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  • 29 Nov 2019 |

    Climate cabinet to put Germany back on track for 2030 targets

    Chancellor Merkel's coalition government aims to agree on steps and climate action law 29 Nov 2019, 11:00 Chancellor Angela Merkel's so-called "climate cabinet" has put together the bedrock for future climate action legislation. It ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Jun 2020 |
    Gas

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

    28 Jun 2020, 17:00 Natural gas has a special role in the debate about the global transition to a decarbonised energy system to combat climate change thanks to its reputation as the greenest of fossil fuels. Pushed by the recent oil and gas boom, the U.S. ...
  • Germany gets serious about decarbonising its prized heavy industry

    17 Jun 2020, 11:28 In its pursuit of climate-neutrality by mid-century, Germany has set its sights on extending the energy transition to its famed heavy industry. Sectors such as steel, cement and chemicals are some of the Energiewende's toughest ...
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  • 17 Apr 2020 |

    German Fridays for Future takes climate strike online

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

    Fridays for Future announces new mass protests in Germany in September

    24 Jul 2020, 14:27 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The climate activist movement Fridays for Future (FfF) has announced a new "global climate action day" on 25 September on which it will hold protest events in ...
  • 20 Sep 2019

    Massive Fridays for Future climate protests keep pressure on German govt

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

    Germany faces new protests against coal and for climate action

    18 Jun 2019, 13:52 Sören Amelang Coal Society Clean Energy Wire Anti-coal activists and the student protest movement Fridays for Future are planning a series of demonstrations in Western Germany in the coming days. On Friday 21 June, Fridays For Future ...
  • 27 Nov 2019 |

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

    27 Nov 2019, 13:50 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire More than 500 German cities will see protests for more ambitious climate action on Friday, 29 November, the activist movement Fridays for Future Germany has announced. The ...
  • German labour union calls on 2 million members to join climate strike

    06 Aug 2019, 13:53 Sören Amelang Society Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germany’s service sector labour union Verdi has called on its 2 million members to join the global Fridays for Future climate strike on 20 September. “We can only protect ...
  • 'We can accomplish this'- Fridays for Future pin hopes on EU elections

    22 May 2019, 16:37 Ahead of the European Elections from the 23rd – 26th of May, organisers of the German Fridays for Futures see the election as a last chance to put climate at the top of the European Parliament’s agenda. “This election will have a ...
  • Fridays for Future” strikes have expanded far beyond just students- study

    27 Feb 2020, 14:15 Rachel Waldholz Society Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / Der Spiegel Germany’s Fridays for Future climate strikes expanded over the course of 2019 as older protesters joined what began as a younger – and majority female- ...
  • 09 Jan 2020 |

    Climate activists up pressure on Siemens over Australian coal mine contract

    09 Jan 2020, 13:33 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Sören Amelang Coal Industry Clean Energy Wire Germany's Fridays for Future student climate protest movement has increased the pressure on engineering conglomerate Siemens for its involvement in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

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

    07 Mar 2019, 13:36 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Tageszeitung The coming petition by hundreds of German scientists who openly support the school student movement Fridays for Future that calls for more rapid climate action is a laudable ...
  • 19 Aug 2019 |

    Fridays for Future will leave its mark – study

    19 Aug 2019, 13:06 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Society The Fridays for Future student climate protest movement will leave its mark on society, independent of its eventual duration, according to a working paper by the Institute for Social Movement ...
  • 05 Mar 2019 |

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

    05 Mar 2019, 13:46 Benjamin Wehrmann Society Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Background More than 700 scientists from German-speaking countries have signed a petition that explicitly backs students’ strikes demanding rapid climate action by the ...
  • 17 May 2019 |

    Teenage Fridays For Future activist challenges German carmaker BMW at AGM

    17 May 2019, 13:00 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Julian Wettengel Cars Süddeutsche Zeitung The 18-year old student and Fridays ForFuture activist Ferdinand Klemm has ...
  • 12 Mar 2019 |

    Researchers back “Fridays for Future” protests, global school strike planned for Friday

    12 Mar 2019, 14:06 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Society dpa / Tagesspiegel / Clean Energy Wire Students are expected to walk out of school in more than 1,000 cities around the world on Friday, as part of a global strike to demand action on climate ...
  • 08 Apr 2019 |

    Fridays For Future Germany presents set of climate action demands

    08 Apr 2019, 12:48 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Organisers of the German section of the “Fridays For Future” student climate protests have called for net zero emissions by 2035, a coal exit in 2030 and 100 percent renewables by ...
  • Entrepreneur initiative calls for fast, effective CO₂ price, will join global climate strike

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

    Fridays For Future: Students protest for climate action ahead of EU election

    24 May 2019, 17:25 Young climate activists across Europe took to the streets Friday to demand more ambitious climate action from politicians two days ahead of the main day of the EU elections. In Germany, “Fridays For Future” students protested in more ...
  • 21 Nov 2019 |

    Scientists should speak up if politicians ignore climate research – survey

    21 Nov 2019, 13:15 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire Three out of four Germans say it is right for scientists to get involved in the climate policy debate if political decision-making does not take into account their research ...
  • 06 Aug 2020 |

    Climate change's role in German media growing constantly

    06 Aug 2020, 14:10 Expert German Economic Institute (IW) Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The role of global warming and climate action in German media has grown ...
  • Merkel’s endorsement of climate strikes “hypocritical”- teachers’ assoc

    20 Mar 2019, 13:40 Benjamin Wehrmann Society Elections & Politics Tageszeitung (taz) Chancellor Angela Merkel’s support for the climate school strike movement Fridays for Future is “hypocritical” because it pretends that the government has nothing to ...
  • 01 Mar 2019 |

    Young climate activist Greta Thunberg visits Germany for Friday school strikes

    01 Mar 2019, 13:50 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society dpa / Tagesspiegel The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg says Germany’s school strikes for climate action give her “a lot of hope,” news agency dpa reports in an article in the ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    Entrepreneur initiative from Germany joins Fridays for Future appeal for more climate action

    22 May 2019, 13:23 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire A group of more than 1,000 companies from Germany has joined the appeal by student protest movement Fridays for Future (FfF) for greater climate action efforts. Under the label ...
  • 03 May 2019 |

    Constance becomes first German city to declare “climate emergency”

    03 May 2019, 13:25 Sören Amelang Policy Society Deutsche Welle The southern German city of Constance has become the first in the nation to pass a resolution declaring a  climate emergency, according to a Deutsche Welle report. The resolution, which was ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

    Thousands of German students to join global strike for climate action

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

    Young Germans consider climate most important issue – survey

    16 Aug 2019, 12:14 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt ...
  • 29 Mar 2019 |

    Greta Thunberg joins German students for climate protest in Berlin

    29 Mar 2019, 14:03 Swedish activist Greta Thunberg visited Berlin on Friday, joining thousands of young people who took to the streets in the most recent "Fridays for Future" school strike demanding more action on climate change. Protesters ...
  • 11 Mar 2019 |

    New parents’ group backs student climate protests in Germany

    11 Mar 2019, 14:17 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Society Deutsche Welle / Bild am Sonntag The weekly “Fridays for Future” school strikes have prompted a fierce debate in Germany over whether students should be ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

    German coalition climate talks enter overtime

    20 Sep 2019, 10:25 Germany's highly anticipated future climate strategy remained uncertain on Friday morning as government coalition talks that lasted throughout the night were still ongoing. Negotiations between Chancellor Angela Merkel's ...
  • 10 Sep 2019 |

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

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

    Merkel calls for “radical shift” in German mobility sector

    03 Apr 2019, 12:19 Julian Wettengel Transport Cars Reuters German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a radical shift in mobility to ensure the country reaches its 2030 climate targets, reports news agency Reuters. “We can only achieve this through a ...
  • 12 Jun 2019 |

    Climate activists chain themselves to Merkel’s fence, send keys to ministries

    12 Jun 2019, 13:37 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Deutsche Welle Urging the German chancellor to declare a climate emergency, campaigners from the global Extinction Rebellion movement chained themselves to the fence of Angela Merkel’ chancellery in ...
  • Merkel says would support stepping up 2030 EU climate targets

    23 Aug 2019, 13:29 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire German chancellor Angela Merkel has said she would back a Dutch proposal to significantly step up the EU's 2030 climate targets. She could "very well support" ...
  • After protest visit, Thunberg continues to make waves in Germany

    01 Apr 2019, 14:09 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Politics Society Deutsche Welle / Spiegel Online / taz / dpa Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg continued to make waves in German media over the weekend, after she spoke to a crowd of thousands at ...
  • 03 Dec 2019 |

    German carbon-offsetting nonprofit organisations report rising demand

    03 Dec 2019, 13:54 Sören Amelang Transport Society dpa / Focus Online German carbon offsetting nonprofit organisations atmosfair and Arktik are reporting rising demand in the wake of the Fridays for Future protest movement, according to a  report by ...
  • 15 Mar 2019 |

    Students pour into Germany's streets in major climate protest

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

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

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

    Mayor and climate activists' absence cast shadow over Europe's largest auto show

    13 Sep 2019, 13:21 Freja Eriksen Cars Frankfurter Rundschau / Clean Energy Wire Europe's largest auto show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main is turning into a  "PR fiasco"  for the German car industry due to climate protests and now a dispute with ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 Jan 2020 |

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

    15 Jan 2020, 14:06 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Society Handelsblatt / WirtschaftsWoche / Focus Online The row over German industrial heavyweight Siemens's involvement in the controversial Adani coal mine project in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Sep 2019 |

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

    10 Sep 2019, 14:27 Facing an unprecedented wave of climate protests, Germany's trio of car groups, BMW, Daimler and VW, put their sustainability ambitions at the centre of their presentations at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). In an unprecedented ...
  • Greens surge into second place in Hamburg, climate a key issue for voters

    24 Feb 2020, 13:59 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Euractiv / Tagesschau / Watson The Green Party surged into second place in the Hamburg regional elections this weekend, doubling its share of the vote after a campaign in which ...
  • Climate strikes in Germany spark debate over impact, students' commitment

    18 Mar 2019, 14:30 In the days after tens of thousands of students protested across Germany for more action on climate change, reactions poured in from across the political spectrum. Some conservative politicians argue students should not miss school, and ...
  • 20 Dec 2019 |

    Munich joins growing ranks of German cities declaring climate emergency

    20 Dec 2019, 14:50 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cities Süddeutsche Zeitung The Bavarian capital Munich has declared a “climate emergency”, joining more than 60 other German municipalities to have done so over the course of 2019, reports Süddeutsche ...
  • Need to take into account citizens’ wishes and concerns for climate action in transport – acatech

    07 May 2019, 12:34 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire An increasing number of Germans say they have major worries about climate change (61 percent in 2019 compared to 37 percent in 2017) and many are calling for action in ...
  • Germany’s climate cabinet ready to discuss introduction of carbon price

    10 Apr 2019, 13:46 Germany's so-called climate cabinet- a round of ministers with key responsibilities touching climate issues- has decided to discuss options for a carbon price at its first meeting in Berlin today. Environment minister Svenja ...
  • 17 Jul 2020 |

    Climate activists protest in Frankfurt against ECB's monetary policy during pandemic

    17 Jul 2020, 13:39 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Society Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Supporters of different climate action organisations have protested in Frankfurt against the European Central Bank's (ECB) monetary policy during the coronavirus ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 May 2019 |

    Church near Hambach Forest prepared for demolition to make room for coal mine

    20 May 2019, 13:25 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Society Rheinische Post A church in the town of Kerpen-Manheim, in the western German Rhenish coal mining region, has been prepared for demolition to expand a nearby coal mine, the Rheinische Post reports. About ...
  • 12 Sep 2019 |

    Merkel: Cutting transport emissions will be “herculean task” for govt and industry

    12 Sep 2019, 14:08 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cars Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel said reaching the country's climate targets in the transport sector will be a great challenge for the car industry and the government. Reducing ...
  • 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 ...
  • EU elections wake-up call to make "future-proof" decisions- opinion

    28 May 2019, 13:28 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Energiewende Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire The results of the European elections, in which the Greens surged driven by concerns over global climate change, mean that energy companies must ...
  • 21 Feb 2020 |

    Greta Thunberg visit raises profile of Hamburg 'climate election'

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

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

    10 Aug 2020, 13:25 David Reay Coal Society n-tv Climate activists demanding an end to coal power occupied two German coal-fired powered stations over the weekend, news website n-tv reports. Around 20 members of Direkte Aktion Berlin, which campaigns for ...
  • Business-friendly Free Democrats aim to be climate action party

    26 Apr 2019, 16:50 Expert FDP- Free Democratic Party Freie Demokratische Partei EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Süddeutsche Zeitung / Spiegel Online Germany’s liberal, pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) ...
  • “Greta effect”- Demand for 100% renewable electricity contracts rises sharply

    08 Jul 2019, 13:33 Freja Eriksen Electricity market Renewables Clean Energy Wire Demand for green electricity contracts in Germany is on the rise again after several years of shrinking interest, according to the price comparison website Verivox. In June ...
  • Student climate activist Greta Thunberg calls Germany’s 2038 coal exit proposal “absurd”

    07 Feb 2019, 13:49 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Focus Online Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has called the proposed 2038 deadline for ending coal-fired power production in Germany “absurd.” The 16-year-old ...
  • 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 ...
  • Right climate policy can reconcile yellow vests and Fridays For Future – French and German advisors

    16 Jul 2019, 13:11 Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices International Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Clean Energy Wire With European cooperation and an “appropriate design” of climate policy, the seemingly diverging calls for change by French yellow vests ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

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

    20 Sep 2019, 20:00 Chancellor Angela Merkel's so-called "climate cabinet" has put together the bedrock for future climate action legislation in Germany, just in time for UN Secretary-General António Guterres' Climate Action Summit in ...
  • New SPD leaders call for 'massive investments' in new energy system, say climate package needs revamp

    06 Dec 2019, 14:56 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire The new leaders of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), ...
  • Bavarian Merkel ally calls for coal exit by 2030, protesters storm lignite mine

    24 Jun 2019, 13:50 A plea for an accelerated coal exit in Germany by the state premier of Bavaria, Markus Söder, has caused a row within Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance over how to deal with growing political pressure to improve the ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

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

    06 Jun 2019, 14:19 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cities Clean Energy Wire The Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag) has called on the federal government to adopt a price on CO2 emissions as “an appropriate and necessary approach for ...
  • Digitalisation vital for climate protection – German environment minister

    08 May 2019, 13:46 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Digitalisation Clean Energy Wire Digitalisation has immense negative effects on the environment, but – steered in the right direction – it can create new opportunities for climate action and the global ...
  • 21 Feb 2020 |

    Hamburg mayor proposes conversion of coal plant into green hydrogen production site

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

    German construction company Hochtief doubles down on Australian coal

    13 Jul 2020, 14:04 David Reay Coal International Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German-based construction group Hochtief is enjoying a coal boom in Australia despite growing criticism of mining in its home country, write Jonas Jansen and Christoph ...
  • EU top job candidate promises "Green Deal" and "Climate Law" for Europe ahead of crunch vote

    16 Jul 2019, 13:08 German defence minister and European Commission candidate Ursula von der Leyen told Members of the European Parliament that if elected, she would introduce a "Green Deal" for Europe in her first 100 days in office, including a ...
  • Merkel backs national CO2 price, cites Greta-effect on policy

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

    Towns and municipalities want master plan for climate action

    06 May 2019, 13:33 Kerstine Appunn Citizens' energy ZDF Germany needs a nationwide masterplan for climate action that is applicable to all towns and municipalities, according to Gerd Landsberg, the head of the confederation of German towns and ...
  • 13 Sep 2019 |

    German transport minister proposes billions for e-cars, railway and cleaner trucks

    13 Sep 2019, 13:24 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics ...
  • 26 Jul 2019 |

    Nuclear power plant in Germany on verge of getting switched off due to heat wave

    26 Jul 2019, 13:40 Benjamin Wehrmann Nuclear phase-out Clean Energy Wire / NDR / Bloomberg A nuclear power plant in northern Germany has come to the verge of being taken off the grid on Friday, a Lower Saxony state environment ministry spokesperson told ...
  • 25 Sep 2019 |

    New IPCC ocean report triggers fresh criticism of German climate package

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

    EU election debacle lets Merkel’s CDU party wrangle over future climate policy approach

    03 Jun 2019, 13:52 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung Germany’s governing CDU party has become embroiled in a high-level dispute over the right approach to its future climate and energy policy. Calls by ...
  • Germany’s far-right AfD focuses on climate denial ahead of EU elections to woo disgruntled voters

    15 May 2019, 12:25 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics The Guardian Climate change denial has become a key topic of Germany’s far-right populist party AfD ahead of the EU parliamentary elections and the party particularly focuses ...
  • 05 Feb 2020 |

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

    05 Feb 2020, 13:21 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Industry Reuters / Deutsche Welle Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser is ready for Siemens Energy- an energy business it plans to spin off by September- to be at the centre of the ...
  • 25 Jan 2019 |

    German energy minister gets booed by student climate protesters

    25 Jan 2019, 13:51 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 Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 German ...
  • 02 Aug 2019 |

    Climate Action Law could be “intergenerational climate contract”

    02 Aug 2019, 11:52 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 WirtschaftsWoche ...
  • Merkel is working on a comeback as “climate chancellor” – analysis

    14 Jun 2019, 13:14 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Die Zeit At the end of her term in office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel aims to resume her former self-styled role as “ climate chancellor ”, motivated by the Fridays For ...
  • Merkel encourages school strikes for climate, upsetting her own party

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

    25 Jan 2019, 11:58 Germany’s coal exit commission has begun what could be its decisive meeting on Friday. In crucial last-minute talks, the commission must agree on a timetable to phase out the climate-damaging fossil fuel for electricity production ...
  • 04 Oct 2019 |

    Extinction Rebellion climate movement plans blockades in Berlin from 7 October

    04 Oct 2019, 13:14 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The climate activist movement Extinction Rebellion plans several road blockades and other activities in Germany’s capital Berlin starting on 7 October, saying they want to use ...
  • 09 Sep 2019 |

    Over 40 percent of Germans worried climate change will have “dramatic” consequences

    09 Sep 2019, 13:32 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire Many people in Germany are worried that rising global temperatures will have a "dramatic" impact on human life. In a long-term study by insurance company R+V, 41 ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

    Countdown to Germany's crucial climate cabinet meeting

    20 Sep 2019, 10:12 Today, the grand coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) aim to agree on a major policy package to bring Germany back on track to reaching the international ...
  • Germany to support EU climate neutrality by 2050 – leaked documents

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

    New EU emission rules turn SUVs from “climate killers into profit killers” – report

    06 Sep 2019, 13:45 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cars Handelsblatt The SUV (sport utility vehicle) boom cheered on by German carmakers BMW, Daimler and VW is about to turn into a heavy liability for the industry as EU fines for excessive emissions loom ...
  • “Gorleben will survive the next ice age”

    Last Friday's  vote in the German parliament in favour of plans to find a final nuclear repository  could finally herald an end to the decades-old conflict over where to store Germany's nuclear waste, Daniel Wetzel writes for Welt Online. But ...
  • Climate change, if uncontained, “will change the face of our planet”- Merkel

    07 Dec 2018, 13:29 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire German chancellor Angela ...
  • 08 Apr 2019 |

    German government to consider CO2 tax

    08 Apr 2019, 12:39 Expert Ottmar Edenhofer Co-Chair of Working Group III of the IPCC, Director of MCC, Deputy Director and Chief Economist of PIK Energiewende Technology Climate & CO2 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research ...
  • New SPD leaders put German government’s future in doubt with climate demands

    02 Dec 2019, 13:45 The members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) have unexpectedly voted for a more left-leaning leadership, casting doubt on the future of the coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance. The ...
  • Reconciling economic and environment policy core question in coalition talks - chancellery chief

    Coalition talks between CDU, CSU, FDP and Green Party will be about the parties’ ability “to make something constructive of the differences”, said chancellery chief and Christian Democrat Peter Altmaier in an interview with German public broadcaster ARD ...
  • 12 Sep 2019 |

    Carmakers call on European states to facilitate e-mobility breakthrough

    12 Sep 2019, 14:13 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Clean Energy Wire The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has called on European leaders to come up with a coherent plan to facilitate the spread of electric mobility on the continent. At the IAA ...
  • The stakes for energy and climate policy are high in EU elections

    22 May 2019, 13:45 Voters across the EU will head to the polls between 23 and 26 May to elect a new European Parliament. It’s one of three major European institutions — along with the European Commission and Council — due for elections or leadership ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    Merkel says financial markets must change to better support climate action

    16 May 2019, 13:59 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Finance Clean Energy Wire Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel says the need for a reform of financial markets along sustainability criteria is one of the most pressing challenges the sector is facing. ...
  • 24 Apr 2019 |

    Consequences of 2018 drought linger as Germans increasingly see climate as major issue

    24 Apr 2019, 13:24 Expert DWD- Germany's National Meteorological Service Deutscher Wetterdienst Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Background After exceptionally dry weather in 2018, the soil in many ...
  • Head of governing conservatives says environmental protection must "get the priority it deserves"

    19 Jun 2019, 12:03 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Die Zeit Humankind cannot continue living and economising the way it has, ...
  • 08 May 2019 |

    European Commission President candidates clash over CO₂ tax

    08 May 2019, 13:35 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / ARD Germany's Manfred Weber and the Netherlands' Frans Timmermans – the two most likely candidates succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President – ...
  • Pro- and anti-coal protesters besiege German coal exit commission visiting mining district

    Hundreds of coal workers in the eastern German region Lusatia welcomed the country’s coal exit commission during a trip to the region with protest banners saying, “good jobs are being trampled on,” Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. ...
  • Conservatives criticise environment minister’s CO₂ price proposal

    08 Jul 2019, 13:32 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich ...
  • German government enters crunch time on climate challenge

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

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

    05 Dec 2019, 13:08 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin ...
  • COP26 delay no excuse to put off climate action, German officials and activists say

    02 Apr 2020, 13:31 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire The decision to postpone the COP26 UN climate negotiations because of the coronavirus pandemic drew praise and concern from Germany. Government officials, experts and ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    Closure of German hard coal mining this week is “end of an epoch”

    17 Dec 2018, 13:20 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Society Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung / Welt am Sonntag Miners will present the last piece of hard coal mined in Germany to the country’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in ...
  • 09 Mar 2020 |

    Plan for new interim nuclear waste site draws criticism

    09 Mar 2020, 13:34 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Rachel Waldholz Nuclear phase-out taz / Clean Energy Wire Critics are denouncing plans to build a new interim storage facility for ...
  • 17 Mar 2015

    In the media: Solar eclipse as taster of 2030

    17 Mar 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW   Fraunhofer IWES/Agora Energiewende "The Eclipse 2015: Preview of the Power System in 2030" Friday’s solar eclipse will provide a taste of Germany’s power system in 2030, ...
  • 16 Mar 2020 |

    Coronavirus no excuse for renewables gridlock, says German env min

    16 Mar 2020, 14:04 Rachel Waldholz Renewables Policy dpa / Energie & Management / Der Spiegel Environment minister Svenja Schulze   is calling on German state and federal officials to act quickly to resolve disagreements over the expansion of ...
  • 27 Jul 2020 |

    Telsa will also manufacture battery cells at its new Berlin factory, Elon Musk says

    27 Jul 2020, 13:05 Edgar Meza Storage Cars manager magazin US electric car manufacturer Tesla will be manufacturing battery cells along with electric vehicles at its planned German factory in Grünheide near Berlin, manager magazine  reported citing ...
  • 03 Jul 2020 |

    Bumpy conclusion of Germany's landmark coal act clears way to next energy transition chapters

    03 Jul 2020, 12:48 In a vote that has been hailed as "historic", Germany's parliament has adopted a law that will ensure the phase-out of coal power by no later than 2038. The decision follows two years of intense debate about the country& ...
  • 15 Aug 2019 |

    BMW's new CEO takes the helm at former EV pioneer 'searching for direction'

    15 Aug 2019, 10:58 In a bid to regain its damaged reputation as a future mobility leader, BMW will replace its CEO on Friday, when Harald Krüger will hand over the company's steering wheel to Oliver Zipse. But industry experts are uncertain whether ...
  • 19 Dec 2018 |

    Lights go out for German hard coal miners as last pit shuts

    19 Dec 2018, 13:58 Kerstine Appunn Fossil fuels Financial Times Germany’s last hard coal mine in the Ruhr area will officially close on Friday 21 December and with it the era of a “fuel that propelled the nation’s economic and political expansion – for ...
  • 01 Jul 2020 |

    Germany irons out last coal exit law hurdles with conversion options for younger plants

    01 Jul 2020, 13:15 Germany's government has removed the last hurdles to finalising the country's much-anticipated coal exit law, clearing the way for a passage of the bill in parliament at the end of the week. The draft agreement grants ...
  • German climate law put off as disagreements weigh on governing coalition

    18 Feb 2019, 13:24 A dispute over what is supposed to be its most important climate policy is adding to the woes of Germany’s governing coalition. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and their centre-left coalition partner SPD are ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

    Sector coupling projects threatened by regulatory strains – Bundesrat committee

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

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

    06 Jul 2020, 12:23 David Reay Coal Spiegel / Süddeutsche Zeitung / DW / NDR Following the German parliament’s vote on Friday in favour of a law ending all coal power production by 2038, the country’s media has been reacting to the controversial bill. As ...
  • 17 Sep 2019 |

    German climate policy faces pivotal moment on 20 September

    17 Sep 2019, 13:33 Chancellor Angela Merkel's government coalition is racing to put together a major climate action package by 20 September, just in time for UN Secretary-General António Guterres' climate summit in New York on 23 September. Mere ...
  • Exploratory talks for a government coalition to begin on 18 October

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her conservative CDU/CSU bloc would begin exploratory talks on forming a so-called ‘Jamaica’ coalition on 18 October, reports Reuters. That day, the CDU/CSU would hold separate talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and ...
  • “Final spurt for the climate”

    Germany is making haste in ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement partly over fears that Donald Trump will pull out of the deal before it comes into force if he becomes US president, writes Michael Bauchmüller in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Time is pressing, and ...
  • 27 Feb 2015 |

    German grid agency stresses need for new power lines

    27 Feb 2015 Amidst political tussle over new power lines crossing Germany from north to south, which many see as one of the next big steps in the country's energy transition, the grid agency in charge has called the power highways in question " ...
  • Blog: Germany pushes for joint global energy transition

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

    Merkel proposes European coalition of willing for CO₂ price in transport, buildings and agriculture

    10 May 2019, 11:33 Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed forming a coalition of the willing among European Union countries for CO₂ pricing in transport, buildings and agriculture to meet 2030 climate targets. At a meeting of EU leaders in ...
  • 18 Nov 2019 |

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

    18 Nov 2019, 12:34 Tesla's announcement to build a "gigafactory" for e-car production in Germany is likely to speed up the slow shift to electric mobility in the country, politicians and mobility experts have said. Media called the ...
  • 07 Aug 2020 |

    German North Sea outpost Heligoland hopes for green hydrogen boom

    07 Aug 2020, 14:51 Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen Business & Jobs dpa / RTL Online Germany's remote North Sea island Heligoland is hoping for a rapid increase in green hydrogen production with offshore wind power, news agency dpa reports in an ...
  • G20 ministers seek to strengthen renewable energies

    Convening in Argentina, ministers from the G20 – a group of both developing and developed countries, including Germany – are discussing fossil fuel extraction, the digitalisation of energy markets, and the transparent handling of data, according to dpa in ...
  • Price of EU ETS emission allowances rises

    Allowances for emitting a tonne of CO 2 have tripled in price, reaching nearly 16 euros on the European Energy Exchange on Friday, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes. The rise follows trading being at around 5 euros a year ago. Rolf Schmitz, head ...
  • Slump in EU election raises pressure on Merkel's coalition as Greens surge on climate worries

    27 May 2019, 15:43 Germany’s ruling parties have taken another blow in the European elections, further rattling the fragile government coalition, as voters increasingly turn away from the established forces in the political centre. Against the backdrop of ...
  • German coalition talks past 2nd deadline still stalled over climate

    19 Nov 2017 Germany's aspiring coalition partners continued talks past a second deadline on Sunday, 19. November, after having made little headway in key climate and energy issues in exploratory talks that had already gone past the first self-imposed ...
  • 01 Feb 2019 |

    Relief about German coal exit deal fades as focus turns to implementation challenges

    01 Feb 2019, 13:53 The initial relief in Germany over a coal exit deal has given way to fresh discussions over how to implement the hard-won compromise. Chancellor Angela Merkel and politicians from her grand coalition government praised the agreement by ...
  • 10 Mar 2020 |

    Coronavirus impact could undermine aviation’s commitment to climate goals

    10 Mar 2020, 13:11 Rachel Waldholz Transport Der Spiegel The steep drop in air travel caused by the coronavirus outbreak is reducing carbon emissions in the short-term, but the economic hit could undermine the aviation industry’s commitment to longer term ...
  • “Better chances for citzens’ energy”

    The government coalition has agreed last-minute changes to the contested reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in order to boost citizen energy projects, reports Michael Bauchmüller in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Citizen energy projects need to participate at ...
  • BMW, VW and Daimler shares take hard hit

    Shares of German carmakers BMW, VW and Daimler were falling substantially on Monday after allegations emerged on Friday that the companies operated a cartel, followed by an EU probe into the affair, news agency Reuters reports. “The European Commission ...
  • 27 Jul 2020 |

    BMW says hydrogen fuel cells remain important technology option for passenger cars

    27 Jul 2020, 13:09 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law ...
  • Coal commission members “create joint knowledge base”

    Members of Germany’s coal-exit commission used their second plenary meeting on Friday, 13 July to hear presentations about the “tasks, framework conditions and structural policy challenges” that are to form the basis for their decision-making in the ...
  • Climate protection windfall

    The European Energy Exchange in Leipzig on Friday auctioned a total of 4.36 million emission allowances for the German government that brought in 64.7 million euros, Michael Bauchmüller writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The success of the auction marks a new ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

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

    20 Feb 2019, 13:26 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Society Washington Post Tens of thousands of teenagers across Europe have skipped school since the beginning of the year, joining protests demanding action on climate change, Luisa Beck reports in the ...
  • 24 Jan 2019 |

    Coal commission proposal neglects climate protection – commentary

    24 Jan 2019, 12:05 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Handelsblatt The leaked final report of Germany’s coal commission suggests it will not be ambitious enough when it comes to climate protection, argues Jürgen Flauger in a ...
  • 16 Jun 2020 |

    Germany and six allies push for key hydrogen role in Europe's energy future

    16 Jun 2020, 14:57 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 Hydrogen International Clean Energy Wire A group of ...
  • 16 Jun 2020 |

    Germany launches competition for green mobility projects as pandemic takes toll on public transport

    16 Jun 2020, 15:03 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy David Reay Transport Clean Energy Wire Germany’s ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

    Climate change is a threat to peace and security – German foreign minister

    28 Jan 2019, 12:39 Kerstine Appunn Security Clean Energy Wire Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas urged the United Nations at Friday’s open debate of the UN Security Council to take the link between climate and security into account in all conflict ...
  • 12 May 2020 |

    Floating solar park ideal future use for Hambach coal mine – researcher

    12 May 2020, 13:09 Edgar Meza Coal Solar Plans by Swiss technology company and solar panel manufacturer Meyer Burger to supply panels for a 10 gigawatt (GW) floating solar plant on a lake to be left behind by the future closure of the Hambach coal mine is ...
  • 08 Oct 2019 |

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

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

    Goldman Sachs still bullish on German utilities

    25 Mar 2019, 13:50 Rachel Waldholz Finance Utilities dpa / Focus Online US investment bank Goldman Sachs says German utilities RWE and E.ON remain good investments, despite the coal exit, newswire dpa reports in an article carried by Focus Online. In an ...
  • 12 Aug 2020 |

    Germany paves way for faster wind power expansion licenses

    12 Aug 2020, 13:48 Kerstine Appunn Wind Transport Freight Clean Energy Wire Germany’s government has set out to accelerate planning procedures for infrastructure projects linked to the energy transition. Angela Merkel’s cabinet today approved the draft ...
  • Energiewende is a major project the economy ministry must design – new econ min

    New German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier said the energy transition is one of his ministry’s major projects, speaking as he took over the helm of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Friday. “The project Energiewende ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    Reactions to government agreement on climate strategy, CO2 pricing

    23 Sep 2019, 09:41 The German government coalition has reached an agreement on the country's climate action strategy, including a pricing system for carbon emissions in all major sectors. The Clean Energy Wire presents reactions to the deal. Sören ...
  • Germany passes laws on grid, CHP to keep Energiewende going

    18 Dec 2015 Second parliament chamber passes laws for combined heat and power support and new power cables / Progress in grid expansion and more money for efficient power stations will advance energy transition and national climate targets, says energy ...
  • Renewables cover 35 percent of German power demand

    Renewable energy sources covered 35 percent of power demand in Germany in the first half of 2017, utilities association BDEW said on Friday. In the first half of 2016, the renewables share was 33 percent. Onshore wind power installations made the largest ...
  • 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 ...
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: “We have a coalition agreement”

    The Christian Democrats (CDU) and Free Democrats (FDP) in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia will form a government coalition, state chairmen Armin Laschet (CDU) and Christian Lindner (FDP) told news agency dpa. “We have a coalition agreement” and the ...
  • 24 Jul 2020 |

    US halts German Security Council push for UN climate conflict monitoring

    24 Jul 2020, 14:50 Expert Federal Foreign Office Auswärtiges Amt International Security Alex Dziadosz Climate & CO2 Security dpa / n-tv The United States has, for the moment, put a halt to Germany’s ambitions to set up a system to monitor climate ...
  • German parties hurry to present climate plans as pressure mounts

    28 Jun 2019, 12:31 Germany’s parties are hastening to put together proposals on how the country can reach its national and international climate targets as pressure from recent election results, ongoing climate protests and an early heat wave continues to ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    Germany bids farewell to domestic hard coal mining

    20 Dec 2018, 16:33 On 21. December 2018 the mining of hard coal officially comes to an end in Germany. The closing of the last mine in the Ruhr region marks the end of 200 years of mining the fossil fuel that made Germany’s industrialisation possible. The ...
  • 29 Jun 2020 |

    Heavy industry needs support for transition to climate neutrality- opinion

    29 Jun 2020, 13:06 David Reay Industry Handelsblatt Politicians must urgently implement EU-wide mechanisms that help Germany’s heavy industry to continue to be successful while transitioning to greenhouse gas neutrality, says Klaus Stratmann in ...
  • Austria calls for carbon border tax after Germany launches EU Presidency

    13 Jul 2020, 13:57 Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices International Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung The European Union should introduce a carbon border tax on imports as a source of income to finance the bloc's coronavirus recovery programmes ...
  • "Mammoth" energy transition key to German climate efforts- minister

    18 Mar 2016 Renewable energy sources already play a key role in keeping Germany's carbon emissions in check, the country's environment minster told an international conference on Friday in Berlin. However, completing the energy transition was ...
  • “Climate without a plan”

    The dispute within Germany’s federal government over environment minister Barbara Hendricks’ Climate Action Plan 2050 “is becoming increasingly uncomfortable for Chancellor Angela Merkel,” writes Michael Bauchmüller in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “At the next UN ...
  • 30 Jan 2020 |

    German econ min calls for large-scale green hydrogen production in highly anticipated strategy- report

    30 Jan 2020, 13:21 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Sören Amelang Gas Renewables Der Spiegel / Clean Energy Wire Germany ...
  • 05 Jun 2020 |

    German stimulus plan “watershed moment” in relations to car industry- media

    05 Jun 2020, 13:22 Sven Egenter Cars Green stimulus Tageszeitung (taz) / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Süddeutsche Zeitung The German government’s decision to focus its 130 billion euro economic stimulus programme on future, more climate-friendly ...
  • 16 Aug 2019 |

    East German state elections pose litmus test for coal exit plans

    16 Aug 2019, 10:00 Voters in the eastern German states of Saxony and Brandenburg head to the polls on 1 September for crucial state elections. The results could have an outsized impact on German climate policy for three reasons. First, these states are ...
  • 08 Apr 2016 |

    Czech utility set to buy Vattenfall’s lignite assets in eastern Germany- Reuters

    08 Apr 2016 In Czech company EPH, Vattenfall might have found a buyer for its lignite coal mines and power stations in Lusatia. But as the companies involved refuse to comment, environmentalists warn that coal has no future in a country that wants to ...
  • 15 Jun 2020 |

    Germany must step up climate ambitions for EU Green Deal – govt advisors

    15 Jun 2020, 08:46 The independent expert commission in charge of monitoring Germany's energy transition says the European Green Deal requires the country to do more to fight climate change. The government advisors say a quicker-than-planned coal ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    Consumer association calls for more transparency on grid fees

    25 May 2020, 12:40 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Expert VZBV- Federation of German Consumer Organisations Verbraucherzentrale ...
  • Merkel must use Council presidency to help make EU future-proof – opinion

    09 Jul 2020, 13:26 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics tageszeitung (taz) Chancellor Angela Merkel must now walk the walk when it comes to making sure climate action “tops” the German EU Council presidency agenda and ensuring that ...
  • 22 Feb 2019 |

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

    22 Feb 2019, 18:00 German environment minister Svenja Schulze is calling for an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goal of “at least 95 percent” by the year 2050 compared to 1990, in a draft of the highly anticipated Climate Action Law, seen by Clean ...
  • 11 Aug 2020 |

    Pilot programmes for overhead line truck systems could offer climate action solutions – study

    11 Aug 2020, 11:43 Expert ifeu- Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Climate & CO2 Renewables Transport Edgar Meza Transport Freight Clean Energy Wire Germany’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg (ifeu) has published ...
  • 22 Jun 2020 |

    Northern Germany pushes for greater hydrogen use with pilot project cluster

    22 Jun 2020, 12:40 Edgar Meza Hydrogen dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany’s push for greater hydrogen use is gaining momentum. Some 50 representatives from business, science and government have come together to promote 25 projects in northern Germany that ...
  • “Czech billionaire bets against the Energiewende”

    Czech investor Daniel Kretinsky’s purchase of Vattenfall’s German brown coal business, officially completed on Friday, is a bet that Germany will not end coal-fired energy production anytime soon, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. Kretinsky’s holding EPH ...
  • 11 Feb 2020 |

    Solar and offshore wind are Germans' favourites for future power production

    11 Feb 2020, 13:33 Expert LichtBlick Green power provider Electricity market Renewables Technology Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Wind Clean Energy Wire Rooftop solar and offshore wind power are the most popular technologies for Germany's future power mix, ...
  • 07 Jan 2020 |

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

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

    State must ensure more climate-friendly Lufthansa future after bailout – opinion

    26 Jun 2020, 12:11 Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Tagesschau / Frankfurter Rundschau Shareholders of Germany's Lufthansa have accepted the conditions of a multi-billion euro bailout which gives the government a stake in the company and – according ...
  • 28 Oct 2019 |

    Australia potentially huge partner for German hydrogen ambitions – industry

    28 Oct 2019, 14:06 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Renewables Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The Federation of German Industries (BDI) ...
  • 12 May 2020 |

    German government, coastal states reach agreement for offshore wind expansion

    12 May 2020, 13:16 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Edgar Meza Wind Clean Energy Wire Germany's federal government, ...
  • 11 Dec 2014

    In the media: Global perceptions of the Energiewende, CO2 from cars and report on fossil fuel dependency

    11 Dec 2014 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Study: Renewable Energies Agency (AEE) “How the world sees the Energiewende” Germany’s Energiewende – the shift from conventional and nuclear energy to a renewable power supply – is the focus of much ...
  • German Bundestag passes nuclear clean-up bill

    The German federal parliament (Bundestag) has voted by a large majority to transfer liabilities for storing nuclear waste to the state, the Bundestag has stated in a press release. The legislative proposal introduced by the government stipulates that ...
  • 16 Jul 2020 |

    Volkswagen and Bosch CEOs clash over future use of hydrogen in cars

    16 Jul 2020, 13:52 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Hydrogen Die Welt German car industry heavyweights Volkswagen and Bosch are at odds over the use of hydrogen in mobility, with the world's largest carmaker clinging to a ...
  • “An outcry!”

    An alliance of climate activists and renewable proponents has published an advert in business daily Handelsblatt urging politicians to stop the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in parliament in order to “save the Energiewende”. “Anybody who wants ...
  • 16 Apr 2019 |

    Merkel opens Baltic’s largest offshore wind farm as industry warns against slow-down

    16 Apr 2019, 14:41 The opening of a new offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea gives Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel an opportunity to show her climate policy credentials and welcome the German-Norwegian project as a milestone for the energy ...
  • 10 Jun 2020 |

    German hydrogen strategy aims for global leadership in energy transition

    10 Jun 2020, 16:10 Germany places a large bet on hydrogen produced using renewable energy in its highly anticipated national hydrogen strategy that serves to underpin the country's ambitions to become a global leader in the technology. The strategy ...
  • German coal exit timetable to be settled in last minute talks

    23 Jan 2019, 18:16 Germany’s detailed coal exit path and the end-date to coal-fired power generation remain unknown only days before a highly anticipated phase-out proposal is due to be published. A leaked draft of the final report of the country’s coal ...
  • German economy heading for deep slump and lower emissions due to coronavirus

    20 Mar 2020, 15:00 The economic crisis caused by the new coronavirus will sharply slow economic activity and the associated greenhouse gas emissions in Germany. The extremely wide range of current economic forecasts is making detailed predictions for CO2 ...
  • Germany, neighbours agree to ban price caps in power market

    29 May 2015 Germany and its neighbouring countries have agreed to let the market determine wholesale power prices even if this means soaring prices at times of high demand, Germany's state secretary for energy Rainer Baake said. He also stressed that ...
  • 07 Apr 2020 |

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

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

    German, Austrian and Swiss presidents urge green recovery

    05 Jun 2020, 13:07 Sören Amelang Green stimulus Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The heads of state of Germany, Austria and Switzerland have warned against neglecting climate protection during the pandemic and urged an economic restart with investments in ...
  • 'Potential to implement Paris Agreement'- German reactions to climate aspects of EU deal

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

    German gas network to grow by 1746 kilometres, hydrogen grid is the future

    02 Jul 2020, 13:03 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Clean Energy ...
  • 11 Dec 2019 |

    Germany hesitates on support for European green finance taxonomy

    11 Dec 2019, 12:59 Freja Eriksen Finance Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany is wavering at the last minute to make a decision on whether to support an EU taxonomy for green financial activities that aims to identify the investments that will be regarded as ...
  • 15 Jul 2020 |

    German government's 'steel strategy' aims to secure climate-friendly production

    15 Jul 2020, 13:41 Expert German Steel Federation Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Fossil fuels Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen Industry Clean Energy Wire A new " steel strategy " for establishing low-carbon ...
  • 21 Jul 2020 |

    Utility ENBW trialing floating wind power turbines to expand usable area

    21 Jul 2020, 13:34 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities David Reay Wind Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German energy company Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) is running trials of a floating ...
  • Parliament energy committee agrees to contested renewables reform

    The federal parliament’s committee for economics and energy has agreed to the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), including many last-minute changes, according to a press release. The government coalition parties, economy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Jan 2020 |

    German parliament plans to drastically cut funding for energy research

    10 Jan 2020, 11:52 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert VCI- German Chemicals Industry Association Verband der ...
  • 09 Apr 2020 |

    Environmentalists call for halt to German search for nuclear waste site during coronavirus

    09 Apr 2020, 13:51 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Rachel Waldholz Nuclear phase-out Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Background The environmental group Friends of the Earth Germany ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    Coal commission draft recommends shielding consumers from rising power prices – media

    23 Jan 2019, 11:04 Germany’s coal exit commission will propose to protect companies and private households from rising electricity prices resulting from a state-driven phase-out of the fossil fuel,  Reuters news agency says citing a draft report [shorter ...
  • 13 May 2020 |

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

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

    Germany takes next coal exit step with contract for company compensation

    24 Jun 2020, 17:30 Germany is one step closer to finalising legislation on the planned coal exit by 2038 at the latest, as the government approved a draft contract between the state and companies to flesh out the country’s farewell to lignite. Among other ...
  • 29 Jan 2020 |

    German govt adopts coal exit, fixes hard coal compensation

    29 Jan 2020, 14:32 The German government has officially approved the end of coal-fired power production in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet adopted a law detailing plant shutdowns and compensation payments for coal companies, confirming a ...
  • “Cabinet approves guide to climate-neutral Germany”

    The German federal cabinet finally approved the government’s Climate Action Plan 2050 as the basic framework on how Germany is to become largely greenhouse gas neutral in 2050. In a press release, environment minister Barbara Hendricks pointed out that ...
  • 25 Jun 2020 |

    German government’s lignite contract offers possibility for earlier coal exit – opinion

    25 Jun 2020, 13:26 Julian Wettengel Coal tageszeitung (taz) / Tagesspiegel Background / Rheinische Post German media commentators have said that the draft contract between the state and lignite operators presented by the cabinet on 24 June keeps open the ...
  • 16 Jul 2019 |

    Threatened Siemens site in mining region to become hub for hydrogen research

    16 Jul 2019, 13:08 Siemens is planning a hydrogen research laboratory and innovation campus in the east German city of Görlitz, where the company’s turbine plant was previously due to be shut down. Chancellor Angela Merkel called the plans a “milestone” ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

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

    23 Sep 2019, 14:12 The future of Germany's much criticised climate strategy hangs in the balance as the Green Party vowed to amend the package, and experts warned legal hurdles threatened the government's concept for a CO2 price. Yet, Chancellor ...
  • 11 Feb 2020 |
    Gas

    Gas industry calls for capacity market debate as Germany exits nuclear and coal

    11 Feb 2020, 14:31 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Expert Zukunft ERDGAS Fossil fuels Julian Wettengel Gas Clean Energy Wire As Germany plans to exit both nuclear and coal power generation over the next years, gas plants will become more important as ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    EU omits reference to climate neutrality by 2050, as media reports German resistance

    22 Mar 2019, 16:00 European leaders did not call for climate neutrality by 2050 at today’s summit in Brussels, despite several countries including France suggesting it to be included. Germany is among a group of countries rejecting a tougher wording on ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

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

    18 Jun 2020, 14:04 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Policy EU Clean Energy Wire Germany will focus its upcoming EU Council presidency on the dual challenges of overcoming the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and making the continent more ...
  • 26 Sep 2019 |

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

    26 Sep 2019, 14:12 Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives insist on a low initial price tag for CO2 emissions to secure public acceptance for the government's new climate strategy. In the first parliamentary debate on the package unveiled ...
  • 29 Apr 2019 |

    German utility RWE cancels plans for lignite power station, says no more new coal plants

    29 Apr 2019, 13:46 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Rachel Waldholz Coal Utilities Clean Energy Wire / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung German utility RWE announced this week that it was cancelling plans to build a new ...
  • 04 Dec 2015 |

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

    04 Dec 2015 Day 5 at the UN climate conference: Negotiatons are not "leaping forward" / 1.5°C should be mentioned in agreement / German climate action in the spotlight at home Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation ...
  • 25 Feb 2019 |

    Germany's government coalition divided over draft Climate Action Law

    25 Feb 2019, 14:17 The first draft of Germany’s Climate Action Law, presented last week, has laid bare conflicting views within the German coalition government over how the country should meet its climate targets. The proposal has drawn criticism from ...
  • 10 Dec 2019 |

    Germany to establish coordination hub for international power-to-x activities

    10 Dec 2019, 13:31 Expert GIZ- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit German development agency International Sören Amelang Gas Renewables Technology Clean Energy Wire Germany will establish a central hub to coordinate its international ...
  • 28 Apr 2020 |

    Recovery programmes “great opportunity” to invest in climate action – opinion

    28 Apr 2020, 12:29 Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Osnabrücker Zeitung / taz / RND The coronavirus crisis recovery programmes being worked out all over the world present a “great opportunity” to push climate action, the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung's Uwe ...
  • 06 Nov 2019 |

    Loss-making coal plants could turn into liability for German taxpayers – NGO

    06 Nov 2019, 13:42 Expert FÖS- Green Budget Germany Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft Energiewende Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire As lignite (brown coal) power plants in Germany increasingly make losses ...
  • 04 Jun 2020 |

    Germany gives energy transition mild boost with economic stimulus programme

    04 Jun 2020, 14:06 The German government coalition has decided to reboot Europe's largest economy with a 130 billion euros stimulus package that contains steps to further the country's landmark energy transition. Aside from comprehensive actions ...
  • “Renewables surcharge to increase by about 8 percent”

    Germany’s  renewables surcharge  is to rise from 6.35 cents per kilowatt-hour (ct/kWh) to 6.88 ct/kWh next year, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) learned from grid operator sources. The 8 percent increase would be less than  predicted by experts. This ...
  • 07 Nov 2019 |

    Farmers call for better inclusion in Germany's climate policy, announce more protests

    07 Nov 2019, 14:05 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Agriculture Rheinische Post A farmer ...
  • 24 Apr 2020 |

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

    24 Apr 2020, 09:30 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Freja Eriksen Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire The European Union’s planned coronavirus “recovery fund” should be used to make substantial investments ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany debates form of renewables support as levy rises

    17 Oct 2016 Germany’s consumer surcharge to fund renewable electricity will rise less than expected in 2017. Still, discussions about the cost of the country’s Energiewende project and ways to reform the renewables support dominated the public debate all ...
  • RWE head insists “nuclear energy economically dead,” expects tenders for gas plants

    24 Oct 2019, 12:19 Expert Economic Council- CDU Wirtschaftsrat Economic Council of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) of Germany Business & Jobs Society Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Sören Amelang Gas Nuclear ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Optimistic German energy industry should better prepare for future - consultancy

    The German energy industry is optimistic and sees itself well prepared for the future, financial services company KPMG said in its Future Readiness Index 2018. While its future readiness is "solid", it is currently facing only the beginning of a ...
  • IPCC land use report shows climate change threat to global livelihood – env min

    08 Aug 2019, 13:41 A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on land use shows that climate change is threatening the world's food supply and livelihood, making it an "existential question", said German ...
  • 18 Mar 2020 |

    Investors urge Finnish utility to drop support for new German coal plant

    18 Mar 2020, 13:45 Freja Eriksen Utilities Clean Energy Wire / taz Eight European financial institutions have criticised the Finnish state-owned utility Fortum for endorsing the opening of the German coal-fired Datteln 4 power plant, set to be the last ...
  • 13 Mar 2020 |

    Tracking progress of Germany's 2030 climate action package

    13 Mar 2020, 15:30 With its Climate Action Law and the Climate Action Programme 2030, Germany's government coalition has presented a far-reaching climate strategy that is aimed at putting the country on track towards reaching its climate targets. The ...
  • 09 Apr 2020 |

    German environment agency calls for increasing e-car recycling capacities

    09 Apr 2020, 13:53 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Technology Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Sören Amelang Cars dpa ...
  • 24 Sep 2019 |

    German industry can become CO2-neutral, but not with new govt strategy – WWF

    24 Sep 2019, 13:40 Higher energy efficiency, a "paradigm shift" in the circular economy, innovative production processes, as well as carbon capture and usage or storage could make Germany's industry CO2-neutral by 2050, but the government& ...
  • 06 Apr 2020 |

    Germany's coronavirus recovery plan should help build climate-neutral economy – env min

    06 Apr 2020, 12:33 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für ...
  • 23 Jan 2020 |

    Offshore wind power expansion in Germany overtakes onshore for first time in 2019

    23 Jan 2020, 15:45 The expansion of offshore wind power capacity in Germany has exceeded that of onshore turbines for the first time ever last year. This is both due to a particularly bad year for onshore expansion and the increasing competitiveness of ...
  • 17 Sep 2015

    In the media: Havoc for utilities; a push for robot cars

    17 Sep 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Bloomberg “Why Germany’s nuclear power exit is causing havoc for utilities” Financing the nuclear phase-out is the biggest challenge yet for Germany’s large utilities, which explains this ...
  • 12 Dec 2019 |

    Task force presents ten theses on the future of mobility

    12 Dec 2019, 13:36 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Rose-Anne Clermont Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire The National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM)- ...
  • 10 Aug 2020 |

    Water shortages in German towns foreshadow climate change's impact on entire country- opinion

    10 Aug 2020, 14:03 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society dpa / n-tv / Tageszeitung An intense heat wave and lack of rain is causing severe water shortages in German municipalities that could foreshadow global warming's impact on the country as ...
  • 09 Mar 2020 |

    Germany's hydrogen strategy doesn't include green gas for heating – report

    09 Mar 2020, 13:42 Expert VDMA- German Engineering Federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Expert VKU- German Association of Local Utilities Verband kommunaler Unternehmen Utilities Climate & CO2 ...
  • Env min decision on CO₂ car limits Pyrrhic victory for industry – opinion

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze’s decision to back away from her call for more ambitious new EU CO₂ car emissions limits is “a defeat for the climate, and for the industry – once again – a Pyrrhic victory,” writes Michael Bauchmüller in an ...
  • 05 Feb 2020 |

    Green hydrogen “elixir of life” of future-proof steel industry – env min

    05 Feb 2020, 13:20 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel Industry Clean Energy Wire Hydrogen ...
  • Costly nuclear power no option for low-carbon power mix of future – researchers

    25 Jul 2019, 14:52 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Benjamin Wehrmann Nuclear phase-out Cost & ...
  • 10 Aug 2020 |

    German automakers appear to be finally waking up to climate neutrality- op-ed

    10 Aug 2020, 13:30 David Reay Cars Frankfurter Rundschau The reality of having to shift to climate-neutral production and products has finally hit German automakers, writes Rolf Obertreis in an opinion piece in the Frankfurter Rundschau. A combination of ...
  • 22 Jan 2020 |

    Former coal commission members say German government breached landmark exit compromise

    22 Jan 2020, 11:28 The German coal exit commission 's compromise reached in early 2019 was hailed as a breakthrough for cooperation between industry representatives, policymakers and environmental groups, as it outlined how to phase-out the fossil ...
  • 06 May 2020 |

    Renewables can contribute more to future German power supply security – study

    06 May 2020, 13:29 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Renewables Clean Energy Wire Germany's electricity supply can remain secure until 2050 as renewable energy installations and decentralised units such as storages will be able to contribute ...
  • 29 Jun 2020 |

    German power grid planning shows little ambition – media

    29 Jun 2020, 13:07 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy ...
  • 20 Jul 2020 |

    Germany to fund green post-corona projects in developing countries

    20 Jul 2020, 14:13 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy David Reay Government International Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 05 Dec 2014

    In the media: Nuclear waste fund, Vattenfall, E.ON's split

    05 Dec 2014 Kerstine Appunn Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Rundschau "We need a fund" Jörg Sommer, chairman of the German Environment Foundation, says more money is needed to treat nuclear waste in Germany. In an interview with ...
  • 20 Mar 2015

    Energiewende passes solar eclipse stress test

    20 Mar 2015 Clear and sunny weather, a solar eclipse and no blackout- Germany's power system has passed an important test. The eclipse was a taste of the future, as the rise in renewables will make fluctuations of this magnitude regular events as ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    Gas group Linde says it is “absolutely sure” there is a future for hydrogen cars

    03 Apr 2019, 14:18 Sören Amelang Gas Cars Clean Energy Wire It is certain that hydrogen will be used on a large scale in future cars, according to German industrial gas supplier Linde. “We’re absolutely sure about the future of hydrogen in passenger cars, ...
  • 18 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 12: Germany positive on results from Bonn

    18 Nov 2017 Bonn had delivered what was necessary to be on schedule for the decisions needed at COP24 in Katowice, the Germany delegation said / Negotiations finished in the early hours of 18 November / Last contentious issues still debated through the ...
  • 24 Feb 2020 |

    Netherlands highlights hydrogen cooperation with Germany

    24 Feb 2020, 13:56 Freja Eriksen Gas Industry Handelsblatt The Netherlands has identified Germany as its main ally in building Europe's future hydrogen structure,  writes the business daily Handelsblatt. "Our aim is to intensify cooperation on ...
  • 14 Jul 2020 |

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

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

    Volkswagen expects e-mobility boost after pandemic

    17 Jul 2020, 14:12 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Alex Dziadosz Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Volkswagen does not expect the pandemic to slow the introduction of its flagship e-car model ID.3, Carsten Germis writes in the Frankfurter ...
  • 12 Oct 2018 |

    Special deals for mining areas to ease coal exit – task force draft

    12 Oct 2018, 16:40 Germany’s coal commission wants to ease the coal exit by granting lignite mining regions preferential treatment in infrastructure and innovation projects, according to a leaked draft report seen by the Clean Energy Wire. The paper ...
  • 27 Feb 2020 |

    German Greens aim for “climate pact” with heavy industry

    27 Feb 2020, 14:22 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 dpa / Handelsblatt Germany's Green Party is proposing a plan to make the country's energy-intensive industries like steel and cement more climate-friendly, using a comprehensive package of ...
  • German government gets mediocre mid-term marks for climate effort

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

    Markets still bet Paris Agreement will not be honoured, German finance researcher says

    20 May 2019, 16:29 Financial markets are excellent processors of information- and they currently don't seem to expect that the global economy will be geared towards respecting the Paris Climate Agreement 's goals and give up fossil fuel ...
  • 16 Jan 2020 |

    Mix of centralised and decentralised technologies key to successful Energiewende – researchers

    16 Jan 2020, 13:14 Freja Eriksen Energiewende Clean Energy Wire Only a mix of centralised and decentralised technologies can make German energy supply "climate-friendly, secure and affordable," say researchers from three of the country's ...
  • 25 Sep 2016 |

    Germany ratifies Paris Agreement

    25 Sep 2016 In a move to fast-track the full ratification of the 2015 UN climate treaty (Paris Agreement), the German parliament has unanimously approved the terms of the treaty, helping to pave the way for it to enter into force before the end of the ...
  • 21 Jul 2020 |

    German startup close to increasing biogas yields by turning leaves into fuel

    21 Jul 2020, 13:28 David Reay Bioenergy Berliner Zeitung A German startup reportedly is on the verge of industrialising a process that can increase biogas energy yields by 40 percent – and even turn leaves into fuel, the Berliner Zeitung reports. LXP, ...
  • Renewables levy could be reduced to zero by 2021 – German Energy Agency (dena)

    07 Jul 2020, 13:22 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire German households ...
  • 11 Aug 2020 |

    Chancellor candidate Scholz says rapid transformation towards sustainability is key election topic

    11 Aug 2020, 12:22 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire The German Social Democrats (SPD) will make the transformation towards a more ...
  • 03 Mar 2020 |

    German government divided over hydrogen strategy – report

    03 Mar 2020, 14:13 Sören Amelang Energiewende Industry Handelsblatt German ministries continue to be divided over plans for a hydrogen economy, delaying publication of the country's highly anticipated strategy to lower emissions in high-energy ...
  • 09 Jul 2020 |

    Associations propose revival of German railway tracks totalling 4000 km

    09 Jul 2020, 13:25 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Freight Clean Energy Wire In Germany, 238 railway connections with a total length of 4,016 kilometres could be reactivated, the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) and the Pro ...
  • 28 Jan 2020 |
    Gas

    Gas grid operators say few new pipelines needed to build hydrogen network

    28 Jan 2020, 13:50 Sören Amelang Gas Handelsblatt Germany's gas industry plans to establish a pipeline network measuring 5,900 kilometres to enable the large-scale use of hydrogen in the country. According to a plan seen by business daily ...
  • 03 Feb 2020 |

    CDU’s economic wing proposes stronger German participation in nuclear energy research – media

    03 Feb 2020, 13:47 Freja Eriksen Nuclear phase-out Spiegel Online The committee for economics, jobs and taxes of chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has proposed that Germany participates more intensively in the European ...
  • 20 Jul 2020 |

    Worries about water needs of Tesla's Berlin factory not ebbing away

    20 Jul 2020, 14:00 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars rbb24 US carmaker Tesla’s planned gigafactory near Berlin continues to cause worries about the production site's water consumption, public broadcaster rbb24 reports. The local water supplier in the ...
  • 04 Feb 2020 |

    Planned leftist state minority govt promises ‘Green New Deal for Thuringia’

    04 Feb 2020, 13:45 Freja Eriksen Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / MDR Thüringen [UPDATE note: In a surprise result, Thuringia’s parliament on 5 February 2020 elected Thomas Kemmerich from the business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP) as ...
  • 17 Mar 2015 |

    Solar eclipse to stress test German Energiewende

    17 Mar 2015 UPDATE-- While millions of Europeans will look skyward for a glimpse of a rare solar eclipse on March 20, technicians at German power grid operator TenneT will be glued to their controls. When the moon covers parts of the sun, the output of ...
  • 19 Jun 2020 |

    German industry and govt must enter into 'hydrogen pact' – sustainability council

    19 Jun 2020, 14:01 Expert RNE- German Council for Sustainable Development Rat für nachhaltige Entwicklung Society Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen Clean Energy Wire Germany’s government and industry should enter into a "hydrogen pact" to make the gas ...
  • Europe vies with China for clean hydrogen superpower status

    24 Jul 2020, 10:40 The rivalry between Europe and China in emission-free hydrogen technologies could become one of the defining business stories in the global effort to stop climate change. Scarred by its painful experience in solar PV manufacturing, ...
  • Despite February ruling, EU could again question funding for Germany’s security standby of lignite plants

    The European Commission had approved, in a February state aid ruling, Germany’s security standby of lignite plants scheme, and said that future rules on the design of the EU electricity market would not influence this ruling. The Commission now says this ...
  • 17 Jan 2020 |

    Saxony premier's talk of future nuclear power uses gets swift rejection

    17 Jan 2020, 12:46 Benjamin Wehrmann Nuclear phase-out Policy Oldenburger Onlinezeitung / Die Welt / RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland The suggestion by Saxony's state premier Michael Kretschmer that Germany should keep the door open for future uses of ...
  • 15 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog: Parties decide "solid" rulebook

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

    German corporations see 'enormous savings potential' in reducing business trips

    27 Jul 2020, 13:03 Edgar Meza Business & Jobs Society dpa / WirtschaftsWoche / Clean Energy Wire The COVID-19 pandemic is leading German companies to rethink the need for business trips and promote video conferencing instead, according to a report by ...
  • Pandemic effects underscore key lessons for German power market – analyst

    07 May 2020, 08:58 The performance of Germany's electricity system during the coronavirus pandemic offers important lessons for the future of the country's landmark energy transition, says Hanns Koenig from consultancy Aurora Energy Research. ...
  • 11 Nov 2016 |

    Germany finally sets specific CO₂ targets in climate roadmap

    11 Nov 2016 After months of heated debate, the German government has finally struck an agreement on its contentious Climate Action Plan 2050, due to be signed off by the cabinet over the weekend. It includes emission reduction targets for transport, the ...
  • 20 Nov 2019 |

    Industry associations call for masterplan to boost deep geothermal energy

    20 Nov 2019, 13:28 Expert BVG- German Geothermal Association Bundesverband Geothermie e.V. Renewables Business & Jobs Freja Eriksen Renewables Clean Energy Wire Germany needs a masterplan for deep geothermal energy in order to reap the technology' ...
  • 19 Sep 2019 |

    German government faces 11th hour talks over climate action

    19 Sep 2019, 13:37 Germany's governing parties are heading into the final talks over what finance minister Olaf Scholz has said must be a "big and convincing step for climate action." But CO₂ pricing and a proposed major framework climate ...
  • Hambach Forest struggle profoundly significant for future of German energy system – opinion

    The outcome of the struggle over the embattled Hambach Forest, which German energy company RWE wants to cut down to make way for the expansion of a lignite mine, will have “profound significance for the future of energy in Germany, as well as for climate ...
  • Germany must specify 2050 emission target for cost-efficient energy transition – study

    01 Nov 2019, 13:29 Germany can become largely carbon-neutral by the middle of the century at tolerable cost by overhauling its entire economy, but in order to do so must specify its 2050 emissions target as soon as possible, according to a study by ...
  • 16 Apr 2019 |

    Grid operators adjust plans to coal exit, raise investment costs for future grid by 9 billion euros

    16 Apr 2019, 14:22 Expert 50Hertz Transmission Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Expert Amprion Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway ...
  • Germany bets on green hydrogen in quest for climate neutrality

    27 Apr 2020, 13:10 In the fight against climate change, hydrogen made with renewable electricity is increasingly seen as a silver bullet for sectors with particularly stubborn emissions, such as heavy industry and aviation. As a result, the emission-free ...
  • 02 Jul 2020 |

    Germany's wind power records conceal sector's woes, industry group BWE says

    02 Jul 2020, 12:57 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Technology Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Expert VDMA- German Engineering Federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau Business ...
  • 05 Nov 2019 |
    Gas

    Germany must beat Asia in hydrogen technology race- government

    05 Nov 2019, 14:43 The German government believes hydrogen is key not only for a successful energy transition, but also for the future of the country's famed industry. This is why Germany must beat Asian countries – in particular China and Japan – to ...
  • 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 ...
  • 11 May 2020 |

    Germans say climate crisis will have larger long-term effects than coronavirus – poll

    11 May 2020, 13:48 Expert LichtBlick Green power provider Electricity market Renewables Technology Freja Eriksen Society Clean Energy Wire Almost 60 percent of Germans said the climate crisis will have larger long-term effects than the coronavirus  in a ...
  • 18 Dec 2019 |

    German state clears important legal hurdle for wind turbine repowering, cancels minimum distance rule

    18 Dec 2019, 13:25 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 Wind Hamburger Abendblatt The northern German state ...
  • 01 Apr 2016

    Tesla's new 'electric invader' / RWE's 'most daring project'

    01 Apr 2016 Sören Amelang Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Bild “People’s e-car” The premiere of Tesla’s new e-car “Model 3” might not only decide the future of the company, but the future of e-mobility, according to mass-daily Bild. “With the ...
  • 18 Apr 2016

    Lignite sale advances / Secret iCar lab in Berlin

    18 Apr 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW   Der Tagesspiegel “Czech investor wants to take over brown coal operations” A year and a half after Sweden's Vattenfall said it would sell its German lignite ...
  • 17 Jan 2020 |

    Villages vanishing despite Germany's coal exit see themselves as pawns in policy tit-for-tat

    17 Jan 2020, 12:49 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Society Rheinische Post / WDR The villages around Germany's open-cast lignite mines in federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) that are slated for demolition to make room for expanding the mines see ...
  • 14 May 2020 |

    Driverless trucks could shift transport from rails to road – report

    14 May 2020, 14:17 Edgar Meza Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Freight Clean Energy Wire The introduction of automated heavy trucks could further shift transport from rail to road, according to a report by Germany’s Aerospace Center (DLR) on the ...
  • 27 Apr 2020

    Germany’s top politicians, companies throw weight behind green stimulus

    27 Apr 2020, 14:17 Top politicians from Germany and more than 60 large companies have warned that the climate crisis must continue to be a top priority, even as the world economies grapple with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Ahead of this week’s ...
  • 05 May 2020 |

    Germany raises grid stability reserve as network expansion lags behind

    05 May 2020, 13:50 Freja Eriksen Grid Clean Energy Wire Germany has slightly raised its winter power capacity reserve, designed to keep the grid stable in critical situations, to 6,600 megawatts (MW) in 2020-2021 from around 5,100 MW in 2019-2020, the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Apr 2018 |

    Economy minister Altmaier calls for mobility transition push

    10 Apr 2018 The current legislative period has to be used to significantly advance the mobility transition in Germany, ensuring that the country remains a technology leader, said economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier at a mobility conference in ...
  • 19 Nov 2019 |

    Green hydrogen is 'European project' – German utility association head

    19 Nov 2019, 13:39 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Julian Wettengel Gas Renewables Handelsblatt German ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    German government has no plans for autobahn speed limit

    29 Jan 2019, 13:37 Expert NPE- German National Platform for Electric Mobility Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität Transport Policy Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire Germany's federal government does not plan to ...
  • Saxony introduces master plan for energy research – but doesn’t discriminate against lignite

    The state government of Saxony in eastern Germany, where parts of the Lusatian lignite mining district are located, has published a master plan for future energy research, including the areas of nuclear security, battery production, and photovoltaics, ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |
    Gas

    Cabinet drafts regulation to reduce costs for LNG terminal operators

    27 Mar 2019, 12:19 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 Clean Energy Wire The cabinet has agreed on a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Nov 2019 |

    Env ministry warns renewable fuels are no substitute for climate action

    20 Nov 2019, 13:30 Germany's environment ministry has warned that climate-neutral fuels made with renewables must not become an excuse for neglecting the domestic roll-out of renewables, increasing efficiency and other efforts to cut emissions. " ...
  • 17 Feb 2020 |

    Looming solar power support cap impedes funding of new projects – industry

    17 Feb 2020, 14:11 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Der Spiegel / Clean Energy Wire The unresolved question of future solar ...
  • Industry calls on government to develop raw materials strategy forfuture technologies”

    The influential Federation of German Industries (BDI) has called on the government to come up with a strategy to secure the supply of scarce raw materials forfuture technologies” needed for e-mobility, digitalisation, and the energy transition. “The ...
  • 21 Nov 2014

    In the media: States want to keep coal, ministries at odds, money for climate

    21 Nov 2014 Kerstine Appunn Ellen Thalman Clean Energy Wire CLEW Zeit Online "Is Sigmar Gabriel secretly burying the Energiewende?" A “progress report” from the Economics Ministry on the Energiewende shows evidence of a political struggle over ...
  • New economy ministry proposal to fire up renewables in all sectors

    16 Sep 2016 To decarbonise Germany’s economy, small amounts of renewable electricity will have to replace large amounts of fossil fuel. The policies to make this Energiewende happen must be decided now, the economy ministry says in a new discussion paper. ...
  • Energy minister under pressure to present framework for future renewables growth

    T ravelling in the renewable- energy stronghold state of Lower Saxony, German energy minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) faced urgent calls to provide a secure framework for future wind power growth. Lower Saxony’s environment minister, Olaf Lies (SPD), said ...
  • 14 Jan 2020 |

    NRW state premier calls for 'week of coal exit decisions'

    14 Jan 2020, 14:27 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal The state premier of Germany's most populous federal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Armin Laschet, has called for a "week of decisions" regarding the country's planned coal phase-out, ...
  • 13 Jan 2020 |

    Reliance on imports for e-mobility could cause major job losses in Germany – gov advisors

    13 Jan 2020, 13:57 Expert NPE- German National Platform for Electric Mobility Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität Transport Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire The self-reliance of Germany's carmakers for producing ...
  • 04 Oct 2019 |

    State premier of Saarland calls for billions in support to turn steel industry climate neutral

    04 Oct 2019, 13:42 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German steel industry should receive billions in government support ...
  • Study looks at different scenarios for grid expansion in Germany

    Fast decisions on climate targets, renewable growth and fossil fuel phase-out are required to plan the future German grid system, a study by the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) within a project funded by the Ministry for Education and ...
  • Taskforce agrees on post-coal strategy for German mining regions

    26 Oct 2018, 08:41 Members of Germany's coal exit commission have unanimously adopted the first major policy recommendations for the country's lignite mining regions affected by a future coal power phase-out. At an on-site meeting in the Rhenish ...
  • 03 Feb 2020 |

    German econ min’s draft strategy criticised for including ‘blue hydrogen’

    03 Feb 2020, 13:44 Expert E3G- Third generation enviromentalism European non profit organisation for policy transformation Climate & CO2 Finance Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Gas Renewables ...
  • Head of Germany’s economic experts’ council calls for readjustment of Energiewende funding

    Germany needs a “reasonable readjustment” of its energy transition to get a grip on the “costs that are out of control”, Christoph M. Schmidt, head of the German Council of Economic Experts (Wirtschaftsweisen), says in an article on Focus Online. “With ...
  • 11 Jun 2020 |

    German towns launch trial to shed coal and gas from energy supply

    11 Jun 2020, 14:15 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Technology dpa / Clean Energy Wire Three Western German towns are launching a trial to run the local energy supply without coal and gas, reports the newswire dpa in an  article  carried by the ...
  • 15 Feb 2019 |

    German village to be demolished for lignite mine despite coal exit

    15 Feb 2019, 12:19 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Society Lausitzer Rundschau A 200-inhabitant German village will be demolished to make way for a lignite coal mine, after many years of uncertainty related to the future of coal power in ...
  • Wide alliance calls for general speed limit on German autobahn for safety and climate

    12 Apr 2019, 13:45 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire A broad alliance of environmental NGOs, police unions and traffic accident victim organisations has called for the swift introduction of a general speed limit on the ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    German MPs critical of setting up domestic LNG import infrastructure

    15 May 2020, 14:17 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Julian Wettengel Gas Security Clean Energy Wire Several German parliamentarians have criticised government plans to set up a domestic infrastructure ...
  • 22 Aug 2019 |

    German government initiates strategy for climate-friendly aviation

    22 Aug 2019, 13:48 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Deutsche Welle The German government wants to promote a culture of innovation to develop CO₂-neutral aviation, reports Deutsche Welle. "We want to make Germany a leading location for ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

    Germany to lose biogas capacity amid struggle to achieve 2030 renewables target

    23 Jul 2020, 13:50 Expert German Biogas Association Fachverband Biogas e.V. Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Kerstine Appunn Bioenergy Clean Energy Wire The number of biogas plants installed in Germany is set to fall ...
  • Task force to decide report on economic perspectives for coal regions

    At a meeting in the Rhenish lignite mining region, Germany’s coal exit commission debated first proposals on how to cushion the effects of an exit from coal-fired power generation in affected regions. A draft interim report, seen by the Clean Energy Wire, ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    Germany to buy stake in Dutch grid operator TenneT as part of broader energy cooperation

    20 May 2020, 13:38 Expert TenneT Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Benjamin Wehrmann Grid International Clean Energy Wire The German government is preparing to buy a stake in Dutch transmission grid operator (TSO) TenneT as part of a ...
  • 11 Dec 2015 |

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

    11 Dec 2015 Agreement text expected Saturday morning / Germany, EU reiterate push for ambitious deal/ Leaders get on the phone/ Scientists fear weak deal Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & ...
  • 25 Jun 2020 |
    EU

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

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

    Germany's climate action plan to run into massive renewable power gap by 2030 – BEE

    08 Apr 2020, 12:49 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Julian Wettengel Renewables Clean Energy Wire The climate action programme the ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

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

    20 Dec 2018, 14:07 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 In a moving message to his future grandchildren, German ISS commander Alexander Gerst appealed to humanity to finally get its act together on climate change. “Right now, it looks like we – my generation – ...
  • Germany and the Netherlands aim to intensify energy cooperation

    04 Oct 2019, 13:16 Julian Wettengel Energiewende International Clean Energy Wire The economy ministers of Germany and the Netherlands, Peter Altmaier and Eric Wiebes, have signed a joint declaration at the sidelines of joint cabinet consultations, vowing ...
  • 22 May 2020 |

    Soaring renewables output could save villages threatened by German coal mine expansion

    22 May 2020, 14:07 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland ...
  • 19 Jul 2019 |

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

    19 Jul 2019, 13:58 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Policy Rheinische Post The leader of the conservative CDU party’s parliamentary group, Ralph Brinkhaus, has called for “hundreds of billions of euros” to be invested in climate action over the next ...
  • Greens call for ecologic investment programme as German economy slows

    15 Aug 2019, 12:11 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Tagesspiegel Background Green parliamentary group head Katrin Göring-Eckardt has called for an ecologic stimulus package as news of Germany's economy shrinking in the second ...
  • Petersberg Climate Dialogue will focus on green recovery – German and UK govts

    24 Apr 2020, 13:40 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 International Clean ...
  • 08 Aug 2019 |

    Supplier Continental bets on electrification but rejects battery cell production

    08 Aug 2019, 13:53 Sören Amelang Storage Cars Clean Energy Wire Continental, one of Europe's largest automotive suppliers, is increasing e-mobility investments but has decided against entering battery cell production. “The future is clearly electric. ...
  • 10 Oct 2019 |

    German econ minister says hydrogen key part of future energy system

    10 Oct 2019, 13:56 Germany’s economy minister Peter Altmaier has said that hydrogen will be a key element of the country’s future energy system, as a zero-carbon or carbon-neutral energy source. However, natural gas would play a significant role over the ...
  • 05 Dec 2015 |

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

    05 Dec 2015 UPDATE (adds NGO statement on climate finance pledge) Agreement on a draft agreement – with lots of options / Climate funding pledges reach $94 billion / Climate risk insurance can help dealing with loss and damages / Climate blind spots ...
  • 22 Jun 2020 |

    Scientists sketch path to EU climate neutrality ahead of German Council presidency

    22 Jun 2020, 12:33 Edgar Meza Climate & CO2 EU Leopoldina / Acatech / Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities In a joint statement, leading German scientific institutions, including the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, ...
  • 01 Aug 2019 |

    German government puts focus on green hydrogen for energy transition – media

    01 Aug 2019, 12:30 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 Renewables Handelsblatt Renewable energy-based ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    Germany leads globally in energy security levels, thanks to renewables- study

    18 May 2020, 14:06 Edgar Meza Renewables Security Germany boasts the highest energy security level in the world, due in large part to the wide spread use of renewable energy sources in the country, according to a study by Abdelrahman Azzuni and Christian ...
  • German environment agency submits considerations for long-term EU climate strategy

    The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has submitted its considerations regarding a future long-term climate plan for the European Union. The EU is currently preparing its respective mid-century long-term climate strategy, which would drag Europe’s economy ...
  • 29 Nov 2019 |

    Energy-intensive companies call for 'aggressive' renewables roll-out

    29 Nov 2019, 14:00 Expert E.ON Utility Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Sören Amelang Renewables Industry An ...
  • 22 May 2020 |

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

    22 May 2020, 14:11 Expert VCI- German Chemicals Industry Association Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. Cost & Prices Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire / Die Welt Energy-intensive industry groups short ...
  • 15 Apr 2020 |

    Lack of charging points could slow roll-out of e-mobility in Germany, study warns

    15 Apr 2020, 15:18 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Expert Prognos Consultancy Energiewende Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire A lack of charging points in German ...
  • Economy minister Altmaier calls for mobility transition push over coming four years

    The current legislative period must be used to significantly advance the transport transition in Germany, said economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier at the Tagesspiegel’s Future Mobility Summit in Berlin. “I believe that we have to bring the ...
  • 25 Jun 2019 |

    Merkel’s 'car summit' with industry yields meagre results – media reports

    25 Jun 2019, 13:42 Sören Amelang Cars Policy BR / Tagesspiegel Background A high-profile meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and car industry representatives has yielded few tangible results, according to media reports. The ’car summit‘ lasted more ...
  • 29 Nov 2019 |

    Northern German states demand renegotiation of wind turbine distance rules

    29 Nov 2019, 14:02 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Clean Energy Wire The premiers of Germany's five northern coastal states demand a renegotiation of the controversial 1,000-metre minimum distance rule from residential areas for onshore wind turbines included ...
  • 05 Apr 2019 |

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

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

    Siemens boss calls on EU to turn fight against climate change into opportunity for industry

    05 Jul 2019, 14:09 Sven Egenter Climate & CO2 Technology Handelsblatt The European Union should make the fight against climate change one of its top priorities and turn such leadership into an economic opportunity, the head of German engineering ...
  • 19 Jul 2019 |

    Hydrogen a focus of German government funding for real-world test projects

    19 Jul 2019, 13:56 Freja Eriksen Storage Technology Clean Energy Wire Hydrogen projects are one of the key themes of 20 test projects selected for funding by the German government. Germany ultimately plans to put 100 million euros per year into ...
  • 22 Jun 2016

    Germany gets fracking law / Daimler plans energy transition- report

    22 Jun 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Spiegel Online “Coalition wants to push through fracking law on Friday” The government has scheduled  the Bundestag vote on a law restricting fracking in Germany for this ...
  • Civil society and industry call for use of federal budget to finance renewables expansion

    A broad alliance of trade unions, consumer, renewable, and industry associations has called on the future German government to use the federal budget to finance “at least parts of the Energiewende costs”. “We need a new financing system for the cost ...
  • 16 Dec 2019 |

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

    16 Dec 2019, 10:24 Germany will miss its climate targets without leaps in technological innovation, even taking into account the recently agreed climate package, says Georg Nüßlein, deputy parliamentary group head of chancellor Angela Merkel’s ...
  • Renewables, power-to-x and battery production offer future prospect for coal regions – study

    Large-scale renewable power production and the development of storage technology, both with power-to-x systems and batteries, can provide viable economic prospects for Germany’s coal mining regions as the fossil fuel is gradually phased out, a study ...
  • 01 Mar 2016

    US and Japan overtake German PV capacity / ‘Better not learn from Germany’

    01 Mar 2016 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW IHS “As European solar installations slow, China, US and Japan lead global installed PV capacity in 2016” The United States and Japan will surpass Germany’s installed solar PV capacity this year, according ...
  • 06 Feb 2020 |

    Siemens cautionary example during economy’s climate transition – opinion

    06 Feb 2020, 12:47 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Julian Wettengel Industry Süddeutsche Zeitung The protest against Siemens’ involvement in the Adani coal mine project in Australia and the company’s handling of the situation is a cautionary example ...
  • Number of German energy workers rises by more than 10,000 in a decade

    22 May 2020, 14:02 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Business & Jobs Clean ...
  • 08 Jun 2018 |

    German environment ministry pushes for tougher EU car emission rules

    08 Jun 2018 The German environment ministry has called for much more ambitious EU targets to lower car emissions than those proposed by the European Commission. In a position paper seen by the Clean Energy Wire, the ministry says car emissions must be ...
  • 16 Sep 2019 |

    German economy ministry counts on gas for energy transition

    16 Sep 2019, 17:01 Gaseous energy sources will play a "crucial role" in Germany's long-term energy supply and industrial production, with CO₂-neutral or carbon-free gases, such as green hydrogen, being a key element, according to a draft ...
  • 13 Jun 2019 |

    German pilot project produces kerosene from sunlight, water and CO2 for first time

    13 Jun 2019, 13:40 Sören Amelang Transport Clean Energy Wire Marking “groundbreaking progress,” a German pilot project has made kerosene using concentrated sunlight, water and CO2 for the first time, according to the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which ...
  • Protecting climate good for Germany’s economy- study

    08 Jan 2019, 13:20 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Achieving the 2030 and 2050 climate targets will benefit Germany’s economy, according to a  multi-institute study commissioned by the environment ministry. ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

    EU plans 'completely change outlook' for global hydrogen economy- BloombergNEF

    23 Jul 2020, 12:30 The EU's and Germany's plans to push the use of green hydrogen to decarbonise the economy are likely to trigger a competitive race with China that will be crucial for a global breakthrough of the technology, says Kobad ...
  • 10 Sep 2015

    In the media: Ex-minister "wants to save RWE"

    10 Sep 2015 Sören Amelang Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW FAZ/Handelsblatt "Werner Müller wants to save RWE" RWE’s municipal shareholders plan to put former German economy minister  Werner Müller  in charge of the stricken utility’s ...
  • 10 Jun 2020 |

    Minister calls hydrogen strategy “quantum leap,” but NGOs fear “dead end”

    10 Jun 2020, 13:34 Sören Amelang Hydrogen Industry Clean Energy Wire Germany's hydrogen strategy is a "quantum leap" that will lift the energy transition and climate protection to a "new qualitative level," according to the ...
  • Government advisors give low marks for German energy transition progress

    06 Jun 2019, 17:11 Germany continues to be off track regarding many of its energy and climate targets according to the economy ministry’s  latest progress report on the energy transition. In an accompanying opinion, government advisors lament that the ...
  • 22 Oct 2019 |

    Demand growing for clear definitions in Germany's “green” finance push

    22 Oct 2019, 14:17 Edgar Meza Finance Handelsblatt While Germany’s federal government has welcomed the increase in “green investment”, the country’s central bank remains unsatisfied with the term and is calling for a clearer definition of what constitutes ...
  • 07 Apr 2020 |

    Battery storage systems see major growth in Germany- study

    07 Apr 2020, 13:21 Expert Forschungszentrum Jülich Research institute for energy, climate and nuclear sciences Nuclear phase-out Technology Expert RWTH Aachen University Technology Rachel Waldholz Storage Clean Energy Wire Battery storage systems have ...
  • German industry keenly interested in green PPAs – dena study

    03 Sep 2019, 13:34 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid ...
  • 24 Mar 2020 |

    Corona crisis hits German carmakers during crucial transition period

    24 Mar 2020, 14:26 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Die Welt The production stops and far-reaching sales collapse in the automotive industry is hitting Germany's major carmakers at a crucial time of transition, Florian Gehm writes in Die Welt. Car sales are ...
  • 19 Feb 2020 |

    German economy minister defies Nord Stream 2 sanctions, says more Russian gas needed

    19 Feb 2020, 14:13 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas International Die Welt The importance of Russian gas for Germany is set to grow further amid the latter country's energy transition, economy minister Peter Altmaier said at a German-Russian industry conference ...
  • Higher market price for power reduces renewables support to zero for first time

    The increase in the wholesale market price for electricity in 2018 has led to a reduction of the so-called “market premium” that renewable power suppliers like wind and solar PV installations receive as a guaranteed payment, the German Renewable Energy ...
  • Climate and digitalisation Germany's key challenges of the future- Merkel

    11 Sep 2019, 13:45 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said protecting the climate and digitalisation are the two key challenges that Germany faces in the future. Her comments ...
  • State economy minister calls for CO₂ tax on oil and gas

    Andreas Pinkwart, economy minister of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s most populous state and home to one of three German lignite mining regions, has called for a CO₂ tax on oil and gas to ensure that power consumers do not have to shoulder all of ...
  • 18 Jun 2019 |

    Germany could have 7.5 GW power-to-gas capacity by 2030, say gas grid operators

    18 Jun 2019, 13:32 Julian Wettengel Gas Grid Technology Clean Energy Wire Renewables-based gases such as hydrogen and synthetic methane will be increasingly important for Germany’s to reach climate targets, say gas transmission grid operators (TSO) in ...
  • 12 Jun 2019 |

    State of Saarland “braces for electric shock” as carmakers switch to e-mobility

    12 Jun 2019, 13:31 Julian Wettengel Cars Financial Times The German state of Saarland, home to major suppliers for combustion engine cars, shows the vulnerability of the country’s car industry in a future driven by all-electric vehicles, report Guy Chazan ...
  • 27 Mar 2020 |

    VW faces major problems in flagship ID.3 e-car production – report

    27 Mar 2020, 13:58 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Süddeutsche Zeitung The mass production of VW's flagship e-car model ID.3 is being hampered by major difficulties that could thwart the carmaker’s goal of becoming a ...
  • No country in the world has found solution for nuclear waste challenge- report

    11 Nov 2019, 14:46 Expert Heinrich Böll Foundation Green policy think tank Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Society Benjamin Wehrmann Nuclear phase-out Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The challenge of finding and funding a final repository for ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    Hopes for EU-China climate deal centre on green recovery

    18 Jun 2020, 12:00 A joint push by the EU and China remains the best hope to drive global climate action and build momentum ahead of next year’s UN climate talks, researchers and NGOs say. The coronavirus pandemic has shifted national priorities, raised ...
  • 11 Feb 2019 |

    No investor in sight for Germany’s former solar power pioneer Solarworld

    11 Feb 2019, 13:50 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Solar Business & Jobs dpa / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Investors appear uninterested in the main factory of Germany’s formerly biggest solar panel manufacturer Solarworld, which filed for ...
  • 11 Jul 2019 |

    Siemens plans hydrogen innovation campus in coal region- media

    11 Jul 2019, 14:13 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Freja Eriksen Coal Storage Reuters Siemens plans to build an “innovation campus” for hydrogen technologies at the company’s site in Görlitz, reports Reuters citing sources close to the company. The ...
  • 11 Mar 2020 |

    German chemical makers connect with engineers to find path to climate neutrality

    11 Mar 2020, 13:22 Sören Amelang Industry Clean Energy Wire The German chemical industry association VCI has teamed up with the country's engineering association VDI to develop concepts aimed at reaching greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. The ...
  • 10 Feb 2020 |

    Germany's steel industry needs political support to cope with CO2-reduction – opinion

    10 Feb 2020, 13:38 Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Handelsblatt The German steel industry accounts for about one third of the country's total industry emissions, meaning that becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 comes with particular challenges to the sector ...
  • Renewables research agency calls for end date for coal and combustion engine

    Germany needs an end date for coal-fired power production and for internal combustion engines in cars to make progress in emissions reduction and ensure that its industries do not fall behind others in developing technologies of the future, Michael Nelles ...
  • Government support for German energy research increases slightly in 2018

    29 May 2019, 12:15 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 Climate & CO2 Energiewende Clean Energy Wire The ...
  • 02 Jan 2019 |

    Water supply infrastructure must be better prepared for climate change effects – industry

    02 Jan 2019, 13:17 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 ...
  • 19 Feb 2020 |

    IEA urges Germany to focus on hydrogen, import LNG

    19 Feb 2020, 18:30 To further its landmark energy transition, the Energiewende, Germany must concentrate on hydrogen technology to support the rollout of renewables, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). In an in-depth review of Germany' ...
  • German government vies for headquarters of European battery cell production

    The German government tries to bring the headquarters of the envisaged European joint venture for battery cell production to Germany, a press release by Germany’s economy and energy ministry (BMWi) says. At a meeting of the European Battery Alliance in ...
  • 30 Jul 2020 |

    Modest wind power expansion recovery in Germany fails to allay industry fears

    30 Jul 2020, 13:37 The construction of new wind turbines in Germany picked up slightly again in the first six months of 2020, but expansion figures are still far too low to bolster an industry that suffered two years of steeply declining growth. As the ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

    German utilities rule out power cuts to defaulting households during corona crisis

    23 Mar 2020, 13:57 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Expert VKU- German Association of Local Utilities Verband kommunaler Unternehmen Utilities Climate & CO2 Electricity market Expert VZBV- ...
  • Citizens’ participation for climate policy

    The federal environment ministry (BMUB) will continue to use citizens’ participation processes to develop climate policy in the future, the ministry said in a press release. “What we learned in the stakeholder process helped us in developing the Climate ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 May 2020 |

    Corona crisis shakes up shift to sustainable urban mobility

    29 May 2020, 10:31 The corona pandemic has upended the transition to sustainable urban mobility around the world. While the fear of infection has put people off public transport and vehicle sharing schemes, it has boosted private cars, cycling and walking ...
  • German petrol station operators look for new business models as e-cars loom

    German petrol stations are struggling for new business models as a breakthrough for electric vehicles appears just around the corner, Michael Ashelm and Bernd Freytag write for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Instead of marching ahead, an entire ...
  • Fix end date for combustion engine cars after coalition talks – Green Party head

    The Greens’ call for an end to the sale of new internal combustion engine cars by 2030 was meant to deliver a “wake-up call to the German industry", said Cem Özdemir, co-head and one of the two leading candidates for the Green Party in the upcoming ...
  • 07 Feb 2020 |

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

    07 Feb 2020, 12:58 Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Julian Wettengel Energiewende WirtschaftsWoche Germany needs to revamp its energy policy to avoid issues with supply security and ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    Siemens, Shell, grid operator call for extra offshore wind tenders to produce hydrogen

    11 Dec 2018, 13:31 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Wind Clean Energy Wire Engineering conglomerate Siemens, oil giant Shell and German grid operator TenneT have called for stepping up the country’s plans to roll out offshore wind, in order to ...
  • Govt says climate refugees cannot claim asylum in Germany despite UN ruling

    23 Jan 2020, 13:29 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire / Deutsche Welle The German government has expressed disagreement with a  ruling  by the United Nations Human Rights Committee, which states that countries may not deport ...
  • 07 Dec 2015 |

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

    07 Dec 2015 Day 7/8 at the UN climate conference: Environment state secretary Flasbarth becomes facilitator / EU fights for new differentiation / Germany plans decarbonisation by 2050 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    Industrialised countries have special responsibility to protect climate – Merkel

    23 Jan 2019, 17:36 Developed countries have the responsibility to establish “technologies from which others can benefit”, such as forms of renewable energy production, after they emitted a lot of CO₂ during the industrialisation, German Chancellor Angela ...
  • 21 Feb 2020 |

    Electric commercial aviation still a distant vision, synthetic fuels more realistic – engine producer MTU

    21 Feb 2020, 14:21 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Technology Die Welt Leading German aircraft engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines does not expect electric aviation with large commercial airplanes to become reality anytime soon, Gerhard Hegmann writes for ...
  • 27 Sep 2019 |

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

    27 Sep 2019, 13:42 Expert Energy Brainpool Energy consultancy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Expert Greenpeace Energy Green energy provider Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Renewables Utilities Expert Wuppertal Institute for Climate, ...
  • “Germany’s coal task force can change things for Europe” – opinion

    The launch of the coal-exit commission has raised expectations that Germany’s – and by extension, Europe’s – commitment to a low-carbon future could shift from rhetoric to reality, Nick Butler writes in an opinion piece for the Financial Times. However, ...
  • German environment ministry pushes for tougher EU car emission rules

    The German environment ministry has called for much more ambitious EU targets to lower car emissions than those proposed by the EU Commission. In a position paper seen by the Clean Energy Wire, the ministry says car emissions must be halved between 2021 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 02 Mar 2020 |

    German environment ministry seeks to make digitalisation climate-friendly

    02 Mar 2020, 14:10 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Expert Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy Wuppertal Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann ...
  • Elections could mean EU loses "historic opportunity" for climate action- former French climate diplomat

    21 May 2019, 13:31 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Die Zeit Parties which stand for election in the European Parliament vote this weekend may face a "historic opportunity" to set the continent on track for ambitious ...
  • State environment ministers call for minimum CO2 price

    Nine federal states’ ministers of the environment and energy are calling for the introduction of a minimum CO 2 price at the federal level, according to an article in Handelsblatt. In a letter to federal economy minister Peter Altmaier, the ministers ...
  • Germany at risk of becoming biotope for fossil combustion technologies – Green MP

    By opposing stricter EU car emission limits, Germany’s government delays the transition to renewable mobility and risks isolating the country, according to Green MP and transport expert Cem Özdemir. “France, Denmark, Luxembourg and Netherlands have ...
  • Scepticism over adequacy of funds for post-coal clean-up raises concern

    Germany's Council of State Governments (Bundesrat) has expressed fears that lignite mine operators have not set aside enough money to cover the future costs of decommissioning, demolishing, and renaturing mined land, spurring more widespread concern, ...
  • 13 May 2019 |

    Germans consider climate issue biggest challenge for Europe on eve of EP elections

    13 May 2019, 14:14 Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Two weeks before the European Parliament elections, German voters have said that climate and environment protection are the biggest challenges for the future of the European Union,  a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 Mar 2020 |

    German government postpones hydrogen strategy, coal exit hearing

    18 Mar 2020, 13:40 Sören Amelang Coal Gas Policy Clean Energy Wire / Handelsblatt / Energate The German government has adjourned a decision on the country's highly anticipated strategy on how to boost the use of hydrogen to decarbonise industry and ...
  • EU deal on power market rules and capacity mechanisms criticised for coal subsidies

    19 Dec 2018, 13:49 EU institutions have agreed on new rules for the internal electricity market, including capacity mechanisms, coal subsidies, cross-border power flows and access for more market actors who are free to set their own prices. The German ...
  • 07 Feb 2019 |

    German coal exit may slow Fortum plan for Uniper takeover – analysts

    07 Feb 2019, 13:37 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Utilities Bloomberg The push to scrap the use of coal as a power generation fuel by Germany and other European countries could make Finnish energy company Fortum think twice before launching a bid ...
  • Merkel renews call for European battery cell production

    German chancellor Angela Merkel wants to make battery cell production a “ strategic European development ”, she said during a speech at an event on e-mobility in Berlin. “Someone like me, who once studied physics, is incredibly sad that we cannot produce ...
  • European Commissioners push for greater oversight of carmakers’ compliance with EU emission rules

    The European Commission wants to exert stricter control over how car manufacturers determine the emissions of their cars, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. EU Commissioners suspect that carmakers have found a loophole in the Commission’s targets ...
  • 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 ...
  • 26 Mar 2020 |

    Nobody can be happy about any positive climate effect now- German climate researcher

    26 Mar 2020, 14:00 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Frankfurter Rundschau Emissions reductions due to the coronavirus crisis cannot be considered good news, ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

    Many German industrial companies ill-prepared for decarbonisation – labour union

    06 Jun 2019, 14:20 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire A large number of industrial companies in Germany will have a hard time coping with the changes brought about by the transition to a low-carbon economy and by digitalisation, ...
  • 15 Mar 2019 |

    RWE substantiates claims for billion-euro coal plant compensation

    15 Mar 2019, 13:38 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Business & Jobs Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Energy company RWE has substantiated its claims for a high compensation for the decommissioning of its coal power capacity, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    EnBW to spend 12 bln euros by 2025, renewables are strategic priority

    09 May 2019, 14:08 Sören Amelang Renewables Utilities Rechargenews / Reuters German utility EnBW plans to spend 12 billion euros by 2025 in generation and infrastructure, with renewable expansion being a strategic priority, reports Bernd Radowitz for ...
  • 18 Apr 2019 |

    RWE maps out planned expansion in renewables, US in focus – report

    18 Apr 2019, 12:20 Sören Amelang Utilities Reuters German utility RWE expects to spend heavily in the US green energy market as it maps out its future in global renewables after its pending asset swap with peer E.ON, Tom Käckenhoff, David French, and Vera ...
  • 17 Jan 2020 |

    Germany's carmakers will need state aid to overcome greatest disruption yet – opinion

    17 Jan 2020, 12:48 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Süddeutsche Zeitung The possible end of combustion engines in the not-so-distant future spells great challenges for Germany's car industry, which is accustomed to success but now could struggle to master the ...
  • Need for energy policy reform “piling up” – parliamentary debate

    The need for reform in German energy policy is “piling up” under the current grand coalition government, said Oliver Krischer, deputy leader of the Greens parliamentary group in a plenary debate on the economy and energy budget for 2019. Economy minister ...
  • 05 Dec 2019 |

    Coach company FlixBus quits only long-distance electric bus route in Germany

    05 Dec 2019, 13:42 Freja Eriksen Transport Cars SWR Europe's largest coach service, FlixBus, has said it will discontinue its only electric long-distance line in Germany due to several breakdowns and a lack of local technical support,  reports public ...
  • 17 Feb 2020 |

    German env min wants to push green hydrogen with aviation quota, auctions

    17 Feb 2020, 14:13 Sören Amelang Gas Renewables Germany's environment minister Svenja Schulze has proposed to speed up the large-scale use of renewable hydrogen with a quota for aeroplane fuels and tenders for production.  "For me it is of ...
  • 16 Nov 2017 |

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

    16 Nov 2017 Germany ratifies Doha without joint EU move / “If the talks continue this way, we will reach our negotiation targets” – German negotiator / UK and Canada march ahead on coal exit, NGOs criticise Germany / “Move away from fossils if you want ...
  • 02 Aug 2019 |

    Investments in cleaner vehicles hit BMW profits

    02 Aug 2019, 11:51 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Julian Wettengel Cars Reuters / Clean Energy Wire German luxury car maker BMW’s earnings in the second quarter of 2019 fell by a fifth to 2.2 billion euros (2018: ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    Merkel says Germany needs e-cars for 2030 climate goal, faces “tough decisions”

    19 Mar 2019, 14:08 Sven Egenter Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany needs e-mobility to reach its 2030 emissions reduction targets in transport, Chancellor Angela Merkel told an audience of think ...
  • Ministry to tweak climate levy to ease industry concerns- reports

    24 Apr 2015 [Updates explanation of climate contribution] The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has signalled it might make changes to its climate levy to ease concerns over potential job losses, media report on Friday as supporters and ...
  • Four climate policy initiatives for a fair transformation

    Climate policy must take into account all the affected people, empower them, hold those responsible for climate change accountable, and create both global and national prospects for the future, according to the German Advisory Council on Global Change ...
  • 26 Feb 2016

    A 54 billion-euro nuclear bill / Wind power opponents gather steam

    26 Feb 2016 Kerstine Appunn Ellen Thalman Clean Energy Wire CLEW WirtschaftsWoche “The 54 billion-euro bill” On balance, it doesn’t matter how much the decommissioning of atomic power plants and the storage of nuclear waste will cost – it’s already clear ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    Economy minister says Nord Stream 2 and LNG will reduce energy dependence

    22 Mar 2019, 13:16 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas International Security Tagesspiegel Background The parallel construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and a sea terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) will reduce Germany’s dependence on individual ...
  • 15 Jul 2020 |

    A climate-friendly post-coronavirus stimulus – tracking the debate

    15 Jul 2020, 10:30 As the coronavirus crisis drives many governments across the globe to introduce emergency plans to cushion the immediate economic effects, there are growing calls to align any mid and long-term stimulus efforts with climate targets. ...
  • 21 Feb 2019 |

    EU’s new emission limits for trucks are not enough- op-ed

    21 Feb 2019, 13:35 Rachel Waldholz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Freight taz The EU’s first-ever emission standards for trucks and buses, announced this week, are not enough for real climate protection, writes Bernhard Pötter in a commentary for the daily ...
  • 07 Feb 2019 |

    Volkswagen’s electric strategy shift “risky bet” but may yield dominance of e-car market

    07 Feb 2019, 13:52 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Reuters The radical shift in strategy by Germany’s biggest carmaker Volkswagen towards electric vehicles is “a radical and risky bet” that stems from the turmoil caused by the company’s emissions fraud scandal, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Jan 2020 |

    CORRECTION- Grid expansion will be Energiewende's next big 'object of hate' – institute

    29 Jan 2020, 14:09 Freja Eriksen Grid Clean Energy Wire Corrects position of Felix Matthes, who is research coordinator at the Institute for Applied Ecology, not the institute's head. Power grid expansion is set to become the German energy transition ...
  • 18 Dec 2019 |

    German wind industry faces same grim fate as country's solar industry – Senvion CEO

    18 Dec 2019, 13:28 Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Wind Capital The wind power industry in Germany is facing challenges similar to those the country's solar power companies were having a few years ago and it could wane into insignificance if the current ...
  • 30 Apr 2019 |

    Bosch makes another bet on fuel cell technology

    30 Apr 2019, 13:14 Sören Amelang Cars Bloomberg Bosch, the world’s largest auto-parts supplier, says it continues to believe that hydrogen fuel cell trucks and cars will play a key role in future mobility, and has taken a further step to advance the ...
  • 27 Nov 2019 |

    Former energy lobbyist and Merkel confidante to lead German carmaker association

    27 Nov 2019, 13:30 Expert VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Former energy industry lobbyist Hildegard Müller will become the next head of the influential lobby group German ...
  • Energy and climate observers don’t share German government’s positive mid-term review

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

    Coal exit compromise brings uncertainty for Germany’s most modern coal plant

    11 Feb 2019, 14:05 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung The German coal commission’s agreement to gradually phase out coal power has left investors and ...
  • 25 Feb 2019 |

    Germany’s finance minister says rapid grid expansion key to coal exit

    25 Feb 2019, 13:39 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Grid Rheinische Post German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has called for faster progress on updating the country’s energy grids as this was essential to a coal-free energy system. In an interview with the ...
  • 25 Nov 2019 |

    Energy-intensive industry must jump-start low-CO₂ technologies to reach climate targets – study

    25 Nov 2019, 12:36 Energy-intensive basic industries – such as steel, chemicals and cement – have to quickly introduce and scale up key low-carbon technologies to avoid wrong investments at a time when governments aim for a climate neutral economy by 2050 ...
  • 11 Oct 2016 |

    Germany’s renewables surcharge to rise less than expected- report

    11 Oct 2016 Germany’s consumer surcharge to fund renewable electricity will rise to a record high in 2017, but less than experts predicted, according to a report by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Grid operators will officially announce ...
  • 29 May 2020 |

    Massive offshore wind expansion could solve German hydrogen strategy gridlock

    29 May 2020, 13:01 The German government is set to make the large-scale use of offshore wind power to produce emission-free hydrogen a cornerstone of its long-anticipated national hydrogen strategy, reports Tagesspiegel Background. With additional ...
  • 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 ...
  • Mining union calls for Energiewende ministry

    Germany’s largest mining trade union has called on the next federal government to assign the tasks related to energy, transport, and housing policies to a ‘ministry of energy transition’. This would help the country avoid the current “uncoordinated ...
  • 20 Dec 2019 |

    German wind power industry anxious as technology tops power mix

    20 Dec 2019, 16:30 Preview 2020: Wind power became Germany's single most important power source in 2019 and appears well under way to fulfill its role as the central technology of the country's energy transition. Nevertheless, the wind industry ...
  • Environment minister considers scrap bonus for combustion engines possible

    German environment minister Barbara Hendricks would consider rewarding owners of cars with combustion engines if they decide to dispense with their vehicles, the minister said in an interview with Welt Online. A so-called scrapping premium would “not come ...
  • World is finally awakening to reality of global warming – “hothouse Earth” study co-author

    This summer’s record-breaking temperatures and forest fires have demonstrated to the public the enormous threat climate change poses to humanity, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and co-author ...
  • German industry needs policy trigger for deep emission cuts

    24 Jan 2020, 12:12 Pressure is rising fast on industry to join the great decarbonisation race. Many energy-intensive German companies, like chemical giant BASF or steelmaker thyssenkrupp, already have detailed plans for drastic emission cuts, but lack ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    World’s "first large-scale industrial power-to-gas facility" planned in northern Germany

    04 Apr 2019, 13:34 Expert Vattenfall Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Renewables Technology Clean Energy Wire A new project in northern Germany aims at establishing "the world’s first" power-to-gas facility ...
  • Germany’s “green energy account” hits all-time high

    12 Mar 2019, 14:10 Rachel Waldholz Renewables EEG2016 | Law Cost & Prices IWR Online Germany’s “green energy account”,  which funds the country’s renewable roll-out, currently shows a record surplus of 5.7 billion euros, according to Renewable Energy ...
  • Two northern German states aim for 100 percent renewable power supply by 2035

    The governments of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, two of Germany’s northernmost federal states, have announced the goal to supply the region with 100 percent renewable power by 2035, reports Andreas Dey in Hamburger Abendblatt. Hamburg Mayor Peter ...
  • 16 Jan 2017 |

    Environment agency shows options for halving coal emissions by 2030

    16 Jan 2017 The best way for Germany to reach its 2030 emissions target for the power sector is by shutting down old coal plants, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) suggests. This strategy is more attractive than an additional CO2 levy, according a ...
  • 13 Feb 2019 |

    "Currency for secure energy"- Russian ambassador dismisses Nord Stream 2 critics

    13 Feb 2019, 13:55 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas International Security Rheinische Post The Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is a “win-win” project that will benefit both Europe and Russia, Moscow’s ambassador in Germany, Sergey ...
  • Alterations to power grid for e-cars cost billions

    Modifying the power grid so that it can cater to an increasing number of electric cars will require investment to the tune of 11 billion euros by 2030, a study authored by the Munich-based consultancy TCW for ABB, a supplier of products and solutions for ...
  • Germany could face even higher billion-euro-bill for failing EU climate targets

    17 May 2019, 12:58 Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) / Tagesspiegel Background As ...
  • 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 ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

    Stop Nord Stream 2 for EU solidarity – opinion

    08 Feb 2019, 14:10 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Security Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The contentious Russian-German gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 is a political issue – contrary to what some German industry representatives say – and ...
  • 10 Feb 2020 |

    German government urges EU to not tighten vehicle emissions limits

    10 Feb 2020, 13:31 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars International Zeit Online / dpa / n-tv / Clean Energy Wire The car industry should remain exempt from plans by the European Commission to increase the European 2030 emissions reduction target, Germany's ...
  • 01 Nov 2019 |

    Finance minister says Germany to issue 'environment bonds'

    01 Nov 2019, 13:26 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Süddeutsche Zeitung German finance minister Olaf Scholz has said the government intends to issue state bonds dedicated exclusively to financing sustainable projects by 2020. In an interview with the Süddeutsche ...
  • Natural Gas Supply: No Need for Another Baltic Sea Pipeline - DIW

    The planned construction of a second Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, known as Nord Stream 2, is not necessary to secure natural gas supplies for Germany and Europe, according to a study by the German Institute for Economic Research ...
  • 20 Dec 2019 |

    “Positive signals” as last German wind power auction 2019 oversubscribed

    20 Dec 2019, 14:23 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Technology Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway ...
  • Municipal utilities must cooperate for future success – study

    Local energy suppliers say that alliances in the industry and with new outside players are needed to secure their economic success in the future, according to a study conducted by the consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and commissioned by the German ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

    Weak coal and nuclear performance weighs on RWE’s balance sheet

    14 Mar 2019, 13:44 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Business Utilities Clean Energy Wire A lower power production from coal and nuclear plants, as well as lower wholesale power prices, have dented the profits of German RWE, the energy company’s annual balance sheet ...
  • EU energy ministers’ agreement not enough for climate protection - opinion

    The agreement by the EU member states’ energy ministers on the Union’s future energy policy is “not commensurate with the challenges of climate protection”, writes Detlef Drewes in an opinion piece in the Frankfurter Neue Presse. With the current ...
  • Lignite mining company MIBRAG welcomes trainee No. 1,000

    As Germany’s coal exit commission uses the summer to devise a plan for the end of coal-fired power production in the country, eastern German lignite mining company MIBRAG has welcomed its 1,000th trainee since the company was formed in 1995. “We need ...
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    German government looking into financing options for domestic LNG terminal

    The German government is considering providing financial support to the construction of what would be the country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, according to spokesperson Steffen Seibert. While private investors are currently examining ...
  • “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 ...
  • 10 Mar 2019 |

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

    10 Mar 2019, 15:22 Students around the world are walking out of school on Fridays to demand faster action on climate change. The protests were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began skipping school last August. In Germany, ...
  • 12 Dec 2015 |

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

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

    16 Dec 2019, 16:30 The German government has decided to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions in the transport and building sectors from 2021 as a key instrument to help reach its climate targets. The national parliament and German states greenlit the ...
  • Putting a price on emissions: What are the prospects for carbon pricing in Germany?

    18 Jul 2019, 13:04 Having long shied away from the debate, the German government is finally considering a price on CO₂ emissions in sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System, such as transport and buildings. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate ...
  • 17 Jun 2020 |

    Germany's National Hydrogen Strategy

    17 Jun 2020, 10:52 In the fight against climate change, hydrogen made with renewable electricity is increasingly seen as a silver bullet for sectors with particularly stubborn emissions, such as heavy industry and aviation. Germany has set out to become a ...
  • The story of "Climate Chancellor" Angela Merkel

    09 Jul 2020, 14:00 German leader Angela Merkel has been nicknamed "Climate Chancellor" for her long-standing international engagement for emissions cuts. Many wonder if Merkel can still live up to that reputation in her fourth term as chancellor ...
  • 14 Oct 2019 |

    Germany's 2030 climate action package

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

    Early e-car starter BMW has lost ground in clean mobility race

    11 Sep 2019 BMW is mainly known for its racy performance vehicles, even though the Bavarian company was also a pioneer in e-mobility and sustainability among German carmakers. Yet BMW has fallen behind domestic rivals VW, Daimler and US upstart Tesla on ...
  • 15 Jun 2020 |

    Geothermal energy – Germany's largely untapped renewable heat source

    15 Jun 2020, 09:30 This factsheet provides an overview of deep and shallow geothermal energy's use in Germany and their potential to cut CO2 emissions in heating. Renewables Heating Paul Hockenos Germany is not a frontrunner in geothermal energy, ...
  • 13 Feb 2020 |

    Quest for climate neutrality puts CCS back on the table in Germany

    13 Feb 2020, 08:56 Years of protest against industry plans to use carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a lifeline for coal power made the technology a no-go issue for German politicians. But the new goal of climate neutrality by 2050 forces the country ...
  • 12 Feb 2019 |

    Liquefied gas – Does LNG have a place in Germany’s energy future?

    12 Feb 2019, 14:40 Germany has a well-developed natural gas pipeline grid, but so far does not have its own import terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Following harsh criticism by US President Donald Trump over the contentious Russian-German natural ...
  • 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 ...
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  • 09 May 2019 |

    European Elections 2019: Energy and climate policy contacts for journalists

    09 May 2019, 14:49 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire has compiled a list of contacts as a jumping-off point for journalists covering the 2019 European Parliament elections. With voting just weeks away (23-26 May), we've been ...
  • Fridays for future shows hope and potential for Africa- Zimbabwean journalist reflects on time with CLEW

    26 Jul 2019, 15:22 Kennedy Nyavaya Transport Society International Kennedy Nyavaya, climate change and environmental journalist from Zimbabwe, spent four weeks with the Clean Energy Wire team in Berlin on a fellowship via International Journalists' ...
  • 17 Apr 2020 |

    The Reporter's Guide 2020: One year, a climate package, coal exit and a corona crisis later

    17 Apr 2020, 12:53 Freja Eriksen Energiewende A climate package, a coal exit and a corona crisis – CLEW's shortcut to the German energy transition in 2020 includes all of the above. As the consequences of the latter influence not only climate and ...
  • Beneath headlines of disappointment, 2019 may have set scene for a 2020 full of climate ambition

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

    Beyond a coal phase out: The ethical side of climate reporting

    19 Jul 2019, 14:46 Rose-Anne Clermont Policy Society Susanne Ehlerding writes about climate and energy for one of Berlin's most widely circulated daily papers, Der Tagesspiegel. Ehlerding spoke in a workshop on the blind spots of business, climate ...
  • 23 Aug 2019 |

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

    23 Aug 2019, 10:20 Angelina Davydova Martha Otwinowski Policy International Angelina Davydova is a freelance journalist who regularly covers climate change, environmental/climate policy at the international and Russian level, the circular economy and ...
  • Three questions to Nickolaus Bauer, CLEW Ambassador for South Africa

    04 Oct 2019, 12:30 Nickolaus Bauer Martha Otwinowski Renewables Business International Nickolaus Bauer is a freelance journalist and broadcaster who hunts down stories on the competing interests and economic challenges that prevent South Africa and the ...
  • Three questions to Atâyi-Babs Opaluwah, CLEW Ambassador for Nigeria and West Africa

    01 Nov 2019, 11:34 Atâyi-Babs Opaluwah Martha Otwinowski Climate & CO2 Renewables International Atâyi is a freelance journalist and communication specialist who regularly covers the energy transition, climate change, and the circular economy. He ...
  • Three questions to Soumya Sarkar, CLEW Ambassador for India

    15 Nov 2019, 12:21 Martha Otwinowski Soumya sarkar Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Renewables Soumya is a journalist based in New Delhi. He is managing editor of India Climate Dialogue, a leading portal on environment and climate change. Soumya has ...
  • 02 Aug 2019 |

    A reporter’s “aha” moment: how business and the energy transition go together

    02 Aug 2019, 14:18 Rose-Anne Clermont Climate & CO2 Business A next in the series of Mwelwa Musonko's illustrations for CLEW: the comic book artist and founder of Foresight Comics depicts a journalist's "aha" moment upon realising ...
  • 29 Mar 2019 |

    A tectonic shift: Reporting on the business upheaval triggered by the energy transition

    29 Mar 2019, 15:01 Sören Amelang Business Technology Stepping up Clean Energy Wire's coverage of the business upheaval triggered by the energy transition, and our upcoming Global Energy Transition Journalism conference #GETJO19, led me to reflect on ...
  • Three questions to Claire Stam, CLEW ambassador for France

    08 Nov 2019, 15:00 Martha Otwinowski Claire Stam Climate & CO2 Nuclear phase-out Renewables Finance International Claire Stam is in charge of the German edition of Brussels-based Euractiv. Her area of focus includes the clean energy transition, ...
  • City of Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises

    The Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Enterprises (SenWiEnBe) is one of ten departments of the Berlin Senate and the supreme state authority responsible for economic and energy policy in the German capital- it is the state's economy ...
  • The Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference 2019 #GETJO19

    07- 08 Apr 2019 Berlin BUSINESS JOURNALISM IN TRANSITION SIGN UP UNTIL 25 March: The story of the energy transition cuts across borders and beats. One major angle is how businesses and business models are transforming in response to the climate crisis. ...
  • 10 Nov 2017 |

    Programme: The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready?

    10- 11 Nov 2017 Brühl A conference for journalists, journalism funders, and journalism networks Conference Friday, 10 November 2017 09.00     Conference registration desks open   Location: H+ Hotel Köln Brühl, Römerstraße 1, 50321 Brühl (approx. 45 mins ...
  • Call for cross-border journalism on green recovery

    01 Jul- 30 Sep 2021 Berlin APPLY FOR A CLEW CROSS-BORDER JOURNALISM GRANT!Governments worldwide are drafting up stimulus plans to counter the economic damages of the COVID-19 crisis. These stimulus packages will be essential to the global energy ...
  • Workshop at conference: Energy transition reporting in Eastern Europe

    20- 22 Sep 2018 Warsaw APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED- Climate change and the enery transition, migration and threats to democracy: a number of global events in recent years have forced journalists and their readers to be ready for the unprecedented. Arguably, ...
  • New business models for cleaner mobility: Applied industrial research at the Fraunhofer Institute

    Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (Fraunhofer IAO) belongs to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest application-oriented research institution with 69 institutes and research units and 24,500 employees. About ninety percent of ...
  • LNG gas station for trucks

    In 2016, the ever growing transport sector accounted for almost a fifth of Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions, and realised virtually zero emission reduction compared to 1990. Energy company Uniper’s subsidiary, Liqvis GmbH, is convinced that liquefied ...
  • CLEW Calendar- Energy Policy and Energiewende Events

    Upcoming events July- December: German EU Council presidency. 5 July- 6 September: Parliamentary summer break in Germany 14 August: Germany's Environment Ministry presents " Environmental Awareness Study " 2020 19 August: Ramping up CCS in ...
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