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  • 12 Oct 2016 |

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

    The Energiewende and German carmakers 12 Oct 2016 In Germany, the birthplace of the automobile, three iconic carmakers, BMW, Daimler, and VW, are facing the greatest challenge in their history: The mobility revolution to create a green transport future. ...
  • 11 Sep 2019 |

    Europe's largest auto show pits climate protests against carmakers

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

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

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

    The energy transition in Germany's capital 18 Jan 2019, 12:00 Berlin’s city government has set new climate targets – some even more ambitious than Germany’s national policy. As the seat of federal government, and with its outsized international ...
  • 30 Sep 2016 |

    Bioenergy- the troubled pillar of the Energiewende

    Biogas in Germany's energy transition 30 Sep 2016 Following the introduction of feed-in tariffs for renewables in 2000, bioenergy plants sprang up like daisies across the country, providing a climate friendly source for power that’s independent of ...
  • 06 Aug 2018 |

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

    Cargo transport and the energy transition 06 Aug 2018, 11:00 The Dieselgate scandal has put passenger car emissions in the public spotlight in Germany, but an even bigger road polluter – freight transport – remains a sideshow. Transporting goods by road, ...
  • 09 Mar 2016 |

    Car giant Germany struggles to ignite Energiewende in transportation

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

    Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition

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

    The new German government and the energy transition

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

    Industry bets on gas as last trump card in Energiewende

    The role of gas in Germany's energy transition 25 Jun 2018, 15:05 Does the energy transition seal the fate of natural gas in Germany? Europe's biggest economy will have to virtually phase out all fossil fuels to fully decarbonise by 2050. But ...
  • German industry embraces Energiewende transformation challenge

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

    Vote2017- German elections and the Energiewende

    Energy and climate policy in Germany's election 16 Oct 2017 Germans have cast their vote for a new federal parliament. Incurring heavy losses, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance once again prevailed as the country's ...
  • 01 Jul 2015 |

    Technology to transform the energy sector- made in Germany

    New technologies for the Energiewende 01 Jul 2015 Germany’s energy transition anticipates a vastly more efficient and interconnected energy system in the future. It also poses huge technological challenges – and challenges for legislation and business ...
  • Green pioneer Germany struggles to make climate protection a reality

    The energy transition and climate change 16 Dec 2016 As the home country of the Energiewende, Germany is considered a pioneer in the fight against man-made climate change. But despite a spectacular rise in power generation from renewables, the country’s ...
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  • 28 Oct 2019 |

    Daimler unveils plan to get rid of diesel engines in commercial vehicles by 2039

    28 Oct 2019, 13:50 Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire Carmaker Daimler plans to end the use of diesel engines in heavy duty ...
  • 25 Oct 2019 |

    Supplier Bosch cuts jobs as diesel, petrol car demand dwindles

    25 Oct 2019, 14:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Cars Business & Jobs dpa / tagesschau.de German car part supplier Bosch will cut around 2,600 jobs in the coming years because the demand for diesel and petrol cars ...
  • 12 Sep 2019 |

    Germany's environment agency says emissions of new diesel cars still too high

    12 Sep 2019, 14:11 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cars Clean Energy Wire Nitrogen oxide (NOx) ...
  • 24 Jul 2019 |

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

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

    Economists call for city-toll instead of diesel driving bans in Germany

    20 May 2019, 13:30 Expert RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Utilities Cost & Prices Electricity market Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • 17 Apr 2019 |

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

    17 Apr 2019, 13:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Transport Clean Energy Wire The highest administrative court of the state of Baden-Württemberg has ruled that state governments must retain diesel driving bans in ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    “How the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions”

    22 Mar 2019, 13:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities The Guardian In a long article, British newspaper The Guardian explores the history of the dieselgate scandal, which involved most German carmakers. ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

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

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

    EU concessions mean some German cities may avoid diesel bans

    14 Feb 2019, 14:15 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal Diesel driving bans in Germany – The Q&A Tagesspiegel ...
  • 13 Feb 2019 |

    Diesel making a comeback in Germany – report

    13 Feb 2019, 13:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages r.waldholz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal Working paper by Germany’s clean mobility commission sparks ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    German city of Kiel tests nitrogen oxide removal device to avoid diesel bans

    11 Jan 2019, 13:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Kieler Nachrichten The northern German city of Kiel is about to test an extraction system that removes nitrogen oxide (NOx) from the ...
  • 30 Jan 2019 |

    VW’s private customers order more diesel vehicles in 2018

    30 Jan 2019, 13:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Germany’s diesel crisis causes staff layoffs at Bosch

    08 Jan 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution The task force in ...
  • 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 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Diesel driving bans in Germany – The Q&A SWR Germany’s first extensive all-year driving ban for older diesel vehicles has taken effect in ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    CDU ponders how to rein in NGO pushing for diesel driving bans in Germany

    18 Dec 2018, 13:21 DUH- Environmental Action Germany Climate & CO2 Society Read more about DUH- Environmental Action Germany Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Politics Diesel driving bans in ...
  • NGO triggering diesel bans now eyes speed limit on German Autobahn

    19 Dec 2018, 14:19 Diesel driving bans in numerous German cities are a major blow to many car drivers, the country’s carmakers, and its leading politicians. Now, the NGO that set the ball rolling on the bans is eyeing legal steps to end the world-famous ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    EU Court ruling allowing new diesel bans “next round in witch hunt on drivers” – commentary

    14 Dec 2018, 14:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The ruling by the European Court of Justice allowing cities to ban a new generation of “cleaner” diesel ...
  • 06 Dec 2018 |

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

    06 Dec 2018, 14:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars German Association of the Automotive Industry The German carmaker association VDA says the share of diesel cars has to rise ...
  • 03 Dec 2018 |

    Germany tops up clean air programme with one billion euros to prevent diesel bans

    03 Dec 2018, 14:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Government Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German government has vowed to provide an additional one billion euros to the ...
  • Germany’s diesel strategy pointless from a climate perspective

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

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

    04 Oct 2018, 17:11 Germany’s government has decided to reduce emissions from diesel cars in polluted cities by swapping old models for new ones and retrofitting some older cars. Transport minister Andreas Scheuer and environment minister Svenja Schulze ...
  • More measures like controversial diesel price increase in France are needed – opinion

    The French government’s decision to increase the price of diesel fuel has sparked heavy protests across the entire country, but more such “unreasonable demands” are necessary in France and elsewhere if Europe wants to succeed in drastically reducing its ...
  • Court orders first diesel driving ban on German Autobahn

    A court in the western German city of Gelsenkirchen has ordered the first driving ban for older diesel cars on an Autobahn, the German highway famous for its long sections without speed limits. The court ruled that the city of Essen in federal state North ...
  • New law to avoid diesel driving bans passed by cabinet

    Germany’s government cabinet has decided on an amendment of the federal imissions law to prevent diesel driving bans in cities where nitrogen oxide limits are exceeded by 25 percent (50 micrograms NO 2 per cubic meter air instead of 40 micrograms). Under ...
  • German railway company DB retrofits trains to curb diesel consumption

    The German railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB) has unveiled plans to save up to twelve million litres of diesel fuel per year by modernising its locomotives with digital technology, Handelsblatt reports. DB says it wants to save up to 30,000 tonnes of CO2 ...
  • Diesel ban-threatened Frankfurt learns from Shanghai’s transport concepts

    A delegation of officials from Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt has visited Shanghai to learn how the Chinese metropolis with 24 million inhabitants and 6 million daily commuters manages its immense transport volumes, Sandra Busch writes in the ...
  • Court orders diesel bans in Cologne and Bonn

    In a further setback for government efforts to get the diesel crisis under control, the regional administrative court in Western German city Cologne has ordered city authorities in Cologne and in neighbouring Bonn to introduce driving bans for older ...
  • Association of German Towns and Municipalities says diesel bans will worsen air pollution problem

    Banning older diesel cars from inner cities will only worsen the air pollution problem and carbon emissions in the long run and should therefore be avoided as much as possible, Gerd Landsberg, head of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities ...
  • Europe’s diesel boom didn’t help the climate – study

    The rapid spread of diesel engines in Europe over the past two decades thanks to subsidies has not lowered CO 2 emissions, according to a study by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Trier University, and the International Council on ...
  • Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority advises diesel owners to buy newer models

    The German Federal Motor Transport Agency (KBA) has sent 1.5 million letters to owners of old diesel cars in heavily polluted regions, advising them to exchange the vehicles for newer diesel models, reports Christian Frahm on Spiegel Online in an article ...
  • Confusion about diesel deals might hasten end of technology

    The confusion about discounts make it highly unlikely that German diesel drivers will swap their vehicle against a newer model, write Andreas Macho, Martin Seiwert and Volker ter Haseborg in an article for business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. While company ...
  • Transport minister to meet carmakers on diesel hardware retrofits

    German transport minister Andreas Scheuer will meet the country’s carmakers at the end of next week to thrash out a deal on who pays for hardware retrofits to lower nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel cars, industry sources told German newswire dpa. ...
  • Germans unsatisfied with government handling of diesel crisis – survey

    A large majority of Germans is not satisfied with the way the federal government aims to prevent diesel driving bans in inner cities, according to a survey by online pollster YouGov, commissioned by news agency dpa. About two-thirds of respondents said ...
  • Government’s diesel concept uses outdated data – media report

    The German government’s recently decided concept to avoid diesel driving bans in German inner cities is based on outdated data, reports Martin Gropp for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The grand coalition decided to introduce special measures in Germany’s ...
  • Merkel’s proposal to prevent diesel driving bans “cheap argument and attempt to please voters” ahead of state election - opinion

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s proposal to change the law to prevent diesel driving bans in several German cities is a “cheap argument and an all-too transparent attempt to please voters ahead of the state elections in Hesse” this Sunday, writes Lutz Reiche ...
  • Merkel aims to change law to prevent diesel driving bans

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning for her party ahead of the regional elections in the federal state of Hesse, said her government aims to amend existing legislation to prevent diesel driving bans in cities where nitrogen oxide limits are only ...
  • Germany’s dirty diesel cars dumped to Poland as driving bans proliferate

    Many diesel cars affected by the looming driving bans in Germany for having too high exhaust emissions are being exported to eastern Europe and especially to Poland, where anti-pollution policies still are less severe, the NGO Transport & Environment ...
  • Environmentalist transport NGO welcomes back diesel in eco-friendly car ranking

    The German transport NGO Transport Club Germany (VCD) has been one of the most vocal critics of German car companies in the ongoing dieselgate emissions fraud scandal, but now it has re-included diesel vehicles in its ranking of eco-friendly cars. New ...
  • German prosecutors fine Audi 800 million euros for diesel violations

    German premium car brand Audi, a division of Volkswagen, said it was fined 800 million euros for violations tied to heavily polluting six and eight-cylinder diesel engines, reports Edward Taylor for Reuters. Audi accepts the fine and will not lodge an ...
  • German transport minister uses Opel recall to show he’s in control of diesel scandal – opinion

    Germany’s transport minister Andreas Scheuer uses the Opel recall “to show the car industry in a high-publicity event who’s in charge of the emissions scandal – the state,” writes Nils-Viktor Sorge for Spiegel Online. “The government is under constant ...
  • Court orders diesel driving bans in parts of Berlin

    The Berlin administrative court has ordered Germany’s capital to introduce driving bans for diesel vehicles on parts of eight roads suffering from exceedingly high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO 2) pollution, reports the public broadcaster rbb24 in two ...
  • Government’s diesel deal collapses within a week - opinion

    Key elements of the German government’s diesel deal have become “practically worthless” within a week, writes Nils-Viktor Sorge in a “chronology of failure” on Spiegel Online. Many carmakers continue to reject hardware retrofits, while trade-in incentives ...
  • To protect climate, we will need diesel cars even in ten years – VW CEO

    Unless Germany quickly phases out coal-fired power generation, diesel cars will continue to be better for the climate than e-cars, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told the Süddeutsche Zeitung in an interview. For this reason, Germany will need diesel cars ...
  • Around 100,000 Opel cars to be recalled in diesel probe

    Germany’s transport ministry said it would order roughly 100,000 Opel vehicles to be recalled as part of an emissions probe, after prosecutors searched the carmaker’s offices earlier, report Hans Seidenstuecker and Irene Preisinger for Reuters. German ...
  • Diesel deal is a “rotten compromise” – opinion

    The government’s diesel deal will not tame the anger of diesel drivers because only one in 10 are likely to be offered incentives to trade in their old car against a more recent model, writes Holger Steltzner in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...
  • Carmakers should stop producing the diesel “self-deception machine” – opinion

    Car drivers, politicians and the car industry itself all fell for the diesel engine’s supposed fuel efficiency but were deceived, because making them clean with expensive hardware retrofits will push up fuel consumption, writes Martin Murphy in a ...
  • Diesel driving bans in Berlin likely to be introduced in 2019

    The German capital Berlin could be one of the next cities to introduce driving bans for older diesel cars, public broadcaster rbb reports. According to documents by the Berlin Senate, the bans the would affect 200,000 vehicles  are “inevitable” and could ...
  • Diesel deal is “big bluff” - opinion

    The government’s “huge step” to solve the diesel crisis is no more than a “big bluff,” writes Markus Balser in an editorial in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The diesel deal falls far short of what is necessary to solve “one of the country’s largest health and ...
  • Hambach Forest and diesel deal an example of Merkel government’s indecisiveness

    The ongoing conflict between anti-coal protesters and energy company RWE at the Hambach Forest is but one of several recent examples that illustrate the indecisiveness of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fourth government coalition, Germany’s largest tabloid, ...
  • Luxembourg files complaint with EU against German diesel deal

    The government of Luxembourg has written a complaint letter to the European Commission, lamenting the plan of neighbour country Germany to implement hardware retrofits of diesel cars in only a few selected regions for a few car owners, website Spiegel ...
  • “Germany prefers to protect the diesel instead of the climate”

    EU environment ministers want to find a compromise on future car emission limits today, but car giant and Energiewende pioneer Germany creates confusion instead of playing a leading role in the negotiations, write Markus Becker and Gerald Traufetter on ...
  • Grand coalition presents agreement in diesel conflict but environmental NGOs critical

    Germany’s coalition government has reached an agreement to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel cars in German cities. Transport minister Andreas Scheuer and environment minister Svenja Schulze called the deal “a very large step” to improve ...
  • Diesel concept will include swap and retrofit options – transport minister

    The German government is working on a concept to reduce emissions from diesel cars in German cities which will include swap and retrofit options, said transport minister Andreas Scheuer during a live video chat on Instagram. “We are currently talking ...
  • VW seen ready to accept hardware retrofit of manipulated diesel cars

    Carmaker VW will accept hardware retrofits for manipulated diesel cars that have lower exhaust levels on the test stand than on the road, Gerald Traufetter writes on Spiegel Online. According to the article, Germany’s largest carmaker is the first in the ...
  • German luxury carmaker Porsche quits diesel, aims to boost e-mobility

    Luxury carmaker Porsche will no longer produce cars with diesel engines and will instead focus on expanding its product range with electric or hybrid vehicles, the German company has said in a press release. Porsche said it did not want to “demonise” ...
  • Details of German transport minister’s “diesel deal”

    Germany’s transport minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) has presented his proposal to reduce emissions from diesel cars in German cities to the chancellor and the heads of carmakers BMW, Volkswagen, and Daimler, Daniel Delhaes, Markus Fasse, and Martin Murphy ...
  • NGOs lambast "dirty deal" between government and carmakers on diesel and CO2 emission limits

    There is mounting evidence that the German government will oppose stricter car fleet emission limits at EU level in exchange for carmakers’ consent to cover the hardware retrofitting costs in certain types of diesel vehicles, reports the Frankfurter ...
  • German government postpones decision on diesel retrofits after meeting with carmakers

    The German government has postponed a decision on the hardware retrofitting of manipulated diesel cars, saying it plans to come to a conclusion by the end of the last week of September, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. “We want to make a decision soon,” ...
  • 01 Aug 2018 |

    One year after German "diesel summit," air quality challenge remains

    01 Aug 2018, 17:31 With a national “diesel summit” in early August 2017, the German government tried to curb the fallout of the country’s emissions fraud scandal and avoid being sued by the European Commission over excessive air pollution. One year on, ...
  • Asking diesel customers to buy new car with help of scrappage premium would be “indecent” – opinion

    Hardware retrofitting of older diesel cars would be “an economic waste of tax money or carmakers’ money”, writes Daniel Delhaes in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. The retrofits would take years, when driving bans are already being introduced, and the ...
  • EU must ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to achieve climate targets - study

    The European Union will have to prohibit new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to ensure that the continent meets its emissions reduction obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement, a study commissioned by Greenpeace and conducted by the German Aerospace ...
  • Experts consider diesel hardware retrofitting effective, remain divided on costs

    Experts commissioned by the German federal government at the diesel summit in 2017 agree that diesel vehicle hardware retrofitting is an effective measure to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, reports the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. However, they are ...
  • Frankfurt must ban old diesel cars, court rules

    The western German city of Frankfurt must introduce a ban on older diesel vehicles as part of a plan to improve air quality, the Federal Administrative Court ruled, reports news agency Reuters. The country’s financial centre must from February 2019 ban ...
  • Government will support hardware retrofitting for large municipal diesel vehicles

    The German government will support hardware retrofitting for large municipal diesel vehicles in certain polluted cities, such as garbage or street cleaning trucks, writes the transport ministry (BMVI) in a press release. This could affect at least 20,000 ...
  • VW software updates for diesel cars totally inadequate – environmental group

    The software updates offered by VW for diesel cars affected by emissions manipulation are completely inadequate to reduce the vehicles’ pollution levels to below legal limits, according to Environmental Action Germany (DUH). “We don’t need ‘Mickey-Mouse ...
  • Transport minister opposes “blue badge” for old diesel cars

    German transport minister Andreas Scheuer reiterated his opposition to labelling older diesel cars with a sticker (“blue badge”) to better be able to enforce possible driving bans, reports news agency dpa. “I continue to reject the blue badge and thus ...
  • Baden-Württemberg consults with federal government in advance of diesel driving bans in Stuttgart

    The federal state of Baden-Württemberg is holding talks with the federal government in preparation for driving bans for older diesel cars in the city of Stuttgart, according to a dpa article carried by Handelsblatt. Baden-Württemberg State Premier ...
  • Diesel driving ban in Stuttgart, home of Daimler & Porsche

    The state government of Baden-Württemberg is to introduce driving bans for the most polluting diesel vehicles in the state capital Stuttgart from 1 January 2019. Baden-Württemberg is the home state of German carmakers Daimler and Porsche. Diesel vehicles ...
  • Daimler ponders how to power its heavy vehicles in the future, says diesel remains best solution

    German luxury and utility vehicle producer Daimler is weighing its options as it searches for the best possible engine for its heavy-duty vehicles in the future, testing potential solutions like electric engines, hydrogen, synthetic and natural gas, ...
  • Diesel plaintiff DUH wants driving bans in Germany’s most populous state

    Environmental Action Germany (DUH) is pushing for driving bans in polluted cities of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s most populous state, for all diesel cars that do not meet the Euro 6 emissions standard, the environmental NGO says in a press ...
  • Audi CEO Stadler named a suspect in diesel case; home raided

    Munich prosecutors have named Rupert Stadler, CEO of Volkswagen AG’s Audi brand, a suspect in the diesel-rigging scandal after authorities on 11 June raided his home and that of a person said to be Bernd Martens, Audi’s head of purchasing, Bloomberg’s ...
  • VW fined one billion euros by German prosecutors in diesel emissions scandal

    Car giant Volkswagen has been fined one billion euros by German prosecutors over diesel emissions cheating, reports the BBC. The carmaker said it did not plan to appeal the fine, which is one of the highest ever imposed by German authorities on a company, ...
  • Daimler recalls 774,000 diesel Mercedes cars after CEO meets with minister

    Daimler’s decision to recall 774,000 diesel Mercedes cars in Europe has increased doubts about the veracity of the carmaker’s claim that its vehicles never had emissions-cheating devices like those used by Volkswagen, Handelsblatt reports. The company ...
  • Hamburg police start enforcing diesel driving ban

    The northern German city of Hamburg has begun to enforce the diesel driving ban it introduced as the country’s first city last week, the public broadcaster NDR reports. The ban that affects short stretches of two major roads in the port city and include ...
  • Diesel drivers ignore first driving ban in Germany on Hamburg roads

    Drivers of diesel cars have apparently ignored the first diesel driving bans in Germany that took effect on 31 May on two busy roads in the city of Hamburg, website bild.de reports. “Commuter traffic flows as usual”, the article says, adding that police ...
  • German env min Schulze says diesel cars need mechanical retrofit to avoid EU fines

    Manipulated diesel cars in Germany will need a mechanical engine retrofitting to ensure the European Union does not sue the country over exceeding emissions levels in transport for several years, environment minister Svenja Schulze says in an interview ...
  • Call for local rail transport push in light of first diesel driving ban

    Ahead of Germany’s first diesel car driving ban in Hamburg from 31 May, the rail transport group Allianz pro Schiene called on regional and federal governments to make local rail transport in metropolitan areas more attractive. Older diesel cars and ...
  • Germany’s first diesel driving ban in Hamburg is but “gesture politics” - commentary

    Germany’s first diesel driving ban on two thoroughfares in Hamburg is no more than “ gesture politics,” because numerous exceptions are granted to residents, suppliers, and many others, writes Martin Gropp in a commentary for the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • Environment minister calls for progressive diesel hardware refits

    In an interview with Die Welt, German environment minister Svenja Schulze proposed a step-by-step plan for hardware refits for older diesel cars. Refits should be prioritised in areas of with particularly poor air quality, Schulze said, adding that total ...
  • Hamburg driving ban rings in Germany’s “diesel exit” – opinion

    The driving bans for older diesel cars on two roads in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, might be “miniature driving bans” and not enough to curb air pollution, but they will allow other municipalities and even federal states to follow suit, Kai ...
  • Hamburg first German city to ban diesel cars on two roads by 31 May – report

    Diesel cars will be banned on two roads in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, by the end of May, the local newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt reports. The city’s environment agency said a first overview of a written explanation by Germany’s ...
  • 27 Feb 2018 |

    Court ruling opens door for diesel bans in German cities

    27 Feb 2018 (All day) German cities may ban diesel cars from polluted areas following a landmark court ruling. In a major blow to German carmakers still heavily relying on diesel car sales, and a victory for environmentalists, one of Germany’s top courts ...
  • Most new car patents in Germany still for diesel and petrol engines

    Most new patents in Germany’s car sector in 2017 were registered for diesel and petrol engines, far outnumbering patents for electric vehicles, Hagen Strauß reports for the Aachener Nachrichten. German manufacturers registered 2,108 patents for combustion ...
  • Diesel driving ban imminent on selected roads in Hamburg

    Driving bans on diesel vehicles will take effect on selected roads in Hamburg after Whitsunday, the city’s environment senator, Jens Kerstan, told the newspaper Die Welt. “The road signs have been ordered, and once everything is settled legally, the rule ...
  • New Bosch diesel technology deserves a chance – commentary

    The vastly improved diesel technology by leading car supplier Bosch deserves a chance because NO x emissions stay well below the strict 2020 EU emission rules and diesel engines emit less CO 2 than petrol engines, writes Dietmar Lamparter in a commentary ...
  • 27 Feb 2018 |

    Reactions to Germany's court ruling on diesel driving bans

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

    German top court postpones ruling on diesel driving bans

    22 Feb 2018 Germany’s Federal Administrative Court has postponed to next week a highly anticipated decision on whether polluted cities can ban diesel cars to improve air quality. Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean ...
  • Environment minister Schulze says German carmakers can afford diesel hardware retrofitting

    Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze says the carmakers implicated in the ongoing diesel emissions fraud scandal are capable of financing a hardware retrofitting of manipulated cars, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Spiegel Online ...
  • Customers won’t readily trust “new diesel miracle” – opinion

    German auto supplier Bosch has every right to be proud of its improved diesel technology, which it says leads to far less nitrogen oxide emissions, but economic success depends on the reputation of diesel as a whole, writes Susanne Preuß in an opinion ...
  • Bosch seeks to restore diesel reputation with new staff rules, technology

    German auto supplier Bosch has announced a vastly improved diesel technology as it strives to draw a line under an emissions scandal that has tarnished the diesel car industry, reports the news agency Reuters. The company’s new technology could enable ...
  • Rail sector wants no new diesel trains by end of 2024

    Rail industry associations and key companies have presented their joint vision of a climate friendly, cost-effective regional rail transport of the future, so that it can “bid farewell to the diesel drive”, writes the transport alliance Allianz pro ...
  • Looming diesel bans force Germans to choose between cars and environment

    Diesel fuel was invented by a German engineer and is pushed relentlessly by the country’s carmakers to this day, which is why banning it “has the feel of a ban on beer or bratwurst,” writes Griff Witte in a feature article for the Washington Post. “Yet ...
  • German government says low diesel tax is no subsidy

    The German government does not consider the lower taxation of diesel fuel as a subsidy that favours use of the technology. In a response to a parliamentary inquiry by the Green Party, the government says the lower tax for diesel fuel does not amount to a ...
  • Dirty German diesel cars get new lease on life abroad

    Germany is turning its back on diesel as car scrapping premiums encourage drivers to buy new models and get rid of their older, dirtier vehicles. However, instead of being scrapped, many diesel autos are being sold in eastern Europe and Africa, Sebastian ...
  • Germany weighs joint fund with carmakers to refit diesel autos - report

    The German government is considering creating a joint fund with carmakers to pay for advanced exhaust systems that make diesel cars cleaner, reports German weekly Der Spiegel. The fund would back the hardware retrofitting of a large part of Germany’s 15 ...
  • Diesel registrations in Germany down 25 percent since last year

    The share of diesel cars in Germany's new vehicle registrations was down 25.4 percent in March 2018, compared to a year before, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). Total new car registrations stood at 347,433 vehicles, 31.4 ...
  • German government funds diesel plaintiff DUH

    Since 2010, the German government has donated around 7 million euros to NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH), which recently gained international attention over its lawsuits against German municipal administrations which opened the door to diesel ...
  • Volkswagen’s diesel fixes in EU much less effective than in the US – report

    German carmaker Volkswagen’s technical fixes for manipulated diesel cars are much more effective in the US than in Europe, Emma Howard reports for Unearthed. While the changes made in the US “make a huge difference” to nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, the ...
  • Environment minister wants to prevent diesel driving bans

    Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, is against driving bans for diesel cars, website bild.de reports. Schulze said driving bans, aimed at curbing air pollution in inner cities, would not “make old diesel cars any cleaner”. Instead, she ...
  • Audi CEO says orders suggest stabilisation of diesel sales

    Orders for new Audi cars suggest that the decline in diesel sales is coming to an end, according to company CEO Rupert Stadler. “We can see in our order book that diesel sales stabilise, and in some countries they even increase,” Stadler told Die Welt. ...
  • Diesel crisis: New German transport minister pledges “no panic, no bans”

    Germany’s new transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has signalled that he does not plan a sharp departure from the previous government’s approach to reducing diesel engine pollution in cities, which had been sharply criticised by environmentalists as being ...
  • Merkel says fixing diesel crisis tantamount to "squaring the circle"

    Fixing the ongoing diesel crisis ranks among the top priorities of the new German government with the goal to avoid large-scale driving bans, Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament in her first speech of the new legislative period. “The federal ...
  • Only 13 percent of Germans would buy a diesel car – survey

    The debate over driving bans for diesel cars and the ongoing diesel emissions fraud scandal involving German carmakers have hit the technology’s image hard. Only 13 percent of respondents in a survey said they would now opt for a diesel car, Focus Online ...
  • Diesel decline has negligible impact on attainment of CO2 emission standards

    The decline in diesel car sales does not put EU CO 2 emission targets out of reach for carmakers, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). “In fact, other technologies – efficiency improvements in gasoline engines as well as ...
  • Blue badge with transition period for older diesel vehicles as clean air solution – db research

    The conflict between citizens’ right to clean air and car owners' right to protection from depreciation on diesel vehicles could be solved by introducing a “blue badge” with a transition period for older cars, Eric Heymann, analyst at Deutsche Bank ...
  • VW head Müller says diesel will have a “renaissance” soon

    Diesel engines will have “ a renaissance in the foreseeable future ” and shed its currently-tarnished image as a particularly polluting technology, VW head Michael Müller said at the important trade fair Geneva International Motor Show, the Frankfurter ...
  • German Chancellery favours buyers‘ premium over diesel retrofitting

    The German Chancellery and the transport ministry favour providing incentives to buy new and cleaner cars over retrofitting older diesel cars to comply with emissions limits in inner cities, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. According to sources ...
  • Mass-daily Bild says “Germany should be proud of the diesel

    The diesel engine is far from dead because it is the most efficient and cleanest car engine available, according to a “manifesto” by mass-daily Bild entitled “Germany should be proud of the diesel!” In a list of “10 truths that many politicians don’t dare ...
  • Diesel hardware retrofitting “unnecessary” – engine researcher

    A software update for manipulated diesel cars in Germany will reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 25 to 30 percent on average, making a mechanical retrofitting of affected cars unnecessary, says engine researcher Thomas Koch in an interview with Zeit ...
  • VW head Müller says company is of “systemic” relevance for Germany, rejects diesel retrofitting

    The head of Germany’s largest carmaker VW, Matthias Müller, has said his company is of “systemic” relevance for the country and therefore must not be financially overburdened with costs accruing from a retrofitting of manipulated diesel cars, Daniel ...
  • Small businesses fear impact of Germany’s looming diesel driving bans

    The possible diesel driving ban in Germany’s inner cities poses a major threat to many small and medium-sized businesses that use cars with the contested engine technology in their everyday work, Georg Berger writes on Welt Online. “If there was a driving ...
  • Companies plan to keep their diesel car fleets - survey

    German companies do not plan to suddenly abandon diesel cars in their fleets, after a court ruling has opened the door for diesel bans in German cities, according to a survey conducted by the German newspaper Handelsblatt. Most companies want to wait and ...
  • Diesel ban ruling puts people’s health above car drivers’ interests - opinion

    People living in Germany’s inner cities are the winners of the landmark court ruling on diesel driving bans, writes Malte Kreutzfeld in a commentary in the tageszeitung. “It is no longer allowed to ignore their right to breathe clean air. In case of doubt ...
  • Germany needlessly destroys leading diesel technology – opinion

    The landmark court ruling on diesel driving bans is “lunacy,” writes Holger Appel in a commentary for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. A ban on the “allegedly dangerous” diesel technology is unnecessary, because nitrogen dioxide measurements should be ...
  • Diesel ban will speed up transformation of car industry

    The landmark court ruling on diesel driving bans causes “alarm in diesel country,” because 60 to 80 percent of all cars sold by Audi, Daimler, and BMW in Germany in the past years had a diesel engine, writes Thomas Fromm in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “This ...
  • Diesel ban: New government will consider introducing ‘blue badge’ to fight pollution

    Following the landmark 27 February court ruling on diesel driving bans, the incoming German government will consider the option of introducing a ’blue badge‘ as a federal measure to identify clean vehicles. “The issue will be taken on by the new ...
  • Hamburg to ban older diesel cars on two roads from April

    After a German top court ruled that German cities may ban diesel cars from polluted areas, the City of Hamburg announced that it would follow through with plans to introduce driving bans for older diesel vehicles on two of its most polluted roads starting ...
  • Carmakers continue to resist diesel hardware retrofits to cut NOx emissions

    Despite the looming driving bans following the landmark 27 February court ruling, German carmakers continue to resist hardware retrofits to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from older diesel cars, report Michael Bauchmüller and Thomas Fromm in the lead ...
  • Interest in diesel cars in free fall in Germany

    The interest in diesel cars has dropped substantially in Germany as the engine technology has come under fire for not abiding by emissions standards, bild.de reports. According to a survey by car sales website AutoScout24, only 14 percent of respondents ...
  • German top court allows cities to introduce diesel driving bans

    Germany’s Federal Administrative Court has ruled that German cities are generally allowed to introduce driving bans for older diesel cars to enforce EU clean air rules as a last resort. The court upheld two decisions by local courts in Stuttgart and ...
  • Transport ministry pushed to block environmental organisations from taking legal action against diesel cars

    Back in 2016, the German Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) pushed for a legal provision blocking environmental organisations from taking legal action against the model approval and sale of diesel cars with high emissions, according to a letter obtained ...
  • Diesel driving ban case already a “slap in government’s face” - VCD

    While it is unfortunate that Germany’s Federal Administrative Court has postponed a ruling on diesel driving bans aimed at cutting air pollution in cities, the court case has already been a “slap in the government’s face,” according to German transport ...
  • Diesel hardware retrofitting “essential” to prevent driving bans in German cities

    The General German Automobile Club (ADAC) says it has proof that the mechanical retrofitting of older diesel cars in order to cut air pollution “is not only possible but also highly effective.” The influential car club says that tests carried out by its ...
  • German cities want to avoid “nightmare” diesel driving bans

    The looming driving bans on polluting diesel cars in Germany’s inner cities are “a nightmare for hundreds of thousands of diesel owners as well as for politicians,” but a ruling by Germany’s administrative court due today (22 February) could force city ...
  • Diesel driving ban splits Germans – survey

    Less than half of German citizens would approve of driving bans for extremely polluting diesel cars, Focus Online reports. In a representative survey conducted by pollster YouGov ahead of a crucial ruling by a Germany administrative court that could ...
  • Diesel plaintiff DUH sceptical of government efforts ahead of crucial verdict

    NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says it’s sceptical of government efforts to prevent driving bans on diesel cars in inner cities, as well as a lawsuit by the European Union over excessive air pollution. With a crucial verdict by Germany’s Federal ...
  • 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 ...
  • State should support diesel car retrofitting, say government advisors - report

    Retrofitting older diesel cars to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions could be financed “fully or for the largest part possible” through a support mechanism, a group of government advisors writes in a draft report, Markus Balser and Michael Bauchmüller ...
  • Prosecutors raid Audi headquarters over diesel emissions scandal

    Prosecutors have searched the headquarters of German carmaker Audi looking for evidence of suspected manipulation of diesel exhaust gas values, news agency Reuters reports. It is the second time in a year Audi’s premises have been raided in connection ...
  • Diesel share in Germany’s new car registrations declines further, CO2 emissions level rises

    The decline of diesel cars’ share in new registrations in Germany continues, figures for January released by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) show. While the total number of newly registered passenger cars rose by 11.6 percent compared to the ...
  • Diesel has lost advantage in terms of climate protection - study

    Diesel engines no longer qualify as being more climate-friendly and are more expensive than other engine technologies like hybrid or petrol, meaning that their falling market share is no bad news for the climate, the International Council on Clean ...
  • Coalition negotiators consider diesel car hardware retrofitting in treaty draft

    Negotiators in the ongoing talks to renew Germany’s grand coalition of conservatives (CDU, CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) want to avoid inner city driving bans and consider hardware retrofitting for older diesel cars to bring down nitrogen oxide ...
  • Diesel ban looming for 10 German cities – study

    Ten German cities considerably exceed EU nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits, making diesel driving bans more likely in 2018, according to calculations by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), reports Der Tagesspiegel. “Our results for 2017 show that neither ...
  • German government and VW head denounce diesel fume tests on monkeys and humans

    Testing the effect of exhaust fumes on monkeys and even people cannot be ethically justified, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert said at a press conference on Monday. The public outcry against the tests which exposed monkeys and ...
  • German carmakers funded experiments exposing monkeys to diesel fumes - reports

    A research group, funded by German carmakers to design a study to show that modern diesel cars are clean, conducted an experiment in the US which exposed monkeys to diesel fumes- a “new dimension in the global emissions scandal”, writes the New York Times ...
  • Düsseldorf court rejects suit seeking ban of VW diesel cars

    A Düsseldorf court has dismissed a suit by lobby group Environmental Action Germany (DUH) seeking a ban of certain Volkswagen diesel cars from the city’s roads, Anneli Palmen reports for Reuters. DUH argued that Volkswagen diesel cars with emissions test ...
  • 28 Jul 2017 |

    Why the German diesel summit matters for climate and energy

    28 Jul 2017 (All day) On 2 August, the CEOs of Germany’s major car manufacturers will meet with federal and state government representatives to discuss ways to reduce pollution from diesel cars. Recent cartel allegations shed a new light on the meeting’s ...
  • Diesel registrations share down 7 percentage points in 2017

    The share of diesel cars in total new passenger car registrations in Germany fell to 38.8 percent in 2017, (from 45.9 percent in 2016), the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) says in a press release. The share of petrol cars increased to 57.7 percent ...
  • Abandoning diesel tax privileges would hurt customers – BMW head

    BMW head Harald Krüger has rejected VW CEO Matthias Müller’s call to end the privileged tax treatment of diesel cars, reports Handelsblatt. “I think abandoning the diesel subsidies is wrong. This is not justifiable for the customers that have bought a ...
  • Germany remains diesel country

    The market share of newly registered cars fitted with diesel engines  in Germany may have dropped sharply because the technology’s reputation is seriously tarnished, but diesel fuel sales rose to a record high this year, report Max Hägler and Jan ...
  • Betting on electric cars cheaper for carmakers than sticking to diesel

    The looming EU fines for excessive emissions after 2020 make it cheaper for the car industry to develop electric cars than to cling to the diesel, argues Markus Fasse in a commentary in the business daily Handelsblatt. In recent years, the car industry ...
  • “Let diesel run”

    In an opinion piece for Die Welt, Nikolaus Doll says Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller was wrong to attack tax breaks for diesel cars in hope of promoting e-cars. Abandoning diesel in favour of e-cars will not save VW, or take pressure off the wider industry ...
  • Potential car buyers continue to lose interest in diesel engines – survey

    Diesel cars continue to fall out of favour with people interested in buying a new car in Germany. In a survey commissioned by the German Energy Agency (dena), 17 percent of potential car buyers said they planned to buy a diesel car, compared to 21 percent ...
  • Bosch CEO rejects Volkswagen's suggestion to cut diesel tax incentives

    Bosch, the world’s largest auto parts supplier, has rejected a suggestion by Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller that diesel tax incentives could be cut to subsidise green mobility. Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner told the business daily Handelsblatt that this would ...
  • VW CEO stuns competitors by putting diesel tax privilege into question

    VW head Michael Müller has caused a stir among industry representatives by saying diesel cars should lose their tax privilege in Germany, Martin Murphy writes in Handelsblatt. “Why does he let this genie out of its bottle?” a manager of a German VW ...
  • VW head Müller says diesel should lose tax privilege

    Diesel cars should lose their privileged tax treatment in Germany to release funds for the development of more environmentally friendly engine technologies, VW CEO Matthias Müller said in an interview with Handelsblatt. Müller said investing in other ...
  • Transport minister rejects VW CEO’s proposal on abolishing diesel tax breaks

    The German government has rejected a proposal by VW CEO Matthias Müller to abolish the tax privilege for diesel cars, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. “There are currently no plans by the federal government to change the taxation of diesel cars ...
  • BMW fights for its clean image after diesel accusations

    German car maker BMW has rebutted accusations by environmental organisation Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) that it manipulated diesel cars to have lower emissions under lab test conditions than in real life use. Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of ...
  • Diesel registrations continue to drop in Germany

    Registrations of new diesel cars fell by 17 percent in Germany in November compared to the same month in 2016, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) says in a press release. The share of new cars sold with diesel engines now stands at 34 percent, ...
  • Chief car lobbyist Wissman: Those who fight diesel today will fight e-car tomorrow

    Germany’s leading lobbyist for the car industry, Matthias Wissmann, says that those opponents of the use of cars who today fight for the condemnation of diesel cars in the wake of the emissions fraud scandal will eventually turn against electric cars as ...
  • Diesel summit: state to set up billion-euro programme to prevent driving bans

    Germany’s federal government and the country’s municipalities want to use the so-called diesel summit to set up a programme worth over one billion euros to improve air quality in German cities and prevent looming driving bans for polluting cars, Zeit ...
  • Bad grades for government and manufacturers in diesel scandal

    Two-thirds of Germans say that the commitment by the government to get past the diesel scandal was bad or very bad, according to a survey conducted by pollster Kantar Emnid, and commissioned by the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv). Sixty ...
  • 02 Aug 2017 |

    German carmakers pledge diesel software updates and buyer’s bonus

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

    "Win for car industry"- First reactions to German diesel summit

    02 Aug 2017 (All day) German carmakers have pledged to update the software in some 5 million diesel cars to lower emissions at the so-called "diesel summit", where leaders of the industry met with federal ministers and heads of federal states. ...
  • New lawsuits over diesel emissions in German cities

    Environmental Action Germany (DUH) has announced it will expand its legal action over air pollution from diesel cars to several more German cities. In a press release, the environmental organisation said it would sue authorities in the cities of Kiel, ...
  • Merkel at second diesel summit: must avoid driving bans "by all means"

    04 Sep 2017 (All day) For the second time within one month, Germany’s government has held a “diesel summit” to discuss the consequences of the emissions fraud scandal of the country’s major carmakers. After a first summit in early August with industry ...
  • 28 Jul 2017 |

    Diesel summit comes two years too late”

    28 Jul 2017 (All day) [CORRECTION, due to mistake in transcription: in reply to 4th question, diesel cars have "always been allowed to emit more NOx than petrol cars", not CO2] On 2 August, the CEOs of Germany’s major car manufacturers will meet ...
  • Step-by-step, e-cars will replace diesel and petrol in company fleets - consultant

    The diesel emissions scandal, with looming inner-city driving bans and decreasing resale values of used diesel cars, are driving more and more companies to switch their fleets to electric vehicles, Andreas Schulte writes for the Handelsblatt. In the short ...
  • Germans buy fewer diesel cars – new registrations drop sharply

    Diesel car registrations in Germany fell by 21.3 percent in September compared to a year earlier, pushing their share of all registrations down to 36.3 percent. Petrol cars’ share rose to almost 60 percent, said the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) ...
  • State government appeals to diesel driving ban ruling

    The Baden Wuerttemberg Green-Christian Democrats (CDU) state government has lodged a federal appeal against a city court ruling that found inner-city driving restrictions to cut air pollution permissible, Stuttgarter Nachrichten reports. The Stuttgart ...
  • Mining trade union head warns of sacrificing coal to save diesel engines

    The incoming German government must not agree to phase out coal-fired power production in exchange for concessions to diesel cars, Michael Vassiliadis, head of Germany’s largest mining trade union,  IG BCE, said in an interview with the General-Anzeiger ...
  • Ending EU diesel tax benefits to help lower emissions – research institutes

    Ending diesel tax benefits in the EU would significantly help decrease CO₂ and nitrogen oxide emissions in road transport, because diesel vehicle users are very price sensitive, the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) ...
  • Hardware diesel retrofits available despite industry denial - car drivers’ association

    German carmakers say it is nearly impossible to retrofit hardware to clean up diesel engines, but this is simply untrue, according to the German car drivers’ association ADAC, Max Hägler reports in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Hägler writes that many German ...
  • “Two years after dieselgate: carmakers present dirty diesel-SUVs and reject e-cars”

    Two years after the diesel emissions fraud scandal broke in September 2015, German carmakers fail to come up with available e-car models at the Frankfurt Car Show (IAA) and instead present “ more diesel-SUVs than ever before,” NGO Environmental Action ...
  • Green transport is not just about phasing out diesel – opinion

    Dieselgate and looming driving bans due to pollution in cities have triggered a discussion about the future of the combustion engine in Germany, but much more is required to decarbonise transport, writes researcher Weert Canzler in an opinion piece in Die ...
  • Green state premier: Diesel summits unsuitable platform for emissions crisis

    The “ill-prepared” ‘diesel summits’ organised by the federal government are not the right platform for dealing with the “dynamic” developments of the car emissions fraud scandal, Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Green state premier Winfried Kretschmann told the ...
  • “Do we need diesel for our climate targets?”

    The German government praises diesel technology as an important component of climate protection in the transport sector- but this claim is more and more contested by transport and climate researchers, Bernhard Pötter writes in Tageszeitung (taz). Claiming ...
  • Court ruling shows Stuttgart diesel ban “justified” and “unavoidable”, says NGO

    German NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says a court ruling in Stuttgart on banning certain diesel models from entering the inner city showed the bans were “justified” and “unavoidable”. The group that originally filed the lawsuit said the ruling ...
  • German diesel car registrations fall by nearly 14 percent in August

    Diesel car registrations in Germany are in decline: year-on-year registration figures in August fell by 13.8 percent, bringing the share of vehicles with diesel engines on German roads to 37.7 percent, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has said ...
  • “UBA questions effective retrofitting of diesel cars”

    Even technical retrofitting of “a significant share” of German diesel cars would hardly reduce the nitrogen oxide concentration in cities, say internal documents of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), reports Morton Freidel in the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • Merkel critical of diesel hardware retrofitting

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to “examine all other options” before making a final decision on hardware retrofitting for diesel cars, she said in an interview with tageszeitung (taz). “If I put another 1,000 to 2,000 euros per car into old ...
  • Diesel vs e-car – One good idea and seven inconvenient truths”

    There are still many technical, political and financial hurdles on the path to fully electric road transport, and its final development is much less clear, writes Handelsblatt. Handelsblatt lists “seven inconvenient truths,” such as “e-cars are only as ...
  • German car industry remains upbeat despite diesel affair

    Business prospects for the German car industry remain strong despite the ongoing debate about the future of the diesel engine, the Institute for Economic Research (ifo) said in its release on the ifo business climate index, the closely watched indicator ...
  • Diesel cars: Software updates not enough for clean air”

    German environment minister Barbara Hendricks says the software updates for diesel cars exceeding emission limits agreed on at the national “diesel summit” in early August can only be “a first step” and need to be followed by technical retrofitting of the ...
  • Diesel scandal is a risk to German economy, says ministry”

    The German finance ministry sees the car emissions scandal as a risk to the country’s economy, reports Reuters in an article carried by The Guardian. “Given the importance of the automotive industry [the diesel crisis] must be classified in the medium ...
  • “121 million litres of diesel are consumed each day”

    Germany on average consumed 121 million litres of diesel fuel every day in 2016, resulting in a record share of diesel in total fuel consumption of 65 percent, reports Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). Diesel sales increased 30 percent from ...
  • “Carmakers outbid each other with buyer’s bonuses for old diesel cars”

    German car manufacturers “outbid each other” with buyer’s bonuses for customers switching away from an old diesel car, writes Henrik Mortsiefer for Tagesspiegel. Volkswagen launched its “environmental programme”, promising up to 10,000 euros on purchasing ...
  • “Leasing providers still unmoved by diesel debate”

    The debate about the future of the diesel engine in Germany leaves car leasing providers still largely unfazed, writes Martin Gropp in an article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. A survey by the newspaper had shown that companies were closely observing ...
  • “Federal agency: get rid of diesel fuel tax privilege”

    Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) says the country ought to consider abandoning its diesel fuel tax privilege, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Berliner Morgenpost. UBA head Maria Krautzberger told newspaper Rheinische Post the ...
  • “Porsche looks at accelerated end for diesel

    German sports car manufacturer Porsche is looking at the possibility to phase out the diesel version for its SUV Cayenne with the upcoming new model, writes Susanne Preuß for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “In regards to diesel, we are examining ...
  • Popularity of diesel vehicles drops - study

    Forty-one percent of German drivers say they plan on buying a new or used vehicle in the coming 18 months, according to a study conducted by fuel and petrol station brand Aral AG. This rate is the highest since the first such study in 2003. Most survey ...
  • Diesel: Not again a planned economy”

    Software updates for diesel cars, decided at the diesel summit in Berlin, are unlikely to reduce emissions enough and prevent driving bans, writes Christian Lindner, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in a guest commentary in Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • “As Europe sours on diesel, Germany fights to save it”

    While Britain, France, Spain and Greece are making steps to end the era of diesel cars, “German auto executives and political leaders meeting in Berlin on Wednesday appeared determined to rescue the technology”, write Melissa Eddy and Jack Ewing in New ...
  • Bavaria's PM "calls for reduction of vehicle tax for diesel cars”

    Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer (the Christian Social Union, or CSU) wants to counter falling diesel car sales by reducing vehicle taxes on “low-emission Euro-6-diesel” cars, reports German weekly Der Spiegel. In a separate article, Spiegel Online ...
  • One out of three would still buy a diesel in Germany - poll

    Diesel remains an option for about one out of three drivers in Germany, according to a poll by statistics service statista. Petrol cars were preferred by the largest share of respondents, topping the list with 71 percent, followed by hybrids with 41 ...
  • “Mini-consensus for the diesel

    The federal government will demand at the diesel summit on Wednesday that German carmakers pay for software updates for Euro-5 and Euro-6 diesel cars, according to the draft for the final summit statement, reports Daniel Delhaes in Handelsblatt. It will ...
  • Federal ministries will present joint list of demands to carmakers at diesel summit – BMUB

    Germany’s federal government plans to present a joint list of demands to German carmakers at the national diesel summit on 2 August, a spokesperson for the environment ministry (BMUB) told journalists in Berlin on Monday. The inviting transport and ...
  • British plans make next week’s diesel summit “seem like sad alumni reunion”

    British plans to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 show that the combustion engine “is dying” and the national German diesel summit next week “already seems like a sad alumni reunion”, writes Greenpeace transport representative Tobias ...
  • New hybrid and e-car registrations more than double in July, compared to last year; diesel down 13 percent

    News registrations of hybrids and e-cars rose 104 and 132 percent respectively in July 2017, compared to the same month last year, writes the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) in a press release. This amounted to about 3 percent of all new passenger ...
  • Diesel loses appeal on car buyers”

    German car customers are losing interest in diesel engines as the evolving emissions scandal and looming driving bans in many German cities take their toll on the once dominant technology, Focus Online reports. Diesel registrations fell by 9.1 percent in ...
  • VW CEO can imagine diesel phase-out deal

    The head of German carmaker Volkswagen told daily Rheinische Post that he can imagine a deal with the government in which the carmakers agree to a phase-out date for diesel engines in return for more support with e-mobility. “If you act with appropriate ...
  • "German court paves way for diesel ban in Stuttgart"

    Driving restrictions for cars that aim to cut down on air pollution in certain areas are permissible, a German court has ruled, according to a Reuters report. "Safeguarding health is more important than the right to property and the general liberty ...
  • Economy minister: “The diesel crisis is self-inflicted”

    German carmakers must present ways to significantly reduce NOX emissions from diesel engines at an upcoming “ diesel summit ” with federal ministries, Handelsblatt report. Economy minister Brigitte Zypries told the business daily in an interview the ...
  • EU Commission calls for pulling manipulated diesel out of circulation

    The European Commission is beginning to lose patience with carmakers and member states over the diesel emissions fraud, Markus Balser and Josef Kelberger write for Süddeutsche Zeitung. EU Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska is calling all cars with ...
  • Ban on diesel engines remains a distant goal

    The political debate on imposing a ban on diesel engines in German cities continues unabated after the state government in Baden-Württemberg was forced by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to withdraw a clean air plan, Josef ...
  • Diesel pollution summit on 2 August

    The German government will organise a summit on 2 August with the aim of bundling the different community and state activities to reduce pollution from diesel vehicles at federal level, a spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital ...
  • “Porsche may ditch diesel engines – CEO”

    Porsche may give up diesel engines by the end of the decade, Reuters reports. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said “we have not made a decision on it,” adding the company was “of course” looking into this issue following the emissions cheating scandal that ...
  • SPD frontrunner Schulz says inner-city diesel bans make no sense

    Martin Schulz, the Social Democrats’ (SPD) frontrunner for Germany’s 2017 federal elections, has suggested that the country’s carmakers should not fear a major attack on their diesel technology if he is elected Chancellor in September, Markus Mayr reports ...
  • “Declining diesel car share not a hurdle for meeting EU’s CO₂ reduction targets”

    The average diesel passenger car on Europe’s roads emits less CO₂ than a comparable petrol car, but the compliance cost of meeting the European Union’s CO2 reduction target for new cars by 2025 would be up to 280 euros per vehicle lower with fewer diesel ...
  • “Natural gas is the new diesel

    Volkswagen is pushing natural gas engines in the desperate hope of remaining below the EU’s 2020 fleet emission targets, writes Christian Frahm in Spiegel Online. “According to sources within the Wolfsburg headquarters, the company will not be able to ...
  • Most Germans in favour of diesel driving bans

    Banning diesel cars from entering inner cities at times of high air pollution is the right way to protect public health, a majority of Germans says according to a representative survey commissioned by the Stern magazine. While 59 percent of respondents ...
  • “Munich plans diesel driving-ban”

    The mayor of BMW hometown Munich is considering a ban on diesel cars to curb emission levels in the south German metropolis, Nina Bovensiepen writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “As much as I’d be happy to do without this kind of bans, I don’t see how we will ...
  • Diesel has become serious danger for German car industry

    The search of Daimler offices last week by prosecutors reveals that the diesel engine has become the biggest and most dangerous problem for German carmakers, writes Grischa Brower-Rabinowitsch in a commentary for business daily Handelsblatt. The companies ...
  • “The auto industry and the diesel affair; when technology inspires too much”

    The pivotal mistake by the auto industry was not diesel technology itself, but holding on to it for too long, writes Grischa Brower-Rabinowitsch in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. German carmakers had not focused on new propulsion technologies early ...
  • “Daimler still plans many years of diesel ahead”

    Carmaker Daimler plans to develop a new generation of diesel engines regardless of pending driving bans in many German cities, according to a report by news agency dpa carried by manager magazine. “From today’s point of view, there is no reason to say ...
  • “Tax benefits when refuelling with diesel: 254 billion euros since 1990”

    The German car industry and transport sector receive hundreds of billions of euros in state support through different systems, writes Manfred Schäfers in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Diesel is taxed at a lower rate than petrol, meaning the government ...
  • VW head Müller: “The Diesel is part of the solution, not part of the problem”

    Volkswagen considers a publicity campaign in cooperation with other carmakers to improve the image of the diesel engine, CEO Matthias Müller told industry publication Automobilwoche. With reference to looming diesel bans in German cities, he said modern ...
  • Transport ministry plan to retrofit diesel cars

    Germany’s transport ministry and carmaker association VDA hope to prevent diesel driving bans in the country’s cities by retrofitting older diesel cars to make them cleaner, report Gerald Traufetter and Christoph Stockburger in Spiegel Online. An ...
  • “Attack on diesel

    Partial diesel bans aimed at improving local air quality are possible in most of Germany’s 20 largest cities, according to a survey by business daily Handelsblatt. 13 cities told the paper they would consider such bans, five said they were undecided and ...
  • “First city utters driving bans: Hamburg blocks two main thoroughfares for diesel cars”

    Hamburg is the first German city to ban older diesel cars from main thoroughfares all year round to improve local air quality, reports Nils-Viktor Sorge for Spiegel Online. Even though only two roads are affected, the decision “has a highly symbolic ...
  • “Survey: Diesel car drivers ponder switch”

    Only two in five diesel car drivers plan to stick with the technology when buying their next car, while the rest are unsure or want to switch to an alternative drive, according to a survey by pollster forsa, reports news agency dpa. Most respondents said ...
  • Diesel: written off prematurely?“

    The diesel engine could remain the most economic option for many drivers if the car industry manages to get clean diesel cars to the market at affordable prices, Eric Heymann writes in a note for Deutsche Bank Research. The industry must regain trust and ...
  • “The diesel fairy tale”

    Diesel cars use more fuel and thus emit more CO₂ than carmakers specify, according to previously unreleased test results by Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), reports Bernhard Pötter for tageszeitung (taz). In the course of investigations ...
  • “Letter to Merkel: Greens call for action on diesel emissions”

    Green Party and parliamentary group leaders Cem Özdemir and Anton Hofreiter call on Chancellor Angela Merkel to act on pollution in German cities, reports news agency dpa. The pair ask Merkel in a letter to support the introduction of “blue badges” that ...
  • Car lobby: Those who want to ban diesel cars are against climate protection

    The German car industry has stepped up its rhetoric against looming diesel car bans, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. “Whoever wants to ban diesel is also against climate protection,” said the head of the German carmakers’ association (VDA), ...
  • North Rhine-Westphalia’s transport minister rejects diesel bans

    The government of Germany’s most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia has strongly rejected bans on older diesel cars to improve air quality in polluted cities. “Diesel bans should be banned,” the region’s Social Democrat (SPD) transport minister Michael ...
  • "Germans’ love for diesel has turned cold"

    The VW emissions scandal and  looming driving bans  in Stuttgart and other cities are beginning to have a serious impact on diesel car sales, reports Philipp Vetter in a front-page article for newspaper Die Welt. The share of diesel vehicles in new car ...
  • “Angela Merkel defends diesel cars”

    German chancellor Angela Merkel has defended diesel cars as environmentally friendly, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. “Diesel cars are as good for climate protection today as they were yesterday and the day before yesterday,” Merkel said ...
  • “Bosch fights diesel driving ban”

    German engineering heavyweight Bosch is going to bridle at the impending driving ban for cars with diesel engines in its hometown Stuttgart, Susanne Preuss and Carsten Knop write in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner argues the path ...
  • Green state premier: Diesel is the best combustion engine

    Baden-Württemberg’s Green state premier Winfried Kretschmann has defended the diesel technology as “the best combustion engine there is”, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. “Clean diesel engines exist” and “we’re going to need them for a long time to ...
  • “Warhorse diesel

    The emissions fraud scandal engulfing Germany’s largest car manufacturer Volkswagen is not the only case  in which companies manipulated their diesel engines to fulfil exhaust regulations, Martin Gropp writes for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Also ...
  • Diesel drives out of the market”

    Impending driving bans for diesel cars in several German cities could spell the end for the technology in the country, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. Driving bans in Stuttgart and Munich have been substantiated in the past weeks and pending ...
  • Diesel driving bans harm the environment”

    Inner-city driving bans for diesel cars threaten the economy, consumer interests and even the environment, writes the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) in a long, front-page article. Diesel cars emit up to 20 percent less CO₂ than petrol cars ...
  • “No birthday celebration: 125 years of the diesel engine”

    The diesel engine has little reason to celebrate its 125 th birthday, Welt Online reports. “ Cheating software, driving bans, and declining prices ” all tarnish the image of an invention Rudolf Diesel filed with the Imperial Patent Office in late February ...
  • Court tells Munich to prepare concept for diesel car bans

    A week after Daimler and Porsche hometown Stuttgart said it would impose a diesel ban to improve local air quality, a court has told BMW hometown Munich to also prepare a concept for such a measure. The city and the state of Bavaria, of which it is the ...
  • “Germany’s Stuttgart set to ban some diesel cars from city centre”

    Stuttgart is the first German city to introduce a ban on older diesel cars to improve air quality. The home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche will ban diesel cars which do not meet the latest emissions standards from entering the city on days when pollution is ...
  • “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 ...
  • “8 billion for the diesel

    The German state missed out on about 8 billion euros in taxes in 2015 because diesel is taxed at a lower rate than petrol, writes Dagmar Dehmer in Tagesspiegel, citing a federal government’s reply to a parliamentary inquiry by Green member of the ...
  • “Bosch compensates diesel customers in the US”

    Car component supplier Bosch has agreed on a settlement to pay 328 million dollars to claimants in the US for its role in Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, Max Hägler writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “But they don’t talk about their role,” Hägler writes. He ...
  • Old diesel cars responsible for high nitrogen dioxide pollution in German cities

    Diesel cars, and older models in particular, are responsible for high levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution in German city centres, according to Federal Environment Agency (UBA). 57 percent of measuring stations close to traffic showed pollution exceeding ...
  • “Car association: diesel technology indispensable”

    The German car industry says that diesel technology is “at least in the mid-term” indispensable to reach climate targets, writes the German Bundestag in a press release. In a hearing before the parliament’s committee of inquiry for the diesel emissions ...
  • Diesel cars must stay out”

    By banning private diesel cars from the inner city, Oslo has done what German municipalities do not dare to do, Claus Hecking writes on Spiegel Online. The controversial diesel ban is the first of its kind in the often smog-ridden Norwegian capital, ...
  • Diesel cars on average emit more nitrogen oxides than heavy-duty vehicles

    Euro 6 diesel cars on average emit more than double the amount of NOx as modern trucks or buses, according to emissions data from Germany and Finland examined by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). “The average NOx emissions of the ...
  • CDU/CSU reject environment ministry proposal for inner-city diesel ban

    The conservative CDU/CSU group in the German parliament has rebuffed a proposal by social democratic environment minister Barbara Hendricks to allow cities to ban diesel engines when they deem it necessary, Thomas Öchsner writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. ...
  • Most diesel engines flunk ADAC test

    A new emissions test by German car club ADAC shows that most diesel engines meet legal standards level only on the test bench – falling short on the road, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. The biggest problem for most diesel engines was high nitrogen oxide. Of ...
  • "VW reboots Americas strategy, drops diesel in U.S."

    Volkswagen plans to drop diesel vehicles in the United States and refocus on sport utility and electric vehicles, reports Andreas Cremer for Reuters. The move, announced by VW brand chief Herbert Diess, breaks with earlier suggestions it could return to ...
  • 21 Jun 2016

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

    21 Jun 2016 (All day) Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) Climate Action Plan 2050 delayed The Climate Action Plan 2050 that is to describe a pathway and policy measures for Germany to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent by 2050 will not be ...
  • Diesel share of new vehicles falls to lowest in five years”

    Diesel cars’ share of new vehicle registrations in Germany fell below 45 percent in September to reach the lowest level in five years, reports Sebastian Viehmann for Focus Online. Car expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, director of the Center for Automotive ...
  • “VW has retrofitted few diesel cars”

    More than one year after the start of the VW scandal over illegal emissions manipulations, Europe’s largest carmaker has made slow progress in retrofitting affected cars in Germany, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung. According to the government, the use of the ...
  • Daimler home state favours banning old diesel cars from cities

    The government of southern Germany’s state of Baden-Württemberg, home to carmaker Daimler, wants to ban old diesel cars in cities, report Josef Kelnberger und Max Hägler in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Only a “ blue badge ” could reduce nitrogen oxide levels ...
  • “Type approval for millions of diesel cars illegal”

    A legal opinion for the federal parliament says carmakers’ failure to disclose the use of 'defeat devices'- which reduce an engine’s performance during emissions testing- represent “a continuous and severe violation of the law”. The opinion from ...
  • “The fairy tale about the pending ban on petrol and diesel cars”

    There will be no official ban on combustion engines soon, despite the recent resolution of Germany’s upper house of parliament (Bundesrat) that new cars should be emission-free in the EU by 2030, writes Nikolaus Doll in Die Welt. Transport minister ...
  • Transport minister changes course, in favour of diesel bans

    German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt has suggested communes should ban the use of diesel cars when nitrogen oxide levels are high, report Michail Hengstenberg and Gerald Traufetter in Spiegel Online. In a reply to a question by the Green party, ...
  • Daimler boss: Diesel scandal had no impact; effect of e-car premium limited

    The scandal about emissions from diesel cars has had no noticeable impact on diesel sales at Daimler, the head the German carmaker, Dieter Zetsche, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Eleven months after the VW case became public, the share of ...
  • Diesel loses market share due to emissions scandal

    At 45.3 percent in August 2016, the share of diesel cars in all newly registered passenger cars in Germany was at its lowest since March 2012, due to the emissions scandal, according to a study by the CAR Center Automotive Research of the University of ...
  • “The diesel engine’s creeping death”

    Even though the government put plans to enable diesel bans in German cities on ice last month, experts believe diesel engines are doomed, reports Henning Peitsmeier in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Elmar Kades, director at business consultancy Alix ...
  • “Good bad diesel

    The German environment ministry’s move to stop plans to make it easier to ban diesel cars from cities is a good thing, Carsten Knop writes in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Knop argues that the “blue badge” plan would force nearly all existing diesel ...
  • Environment ministry puts plans for city diesel car bans on hold

    The environment ministry has put plans to facilitate diesel car bans in cities on hold, reports newspaper Berliner Morgenpost. State secretary Jochen Flasbarth told the paper that plans for the introduction of a “blue badge” were put on ice until a ...
  • Diesel cars will continue to be important”

    Diesel cars will continue to be necessary to reach climate protection targets, said Matthias Wissmann, president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in an interview with Handelsblatt. “They use 25 percent less fuel than petrol ...
  • “The blue diesel ghost”

    The resolute application of a ban on diesel vehicles in big cities would upset economic activity as trucks, delivery vans and buses for public transport would be prohibited as well, writes Holger Appel in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ...
  • “The diesel is alive”

    The diesel emissions scandal has not slowed sales of new diesel cars, reports Henrik Mortsiefer in Tagesspiegel. Sales of diesel cars actually reached a new record of 812,000 in the first half of 2016. Total German car sales rose seven percent to 1.73 ...
  • “Big cities consider driving bans on diesel cars”

    Several German cities, including Berlin, Munich, Bremen, and Stuttgart, are considering banning older diesel cars in order to bring harmful nitrogen oxide emissions within EU limits, according to a survey by press agency dpa. The ban would mean only cars ...
  • “Cities threatened by diesel driving bans”

    Many cities might be forced to introduce bans on diesel cars because their nitrogen oxide emission levels exceed legal limits, reports Jasper von Altenbockum in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The German Cities Council blames the situation on carmakers’ ...
  • 02 Oct 2015

    In the media: Nuclear clean-up support; diesel's future

    02 Oct 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Support for nuclear plant operators” The home region of battered utilities RWE and E.ON has suggested the companies should receive state aid if their provisions for nuclear decommissioning prove too ...
  • 30 Sep 2015

    In the media: Carmakers complain about 'anti-diesel' lobby

    30 Sep 2015 (All day) FAZ/World Economic Forum “Praise for German competitiveness” According to the World Economic Forum’s new Global Competitiveness Report, Germany is one of the most economically competitive countries in the world, reports Frankfurter ...
  • 23 Sep 2015

    In the media: Diesel cheating; more money for combined heat and power

    23 Sep 2015 (All day) Die Welt “The German government knew the cheating technology” The German ministry for transport has known for a long time that car manufacturers are using technologies that interfere with emissions testing, Matthias Kamann reports in ...
  • 13 Mar 2019 |

    EU rebuffs German call for more lax NOx limits in “slap in the face” – report

    13 Mar 2019, 14:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars International Süddeutsche Zeitung The EU Commission has “brusquely” rebuffed a German call for a reappraisal of existing nitrogen oxide limits in what amounts to ...
  • 11 Dec 2019 |

    Bosch CEO calls for aid for structural change in Germany’s car regions

    11 Dec 2019, 13:11 Freja Eriksen Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine / Stuttgarter Nachrichten The German car industry sees itself threatened by stricter CO2 limits planned by the European Commission, Volkmar Denner, head of German car part supplier Bosch, has ...
  • 05 Nov 2019 |

    Ambitious climate protection will not harm employment in Germany- study

    05 Nov 2019, 13:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire The number of jobs in Germany will increase if the country pursues ambitious emissions cuts, according to a study by the ...
  • 04 Nov 2019 |

    Volkswagen announces 'system change' as production of e-car model ID.3 starts

    04 Nov 2019, 14:13 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Clean Energy Wire The beginning of serial production of Volkswagen's e-car flagship model ID.3 in a factory in ...
  • 07 Oct 2019 |

    Electric version of VW's trademark Golf now cheaper than traditional model – study

    07 Oct 2019, 14:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars manager magazin Carmaker VW is emptying its stocks of older e-car models ahead of the launch of its new ID 3 model, bringing the price for the electric ...
  • 25 Sep 2019 |

    German carmakers can't shake off dieselgate – VW executives charged, Daimler fined

    25 Sep 2019, 14:04 Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire / New York Times New dieselgate troubles complicate ...
  • 06 Sep 2019 |

    VW receives over 30,000 reservations for first purpose-built electric car

    06 Sep 2019, 13:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire More than 30,000 people have put in a reservation for Volkswagen's first purpose-built electric car ID.3, which will be unveiled at next ...
  • 04 Sep 2019 |

    Frankfurt car fair promises showdown between Fridays for Future and auto lobby

    04 Sep 2019, 10:53 This year's Frankfurt Motor Show steals the limelight for unusual reasons. Thousands of people will flock to the bi-annual industry fair – but many of them not to admire horsepower-proud vehicles, but instead to call for their ...
  • 17 Jun 2019 |

    Air pollution remains too high in nearly 60 German cities – environment agency

    17 Jun 2019, 12:48 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities Clean Energy Wire The level of air pollution, mostly due ...
  • 23 May 2019 |

    German government adopts national Clean Air Programme

    23 May 2019, 12:22 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 08 Sep 2017 |

    Frankfurt car show puts spotlight on German carmakers’ troubles

    08 Sep 2017 (All day) Dieselgate, looming driving bans in German cities, an election debate on phasing out combustion engines, and the rapid ascent of e-car rival Tesla – this year’s Frankfurt car show (IAA) comes at an awkward time for German carmakers. ...
  • 10 Apr 2019 |

    Germany’s science academy says driving bans unsuitable to improve air quality

    10 Apr 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire Germany needs a profound shift to a renewable transport system to improve local air quality instead of ineffective diesel driving bans ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

    Two thirds of Germans in favour of free public transport offers

    08 Feb 2019, 13:42 Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars Society Germany launches task force to kickstart shift to sustainable ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

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

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

    Air pollution in German cities decreases slightly in 2018

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

    German government has no plans for autobahn speed limit

    29 Jan 2019, 13:37 Expert NPE- German National Platform for Electric Mobility Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität Transport Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars NGO ...
  • 24 Jan 2019 |

    Autobahn speed limit: good for climate and safety, or a useless loss of freedom?

    24 Jan 2019, 12:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars NGO triggering diesel bans now eyes speed limit on German Autobahn The task force in charge of steering Germany to clean mobility Working ...
  • 21 Jan 2019 |

    Working paper by Germany’s clean mobility commission sparks public outcry

    21 Jan 2019, 12:26 An internal working paper by the task force responsible for proposals to cut emissions from Germany’s transport sector has stirred public controversy. Federal transport minister Andreas Scheuer, whose own ministry appointed the ...
  • 22 Jun 2016

    Germany gets fracking law / Daimler plans energy transition- report

    22 Jun 2016 (All day) Spiegel Online “Coalition wants to push through fracking law on Friday” The government has scheduled  the Bundestag vote on a law restricting fracking in Germany for this Friday, writes Spiegel Online. Leaders of the two parties in ...
  • 25 Apr 2016

    State chamber backs citizens' energy / 'Transport minister bows to auto industry'

    25 Apr 2016 (All day) PV-magazine “EEG reform: state chamber wants exemptions for citizens’ energy” Germany’s second parliamentary chamber, which represents the 16 states, has passed a resolution calling for priority to be given to small, regional ...
  • 20 Apr 2016

    Germany asks Belgium to switch off nuclear plants / RWE turmoil

    20 Apr 2016 (All day) BMUB / Deutsche Welle “Germany asks Belgium to hit the switch on disputed Tihange and Doel nuclear reactors” Environment minister Barbara Hendricks submitted an official request to Belgian authorities asking for two nuclear reactors ...
  • 08 Apr 2016

    New renewables law threatens wind power – Green Party

    08 Apr 2016 (All day) Berliner Zeitung “The federal government is shifting into reverse gear concerning Energiewende” The federal government’s plans to reform the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) will lead to the “collapse” of the expansion of wind power in ...
  • 04 Feb 2016

    E-car support without subsidies / Nuclear energy as an option

    04 Feb 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung Decision on e-car support postponed The German government has postponed the decision about how to boost e-cars until March after a high-level meeting with representatives of the country’s carmakers failed to reach ...
  • 29 Oct 2015

    Suspend energy efficiency rules for refugee homes?

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

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

    23 Oct 2015 (All day) 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. The state’s economy minister Ilse Aigner ...
  • 14 Oct 2015

    In the media: Renewables levy said to rise; "Oil's closing sale"

    14 Oct 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online/dpa-AFX “Renewable energy surcharge rises to record level of 6.35 cents” The renewables surcharge German consumers pay with their power bills will rise to a record 6.35 cents per KWh next year, “several independent ...
  • 05 Oct 2015

    In the media: Gabriel takes conciliatory tone over troubled utilities

    05 Oct 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung/WAZ “Minister Gabriel does not want to ‘shave’ utilities” German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel surprised stockmarkets with conciliatory remarks about the country’s troubled utilities, reports ...
  • 08 Oct 2015

    In the media: Wind now cheapest power to produce in UK and Germany

    08 Oct 2015 (All day) Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE) “Average duration of power supply cuts per consumer and year less than 12 minutes for first time” The average power consumer in Germany can expect to ...
  • 21 Sep 2015

    In the media: Lower efficiency standards amid refugee crisis?

    21 Sep 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung “Worried about the climate” The very hot and dry summer of 2015 was a sign of climate change, 46 percent of Germans believe. In contrast, 40 percent told pollster Institut für Demoskopie ...
  • 02 Sep 2015

    In the media: Coal plants can be switched off; solar gets cheaper

    02 Sep 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online/IZES “Coal plants can be shut down despite nuclear phase-out” Germany can shut down its coal-fired power plants by 2040, despite the nuclear phase-out and without endangering power supply, according to a study by the ...
  • 22 Apr 2015

    In the media: Pressure on energy minister from all sides in coal levy debate

    22 Apr 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online Resistance among Christian Democrats against power market law Four senior members of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) have send a letter to all members of the CDU-CSU parliamentary group, commenting on ...
  • 03 Jul 2018 |

    Natural gas could power up to 10 percent of all cars – Volkswagen

    03 Jul 2018, 15:30 Cars fuelled by compressed natural gas (CNG) could reach a share of up to ten percent of the total fleet in Germany and Europe, says Stephen Neumann, Volkswagen Group Officer for Natural Gas Mobility in an interview with the Clean ...
  • New government gets little credit in quest to regain climate lead

    29 Mar 2018 (All day) A new government with fresh faces for environment, energy, and transport policy is supposed to bring Germany's dented reputation as a climate policy pioneer back on track. Critics point out that apart from ambitious ...
  • 15 Sep 2017 |

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

    15 Sep 2017 (All day) German voters head to the polls on 24 September to decide the make-up of the federal parliament. The next step, however – forming a government – could take weeks, if not months. Germany’s party landscape has become more fragmented, ...
  • SPD's Westphal: "Conditions to set coal exit date lacking"

    26 Jul 2017 (All day) The SPD, Germany's oldest party, has been a junior partner to Angela Merkel's conservative union in the grand coalition since 2013. The Social Democrats have traditionally been the country's "labour party" ...
  • 06 Dec 2019 |

    Germany needs drastic rise in fuel prices to meet climate targets, environment agency paper says

    06 Dec 2019, 15:06 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cost & Prices Süddeutsche Zeitung A position paper by Germany's environment agency UBA calls for a drastic ...
  • 28 Nov 2019 |

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

    28 Nov 2019, 13:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages 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 ...
  • 12 Dec 2019 |

    Task force presents ten theses on the future of mobility

    12 Dec 2019, 13:36 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Rose-Anne Clermont Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire The National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM)- ...
  • “Federal Environment Agency: Merkel is wrong”

    Diesel technology can in theory help protect the climate, but the average diesel car in Germany hardly emits less CO₂ than the average petrol car, Federal Environment Agency (UBA) president Maria Krautzberger told Süddeutsche Zeitung. Efficiency gains ...
  • Switch to new emissions test could cost German automakers dearly

    The conversion to a new emissions test called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) could cost German manufacturers billions of euros, Martin Seiwert writes in the WirtschaftsWoche. The German car industry has invested tens of ...
  • 10 Oct 2019 |

    Germany to oblige ships to turn off engines in ports and use power grid instead

    10 Oct 2019, 13:43 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin ...
  • 04 Nov 2019 |

    Germany and India agree close partnership on clean mobility and renewables

    04 Nov 2019, 14:10 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Transport International Clean Energy Wire The governments of India and Germany have agreed on close cooperation to promote a climate-friendly transition in the ...
  • German carmakers headed for "disaster" – opinion

    German car manufacturers are working to sell ever more diesel vehicles in a bid to comply with stricter EU CO 2 emission limits, risking “disaster”, writes Frank-Thomas Wenzel in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Rundschau. Diesel-fuelled cars produce less ...
  • 04 Nov 2019 |

    Merkel promises e-car charging infrastructure boost ahead of meeting with industry

    04 Nov 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire Expanding Germany's e-car charging infrastructure and more support for electric mobility options will be key issues at a ...
  • 30 Sep 2019 |

    German VW car owners seek fraud compensation in landmark collective lawsuit

    30 Sep 2019, 13:37 VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Cars Financial Times / Deutsche Welle The first hearing of a landmark collective lawsuit in Germany over ...
  • Congestion charge is obvious and neglected way to solve German cities’ pollution problem - commentary

    Free public transport, blue badges, hardware retrofits- every day a different solution is touted to reconcile cars with the environment in Germany’s heated diesel debate, writes Marc Beise in a commentary in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. But a congestion ...
  • German transport minister calls for more attractive car swap offers from automakers

    In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Kerstin Schwenn, German minister of transport Andreas Scheuer, a member of the conservative CSU party, said the retrofitting of millions of diesel cars to make them cleaner and reduce emissions ...
  • 18 Nov 2019 |

    Tesla gigafactory in Germany hailed as gamechanger for lagging e-mobility transition

    18 Nov 2019, 12:34 Tesla's announcement to build a "gigafactory" for e-car production in Germany is likely to speed up the slow shift to electric mobility in the country, politicians and mobility experts have said. Media called the ...
  • 27 May 2019 |

    Car industry supplier Bosch fined for involvement in "dieselgate"

    27 May 2019, 13:47 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rose-Anne Clermont Cars Deutsche Welle German auto parts supplier Bosch was ordered to pay a 90 million euro fine on 23 May for its role in "negligently infringing its quality ...
  • 29 Oct 2019 |

    Germany's CO2 emissions set to fall “markedly” in 2019 as energy use declines

    29 Oct 2019, 17:41 Germany is headed for second consecutive year of substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, as a sharp drop in coal consumption is driving a decline of the country’s overall energy use in 2019. If this trend continues, the ...
  • 27 Aug 2019 |

    Northern German states plan hydrogen initiative to optimise wind power use

    27 Aug 2019, 13:10 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Storage Wind NDR Germany's northern coastal states are set to expand their efforts to bring hydrogen production from wind power to an industrial scale and ...
  • 07 May 2019 |

    BMW’s profit falls 74 percent after setting aside 1.4 billion euros for possible EU fine

    07 May 2019, 13:30 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cars Financial Times Operating profits at German carmaker BMW plunged 78 percent in the ...
  • 15 Aug 2019 |

    Carmakers and E.ON showcase Germany's innovation failure- opinion

    15 Aug 2019, 12:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Business & Jobs Utilities Spiegel Online VW, BMW, Mercedes and utility E.ON are prime examples for German companies' innovation failure, which is partly to ...
  • Carmakers should bear full cost of hardware retrofitting – opinion

    No tax money should be used to finance the hardware retrofitting of older diesel vehicles, writes Markus Balser in an opinion piece in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Instead of subsidising the ironing out of funny business, the federal government must finally ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

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

    29 Nov 2018, 15:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Climate & CO2 Cars Destatis An increase in the average engine performance of both diesel and petrol cars is one of the main reasons for the continuously increasing ...
  • 11 Jul 2019 |

    Customers do not want e-cars – electric mobility pioneer Schuh

    11 Jul 2019, 14:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Cars Süddeutsche Zeitung German drivers do not want electric cars because these do not offer the same range as any gasoline car at a competitive price, e-mobility ...
  • 26 Aug 2019 |

    Study finds CO2 price of 50 euros per tonne would be 'socially balanced' for Germany

    26 Aug 2019, 13:34 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Expert Agora Verkehrswende Think tank on energy transition in the transport sector Cars Transport Use Teaser ...
  • 18 Apr 2019 |

    How climate became Germany’s new culture war – opinion

    18 Apr 2019, 12:23 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages 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 ...
  • Environmental NGOs call on EU Commission to maintain pressure on German government on clean air

    German environmental organisations call on the European Commission to continue the official infringement procedure against Germany regarding high nitrogen dioxide (NOx) levels resulting from road traffic. In a letter ahead of a meeting with affected ...
  • 15 Apr 2019 |

    German motor authority probes more Mercedes emissions software

    15 Apr 2019, 12:05 Expert Federal Motor Transport Authority Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cars Bild am Sonntag / Reuters Germany’s motor vehicle authority KBA is investigating ...
  • 29 Oct 2019 |

    Sustainable start-up builder econnext links social, green and finance worlds

    29 Oct 2019, 08:40 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how Germany's energy transition is transforming the commercial landscape. To showcase these big changes in the world’s fourth largest economy, this new series ...
  • Green Party head says ‘dieselgate’ crisis is “threat for democracy” in Germany

    The slow and cumbersome handling of Germany’s diesel emissions crisis is becoming “a threat to our democracy,” Green Party co-head Annalena Baerbock told the newspaper WirtschaftsWoche. She said the federal transport ministry has not had the “courage” to ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    World’s largest passenger fuel cell train fleet planned in Germany

    22 May 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Gas Renewables Technology French manufacturer Alstom plans to deliver 27 hydrogen fuel cell trains to subsidiary fahma of regional public transport provider RMV in ...
  • Nitrogen dioxide levels down in 2017, many cities still exceed limits - UBA

    Seventy German municipalities exceeded nitrogen oxide air pollution limits in 2017, down from 90 the previous year, writes the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). This development points in “the right direction,” said UBA President Maria Krautzberger, “but ...
  • 24 Jun 2019 |

    Merkel holds another ‘car summit‘ aimed at making German car industry future proof

    24 Jun 2019, 13:38 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Government Handelsblatt / Stuttgarter Nachrichten / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung After a series of meetings with high-profile car industry representatives ...
  • Merkel prepares departure in shock move at key time for climate policy

    29 Oct 2018, 16:39 The elections in the German state of Hesse have set in motion a major shift in the country's political landscape. Germany's national government coalition parties took the second pounding at regional elections in a row, ...
  • Preview2018- Energy economist fears for Germany's climate reputation

    18 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Env min Hendricks: "Nothing less than transforming our society"

    31 Jul 2017 (All day) Environment minister Barbara Hendricks has been at the helm of Germany's climate protection efforts for the past four years. During her tenure, the country has contributed substantially to brokering the Paris Agreement and put ...
  • 10 Jul 2019 |

    “Très bien”, “symbolic politics” – German media on French flight eco-tax plan

    10 Jul 2019, 13:01 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport WDR / Die Welt / Neues Deutschland France’s  plans to introduce an eco-tax of between 1.50 and 18 euros on flight tickets   got mixed ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    Reactions to government agreement on climate strategy, CO2 pricing

    23 Sep 2019, 09:41 The German government coalition has reached an agreement on the country's climate action strategy, including a pricing system for carbon emissions in all major sectors. The Clean Energy Wire presents reactions to the deal. Use ...
  • “We’re not adjusting the limit” – Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated her proposal to adapt Germany’s emissions law to prevent diesel driving bans in cities where nitrogen oxide limits are only slightly exceeded. In an interview with public broadcaster hr-iNFO, Merkel said this ...
  • Europe's courts are holding governments to account for climate change

    Courts in Germany and other European Union countries are posing a growing challenge to governments and business interests regarding climate change in recent months, reports Rick Noack in The Washington Post. Examples include an appeals court in the ...
  • 10 Oct 2018 |

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

    10 Oct 2018, 17:18 Two days after the UN's latest IPCC report on global warming urged greater international efforts against climate change, the German parliament saw a heated debate about the implications for Germany. While the Green Party, which had ...
  • 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 ...
  • Municipalities reject transport ministry’s proposal to allow selective driving bans

    Germany’s municipalities have criticised proposals by the transport ministry (BMVI) to allow cities to introduce selective driving bans for certain route sections in inner cities that grapple with high air pollution levels, Welt Online reports. “If some ...
  • EU opens investigation into possible collusion between BMW, Daimler and VW on clean emission technology

    The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether BMW, Daimler and VW colluded, in breach of EU antitrust rules, to avoid competition on the development and roll-out of technology to clean the emissions of petrol and diesel ...
  • 04 Jan 2019 |

    Share of pure electric vehicles in Germany’s new car registrations rises to one percent in 2018

    04 Jan 2019, 13:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport ...
  • 03 Jan 2019 |

    More than 300,000 car owners join lawsuit against VW over emissions cheating

    03 Jan 2019, 11:55 VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen VZBV- Federation of German Consumer Organisations Cost & Prices Read more about VZBV- Federation of German Consumer Organisations Use Teaser Image as container background ...
  • Combustion engine still favourite car technology in Germany

    Two-thirds of respondents in a survey in Germany say they will opt for a combustion engine in their next car, trumping alternative engines like hybrid or fully electric by far, consultancy Deloitte says in a press release. While 66 percent of respondents ...
  • Germany's clean air programmes for cities will become "export hits" - transport min

    Speaking to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Kerstin Schwenn, German transport minister Andreas Scheuer said Germany would see a transport turnaround as his ministry seeks to implement its “emergency programme for clean air,” which includes 1 billion ...
  • 30 Jul 2019 |

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

    30 Jul 2019, 10:30 Markus Söder, Bavaria’s conservative state premier, has called for climate action to be enshrined in Germany’s Basic Law, according to German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. Söder has thus embraced a long-standing demand by the Green Party, ...
  • 30 Nov 2018 |

    BMW mulls converting hybrids to electric only mode in polluted cities

    30 Nov 2018, 15:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Reuters German carmaker BMW has said that its hybrid cars could be converted to automatically disable the combustion engine when ...
  • "We’re not here to protect German carmakers"

    28 Apr 2017 (All day) No other party has been part of a German federal government longer than the Free Democrats (FDP). They also governed together with Angela Merkel's CDU at the time of the Fukushima disaster and supported the second nuclear phase ...
  • German “solo attempt” on CO₂ pricing should be cancelled – opinion

    08 Jul 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Augsburger Allgemeine / FAZ / General Anzeiger Commentators are debating the effect of increasing existing taxes on petrol, diesel, ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    Alternative fuel cars on growth path – dena

    20 Dec 2018, 13:59 dena- German Energy Agency Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Shaping a new integrated energy system and decoupling growth and emissions will require a much more efficient use of energy. Under the headline “Efficiency”, ...
  • German env min calls for raising taxes on transport and heating fuels

    05 Jul 2019, 14:17 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 06 Feb 2019 |

    How Germany’s carmakers are transforming into tech companies

    06 Feb 2019, 14:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Technology BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution German carmakers “at crossroads“- environment minister Greatest ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    German federal states mull compensation claims against carmakers

    17 Dec 2018, 13:17 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Politics Rheinische Post / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung At least two German federal states are considering legal action against carmakers for ...
  • Environmental Action Germany takes legal action on emissions limits in 45 German cities

    The NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) initiated several additional legal proceedings on emissions limits in German cities, bringing the total number of affected cities to 45, the organisation writes in a press release. “Diesel driving bans in more ...
  • Green state premier seeks to avoid driving bans in Daimler’s home town Stuttgart

    The Green state premier of the southern German federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, will try to evade diesel driving bans that could be imposed to improve air quality in Stuttgart, the state’s capital, the newspaper Stuttgarter ...
  • EU Commission postpones decision on clean air action against Germany by several weeks - report

    The European Commission will decide whether to sue Germany for failing to comply with EU air quality standards some time in the coming weeks, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Handelsblatt. The Commission initially said it would decide by ...
  • 03 Jun 2019 |

    Shift to electric cars unlikely to reduce CO2 emissions in Germany before 2040- study

    03 Jun 2019, 14:04 Expert Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change Climate & CO2 Policy International Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cars Clean Energy Wire Electric cars ...
  • Buyer’s premium contributes to VW delivery record in January 2018

    The buyer’s premium for the purchase of a new car in exchange for an old diesel has contributed to a 12.3 percent year-on-year increase of delivered Volkswagen (VW) vehicles in January 2018, the company announced in a press release. January saw a global ...
  • Combustion engine ban “not on federal government’s agenda” – spokesperson

    The federal German government is currently not planning a combustion engine ban similar to British plans. “A ban of diesel or petrol cars is currently not on the agenda of the federal government. It’s about making possible a low-emission mobility,” a ...
  • Environmentalists must campaign against internal combustion engine – commentary

    The environmental movement must fight the internal combustion engine just as hard as it does diesel, Martin Unfried, expert at the European Institute of Public Administration, writes in a commentary in the tageszeitung (taz). Unfortunately, the diesel ...
  • Five “model cities” want to improve air quality with better and cheaper public transport

    In the fight against pollution from diesel cars and with EU fines looming, five German model cities want to make their public transport systems better and cheaper. At a press conference with transport minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and environment ...
  • “Old train tracks should be electrified”

    Bavarian state interior minister Joachim Hermann calls for the electrification of old train tracks in light of pollution from diesel emissions, reports news agency dpa in an article carried by Süddeutsche Zeitung. “I want us to talk about a special ...
  • Pure electric vehicle share of new car registrations rises to 1.3 percent in October

    The share of pure electric vehicles in Germany’s new car registrations climbed to 1.3 percent in October, as the number of new EVs increased 55 percent year-on-year, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The share of hybrid cars rose ...
  • Transport minister calls on auto industry to accelerate move to e-mobility

    Three years after the uncovery the diesel scandal, transport minister Andreas Scheuer is pushing carmakers to more rapidly advance the transition to electric mobility, according to a dpa article carried by Berliner Morgenpost. At the “ diesel summit ” ...
  • Merkel: Neither customers, nor taxpayers can be made accountable for auto industry’s “serious mistakes”

    “As far as possible,” German carmakers themselves have to put right the “serious mistakes” made during the diesel crisis, said Chancellor Angela Merkel after a two-day cabinet retreat in Meseberg near Berlin. “The customer or taxpayer cannot be made ...
  • Uber plots Berlin expansion with e-cars

    Uber will expand its Berlin fleet with electric vehicles this fall, according to an article in Handelsblatt. Since March, the controversial ride-sharing company has been chauffeuring its Munich customers with roughly 30 battery-powered cars. In light of ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    VW’s Tesla attack gets real as e-car sales begin; start-up Sono Motors hits 10,000 pre-orders

    09 May 2019, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Start-ups Bloomberg / Clean Energy Wire Volkswagen is about to find out whether consumers will back its 30-billion-euro strategy to topple Tesla as the electric ...
  • 07 May 2019 |

    Germany opens first overhead electricity test track for trucks on autobahn

    07 May 2019, 12:33 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • Carmakers so far retrofitted software of 2.5 million manipulated cars in Germany

    Germany’s carmakers have retrofitted the software of about 2.5 million out of a total of 5.3 million diesel cars eligible for a retrofitting to lower their emissions, Handelsblatt reports. The country’s largest carmaker, Volkswagen, has carried out over ...
  • Nitrogen dioxide emissions “significant burden” on human health - study

    Nitrogen dioxide (NO 2) concentration in Germany’s air is a “significant burden” on human health, and statistically led to about 6,000 premature deaths from cardiovascular diseases in 2014, down from about 8,000 in 2010, writes the Federal Environment ...
  • Federal Environment Agency says blue badges are “pragmatic” driving ban solution

    Diesel cars in Germany need different kinds of badges to assist authorities in identifying which ones are affected by possible driving bans in inner cities, Maria Krautzberger, head of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), says in an interview with the ...
  • German government enters crunch time on climate challenge

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

    Germany promotes e-mobility but many have doubts

    26 Feb 2019, 14:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Cars Society The Verge German car companies have announced major initiatives to promote electric vehicles, but not everyone is convinced, reports US tech site The ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

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

    14 Dec 2018, 10:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The Association for the German Language (GfdS) has made the term “Heißzeit” (hot age) its Word of the ...
  • Bavaria premier wants coal exit, rejects mining state demands

    12 Dec 2018, 14:11 Bavarian state premier Markus Söder called for a national exit from coal-fired power generation but rejected the current financial demands from coal-mining states to cushion the phase-out. In a speech on his new government’s priorities, ...
  • Study on Germany’s transport emissions says regulators missing “coherent big picture”

    A new study published by the World Energy Council Germany (WEC) on the climate impact of the country’s transport sector says that policymakers fail to base their decisions on a “coherent big picture.” “The current regulatory framework is tied to the ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    VW’s strategy change shows little regard for industry suppliers – op-ed

    19 Mar 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Handelsblatt The strategy shift towards electric vehicles announced by Volkswagen shows that Germany’s largest carmaker does not care too ...
  • 13 Feb 2019 |

    Electric bus boom is passing Germany by – report

    13 Feb 2019, 13:50 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Business & Jobs Road freight emissions in Germany Handelsblatt German cities are keen to replace their current busses with electric ...
  • 18 Apr 2019 |

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

    18 Apr 2019, 12:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Julian Wettengel Mobility Transport Policy Rheinische Post / Saarbrücker Zeitung / Wirtschaftswoche German media commentators are sceptical of transport minister ...
  • There will be no “quick solution” to hardware retrofitting – Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that a decision on hardware retrofitting is not in sight. “We will continue to examine the hardware retrofitting proposal, but according to what I saw, there will certainly not be a quick solution for millions of ...
  • Think tanks call for climate action law that includes CO₂ price for transport, buildings

    13 May 2019, 14:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Agora Energiewende / Agora Verkehrswende [This article was based on the German version of the proposals. Agora Energiewende and ...
  • EU dieselgate summit cancelled because of German transport minister’s absence

    An EU ministerial meeting dedicated to the consequences of the diesel scandal has been cancelled after German transport minister Andreas Scheuer said he would not be able to participate because of other appointments, reports Till Hoppe in the business ...
  • Germans will likely come empty-handed to EU air quality meeting

    The German government will likely arrive empty-handed at an EU Commission meeting on 30 January where several states are supposed to show how and by when they intend to achieve compliance with European Union air quality directives, writes Nikolaus Doll in ...
  • 08 Apr 2019 |

    EU charges German carmakers with colluding to block clean emissions technology

    08 Apr 2019, 12:35 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Edgar Meza Cars ...
  • Greens to promote introduction of blue badge in coalition talks – party head

    Green Party head Cem Özdemir has said his party will call for the introduction of a blue badge to be awarded only to lower-emission vehicles, in the upcoming exploratory coalition talks, Konstantin Schwarz writes for Stuttgarter Nachrichten. Such a badge ...
  • “Dieselgate: Green group grumbles over 'Mickey Mouse' summit”

    The diesel summit agreement from 2 August to upgrade software in five million vehicles, set up a mobility fund, and offer buyer’s bonuses can be described as “Mickey Mouse policies” that may cut harmful emissions by five percent at best, Jens Thurau ...
  • “Majority of Germans in favour of driving bans at times of bad air quality”

    More than half of Germans are in favour of temporary diesel driving bans when air quality is bad, according to Greenpeace. In a survey by pollster Emnid commissioned by the NGO, 61 percent of interviewees answered “yes” to the question: “Do you believe ...
  • Tesla overtakes first German carmaker in US

    Tesla sold more cars than Audi in the US in September and October in a first for Germany’s luxury carmakers, rounding off a bleak weak for the companies, reports Nikolaus Doll in Die Welt. Tesla delivered 21,800 cars to US buyers in October, a lead of 36 ...
  • Volkswagen to face first major class action lawsuit in Germany over “dieselgate” affair

    The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv) together with auto club ADAC will file a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen for “intentionally and immorally causing harm to and betraying customers with software manipulation” to obfuscate its ...
  • German transport minister pledges to avoid bans, price hikes ahead of commission’s final meeting

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

    German finance minister wants to extend electric car incentives

    27 Mar 2019, 12:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Reuters Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he wants to extend tax incentives for buyers of electric vehicles and plug-in ...
  • Carmakers and governments responsible for car emissions limits dilemma - opinion

    German carmakers are the main culprits behind the problems with emissions, writes Nikolaus Doll in an opinion piece for Die Welt. “Not all, but important companies have lied, deceived and in the end will not manage to comply with the future limit,” Doll ...
  • 10 Apr 2018 |

    Economy minister Altmaier calls for mobility transition push

    10 Apr 2018 (All day) The current legislative period has to be used to significantly advance the mobility transition in Germany, ensuring that the country remains a technology leader, said economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier at a mobility ...
  • Germany’s large parties have understood nothing about climate action and fairness – opinion

    The problem with being in power for a long time is that it becomes possible to judge a politician by whether they fulfilled their promises, writes Cerstin Gammelin in an op-ed for Süddeutsche Zeitung. Angela Merkel in her 13 th year as chancellor is ...
  • Air pollution levels exceed limit values in 116 German cities – NGO

    The concentration of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO 2) emissions are above the legal limit in 116 cities and municipalities in Germany, NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says in a press release. The NGO’s analysis included 41 cities that so far had not ...
  • "Inconvenient truths" about Germany’s climate policy

    Germany’s government is creating a “climate chaos,” the tabloid newspaper Bild writes in a page two article. Despite the high costs of renewable power, the targets of the energy transition are far from being reached, the article says. Another point of ...
  • Cruise ship business getting cleaner

    A total of 915,000 cruise ship passengers landed in Hamburg this year, up from 813,000 in 2017, Cruise Gate Hamburg, which operates three terminals in the harbour, said in a press release. Despite the increasing number of cruise ships visiting Hamburg, CO ...
  • VW aims to sell more SUVs to finance development of electric and autonomous cars

    Car buyers around the world are “in love with SUVs,” Jürgen Stackmann, member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, told the news agency dpa. By 2025, every second car sold by VW would be an SUV. According to Stackmann, the ...
  • German carmakers’ survival threatened by mobility transformation

    The traditional car industry is being hit by the adoption of electric vehicles, big data, tighter emissions limits and diesel bans, and German carmakers are faring the worst in many cases, writes Patrick McGee in Financial Times. It might not yet be clear ...
  • “Mission failed”

    The federal environment ministry’s statement that software updates are insufficient to improve air quality in German cities makes the August ‘ diesel summit ’ a failure, writes Michael Bauchmüller in an opinion piece in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Action plans ...
  • “VW’s discounts are an outrage” – opinion

    VW is responsible for one of the largest industrial frauds in the post-war period and still tries to profit from it, writes Angelika Slavik in a commentary in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The carmaker is offering up to 10,000 euros for the trade-in of an old ...
  • 27 Mar 2018

    Energy sector drives slight drop in German emissions in 2017

    27 Mar 2018 (All day) Germany saw its greenhouse gas emissions dip slightly in 2017, as wind power continued to replace coal-fired electricity generation and hard coal power plants were shut down, new estimates released by the Federal Environment Agency ...
  • “The new German wave of scrappage”

    It is still unclear if so-called “environmental bonuses” offered by German car manufacturers to customers switching away from an old diesel car would actually help protect the environment, writes Martin Gropp in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • 11 Jul 2019 |

    Energy transition start-ups shake up the business world

    11 Jul 2019, 13:33 The shift to a low-carbon future is turning the economy inside out. Policy has a crucial role to play, but ultimately it is businesses that will make the energy transition happen. In Energiewende home country Germany, many start-ups are ...
  • “Audi intensifies austerity course“

    The diesel emissions scandal forces German carmaker Audi to cut costs and increase efficiency “wherever possible”, writes Henning Peitsmeier for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Many investments “which would have easily passed any budget meeting of ...
  • “Rebate without effect”

    The buyer’s bonus German carmakers will offer for customers switching away from an old diesel will have little effect, writes Lukas Bay in an article in Handelsblatt. The 2,000-euro bonus incentive wasn’t big enough, said Stefan Bratzel, of the Center of ...
  • “This can only be the beginning”

    German carmakers must prove the effectiveness of the measures for better air quality promised at the diesel summit, writes Silke Kersting in an opinion piece for Handelsblatt. “The government must also act” and be strict regarding on-road emissions tests. ...
  • “What an embarrassing enactment”

    The German government was much too soft on carmakers at the diesel summit in Berlin, writes Petra Pinzler in an opinion piece for Zeit Online. “In Germany, laws are valid for some, summits are held for others,” writes Pinzler. Even at the summit, ...
  • “Germany: Promised land of all things material”

    The diesel summit is “a beacon of Germany’s lack of digitality” and shows that the country tends to place too much value on improving instead of renewing, writes Sascha Lobo in an article for his column on Spiegel Online. “It is not about the car of the ...
  • “The heads of the car companies have not grasped the gravity of the situation”

    The diesel scandal is only the tip of the iceberg of the German car industry’s troubles and neither the manufacturers’ CEOs nor Chancellor Angela Merkel have grasped the gravity of the crisis, writes Heribert Prantl in an opinion piece in Süddeutsche ...
  • We need a dialogue for the transport transition – opinion

    The current passionate discussions about diesel cars, air quality and driving bans should be used to kick-start a wide mobility transition dialogue between politicians, the car industry, citizens and environmentalists, writes Martin Gropp in an opinion ...
  • Germans reluctant to part with old fossil-fuelled cars

    We are welcoming Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) as our visiting cartoonist at CLEW. Mwelwa is a Zambian comic book artist and founder of Foresight Comics who is in Germany for the summer after winning the Horst-Köhler-Journalism-Grant of the International ...
  • 12 Mar 2018 |

    Germany's car-loving transport minister faces clean mobility challenge

    12 Mar 2018 (All day) Car industry hub Germany is under increasing pressure to accelerate the shift to sustainable mobility in order to reach its climate targets and improve the quality of air in inner city areas. Against the backdrop of a looming ban on ...
  • Right-wing climate change deniers shun taking responsibility – opinion

    04 Mar 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Climate & CO2 Politics Society Tagesspiegel As the political debate over immigration in Germany is becoming less heated in line with the decreasing number of migrants ...
  • “Foreign carmakers should follow VW example”

    German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt called on foreign carmakers to follow BMW’s, VW’s and Daimler’s example of buyer’s bonuses and introduce “similar measures”, reports Reuters in an article carried by Handelsblatt. Read the article in German ...
  • 'Green wave' vs right-wing populism: Europe faces climate policy polarisation

    05 Jun 2019, 16:00 The European elections delivered major gains for Green parties in several countries, as voters signalled a strong desire for more aggressive action on climate change. In Germany, the Green surge was especially strong. The party doubled ...
  • “EU says no plans for electric cars quotas”

    The EU Commission is not planning to introduce e-car sales quotas, said a Commission spokesperson in reaction to reports by German daily Handelsblatt, writes news agency Reuters. Read the article in English here. Find background material on the carmakers ...
  • Driving ban court case is the result of “political failure” – opinion

    The federal government and the car industry are the main culprits in bad air quality in cities, but both are keeping silent in the Federal Administrative Court case on driving bans, writes Michael Bauchmüller in a commentary in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. ...
  • EU transport commissioner Bulc says dynamic city toll system could prevent driving bans

    The EU Commissioner for transport, Violeta Bulc, says a dynamic toll system for inner cities could allow emission levels to be regulated and make driving bans for polluting diesel cars unnecessary. In an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau, Bulc says ...
  • 25 Feb 2019 |

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

    25 Feb 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Policy New German energy state secretary takes carbon price off table for now Putting a price on emissions: What are the prospects for carbon ...
  • Audi CEO Stadler arrested over dieselgate scandal – report

    Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been arrested over allegations that he played a role in Volkswagen (VW) Group’s diesel emissions cheating scandal, the Financial Times reports, a week after Munich prosecutors raided his private residence. Stadler has served as ...
  • Free public transport an “overdue revolution” - opinion

    The German proposal to consider free public transport in cities is an “overdue revolution” needed to shift mobility away from individual transport and thereby reducing air and noise pollution in inner cities, writes Michael Bauchmüller in an opinion piece ...
  • Audi, BMW and Daimler to pay for car upgrades to fix emissions

    German car manufacturers are willing to pay for certain upgrades and retrofitting to reduce their diesel cars’ nitrogen oxide emissions and help avoid driving bans, Peter Fahrenholz writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. BMW and Audi signalled to the Bavarian ...
  • “Bosch needs a new ignition”

    The world’s largest supplier of diesel technology Bosch will build a new chip factory for around one billion euros to produce future mobility technology in Germany, writes Susanne Preuß in a commentary in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “The new ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    “Thank you, Elon Musk, for showing German car managers the ropes“ – commentary

    07 Dec 2018, 14:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars WirtschaftsWoche Tesla CEO Elon Musk was highly influential in shifting the strategy of German carmakers away from the combustion engine, in ...
  • German state NRW mulls using silent e-trucks for night deliveries to reduce traffic volumes

    Electric trucks with low noise emissions could be used in the German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) for night-time deliveries in inner cities, which would also reduce traffic volumes during the day, the Rheinische Post reports. NRW transport minister ...
  • European Commission grants “very last deadline” on clean air

    The European Commission has granted Germany and several other countries a “very last deadline” to propose concrete measures on how they intend to comply with air quality standards, report Till Hoppe and Silke Kersting in the Handelsblatt. After what ...
  • Finance start-up Bettervest connects small investors with green energy projects

    02 May 2019, 11:32 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • 14 Jun 2019 |

    Start-up Sunfire’s e-fuels can decarbonise industries most addicted to fossil fuels

    14 Jun 2019, 09:07 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • Zero-emission road freight can spur economic growth in Europe – report

    Transitioning to efficient and zero-emissions road freight transport will significantly reduce European spending and dependence on oil imports and spur economic growth, the European Climate Foundation and Cambridge Econometrics say in a report backed by ...
  • Air pollution control plans for cities could include provisions for power plants and mines

    Local governments have so far focussed on diesel vehicles in their air pollution control plans. However, such plans could also include provisions for power plants and coal mines, writes Thorsten Knuf in Berliner Zeitung, citing a report by the research ...
  • Strong increase of new car registrations in August, ahead of new emissions test

    New car registrations in Germany increased significantly in August 2018 – 25 percent compared to the same month in 2017 – due to the introduction of the stricter Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) at the beginning of September, ...
  • 11 Feb 2019 |

    EU e-car registrations surpass 100,000 in 2018

    11 Feb 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars International BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Share of pure electric vehicles in Germany’s new car ...
  • “Waiting for the electric vehicle miracle”

    The diesel engine has been damaged by the emissions scandal and it will reach the end of its development capability in about a decade, but German automakers must nevertheless make diesel acceptable again, Henrik Mortsiefer writes in Der Tagesspiegel. New ...
  • VW CEO says company managers should switch to staff cars with electric engines

    Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess has told employees that the company’s managers should swap their staff cars for e-cars, Nicolaus Doll writes in Welt Online. According to the article, Diess told VW managers that the company would not be able to convince ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

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

    14 Mar 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Tagesspiegel The ministries responsible for implementing climate policy in Germany get bad marks from newspaper Tagesspiegel in an ...
  • German states want government aid for car industry suppliers to meet EU emissions standards

    Small- and medium-sized suppliers of Germany’s mighty carmakers should receive more financial support to accomplish the shift to e-mobility and lower vehicle emissions as proposed by the EU, the economy ministers of Germany’s federal states were quoted by ...
  • 03 Jan 2019 |

    German manufacturers seen catching up on e-mobility in 2019

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  • VW has “miles to go” in US to carry out transparency reforms – report

    Germany’s largest carmaker still has to invest a lot of effort in the US to regain the trust that it lost after it was revealed in 2015 that the company cheated on emissions tests on a large scale, Jack Ewing writes in the New York Times. A report ...
  • DUH launches participatory clean air campaign

    NGO Environmental Action Germany is launching a campaign to supplement what it says is inadequate air pollution testing by the government. A new web portal will allow citizens to report locations with high traffic pollution. DUH will then use a network of ...
  • Mixed reactions to EU decision to sue Germany and other countries over air pollution

    The conservative (CDU/CSU) parliamentary group said the EU Commission should instead support German efforts to improve air quality. “The lawsuit is the exact opposite of that,” transport spokesperson Daniela Ludwig said. “This is beyond my comprehension. ...
  • 12 Jun 2019 |

    Start-up Next Kraftwerke's renewable virtual power plant stabilises grid

    12 Jun 2019, 13:26 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • Think tank urges reform of Germany’s taxes and levies system to allow for effective carbon price

    The German system of taxes and levies needs a comprehensive reform to allow for the introduction of an effective carbon price without creating a major burden for power customers, think tank Agora Energiewende has found in an analysis. The think tank says ...
  • Port of Hamburg tests LNG powered container ships

    A pilot project in the city of Hamburg tests how container ship pollution in ports could be reduced by propelling them with electricity via mobile generators powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), reports the public broadcaster NDR. The LNG PowerPac, a ...
  • Germany’s prospective coalition parties go easy on carmakers

    Leaked information ahead of the last day of exploratory talks between Germany’s prospective coalition parties suggest that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) will spare the country’s mighty carmakers ...
  • Daimler and Volkswagen encounter new dieselgate troubles

    German car manufacturers Daimler and Volkswagen are facing new headaches in the so-called dieselgate scandal: according to reports, the former has to recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the orders of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), ...
  • EU Commission gets tough on air quality improvement

    The European Commission has set a deadline for Germany and other countries to show how they intend to comply with the EU’s air quality standards or face court action, reports Florian Eder for Politico. In a letter seen by Politico, Commissioner for the ...
  • “Post’s e-van in demand“

    The diesel emissions debate has “further sparked” customers’ interest in Deutsche Post DHL’s electric delivery van, said the company’s financial head Melanie Kreis in a telephone conference, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Read the article in ...
  • 14 Mar 2018 |

    Coalition watch – The making of a new German government

    14 Mar 2018 The 2017 September election results have led to unprecedented difficulties in forming a new government in Germany. After the longest government building process in modern Germany, Angela Merkel was re-elected as chancellor of a renewed ' ...
  • “No driving bans in Stuttgart after all?”

    It remains uncertain whether Mercedes’ and Porsche’s hometown Stuttgart will introduce diesel driving bans next year as currently planned, according to the regional government. Green state premier Winfried Kretschmann told local newspapers the bans were “ ...
  • German government subsidises the past instead of the future - opinion

    The German government’s criticism of job cuts in Siemens’ fossil power generation business, and its rejection of VW’s call to cut diesel subsidies, reveal that it still believes that an outdated status quo could be preserved in the face of the “next ...
  • 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 ...
  • Preview2018- Energiewende funding needs fixing-German energy agency

    22 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Delivery of e-cars delayed by switch to new emissions test

    Bottlenecks in the delivery of electric cars are causing customers to have to wait up to a year for their new vehicles, according to an article published in Der Tagesspiegel. The delays stem from the conversion to a new emissions test called the Worldwide ...
  • Tracking the CO2 price debate in Germany

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

    Social Democratic (SPD) chancellor candidate Martin Schulz calls for a binding European e-mobility quota as a consequence of the diesel scandal, reports Peter Fahrenholz for Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). “With a binding European e-mobility quota we will ...
  • VW eyes phase-out of combustion engines, but says it will sell conventional cars into 2040s

    06 Dec 2018, 14:24 VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business & Jobs Technology Clean Energy Wire VW has said it will sell ...
  • VW CEO Diess says clean car policies “threaten the very existence” of Germany’s car industry

    Stricter EU emission limits and new, more realistic exhaust gas testing methods were pushing the car industry to the “brink of collapse,” Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said at an event on 16 October, Spiegel Online reports. He lamented that the current ...
  • “VW targets strong 2017 even as core brand struggles”

    Operating profits of Volkswagen Group’s core brand slipped in 2016 amid higher marketing costs related to the diesel emissions scandal and plunging demand in key markets, reports Reuters. But VW Board of Management member Frank Witter said in a press ...
  • Daimler faces government ultimatum as it struggles with software update delays - report

    Daimler is under pressure from German transport minister Andreas Scheuer to complete the recall and upgrade of 774,000 diesel vehicles that the government has found to have illegal emissions test defeat devices, Markus Fasse, Franz Hubik and Thomas Tuma ...
  • Government to decide on special renewables auctions in October

    After several hours of negotiations on diesel emissions and immigration, the federal government coalition also agreed that it would decide to implement special renewables auctions “to contribute to closing the gap in the 2020 climate target” in a cabinet ...
  • Environmental NGO calls for banning dirty cruise ships from German harbours

    German environmental NGO NABU says the boom in cruise ship tourism warrants a better control of the ships’ emissions and calls for a ban of “especially dirty cruise ships” in German harbours to reduce air pollution. In a press release, NABU head Leif ...
  • Germany’s primary energy consumption to drop by one third by 2040 - report

    Primary energy consumption in Germany will be about one third lower in 2040 than it is today, US energy company Exxon Mobil says in a press release on its prognosis for the German energy demand. Exxon says increased efficiency and a change of energy ...
  • New federation sets out to push electric shipping in Berlin

    The new Federation for Electric Shipping and Charging Infrastructure has set out to wane ship owners in Germany’s capital off diesel engines and to introduce e-boats instead to reduce inner city air pollution, the federation says in a press release and on ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    Germany sees largest emissions drop since 2009 recession

    04 Apr 2019, 15:12 Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 4.5 percent in 2018 as warm weather and higher prices dampened the use of climate-damaging fossil fuels. The government called the largest drop since the 2009 recession the “first notable ...
  • Truck makers ignore emission problem while celebrating strong growth at commercial vehicle show IAA - NGO

    German and European truck makers like to forget their climate problem while celebrating strong industry growth at the commercial vehicle show in Hanover (IAA), according to environmental NGO Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (Nabu). “Behind ...
  • 28 Feb 2018 |

    Diesel driving bans in Germany – The Q&A

    28 Feb 2018 In a landmark ruling, Germany's Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig decided that local driving bans can be a legally admissible measure to enforce EU clean air rules. This factsheet provides answers to the key questions regarding ...
  • 11 Sep 2019 |

    Huge EV bet could turn diesel pariah VW into "game-changing" pioneer

    11 Sep 2019 VW has initiated a remarkable transformation in the wake of the Dieselgate scandal. Shaken to the core by the emissions cheating scandal of its own making, the world's largest carmaker has embraced electric mobility more vigorously than ...
  • 05 Sep 2019 |

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

    05 Sep 2019, 13:00 "Dieselgate" started out as a scandal exclusively affecting Germany's largest car company Volkswagen. But since it broke in September 2015, it has morphed into a global issue involving many industry giants. In Germany, ...
  • Climate & energy stumbling blocks for Jamaica-coalition talks

    27 Sep 2017 Germany might be headed towards a new chapter in its political history with a governing coalition of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the economic liberal FDP, and the environmentalist Green Party looming as a real prospect for the first ...
  • 27 Aug 2019 |

    Reluctant Daimler shifts gear in race to sustainable mobility

    27 Aug 2019 The Daimler Group and its iconic Mercedes-Benz brand are global bywords for luxury cars made in Germany. The company is a classic powerhouse of automobile innovation, but was slow to embrace e-mobility in earnest. Spooked by the success of its ...
  • Germany’s planned carbon pricing system for transport and buildings

    24 Oct 2019, 13:35 The German government has decided to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions in the transport and building sectors as a key instrument to help reach its climate targets. The cabinet adopted the first draft of a national law for a ...
  • 11 Oct 2019 |

    Germany's Climate Action Programme 2030

    11 Oct 2019, 12:01 Germany has presented an official programme of measures for the country to reach its 2030 climate targets. The Climate Action Programme comes as a supplement to the country's Climate Action Law as part of a comprehensive package to ...
  • Putting a price on emissions: What are the prospects for carbon pricing in Germany?

    18 Jul 2019, 13:04 Having long shied away from the debate, the German government is finally considering a price on CO₂ emissions in sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System, such as transport and buildings. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate ...
  • 07 Aug 2018 |

    Rail cargo emissions in Germany

    07 Aug 2018, 17:46 Rail freight, one of the potentially most climate-friendly modes of cargo transportation, is having a hard time to increase its clout in Germany's export-driven economy. Technical difficulties, red tape, and the twists and turns of ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    A (very) brief timeline of Germany's Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 (All day) 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 ...
  • German offshore wind power- output, business and perspectives

    21 Jan 2019, 14:00 Offshore wind power is a relatively new industry in wind-country Germany but is growing at a fast pace. While investors initially shied away from high investment costs and the risky conditions at sea, price drops and technological ...
  • 03 Aug 2018 |

    Road freight emissions in Germany

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

    07 Feb 2018 Concluding weeks of intensive negotiations, Germany's would-be government partners have agreed on a coalition treaty. The Clean Energy Wire presents excerpts on climate, energy and transport from the agreement between Chancellor Angela ...
  • The debate over an end to combustion engines in Germany

    28 Aug 2017 (All day) France and the UK are planning to ban all combustion engine sales from 2040. The Clean Energy Wire provides key quotes from German politicians, their parties' national election programmes, and industry players on the future of ...
  • 26 Jul 2018 |

    Germany's maritime freight emissions

    26 Jul 2018, 09:28 Germany's maritime freight industry is big business that boasts globally ranked shipping companies, state-of-the-art ports, and reliable logistics. The country's merchant fleet mainly runs on CO₂-intensive heavy oil, as do ...
  • 28 Aug 2018 |

    From ideas to laws – how Energiewende policy is shaped

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

    Bioenergy's public acceptance problem

    28 Sep 2016 (All day) Bioenergy isn’t as popular with the German public as the country’s other major renewable energy sources. Fears of swathes of the German countryside being subsumed by maize monoculture, as well as sustainability issues abroad, have ...
  • 20 Sep 2017 |

    Campaign quotes: What Merkel & Schulz say about Energiewende issues

    20 Sep 2017 (All day) Chancellor Angela Merkel promises more precise climate goals after the elections; contender Martin Schulz calls for a binding e-car quota. In the run-up to the federal elections in Germany on 24 September, CLEW presents key campaign ...
  • Sector coupling- Shaping an integrated renewable energy system

    25 Apr 2018 (All day) Germany's energy transition (Energiewende) has a new buzz-word: Sector coupling. The idea of running energy-intensive heating, transport and industry on renewable power instead of fossil fuels will require the rollout of many ...
  • 20 Sep 2017 |

    Campaign quotes: Greens and Free Democrats on Energiewende issues

    20 Sep 2017 (All day) The Free Democrats (FDP) want a more market-led Energiewende and abolish "dreadful subsidies" to renewables, while the Green Party favours a CO2 tax and the phase-out of conventional cars. In the run-up to the federal ...
  • Colour codes: How energy & climate policy differs in German coalitions

    04 Sep 2017 The next German government is almost certain to be a coalition of two or more parties. That means the country’s energy and climate policy will be a compromise between different party priorities. Energy and climate issues on a national level ...
  • 11 Mar 2017 |

    The Green Party's federal election programme

    11 Mar 2017 (All day) In its party programme for Germany's upcoming federal election, the Greens focus on the country's “ecological modernisation”. In the run-up to September’s vote, the party sets out its aims of reinvigorating renewables ...
  • What energy & climate stakeholders want from Germany's next government

    14 Sep 2017 (All day) Environmentalists, business associations, lobby groups, think tanks and researchers have all drawn up their wish list for future energy and climate policy ahead of the federal elections on 24 September. Whatever coalition German ...
  • 02 Feb 2016 |

    The role of biofuel and hydrogen in Germany's transport Energiewende

    02 Feb 2016 (All day) The question of how Germany’s vehicles, ships, and aircraft of the future will be powered is still unanswered. Biofuels and hydrogen might play a role in the upcoming transition to a green transport sector. Transport p.hockenos The ...
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    Finding the real story and not being “green behind the ears”- new illustration by Mwelwa Musonko

    07 Jun 2019, 16:10 Rose-Anne Clermont Mwelwa Musonko Climate & CO2 Business While eco-friendly innovations and products are tempting to report on, journalists and editors at CLEW's Global Energy Transition Journalism conference earlier this year ...
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    03 May 2019, 15:22 Michael L. Buchsbaum Coal Fossil fuels Renewables Business International Michael L. Buchsbaum was a speaker at The Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference 2019: Business Journalism In Transition #GETJO19, during the workshop & ...
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    South American Team takes CLEW’s top cross-border grant- audience vote results from #GETJO19

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