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  • 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 ...
  • 15 Jun 2020 |

    Cutting emissions from Germany's living rooms

    The Wärmewende – Germany’s heat transition 15 Jun 2020, 08:34 German homes are fossil energy guzzlers – a big hurdle on the path to greenhouse gas neutrality. Nearly two thirds still heat with fossil fuels, and most of them also need to be modernised to ...
  • 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 Re-elected chancellor Angela Merkel's grand coalition government of Conservatives and Social Democrats has been sworn in and can now get ...
  • 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 ...
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  • 24 Jul 2019 |

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

    24 Jul 2019, 14:11 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 zones with a 30 kilometre per hour speed limit, public ...
  • 17 Apr 2020 |

    Diesel driving bans “off the table” as lockdown shows low effect on German NOx levels – state sec

    17 Apr 2020, 13:38 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Freja Eriksen Cars Focus Online Despite a reduction in road traffic, nitrogen oxide levels in ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

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

    11 Jan 2019, 13:55 Benjamin 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 atmosphere to reduce pollution and avoid driving ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    EU concessions mean some German cities may avoid diesel bans

    14 Feb 2019, 14:15 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Tagesspiegel Background The European Commission has approved German government plans to impose diesel bans only in cities that significantly exceeded pollution limits, Markus Grabitz, Stefan ...
  • 17 Apr 2019 |

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

    17 Apr 2019, 13:19 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 their clean air plans if pollution limits exceed the ...
  • 04 Mar 2020 |

    German tradesmen’s association opposes car-free city centres

    04 Mar 2020, 13:24 Rachel Waldholz Transport Cars Die Welt Germany’s main association of skilled tradesmen says cities must find ways to reduce traffic and vehicle emissions without banning cars and trucks from city centres, arguing that such bans would ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Jan 2020 |

    Thousands of diesel driving ban infractions in German cities

    27 Jan 2020, 13:46 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities dpa / Donaukurier Authorities in four German cities with active driving bans for diesel cars have registered over 15 ...
  • 11 Feb 2020 |

    Nitrogen dioxide pollution declining in German cities – environment agency

    11 Feb 2020, 13:57 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities Clean Energy Wire Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution in Germany's inner cities is declining, but many urban ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Jun 2020 |

    Fewer German cities breaking diesel pollution limit

    09 Jun 2020, 12:48 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities Clean Energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Feb 2018 |

    Court ruling opens door for diesel bans in German cities

    27 Feb 2018 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 said on ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Mar 2019 |

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

    13 Mar 2019, 14:07 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 a “slap in the face” for transport minister Andreas ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars Clean Energy Wire Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution in German cities – mainly ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars The Federal ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Feb 2018 |

    Reactions to Germany's court ruling on diesel driving bans

    27 Feb 2018 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 associations. [Update ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities Clean Energy Wire The level of air pollution, mostly due to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions from traffic, has ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 “ ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “We can get by without driving bans” – Lower Saxony environment minister

    Driving bans would fall short of what’s needed to make transportation more sustainable, according to Olaf Lies, social democrat environment minister in Lower Saxony, where carmaker VW is based. “I am sure we can get by in Lower Saxony without driving bans ...
  • “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 ...
  • Bosch chairman calls Stuttgart driving bans “disastrous” economic policy

    The regional government’s decision to ban older diesel cars from Stuttgart city centre on days with bad air from next year is “ill-advised”, “disastrous” economic policy, and its environmental benefits “questionable,” according to Franz Fehrenbach, ...
  • 02 Jan 2019 |

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

    02 Jan 2019, 13:23 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars SWR Germany’s first extensive all-year driving ban for older diesel vehicles has taken effect in Stuttgart, the hometown of carmakers Daimler and Porsche. Public broadcaster SWR reports that ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cars Clean Energy Wire Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in relatively new diesel cars are still much higher ...
  • 03 Dec 2018 |

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

    03 Dec 2018, 14:43 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 country’s clean air programme in a bid to prevent diesel ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Apr 2019 |

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

    10 Apr 2019, 13:29 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, according to Germany’s National Academy of Sciences ...
  • 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), ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Jul 2017 |

    Why the German diesel summit matters for climate and energy

    28 Jul 2017 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 prospects, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

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

    19 Mar 2019, 13:57 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 increase a vehicle’s fuel consumption and, consequently, ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

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

    14 Dec 2018, 14:37 Sören 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 cars is “the next round in the witch hunt on drivers ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 Mar 2020 |

    Lower taxes for diesel cost Germany up to seven billion euros in 2019

    03 Mar 2020, 14:22 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Fossil fuels Cars Rheinische Post The lower taxation of diesel fuel in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Feb 2019 |

    Diesel making a comeback in Germany – report

    13 Feb 2019, 13:19 Rachel Waldholz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Die Welt Diesel cars are regaining market share in Germany for the first time since the ‘dieselgate’ scandal broke in 2015, Nikolaus Doll reports for Die Welt. In January, more than 34 percent ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 02 Aug 2017 |

    German carmakers pledge diesel software updates and buyer’s bonus

    02 Aug 2017 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 switching ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Env min: “Carmakers have to avoid driving bans themselves, court ruling confirms“

    German environment minister Barbara Hendricks said that today’s court ruling on the legality of driving restrictions to cut down air pollution “confirms my view that carmakers have to avoid driving bans themselves.” Carmakers needed to shift towards other ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Living in a limitocracy”

    Germany’s cities have warned for over a year that the car industry is headed for a front crash since first court hearings in the context of emissions limit violations by diesel cars had started, Jasper van Altenbockum writes in an op-ed for Frankfurter ...
  • “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 ...
  • 2030 goal of Austrian transport minister: only emissions-free car registrations

    The transport minister of Austria wants to see new registration of conventional cars phased-out by 2030, writes Handelsblatt. “It is my goal that in 2030, only emissions-free cars will be registered in Austria,” Austrian transport minister Jörg ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • One billion euros to avoid driving bans

    Germany’s federal government, the states, and its municipalities have agreed on a fund worth one billion euros to invest in measures to prevent a looming driving ban in many of the country’s inner cities, the government says in a press release. ...
  • “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 ...
  • “Driving a car is not a fundamental right”

    Driving cars might be very dear to large parts of the German population, but it is not a fundamental right and can be harmful to health and environment, writes Svenja Bergt in an opinion piece in tageszeitung (taz). Instead of half-hearted diesel bans, ...
  • 21 Feb 2020 |

    Germany's VW dealers struggling to contain damage by dieselgate scandal

    21 Feb 2020, 14:14 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs manager magazin The dieselgate scandal in which carmakers from Germany and other countries manipulated the engines of their vehicles to cheat on emissions tests has severely damaged the ...
  • “’Blue badge’ on a local level”

    The state government of Baden-Wurttemberg wants to introduce selective inner city driving bans for older diesel cars if plans for a nationwide ‘blue badge’ are not realised, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). A cabinet decision draft by the ...
  • Germans more afraid of driving bans than air pollution – consumer advice centre head

    Most Germans are more afraid of looming driving bans for polluting cars in inner cities than of the air pollution associated with these cars, says Klaus Müller, head of Germany’s federal consumer advice centre association vzbv, in an interview with Zeit ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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’ ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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,” ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars Society Clean Energy Wire A large majority of Germans say that public transportation services should be offered free of charge, ...
  • "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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Nov 2018 |

    BMW mulls converting hybrids to electric only mode in polluted cities

    30 Nov 2018, 15:05 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 entering inner city areas, reports Reuters. BMW is ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • “Into a wall”

    In the aftermath of Dieselgate, Germany should not make the same mistake with regard to the energy transition by phasing out a technology without having enough alternatives, writes Nikolaus Doll in an opinion piece for Welt Online. This would be ...
  • “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 ...
  • 02 Aug 2017

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

    02 Aug 2017 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. Daimler, ...
  • Merkel at second diesel summit: must avoid driving bans "by all means"

    04 Sep 2017 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Merkel signals support for eventual ban of combustion engine

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced support for the idea of banning internal combustion engine cars sometime in the future, as planned by other European countries, such as France and the UK. “I cannot name a specific date now, but the approach is ...
  • “Rage against the car: No transport transition after the energy transition, please!”

    The Green party’s proposed ban on petrol and diesel engines by 2030 is “economically damaging, ecologically questionable, and practically impossible”, writes the head of Germany’s pro-business party FDP, Christian Lindner, in a commentary for Die Welt. He ...
  • “No planned economy!”

    Diesel technology has long been hailed as a climate-friendly alternative to petrol but has  suddenly come under intense fire, amounting to “ a broadside against Germany’s leading industry,” Alfred Gaffal, president of Bavarian industry association vbw, ...
  • “Green versus Green”

    The court case in car industry hub Stuttgart on diesel engines’ nitrogen oxide emissions pits the Baden-Wuerttemberg state’s Greens-led transport ministry against the NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH). This is a case of “Green versus Green”, writes ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • New transport minister’s maiden speech a “bitter disappointment” – VCD

    Germany’s new transport minister, who did not mention climate protection and the transition to a sustainable transport system in his maiden speech to parliament, has not understood the signs of the times, according to sustainable transport association VCD ...
  • “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 ...
  • LPG interesting alternative fuel

    In light of the current debate surrounding diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is an interesting alternative to conventional car fuels, writes Michael Specht in an article for Spiegel Online. Cars powered by LPG emit less nitrogen oxides than either ...
  • “E-busses to save climate in the inner cities”

    The Association of German Cities warns of driving bans in inner cities if nothing is done about the air pollution caused by diesel vehicles, writes Kerstin Schwenn in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). “The targets of the UN climate conference in ...
  • Phase-out of the combustion technology needs to be “initiated in the short term” - CDU MP

    British plans to ban the combustion engine in new cars by 2040 make it clear that a change in propulsion systems was needed, Christian Democratic transport politician and former state transport minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Oliver Wittke told ...
  • “This won’t keep the auto mobile”

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the TV debate with her challenger Martin Schulz, scolded Germany’s carmakers for putting the country’s key industry in jeopardy with their manipulation of exhaust emission values, Carsten Knop writes in a commentary for ...
  • 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 ...
  • “The one-eyed”

    Debates about diesel engines constantly confuse fact with fiction, family enterprise lobbyist Lutz Goebel writes in an opinion piece for Handelsblatt. Regardless of the cartel allegations against Germany’s most important carmakers, seeing the shift to e ...
  • 28 Jul 2017 |

    Diesel summit comes two years too late”

    28 Jul 2017 [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 with ...
  • Merkel: Clean air in cities one of new government’s first tasks

    Concrete measures to improve air quality in Germany’s most polluted cities are one of her new government’s first tasks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Klaus Kleber in an interview with broadcaster ZDF. “The new transport minister – but I myself will ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Merkel: Future of combustion engine central topic at motor show

    The future of the internal combustion engine and car manufacturing in Germany will be central topics at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2017 in September, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her annual summer press conference in Berlin. “How do ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Nothing new learned”

    The Green Party seems to have “learned nothing new” and is living up to its image of “the prohibition party”, writes Silke Kersting in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt about the party’s proposal to ban diesel and petrol engines for newly-registered cars ...
  • "Car manufacturers have once again prevailed on air pollution"

    The Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) environmental protection association has blasted the German environment ministry’s decision to put on hold “blue badge” plans that would facilitate diesel car bans in cities. “Despite 10,400 premature deaths and several ...
  • 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. ...
  • 06 Aug 2020 |

    Environmental NGO sues to stop Nord Stream 2 over methane leakage concerns

    06 Aug 2020, 14:13 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Alex Dziadosz Gas International Clean Energy Wire The environmental group Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says it is suing to stop the ...
  • “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 ...
  • “Fukushima moment of the German automobile industry”

    Germany currently faces a “Fukushima moment of the German automobile industry”, Green Party head Cem Özdemir told Ann-Kathrin Büüsker for Deutschlandfunk. Germany now had to invest billions of euros in correcting mistakes, instead of investing in the ...
  • “Now is the moment”

    The German government has the “almost unique opportunity” to make German car manufacturers “finally take decisions” to find a solution for the diesel emissions scandal, writes Peter Fahrenholz in an opinion piece in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The auto industry ...
  • Union head warns of driving bans

    General diesel driving bans are not a good solution in the emissions debate, as they would basically expropriate German car owners, chairman of Industrial Union of Metalworkers (IG-Metall) Jörg Hofmann told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in an ...
  • “Driving bans in city centres”

    German cities may be able to ban or limit cars from driving into their centres, should a draft regulation compiled by the environment ministry (BMUB) at the urging of the federal states enter into effect, Spiegel Online reported Saturday. Under the ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

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

    14 Dec 2018, 10:55 Benjamin 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 Year 2018, saying it neatly conveys a topic that ...
  • 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 ...
  • "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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Government backtracking on free public transport is irresponsible – sustainable transport association VCD

    Backtracking on the proposal to make public transport free of charge proves the government is “totally clueless and irresponsible”, according to German transport and environmental association Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD), which promotes sustainable ...
  • “Emission-free letter and parcel delivery for cities with high air pollution”

    The German government has increased funds to support the introduction of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s electric delivery van in cities most affected by air pollution, the federal environment ministry announced in a press release. Funds will be increased from ...
  • Combustion engine ban splitting point in coalition talks on transport

    02 Nov 2017 After an expected clash over climate and energy policy last week, Germany’s aspiring coalition partners of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the pro-business FDP and the environmentalist Green Party also failed to agree on transport policy, ...
  • 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 ...
  • German environment minister open to national carbon price

    Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has indicated support for a national price on carbon emissions. “I find the idea very plausible,” the Social Democrat told the daily energy and climate newsletter Tagesspiegel Background. She said that a ...
  • 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 ...
  • German transport minister says quick end to combustion engine “nonsense”

    Germany’s transport minister Alexander Dobrindt told magazine Focus that the Green Party’s plan to end the production of combustion engines by 2030 was “utter nonsense” because it would massively cost jobs in Germany’s core industrial sector. Organising ...
  • “Deutsche Post embarrases Mercedes, MAN and others”

    The  decision by logistics company Deutsche Post DHL to double production of its self-developed electric van  is an embarrassment for established truckmakers, according to an article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “The industry believed for a long ...
  • “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 ...
  • “We need a quota for e-cars”

    Germany needs a quota for the share of e-cars in total car sales, the president of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) Maria Krautzberger said,  reiterating earlier calls in an interview with Zeit Online. Krautzberger also said that she is sure that a ...
  • “Traffic can be steered with money”

    Germany should not ponder diesel bans, e-car quotas, and other interventionist policies to achieve the transformation of its transport sector. Instead, it should consider how car traffic volumes can be reduced altogether, Martin Kesternich and Martin ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Combustion engine ban to figure in coalition talks after elections?

    For the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), a combustion engine ban is a no-go in coalition talks after the September elections, CSU head Horst Seehofer said in an interview with Funke Mediengruppe. It would “strike at the roots of our prosperity,” ...
  • Club of Rome co-president Weizsäcker warns of combustion engine ban

    The renowned German environmentalist an co-president of the sustainability organisation Club of Rome,  Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, has warned that a quick phase-out of cars with combustion engines could lead to several unintended consequences that are ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

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

    23 Jul 2020, 13:37 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Cars ARD The German transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has proposed the introduction of a road toll for passenger cars in the whole European Union, public broadcaster ARD reports in its daily news programme ...
  • 30 Sep 2019 |

    German VW car owners seek fraud compensation in landmark collective lawsuit

    30 Sep 2019, 13:37 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Julian Wettengel Cars Financial Times / Deutsche Welle The first hearing of a landmark collective lawsuit in Germany over emission test cheating against carmaker Volkswagen, involving more than 400 ...
  • 24 Jan 2019 |

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

    24 Jan 2019, 12:07 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Following the leak of a working paper from Germany’s sustainable mobility commission, the debate about speed limits on Germany’s Autobahn system continues unabated ...
  • 26 Feb 2019 |

    Germany promotes e-mobility but many have doubts

    26 Feb 2019, 14:27 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 Verge. Protests in some cities- modelled after the French ...
  • German transport minister rejects the concept of a “transport transition”

    The new German transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has said he doesn’t like the concept “transport transition,” news agency Reuters reports. The German word “Verkehrswende," literally meaning ‘transport turnaround,’ describes a set of ...
  • 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 Julian Wettengel Coal Climate & CO2 Cars Clean ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

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

    18 Dec 2018, 13:21 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Politics Handelsblatt German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party is exploring options to rein in ...
  • “The big fear of the job massacre in the auto industry”

    Workforce representatives of Germany’s car industry fear “massive job losses” due to the transition from the combustion engine to electric drives, write Nikolaus Doll and Philipp Vetter in Die Welt. In a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, works ...
  • New environment minister Schulze says Germany must regain leading position in international climate action

    Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, says Germany must regain its leadership position in the international effort to reduce carbon emissions. “Germany quickly has to restore its pioneering role in climate action,” Schulze said during her ...
  • Eventual e-car boom requires swift action by Germany’s municipalities and utilities – opinion

    Electric cars are going to spread in Germany sooner or later, and the country’s infrastructure must be made ready for this boom soon, Hans Riebsamen writes in an opinion piece for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Especially the larger urban areas that ...
  • “Tremendous trial for codetermination”

    The transition of Germany’s car industry from combustion engines to electric motors means workers’ representatives in supervisory boards will have to “approve of their own amputation,” Markus Fasse writes in Handelsblatt. Premium manufacturer Daimler, for ...
  • FDP head: Energy policy a hurdle for coalition with Greens

    Free Democratic Party (FDP) head Christian Lindner sees “high hurdles in energy policy” for a possible government coalition of conservatives (CDU/CSU), Free Democrats and the Green Party after the German general elections, he told FOCUS Magazin in an ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

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

    08 Feb 2019, 13:35 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars Zeit Online The head of Germany’s mobility commission, Henning Kagermann, has said that a general speed limit would not be very effective in reducing transport emissions. ...
  • 08 Sep 2017 |

    Frankfurt car show puts spotlight on German carmakers’ troubles

    08 Sep 2017 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. The trade ...
  • 18 Apr 2019 |

    How climate became Germany’s new culture war – opinion

    18 Apr 2019, 12:23 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics New York Times For years, Germany has been embroiled in a cultural war over immigration, refugees and diversity, but the environment has also emerged as a deeply polarising issue that the ...
  • Chancellor Merkel “submits” to German car industry – environmental organisation

    The latest diesel summit of Germany’s federal government and representatives of municipalities with high levels of air pollution has been a “failure”, Jürgen Resch, head of organisation Environmental Action Germany (DUH), said in a press release. None of ...
  • 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 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire Germany's federal government does not plan to ...
  • “Change at full throttle”

    Unions want to push car industry managers to speed up the transition to emission-free mobility, reports weekly magazine Der Spiegel. Powerful metalworkers’ union IG Metall plans to publish a paper on “Cutting CO 2 pollution in individual transport”, write ...
  • 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 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cars Clean Energy Wire Electric cars are unlikely to reduce Germany’s carbon footprint by any ...
  • 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, ...
  • “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 ...
  • 27 Jul 2017 |

    Reactions to allegations over German carmaker cartel

    27 Jul 2017 Germany's most important carmakers have met in "secret workshops" since the 1990s in order to reach agreements on technological standards and prices, according to a report by news magazine Der Spiegel. The companies allegedly ...
  • Germany’s coalition agreement could boost production of e-vans

    A provision on financial support of commercially used electric vehicles in Germany’s coalition agreement could boost the production of e-vans, Jürgen Pander writes on Spiegel Online. In the treaty that still hinges on the approval of the Social Democrats’ ...
  • Right-wing climate change deniers shun taking responsibility – opinion

    04 Mar 2019, 13:18 Benjamin 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 seeking access to the country, the party that ...
  • 10 Jul 2019 |

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

    10 Jul 2019, 13:01 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 reviews from commentators in the German media. “The new ...
  • 10 Oct 2016 |

    German states- New cars in EU should be emission-free by 2030

    10 Oct 2016 German federal states want to ensure that the sale of new diesel and petrol cars in the European Union ends by 2030, in order to protect the climate. The surprising cross-party initiative in the upper house of parliament (Bundesrat), which ...
  • 24 Jun 2019 |

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

    24 Jun 2019, 13:38 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Government Handelsblatt / Stuttgarter Nachrichten / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung After a series of meetings with high-profile car industry representatives in recent years to deal with the fallout of the so ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

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

    14 Mar 2019, 13:33 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Tagesspiegel The ministries responsible for implementing climate policy in Germany get bad marks from newspaper Tagesspiegel in an analysis of their first year in office after the ...
  • 13 Nov 2019 |

    Ban Ki-moon calls on Germany to back EIB ban on loans for fossil fuel projects

    13 Nov 2019, 12:01 Freja Eriksen Gas Finance Der Tagesspiegel / Euractiv Former secretary-general of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has called on the German government to back the  proposal to ban  all fossil fuels projects, including natural gas, from ...
  • 21 Jun 2018

    First 100 days- German government in disarray neglects energy policy

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

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

    12 Mar 2018 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 polluting ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany subsidises fossil fuel sector with 37.5 billion euros a year – media report

    03 Jul 2020, 12:35 Edgar Meza Fossil fuels Cost & Prices Investigate Europe / Tagesspiegel Background While the EU aims to tackle the climate crisis with its Green Deal, member states, including Germany, continue to subsidise fossil fuels to the tune ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

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

    18 May 2020, 14:08 Expert ICCT- International Council on Clean Transportation Transport Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Edgar Meza Gas Cars Focus Online / Öko-Institut Despite ...
  • German party leaders agree energy policy blueprint for coalition talks

    12 Jan 2018 The parties currently in talks to form Germany’s next government have agreed to speed up the roll-out of renewable energies and start the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. Contrary to a draft leaked earlier this week, the blueprint ...
  • 25 Feb 2020 |

    Economy ministry blocks ban on German nuclear fuel rod exports

    25 Feb 2020, 13:28 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Freja Eriksen Nuclear phase-out Tageszeitung (taz) The German economy ...
  • German parties at odds over idea of banning short-distance flights in Europe

    20 May 2019, 13:12 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Technology Transport Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Policy Hamburger Abendblatt / Clean Energy Wire The idea by socialist EU Commission ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Feb 2020 |

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

    06 Feb 2020, 14:10 Thomas Kemmerich of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) has been elected state premier by the Thuringia state parliament with support of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), in what many politicians see as breaking a taboo. ...
  • 15 Nov 2019 |

    Climate activists and researchers laud Germany's backing of EIB fossil ban

    15 Nov 2019, 13:44 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Expert Claudia Kemfert German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) Energiewende Cost & Prices Electricity market ...
  • Conservatives' election programme sticks to national climate goals

    The conservative alliance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian sister party CSU has pledged to stick to the country’s national climate targets, including the long fought-over Climate Action Plan 2050. The two parties’ joint programme ...
  • Conservatives' election programme sticks to national climate goals

    The conservative alliance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian sister party CSU has pledged to stick to the country’s national climate targets, including the long fought-over Climate Action Plan 2050. The two parties’ joint programme ...
  • 16 Dec 2019 |

    Battery electric cars better than all alternative drives on full lifecycle emissions – study

    16 Dec 2019, 12:41 Expert Agora Verkehrswende Think tank on energy transition in the transport sector Cars Transport Julian Wettengel Cars Clean Energy Wire Battery electric cars are more climate-friendly over their full lifecycle than both diesel/petrol ...
  • 12 Jul 2019 |

    State minister proposes ban on domestic flights in Germany

    12 Jul 2019, 13:07 Sven Egenter Transport Die Welt The environment minister of the city state of Hamburg has called for the introduction of a tax on airplane fuels and said that domestic flights should ultimately be banned, the newspaper  Die Welt reports ...
  • 04 Aug 2020 |

    US's Nord Stream 2 threats pose 'difficult gray area' for German diplomats- legal expert

    04 Aug 2020, 14:24 Edgar Meza Gas Security Die Welt The US government's threat of sanctions against companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project has led to angry calls of defiance by government officials and business leaders in ...
  • New government gets little credit in quest to regain climate lead

    29 Mar 2018 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 announcements, there ...
  • 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. ...
  • 15 Jun 2020 |

    Vehicle tax for high-emission cars to rise in Germany by 2021

    15 Jun 2020, 14:43 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Clean Energy Wire Newly registered cars in Germany with high CO2 emissions will be charged an increased tax by 2021 in order to "align the ...
  • New controversial nuclear waste shipments from Germany to Russia approved

    19 Jun 2020, 14:17 Alex Dziadosz Nuclear phase-out International Tageszeitung (taz) Thousands of tons of nuclear waste will be transported from Germany to Russia through the Netherlands next year after getting approval from Dutch nuclear safety ...
  • 07 Jun 2016

    Delay in power grid extension / 'E.ON about to restart'

    07 Jun 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Süddeutsche Zeitung Crucial German power grid extension delayed The construction and completion of important power lines in Germany will be delayed by at least three years, ...
  • 01 Apr 2020 |

    Climate-friendly hybrid trains could replace majority of German diesel engines – study

    01 Apr 2020, 15:14 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Technology Transport Sören Amelang Mobility Transport Clean Energy Wire Trains with alternative propulsion systems have a large market potential in Germany ...
  • 07 Nov 2019 |

    EU investment bank will turn into 'climate bank,' says EIB head Hoyer

    07 Nov 2019, 14:17 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Focus Online The head of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Werner Hoyer, says the EIB will turn into a "climate bank" and expand the share of climate-related activities in its portfolio to 50 ...
  • 30 Jan 2019 |

    VW’s private customers order more diesel vehicles in 2018

    30 Jan 2019, 13:40 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Clean Energy Wire VW customers in Germany are once again placing more orders for diesel vehicles. Europe’s largest automaker said the share of new orders for diesel vehicles rose from 39 percent ...
  • 15 Feb 2018 |

    German cities might test free public transport to cut pollution

    15 Feb 2018 In a bid to avoid EU fines for bad air quality, the German government has proposed to make public transport free of charge in polluted cities. But contradicting many press reports, the government clarified it had no plans for a blanket ...
  • 23 Apr 2020 |

    Mercedes-Benz gives up on fuel cell cars – report

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

    Rebound effect undoing decade of Germany's home efficiency investments- housing companies

    02 Jul 2020, 13:01 Kerstine Appunn Efficiency Clean Energy Wire / Welt Online / Handelsblatt German housing companies have invested over 340 billion euros in energy modernisation since 2010 but household energy consumption is stagnating regardless, the ...
  • 06 Dec 2018 |

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

    06 Dec 2018, 14:21 Benjamin 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 again in Germany in order to meet the country’s ...
  • “Why a combustion ban is dangerous wishful thinking”

    The combustion engine does not have a future, but a ban would be counterproductive, writes Lukas Bay in an analysis in business daily Handelsblatt. “The assumption that [a ban] would make German carmakers crisis-proof for a post-fossil age is wrong. The ...
  • 12 Nov 2019 |

    Environmental lawyers call on German govt to support ban on EIB gas lending

    12 Nov 2019, 12:52 Julian Wettengel Gas Finance Clean Energy Wire / EurActiv ClientEarth, an NGO of lawyers and environmental experts, has called on the German government to back the proposal to ban all fossil fuel projects, including natural gas, from ...
  • 23 Oct 2019 |

    Germany slashes key efficiency target in new building energy draft law

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

    NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) has applied to fine the Bavarian government for ignoring a 2017 verdict from the state’s highest administrative court to impose driving bans to improve air quality. The Bavarian government insists that driving bans ...
  • 21 Oct 2019 |

    Market forces will drive energy transition in Sweden – energy minister

    21 Oct 2019, 13:12 Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices Tagesspiegel Background Market forces will drive Sweden's fossil fuel phaseout and ultimately determine the fate of nuclear energy, said the country's energy minister Anders Ygeman in an ...
  • 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” ...
  • 15 Jul 2019 |

    Germany's Lufthansa says more flights, despite climate debate

    15 Jul 2019, 13:10 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag Despite Germany’s debate over stepping up national climate action intensifying, demand for air travel with the country’s largest airline, Lufthansa, is rising ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 Apr 2020 |

    German media criticises proposal of coronavirus premium for carmakers

    21 Apr 2020, 13:25 Julian Wettengel Cars Green stimulus dpa / Handelsblatt / taz / FAZ / WirtschaftsWoche Several German newspapers have run commentaries critical of a proposed buyer’s premium on cars. The premium would support the car industry in dealing ...
  • 25 Oct 2019 |

    Supplier Bosch cuts jobs as diesel, petrol car demand dwindles

    25 Oct 2019, 14:24 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 is waning, according to a report by newsagency dpa run ...
  • “Everyone in a different direction”

    German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel rejects blanket bans for heavily polluting cars in inner cities in order to bring down unlawfully high nitrogen oxide (NO x) values, Markus Balser and Michael Bauchmüller write in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Gabriel’s ...
  • 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 ...
  • 14 Jun 2019 |

    Spike in offsetting flight emissions with German non-profit atmosfair

    14 Jun 2019, 13:16 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Tagesspiegel Berlin-based carbon-offsetting non-profit organisation atmosfair has increased its revenues by more than 40 percent in 2018, as more and more flight passengers use its services ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 May 2020 |

    German media divided on Lufthansa rescue package

    27 May 2020, 13:44 Julian Wettengel Transport Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire While some media commentators welcome the deal to rescue Germany’s national airline Lufthansa and say a lack of concrete sustainability criteria is justified, others write that ...
  • 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 ...
  • 23 May 2019 |

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

    23 May 2019, 12:25 Julian Wettengel Transport Handelsblatt / Airbus European multinational aircraft manufacturer Airbus “seriously aims for decarbonisation”, the company’s CEO Guillaume Faury said at the "Airbus Innovation Days" in French city ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany’s diesel strategy pointless from a climate perspective

    29 Nov 2018, 15:54 Benjamin 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 pointless for the climate,” Spiegel Online reports. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Cuddling is no solution”

    Closely monitored regulations on the car industry should be implemented on an EU level, as this is “apparently difficult” within Germany, Martin Unfried writes in an opinion piece for tageszeitung (taz). Unfried says the German government is too cosy with ...
  • 27 Nov 2019 |

    Merkel criticises EIB decision to ban gas lending

    27 Nov 2019, 15:35 German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she disapproves of the European Investment Bank’s decision to ban funding for natural gas projects by the end of 2021, several days after the German government had agreed to the new guidelines. ...
  • “Will Merkel really ban ICE cars in Germany?”

    Despite German Chancellor Angela Merkel “unexpectedly” signalling support for an eventual ban of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, it is unlikely she will actually push for an early phase-out, writes Zachary Shahan in an opinion piece for ...
  • 10 Jun 2020 |

    A fifth of Germans would buy an electric car, one third a conventional model – survey

    10 Jun 2020, 13:01 Freja Eriksen Cars Focus Online / RND Twenty-one percent of Germans would opt for an electric model when buying a new car after the German government has announced it will double the existing buyer's premium for electric vehicles ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • “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 ...
  • “Green crowbar”

    In an opinion piece for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Martin Gropp argues that the Green Party's proposal for a ban on the combustion engine is heavy handed, and relying on incentives and carmakers' ingenuity would be more fruitful. “A ban on ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 22 Apr 2020 |

    German households pay 6 pct less for energy than year ago- report

    22 Apr 2020, 15:12 Sören Amelang Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire German households' energy costs have fallen by six percent compared to last year, according to price comparison website Verivox. While using heating oil was 29 percent cheaper in ...
  • 09 Jun 2020 |

    Interest in sustainable investments picking up in Germany

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

    Audi says will continue to “massively” invest in combustion engines

    10 Jul 2020, 12:48 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Sören Amelang Cars Automobilwoche German premium carmaker Audi, a VW subsidiary, will continue to invest heavily in the development of combustion engines. According to CEO Markus Duesmann, combustion ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

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

    22 Mar 2019, 13:28 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. Author Beth Gardiner argues that the companies worked ...
  • Green Party open for compromise on combustion engine ban

    Germany’s Green Party is open to discuss its prominent election campaign demand to ban combustion engines in newly registered vehicles by 2030, Claudia Kade, Birger Nicolai, Philipp Vetter write in Die Welt. “We Greens are not determined to phase out ...
  • SPD's Westphal: "Conditions to set coal exit date lacking"

    26 Jul 2017 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" and thus ...
  • 30 Mar 2020 |

    Distributed solar generation rising in Germany, with potential across Europe – study

    30 Mar 2020, 13:56 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Rachel Waldholz Solar Clean Energy Wire / pv magazine The number of sites that both operate PV ...
  • 08 Apr 2016

    New renewables law threatens wind power – Green Party

    08 Apr 2016 Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 24 Jul 2020 |

    Test by Germany's motoring asscociation reveals e-cars use more power than dashboards show

    24 Jul 2020, 14:38 Alex Dziadosz Storage Cars Clean Energy Wire A test of power consumption in electric cars shows that they consume between 10 and 25 percent more electricity than their on-board computers show, largely due to charging station losses, car ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 25 Jun 2020 |

    German auctions show investors keen on solar, but still shun wind power

    25 Jun 2020, 13:28 Expert VDMA- German Engineering Federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Julian Wettengel Solar Wind Clean Energy Wire / pv magazine Germany's latest renewable auctions have ...
  • 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) ...
  • 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 ...
  • Combustion engine ban splitting point in German transport policy talks

    After an expected clash over climate and energy policy last week, Germany’s aspiring coalition partners of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the pro-business FDP and the environmentalist Green Party also failed to find a first official agreement on ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire Carmaker Daimler plans to end the use of diesel engines in heavy duty vehicles over the next two decades, promising "CO2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Jun 2020 |

    External mobility costs for German society amount to 149 billion euros per year – NGO

    17 Jun 2020, 15:11 Benjamin Wehrmann Mobility Clean Energy Wire The external costs caused by traffic and other mobility activities in Germany are in the range of 149 billion euros per year, transport NGO Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD) has stated in a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Mar 2020 |
    Gas

    EU should pressure US over gas production’s climate impact – former US energy official

    06 Mar 2020, 17:00 High methane emissions could unseat natural gas as the lowest-carbon fossil fuel, and the  EU needs to exert pressure on the US to get a grip on the issue, says Samantha Gross, fellow in the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire / New York Times New dieselgate troubles complicate the profound overhaul needed at German carmakers for the ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 May 2020 |

    Opposition to new car buyer’s premiums within German government coalition

    29 May 2020, 13:09 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Julian Wettengel Cars Green stimulus Süddeutsche Zeitung There is significant opposition among Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative ...
  • “Booster China”

    Remarks by China’s vice economy minister on banning combustion engines in the foreseeable future spell trouble for German carmakers like VW, Daimler and BMW, Max Hägler writes in an op-ed for Süddeutsche Zeitung. German carmakers are still struggling to ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

    German Fridays for Futures leader warns against protests during corona crisis

    23 Mar 2020, 14:03 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Süddeutsche Zeitung The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Germany and the rest of Europe means that the weekly Fridays for Future (FfF) protests for greater climate action need to be ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    Alternative fuel cars on growth path – dena

    20 Dec 2018, 13:59 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Alternative fuel passenger cars are benefitting from declining sales ...
  • 16 Jul 2020 |

    Joint venture with Russia's Nornickel threatens EU battery alliance's sustainability credentials

    16 Jul 2020, 13:50 Expert BASF Business & Jobs Fossil fuels Benjamin Wehrmann Cars International Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung A cooperation with Russian resource company Nornickel could stain the sustainability credentials of Europe's planned ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “More than 600,000 German industry jobs hinge on combustion technology”

    A ban on registering new combustion engine passenger cars from 2030 would directly or indirectly affect around 620,000 jobs in Germany – or 10 percent of the country’s industrial workforce, according to a study by Institute for Economic Research (ifo) for ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Mar 2020 |

    German grid and nuclear plant operators step up coronavirus precautions

    09 Mar 2020, 13:49 Expert 50Hertz Transmission Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Sören Amelang Grid Tagesspiegel Background German operators of key energy infrastructure including power stations, gas and electricity grids have stepped up ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Germany’s diesel crisis causes staff layoffs at Bosch

    08 Jan 2019, 13:26 Sören Amelang Cars Xinhua The ongoing diesel crisis cost hundreds of jobs in drive technology last year at the German auto parts supplier Bosch, a board member told the industry newspaper Automobilwoche, according to a  Xinhua report. A ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

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

    29 Nov 2018, 15:43 Julian 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 CO₂ emissions caused by passenger cars in Germany, ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    German federal states mull compensation claims against carmakers

    17 Dec 2018, 13:17 Sören 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 compensation because the dieselgate scandal has ...
  • “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 ...
  • 27 Feb 2020 |

    Gas-fired heating still top seller as industry awaits boost for climate-friendly technologies

    27 Feb 2020, 14:35 Expert BDH- Federation of German Heating Industry Industry Efficiency Heating Freja Eriksen Efficiency Heating Clean Energy Wire The German heating industry saw sales increase for the third year in a row in 2019, with nearly 175,000 ...
  • 14 Jan 2020 |

    Anxious carmakers forced to tread 'arduous' path to e-mobility in 2020

    14 Jan 2020, 10:06 Germany's shift to electric mobility looks set to get underway in earnest in 2020, and the country's mighty carmakers look ahead with trepidation to what promises to be a tremendous effort for the industry. Against the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Oct 2019 |

    Germany to make it more attractive for 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 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Clean Energy Wire [CORRECTION: ships will ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 Jan 2020 |

    No additional funding to EU for supporting Green Deal, German finance ministry says

    15 Jan 2020, 14:16 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Benjamin Wehrmann Finance International AFP Germany's finance ministry (BMF) has said Germany does not plan to increase its contribution to the EU ...
  • 03 Jan 2019 |

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

    03 Jan 2019, 11:55 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Expert VZBV- Federation of German Consumer Organisations Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband Cost & Prices Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung More than 300 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • “We want to end the sustained subsidies system of the EEG”

    The German Free Democratic Party (FDP) wants to “end the sustained subsidies system of the [Renewable Energy Act] EEG” with its priority grid access and feed-in tariffs for renewables, writes the party in its draft programme for the autumn federal ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Nov 2019 |

    Energy use in German buildings stagnates at 2010 levels – report

    12 Nov 2019, 12:36 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Freja Eriksen Efficiency Clean Energy Wire The final energy use for heating rooms and water in Germany's 22 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

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

    23 Jul 2020, 13:44 Expert PwC Electricity market Transport Cars Business & Jobs Efficiency Heating Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Clean Energy Wire The increasing demand for electric vehicles in Germany could become an important pillar of the country's ...
  • “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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Green Party ready to compromise on coal exit timing, cars

    The German Greens have signalled their readiness to make concessions on core policy demands in the field of climate protection for the sake of advancing the stagnant coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the pro ...
  • 24 Jan 2020 |

    VW head says German CO2 price “too low”

    24 Jan 2020, 14:21 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Freja Eriksen Cost & Prices Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Germany's CO2 price in the transport and buildings sector starting at 25 euros per tonne in 2021 is "too low", Herbert ...
  • “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 ...
  • “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. ...
  • German government should use coronavirus stimulus funds to reduce renewables levy – think tank

    26 May 2020, 12:40 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Julian Wettengel EEG2016 | Law Cost & Prices Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire Germany’s power customers ...
  • 04 Feb 2019 |

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

    04 Feb 2019, 14:02 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society RP Online In many western industrialised countries, environmental policy is widening the gap between wealthy elites and poorer people, as the latter suffer most from ...
  • 08 Apr 2020 |

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

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

    March marks record e-car month in Germany with over 10,000 new registrations

    06 Apr 2020, 12:37 Expert BAFA- Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle Renewables Fossil fuels Expert Federal Motor Transport Authority Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt Cars Transport Julian Wettengel Cars ...
  • 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 ...
  • Reactions to climate & energy policy in parties' coalition blueprint

    15 Jan 2018 The parties currently in talks to form Germany’s next government have agreed to speed up the roll-out of renewable energies and start the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. Contrary to a draft leaked earlier this week, the blueprint ...
  • “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, ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Government plans new expert commission on fracking

    The German government is planning to establish an expert commission charged with monitoring fracking (hydraulic fracturing) projects in the country, ntv reports. Although no application has yet been filed to test drill, Green MP Julia Verlinden warned in ...
  • 20 Apr 2020 |

    Daimler plans on using green bonds to reach climate goals

    20 Apr 2020, 13:35 Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Freja Eriksen Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung / Handelsblatt / Clean Energy Wire Daimler will stick to its CO2 goals and aims to use ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 06 May 2020 |

    German state aid for car industry highly probable, decision in June – report

    06 May 2020, 13:36 Sören Amelang Cars Green stimulus Handelsblatt A stimulus package for the German car industry looks highly likely following a conference call between Chancellor Angela Merkel and industry executives, but details will remain unclear ...
  • 02 Aug 2019 |

    German Aviation Association calls for power-to-liquid road map to bring emissions to zero

    02 Aug 2019, 12:19 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Freight Clean Energy Wire / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German Aviation Association (BDL) said it wants to bring CO2 emissions from air traffic to zero- after months of rising criticism from ...
  • 26 May 2020 |

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

    26 May 2020, 12:45 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport David Reay Cars Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine / NZZ / Mitteldeutsche Zeitung Volkswagen lost a key legal battle in the long-running Dieselgate scandal on 25 May when a court ordered that a ...
  • Free Democrats say unconventional fracking “chance” for energy transition

    Unconventional fracking, the gas drilling by means of chemicals, is a chance not only for supply security, but also for the climate, Michael Theurer, deputy leader of the Free Democrats (FDP) parliamentary group, told Der Spiegel. Using more natural gas ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 24 Jul 2019 |

    German Greens want trains to replace domestic flights in 15 years

    24 Jul 2019, 14:16 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Transport Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Die Welt The German Green party is calling for higher taxes on domestic flights and lower taxes on train tickets and an eventual end of domestic flights. A paper ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 Aug 2019 |

    Rail must be strengthened to replace certain domestic flights with trains – German Aviation Association

    19 Aug 2019, 13:03 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Clean Energy Wire The most effective way to reduce CO₂ emissions from air travel are investments in efficiency, says the German Aviation Association (BDL) in a paper. At the same time, ...
  • 08 Jan 2020 |

    Germany's emission cut is “joyful but clouded New Year’s message” – commentaries

    08 Jan 2020, 12:31 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire German media have commented on the news that a sharp drop in coal use put a break on Germany's CO2 emissions last year and pushed the country "surprisingly” close to its ...
  • German environment minister calls for higher tax on air travel

    18 Jul 2019, 13:50 Freja Eriksen Transport Elections & Politics Rheinische Post Ahead of the climate cabinet’s next meeting, German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze is calling for “a fair CO2 price for air travel”, the Rheinische Post reports. She ...
  • “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 ...
  • 20 Feb 2020 |

    German car fleet hits horsepower record, challenging EU emission limits

    20 Feb 2020, 13:39 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Cars Die Welt German drivers are choosing cars with more and more horsepower, which poses a challenge for carmakers who must comply with EU emissions regulations, Olaf Preuß writes in the newspaper Die ...
  • 19 Feb 2020 |

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

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

    Calls for roll-out compromise as data confirms Germany's wind power collapse

    28 Jan 2020, 13:37 Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Wind Clean Energy Wire The expansion of onshore wind power in Germany has reached the lowest level in 20 years, figures by the German Wind Power Association (BWE) confirm. With only 243 turbines and a ...
  • 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 ...
  • Transport ministry and carmakers found institute for “realistic” exhaust emissions test

    Germany’s transport ministry (BMVI) and the country’s carmakers have agreed to form a joint institute to ensure more “transparent” and “realistic” exhaust emissions tests, the BMVI has said in a press release. The institute, dubbed DIVEM (German Institute ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

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

    23 Mar 2020, 14:06 Expert ifeu- Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Climate & CO2 Renewables Transport Freja Eriksen Cars Freight Clean Energy Wire A 3,200-kilometre network of overhead power lines (catenary) for hybrid trucks would cut ...
  • 09 Oct 2019 |

    Most Germans who switch energy source in heating opt for natural gas – study

    09 Oct 2019, 10:40 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Freja Eriksen Gas Utilities Heating Clean Energy Wire Most ...
  • 21 Aug 2019 |

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

    21 Aug 2019, 12:02 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport dpa The revenues from Germany’s aviation levy should ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 02 Aug 2019 |

    Germans say incentives better than bans to promote climate-friendly behaviour – poll

    02 Aug 2019, 12:18 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 ARD A majority of Germans (72 %) say incentives are a better way of persuading the population to adopt more climate-conscious behaviour, while just 15 percent said bans were most effective, according to a ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

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

    22 May 2019, 13:18 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 the central German state of Hesse by 2022, creating the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Apr 2019 |

    Pure focus on electric mobility wrong – German transport minister

    09 Apr 2019, 12:44 Kerstine Appunn Transport Cars Tagesspiegel German transport minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) doesn’t want a decision for “transport technology of the future” to be made prematurely, Henrik Mortsiefer writes in Tagesspiegel. “To only ...
  • “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 ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    German government adopts higher CO2 starting price of 25 euros per tonne for transport and heating

    20 May 2020, 13:55 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and ...
  • 29 Jan 2020 |

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

    29 Jan 2020, 14:23 Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire Volkswagen, the world's largest carmaker, will significantly exceed EU fleet emission limits in 2021 regardless of its ambitious push into e-mobility, resulting in fines of around 4.5 billion ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 14 Oct 2019 |

    German govt should back banning natural gas from EIB support list – researcher

    14 Oct 2019, 13:28 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Gas Finance EurActiv / Clean Energy Wire The German ...
  • Citizen groups collect signatures in support of ‘wind power democracy’

    Two citizen action groups have collected almost 50,000 signatures on a petition calling for amendments to the rules on wind turbine construction in Germany’s northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, Dow Jones Newswires reports. The signatories want the rules ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Nov 2019 |

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

    28 Nov 2019, 13:40 Benjamin Wehrmann Storage Cars Hundreds of radio masts in several German states will be equipped with fuel cell technology to serve as a  backup system for emergency services  in case of a power blackout, the industry association Clean ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • Dieselgate and climate fears fail to ignite voters' passion- pollster

    18 Sep 2017 Protecting the climate has become so commonplace among Germany's political parties that it is hard for one of them to stand out on an environmentalist platform, says Torsten Schneider-Haase of German opinion polling company Kantar Emnid. ...
  • 14 Oct 2015

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

    14 Oct 2015 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW 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 ...
  • “German Greens to make coal exit, fossil car ban an election focus“

    Banning combustion engines in new cars by 2030 and exiting coal-fired power production as early as 2025 are likely to be two key Green Party demands in the general elections in autumn 2017, the party decided at its convention. But controversy over ...
  • 24 Sep 2019 |

    Only a quarter of German heating systems use renewable energy – industry association

    24 Sep 2019, 13:39 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Freja Eriksen Renewables Heating Clean Energy Wire The share of renewable energy in German heat ...
  • Germany to develop “world’s most modern public transport system”

    Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told the Passauer Neue Presse that Germany will have the word’s most modern transport system by 2025, with electric vehicles and automated buses playing a key role, FAZ reports. “In order to further improve air ...
  • “More steps have to follow”

    Germany’s carmakers will have to step up their efforts to avoid driving bans in inner cities due to high NO x emissions, the German government says in a press release. Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting with representatives of several affected German ...
  • German leaders avoid climate, energy in election TV debate

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democratic challenger Martin Schulz failed to address climate and energy policies in Sunday’s TV debate ahead of the 24 September federal election. The debate focused mostly on questions related to refugee ...
  • “Speed limit now!”

    All the talk about the usability and range of electric cars omits one aspect that is crucial in Germany: the widespread absence of speed limits, Marcus Rohwetter writes in an op-ed for weekly newspaper Die Zeit. “Whoever wants to help e-cars to have a ...
  • 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, ...
  • “Synthetic fuels turn CO2 into a raw material”

    The once illusory concept of a carbon-neutral combustion engine could soon become a reality, German car industry supplier Bosch says in a press release. With synthetic fuels- so-called “eFuels”- CO 2 could become a valuable resource for making petrol, ...
  • 18 Sep 2019 |

    Energy efficiency sector has low hopes for German climate cabinet outcome – survey

    18 Sep 2019, 12:30 Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Efficiency Freja Eriksen Efficiency Clean Energy Wire Companies in Germany's ...
  • Court stops clearing of Hambacher forest by RWE

    The Higher Administrative Court in Münster has put a temporary stop to the clearing of the Hambacher forest in North-Rhine Westphalia where energy company RWE wants to extend a lignite mine, Marlon Gego reports in the Aachener Zeitung. Friends of the ...
  • 15 Apr 2020 |

    German states push for additional help for carmakers

    15 Apr 2020, 15:13 Sören Amelang Cars Green stimulus Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Focus Online Three German states with a strong car industry presence have called for additional support for the sector in order to help it survive the corona crisis. ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Internal party struggles keep Germany’s conservative ministers from doing their jobs

    A fight over immigration policy between Germany’s two conservative sister parties paralyses the work of conservative ministers in charge of energy transition policies, Nikolaus Doll, Michael Fabricius and Daniel Wetzel write in Die Welt. Energy and ...
  • European Commission approves 70 million euro public support scheme for electric buses and charging infrastructure

    The European Commission approved Germany’s 70 million euro scheme to encourage public transport operators to replace conventional diesel buses with electric or plug-in hybrids running on renewable electricity under state aid rules, the Commission writes ...
  • 03 May 2019 |

    Climate protests accompany RWE’s shareholder meeting

    03 May 2019, 13:23 Sören Amelang Coal Utilities Clean Energy Wire Climate activists called for a swift end to coal-fired power generation at power plant operator RWE’s annual general meeting. Members of the Fridays for Future student protest movement ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

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

    25 May 2020, 12:00 "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, ...
  • The debate over an end to combustion engines in Germany

    28 Aug 2017 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 the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    A (very) brief timeline of Germany's Energiewende

    15 May 2020 In 2014, the Green Party's Julia Verlinden asked the federal government for its definition of a starting date for the "Energiewende". In his reply, parliamentary state secretary in the economy ministry Uwe Beckmeyer argued that ...
  • 20 Sep 2017 |

    Campaign quotes: Greens and Free Democrats on Energiewende issues

    20 Sep 2017 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 election in ...
  • 20 Sep 2017 |

    Campaign quotes: What Merkel & Schulz say about Energiewende issues

    20 Sep 2017 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 quotes on ...
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    Watch out for F-L-I-C-C!

    15 May 2020, 16:50 Toralf Staud Society International Alternative facts, misleading campaigns, false reports and pseudo experts not only distort an informed debate about climate- they are a constant challenge to journalists covering any complex issue. ...
  • Traffic control and management in automobile city Stuttgart

    Since 2006, the Integrierte Verkehrsleitzentrale (Municipal Integrated Traffic Control Center, IVLZ) has been in charge of Stuttgart’s traffic control and management. It consolidates up-to-the-minute traffic information from local police, public ...
  • Citizen’s initiative against traffic-induced air pollution

    Bürgerinitiative Neckartor (Citizen’s Initiative Neckartor, BI Neckartor) was initiated by residents near Germany’s most polluted intersection, Neckartor, in the heart of Stuttgart. Their goal is to raise awareness about traffic-induced air pollution, ...
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