50321 Brühl (approx. 45 mins ...
  • Berlin Clean Energy Wire Press Briefing: Poland ahead of COP24

    13 Sep 2018 Berlin In the lead-up to the upcoming COP24 climate change conference in Poland, the Clean Energy Wire is inviting Germany-based journalists to a media briefing on Polish energy and climate policy on 13 September 2018. Energy analysts and ...
  • Investors, troublemakers: Citizens & local powers of the Energiewende

    22- 24 Apr 2018 Mainz SIGN-UP CLOSED NOW. We are inviting international journalists to join us on a three-day study tour. We will talk to leading energy experts, local mayors, representatives of energy cooperatives, protesters and policymakers and ask: Is ...
  • CANCELLED: Programme: CLEW Energy Transition Journalism Day

    22 Mar 2020 Berlin The Clean Energy Wire has decided to cancel the conference following the German government's decision to cancel the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue conference planned for 24/25 March "due to the increasing proliferation of ...
  • Is Germany the laboratory for the energy transformation of the 21st century?

    14- 16 Mar 2016 Berlin Is Germany on the right track to reinvent its energy system? The three-day workshop will allow participants to take a deep-dive into Germany's ambitious Energiewende. The programme is designed to meet the special interests of ...
  • Science and Technology Park Euro-Centrum (PL): A hotspot for developing renewables-based business models

    Technology park with renewable energy laboratories. Further reading: CLEW research tour:  Poland ahead of COP24: Media study tour and German-Polish Media Programme focuses on role of coal in the energy system Date of publication: October 2018 Poland ...
  • Impact Clean Power Technology SA (PL): Battery solutions for the car industry

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

    The institute is a research centre for technologies that reduce the climate impact of using coal in the energy sector and other industries, such as steel or chemicals. The institute is funded by the Polish government as well as public or industry-funded ...
  • Wodny Park Tychy (PL)

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

    Spain International COP21 COP23 COP24 G20 Spanish Judit covers environmental, climate and energy transition topics for Deutsche Welle Español as well as Planeta Futuro. Find her online via her LinkedIn profile. ...
  • Stam

    France Climate & CO2 Renewables Finance COP21 COP23 COP24 French Claire Stam is CLEW ambassador for France. As a journalist, she works at the Brussels-based Euractiv, and as such, Claire is also able to advise about the EU-level. She covers climate ...
  • CLEW Calendar- Energy Policy and Energiewende Events

    Upcoming events July- December: German EU Council presidency. 26 October: Press conference on adapting the power market design, by BEE, ONLINE. 26 October: Public hearing in Bundestag on Germany's hydrogen strategy, ONLINE. 26 October: Virtual ...
  • Kaminski

    United Kingdom Climate & CO2 Cars Politics Society Government COP25 British Isabella Kaminski is a freelance journalist whose work is mostly published in ENDS, Independent, Desmog, Guardian, Climate Home and Architects Journal. She covers the climate ...
  • Pérez Martínez

    Spain Climate & CO2 Renewables Mobility COP24 Spanish Luisa works for Radio Nacional de España. She reports from COPs and covers IPCC reports, biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation among other topics. ...
  • Perzyński

    Poland Climate & CO2 Gas Renewables Society COP24 Polish Michał reports on climate issues for BiznesAlert.pl ...
  • Palacios

    Spain Bioenergy Climate & CO2 Renewables Transport COP25 Spanish César-Javier Palacios is a columnist and a blogger, writing about the environment for the national newspaper 20Minutos. His blog is called 'La Crónica Verde'. His personal ...
  • Jadoon

    Pakistan Bioenergy Fossil fuels Renewables Agriculture COP24 Pakistani Amir is a TV journalist. He works for the national network of Pakistan Television Corporation. ...
  • Mulongo

    France International COP24 Congolese Freddy is a Congolese journalist based in Paris. He is founder of the Kinshasa-based radio station Réveil FM International. His work is also published on Mediapart.fr. You can connect with him online via LinkedIn. ...
  • Paramonova

    Russia Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Renewables Transport COP24 Russian ...
  • Piszczatowska

    Poland Fossil fuels Gas Renewables Cost & Prices COP24 Polish ...
  • Tan

    Malaysia Nuclear phase-out Business Cities Elections & Politics COP21 Malaysian ...
  • Gurbuz

    Turkey Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Renewables Energiewende Cost & Prices Efficiency COP24 Turkish Özgür is a freelance journalist and communication expert. He is published in: BirGün Daily, Magma magazine, Digital Age, Ad Hoc. You can ...
  • Goret

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

    France Electricity Climate & CO2 Renewables Energiewende COP24 French Valéry is staff writer at Journal de l'Environnement. ...
  • Dobrovidova

    Russia Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Renewables Technology Agriculture COP24 Russian Olga's work appears in DeSmog UK as well as N+1. ...
  • Timperley

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

    Nepal Climate & CO2 Electricity market Transport Cars Cities COP24 Nepalese Abhaya's work is published by Online Khabar as well as the Third Pole. ...
  • Savenkov

    Russia Climate & CO2 Gas Renewables Business COP24 Russian As a journalist, Andrei writes for Sputnik News Service as well as Top Flight Magazine. You can find him on Facebook. ...
  • Wyns

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

    India Climate & CO2 Renewables Cities Agriculture COP24 Indian Karthikeyan is a freelance journalist. He is published in The Times of India, The Wire, and Mongabay India among others. Find him online via Facebook, LinkedIn, or his website.  ...
  • Koop

    Argentina Fossil fuels Transport Utilities Cities Agriculture COP24 G20 Argentinean Fermin is a journalist and co-founder of Dialogo Chino. As a freelancer, he writes for Buenos Aires Times, Cronista, and Aconcagua. ...
  • Banos Ruiz

    Germany Bioenergy Fossil fuels Society International COP24 Spanish Irene is a Cologne-based journalist from Spain. Her work appears in Deutsche Welle and Renewable Matter. You can find her online via LinkedIn here. ...
  • Wettengel

    Germany Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Elections & Politics International COP24 G20 German Julian is staff correspondent at Clean Energy Wire CLEW. You can connect with him via LinkedIn. ...
  • Nikolovska Rumenova

    North Macedonia Coal Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Renewables Cities COP24 Macedonian Elena is a freelance journalist as well as an environmental activist. She writes for radiomof.mk as well as Global Voices, and runs the site ecological view. ...
  • Guriro

    Pakistan Citizens' energy Solar Society COP24 Pakistani Amar's work is published in Daily Times, Geo News, Dawn, Newsweek, Newsline. He also writes on climate change, disaster, environment, climate migration, sea level rise, as well as urban ...
  • Gulati

    India Electricity Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Gas Grid Renewables Politics COP24 Indian Vishal is a journalist at IANS news agency. He covers biodiversity, climate change and the links between environment & development. Find ...
  • Ferraris

    Italy Bioenergy Citizens' energy Cities Agriculture COP24 Italian Sergio is a freelance science and environmental journalist as well as an editor. He is Editor in Chief of Qualenergia, and his work is also published in La Stampa, Materia Rinnovabile, ...
  • Ehlerding

    Germany Climate & CO2 Renewables Efficiency Policy International COP24 German Susanne Ehlerding works as an editor with Tagesspiegel Background Energie & Klima in Berlin. Susanne covers renewable energies and related issues, like retrofitting of ...
  • Sarkar

    India Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Renewables COP24 Indian Soumya is CLEW ambassador for India, based in New Delhi. He is managing editor of India Climate Dialogue, a leading portal on environment and climate change. Soumya also writes a column for the ...
  • Opaluwah

    Nigeria Climate & CO2 Renewables COP24 Nigerian Atâyi-Babs is CLEW ambassador for Nigeria and West Africa. As a journalist, he helped establish the Hausa Service of Radio France Internationale (RFI) and implemented the station’s start-up media ...
  • Cai

    China Fossil fuels Grid Renewables Wind Cost & Prices Finance Technology COP24 Chinese Based in China, Yixuan (Catherine) Cai, staff writer for the Energy Observer Magazine ((南方能源观察), covers the intersection of energy transition, electricity markets, ...
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