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  • Political uncertainty weighs heavily on energy policy crunch time year for Germany

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

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

    20 Sep 2019, 13:03 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert IG BCE- Trade Union for mining, chemicals and energy ...
  • 15 Aug 2019 |

    Opencast coal mining dries out Germany's embattled Hambach Forest – study

    15 Aug 2019, 12:34 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Coal Climate & CO2 Clean ...
  • 20 May 2019 |

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

    20 May 2019, 13:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages 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 ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    Saving Hambach Forest would cost over one billion euros, energy company RWE says

    21 Mar 2019, 12:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Society dpa / n-tv online Halting coal mining at the embattled Hambach Forest would cost operator RWE  more than a billion euros, the company said in an ...
  • 13 Mar 2019 |

    Court rejects lawsuit aiming to protect Hambach Forest, woodland’s future still uncertain

    13 Mar 2019, 11:10 The Hambach Forest in western Germany has become a symbol for climate activists, who are seeking to prevent energy company RWE from razing it to expand a nearby coal mine. A lawsuit by the environmental NGO BUND last year temporarily ...
  • 12 Mar 2019 |

    Court hears case against clearing of Hambach Forest to protect bat species

    12 Mar 2019, 13:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Society dpa / Aachener Nachrichten A court in the western German city of Cologne has started to hear a case by NGO Friends of the Earth (BUND) against the ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

    RWE agrees to leave Hambach Forest untouched until 2020 – NRW state premier

    20 Feb 2019, 13:21 German utility and lignite mine operator RWE has agreed to refrain from clearing the embattled Hambach Forest in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) until autumn 2020, said state premier Armin Laschet in a parliamentary ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    Saving Hambach Forest would make it “Germany’s most expensive woodland”- RWE CEO

    14 Feb 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Utilities German court stops controversial clearing of forest for lignite mine Clean Energy Wire Hambach Forest in western Germany ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

    RWE signals Hambach Forest could be saved as NRW government chides protesters

    05 Feb 2019, 13:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Court's halt to forest clearing fans talk of easier German coal exit German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Relief about German coal exit deal ...
  • 15 Jan 2019 |

    Making the Hambach Forest symbol of climate action could backfire

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

    Police prepares new evictions from anti-coal protest camp in Hambach forest- report

    09 Jan 2019, 12:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Society Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out Court's halt to forest clearing fans talk of easier German coal ...
  • RWE head Schmitz vows to “fight on” for clearing of Hambach Forest

    In two separate interviews, the CEO of energy company RWE, Rolf Martin Schmitz, has vowed to continue contending for the clearing of the embattled Hambach Forest, which a court ordered to halt on 5 October. In an interview with the Rheinische Post, ...
  • Police want to prohibit large protest at Hambach Forest; NGOs file lawsuit

    Several German NGOs have filed a lawsuit against a possible prohibition of a large anti-coal protest at the Hambach Forest over the weekend, public broadcaster WDR reports. “This is about thwarting a peaceful and non-violent protest,” said Greenpeace ...
  • RWE considers reducing coal extraction at Hambach mine by one third

    The ruling by a German court to stop the clearing of the embattled Hambach Forest has prompted energy company RWE to consider reducing coal extraction at its nearby lignite mine by up to one third, Claus Hecking and Stefan Schultz write on Spiegel Online. ...
  • Hambach Forest could become for coal what Fukushima has been for nuclear power” – opinion

    The embattled Hambach Forest could turn out to become a symbol for Germany’s acclerated coal exit as much as the nuclear disaster in Fukushima became a symbol for the country’s accelerated nuclear exit, Jürgen Flauger writes in a commentary for ...
  • International NGOs call on Merkel to intervene in Hambach Forest dispute

    Nearly 100 civil society organisations from across the world – including Greenpeace International, Banktrack, 250.org, Climate Action Network and E3G – have sent a joint letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, urging her to intervene in the escalating ...
  • Protests at Hambach Forest justified but Energiewende demands sacrifices – opinion

    The protests against energy company RWE in that Hambach Forest are directed at a coal lobby that wants to show its power and create precedents, even though clearing the forest is now technically not necessary, Rainer Balcerowiak writes in an opinion piece ...
  • Hambach Forest and diesel deal an example of Merkel government’s indecisiveness

    The ongoing conflict between anti-coal protesters and energy company RWE at the Hambach Forest is but one of several recent examples that illustrate the indecisiveness of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fourth government coalition, Germany’s largest tabloid, ...
  • RWE to dig ditch around Hambach Forest to keep protesters out

    Energy company RWE plans to dig a ditch around the embattled Hambach Forest to prevent anti-coal protesters from entering the area, the Süddeutsche Zeitung writes. An RWE spokesperson said work on the ditch had already begun but added that it was not ...
  • Green Party adheres to holding party convention at Hambach Forest

    The Green Party in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is adamant about holding its party convention at the embattled Hambach Forest. “We as Greens want to send a message and support the peaceful resistance” against energy company RWE ...
  • Protest organisers expect 20,000 people for demonstration at Hambach Forest

    Environmental organisations that are trying to set up a large-scale protest against the clearing of the Hambach Forest say up to 20,000 people could find their way to the small forest near Cologne, the Rheinische Post reports. Protest organiser Uwe Hiksch ...
  • New mass protests at Hambach Forest as clearing of activist camp nears end

    About 10,000 people gathered at the Hambach Forest over the past weekend to again protest against the forest’s clearing to make way for a nearby coal mine, the Rheinische Post reports. At a protest event on Sunday, environment expert Peter Wohlleben told ...
  • German energy state sec says Hambach Forest must go for supply security

    The embattled Hambach Forest has to be cut down to ensure a secure power supply for Germany, energy state secretary Thomas Bareiß said at an event organised by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in London, Adam Vaughan writes in The Guardian. Bareiß said ...
  • 750,000 people sign online petition to protect Hambach Forest

    Around 750,000 people have signed an online petition to protect Hambach Forest against plans by utility RWE to clear it for the expansion of a nearby lignite mine, reports the newswire dpa in an article carried by Focus. Over the past 14 days alone, 300 ...
  • Police prepare removal of last Hambach Forest tree-house as activists mount threats

    German police prepare the clearing of the last known tree-house holdout in the embattled Hambach Forest near Cologne to enable energy company RWE to continue expanding its nearby coal mine, the Rheinische Post reports. One activist was injured during a ...
  • Thousands march in protest against clearing of Hambach Forest

    Several thousand people gathered over the weekend at the embattled Hambach Forest in western Germany to protest against the expansion of a nearby coal mine and the forest’s clearing, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reports. According to the organisers ...
  • Legal opinion commissioned by Greenpeace says clearing of Hambach Forest illegal

    German energy company RWE will breach the law if it continues to press ahead with the clearing of the Hambach Forest in western Germany to expand its nearby lignite mine, environmental NGO Greenpeace says in a press release. According to a legal opinion ...
  • Saving Hambach Forest would cost billions of euros – RWE head

    Not cutting down the embattled Hambach Forest would cost four to five billion euros, Rolf Martin Schmitz, head of energy company RWE, which wants to clear the forest to expand a nearby lignite mine, said  in the political talk show Maybrit Illner on ...
  • Conditions that allowed license to expand Hambach coal mine have changed – opinion

    German energy company RWE may be legally entitled to proceed with the expansion of its lignite mine near the Hambach Forest and to have police remove protesters, but the conditions that led to RWE’s license for expansion “have changed dramatically,” ...
  • RWE risks image disaster by throwing activists out of Hambach Forest

    The start of evictions of anti-coal activists in the Hambach Forest “has already done enormous damage to the image of [energy company] RWE”, which could turn into a veritable “disaster” once the company starts cutting trees in October, Jürgen Flauger, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Environmentalists should get over Hambach Forest and focus on coal exit commission – opinion

    The apparent preparation of clearing operations in the Hambach Forest is a sad event for many environmentalists who have hoped to preserve the old trees for years, but they should keep their focus on making progress in Germany’s coal exit commission, ...
  • Conflict in Hambach Forest threatens coal exit commission’s stability

    The conflict over coal-mining expansion in the Hambach Forest, where police have started evicting anti-coal activists, is becoming an issue that could threaten the stability of Germany’s coal exit commission, news website Spiegel Online writes. Commission ...
  • Hambach Forest: RWE head and environmental NGOs meet

    German energy company RWE and environmental organisations have met to discuss the situation in the embattled Hambach Forest that energy company RWE wants to cut down to make room for a nearby coal mine, reports Spiegel Online. RWE head Rolf Martin Schmitz ...
  • Police start clearing anti-coal activist camp in Hambach Forest

    Police in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have started clearing the anti-coal activist camp in the embattled Hambach Forest, the Rheinische Post reports in a live blog. Police set up a perimeter around the forest and started ...
  • Geman police move into Hambach Forest climate activist camp to “remove barricades”

    Police forces in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have moved into the embattled Hambach Forest that energy company RWE wants to cut down to make room for a nearby coal mine, the Rheinische Post reports. On Twitter, police said they ...
  • RWE accuses anti-coal activists in Hambach Forest of “blackmail”

    The head of German energy company RWE’s workers’ council, Harald Louis, says activists in the embattled Hambach Forest who are trying to prevent the expansion of a nearby coal mine are “blackmailing” the company by using the country’s coal exit commission ...
  • NRW state premier Laschet will not mediate Hambach coal mine talks

    Armin Laschet, premier of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s largest federal state, is not willing to act as a mediator in the negotiations between environmental activists and the energy company RWE over the clearing of a forest near the Hambach ...
  • RWE prepares clearing of Hambach Forest for coal mining despite calls for moratorium – report

    German energy company RWE has rejected calls for a moratorium on forest clearing as part of lignite mining during its negotiations with the country’s coal exit commission, and said it would continue mining operations at the controversial Hambach mine, the ...
  • RWE allowed to fell Hambach Forest and continue lignite mining

    German energy company RWE has the right to clear the Hambach Forest and continue lignite mining in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), website klimaretter.info reports. Authorities issued a license for RWE, after mining and logging ...
  • Anti-coal protesters in Hambach Forest “modern heroes”

    RWE’s coal mining in the old Hambach Forest in western German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) “is unparalleled in its stupidity”, Ingo Arzt writes in a commentary for the left-wing Tageszeitung (taz). It is well known that the lignite mined in the ...
  • Court stops clearing of Hambacher forest by RWE

    The Higher Administrative Court in Münster has put a temporary stop to the clearing of the Hambacher forest in North-Rhine Westphalia where energy company RWE wants to extend a lignite mine, Marlon Gego reports in the Aachener Zeitung. Friends of the ...
  • NRW’s state government pushes forward on coal mining in Hambach Forest

    The government of Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), has affirmed its intention to continue felling the Hambach Forest to make way for a highly controversial lignite mine in the west German region, Christian Wernicke reports for ...
  • “Dante’s inferno in the Hambach forest“

    The protest against lignite mining in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia turns increasingly violent, writes Reiner Burger in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In the area of the open pit lignite mine Hambach, “a small group of self ...
  • 24 Oct 2019 |

    NGOs call on coal mining state to protect villages and forest near mine

    24 Oct 2019, 12:06 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Coal Clean Energy Wire Leading environmental NGOs have called on the government of western German ...
  • 30 Aug 2019 |

    Court orders operations at German coal mine halted over environmental concerns

    30 Aug 2019, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Clean Energy Wire A major lignite (brown coal) mine in eastern Germany will have to halt regular operation on 1 September after a court ruled the mine's ...
  • 26 Apr 2016

    Energy policy after Chernobyl / One billion euros for e-cars

    26 Apr 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Energy policy after Chernobyl” The impact of Chernobyl was the largest where its fallout was the smallest – in Germany, where the worst case accident in Ukraine was a catalyst for the nuclear exit ...
  • 15 Mar 2019 |

    RWE substantiates claims for billion-euro coal plant compensation

    15 Mar 2019, 13:38 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages 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 ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

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

    14 Mar 2019, 13:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages 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 ...
  • 26 Feb 2019 |

    Majority in Germany’s largest coal state say coal exit should come sooner

    26 Feb 2019, 14:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Society WDR A slim majority of 51 percent of citizens in Germany’s largest coal state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), say the 2038 deadline to give up all coal ...
  • 25 Feb 2019 |

    German state NRW explores options to replace coal with geothermal energy for heating

    25 Feb 2019, 13:47 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Technology Germany to face EU sanctions if it does not lower heating sector emissions Clean Energy Wire An international research project aims to assess the ...
  • 18 Feb 2019 |

    German utility RWE issues first estimates of coal exit costs

    18 Feb 2019, 13:33 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Business & Jobs Analysts see share price rise for German energy ...
  • Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out

    31 Jan 2019, 13:30 In a bid to improve Germany's poor emission reduction record and to identify economic perspectives for people employed in the waning coal industry, the grand coalition government in 2018 set up a commission tasked with managing the ...
  • New anti-coal protests in Rhenish mining district

    Thousands of people have protested against coal use in Germany, some blocking a railway line leading to the Hambach lignite mine, others occupying an excavator there, reports Deutsche Welle. A court has recently ordered that clearing operations at the ...
  • Coal commission fail would be lost year for climate policy- member

    20 Nov 2018, 10:30 Germany’s coal exit commission aims to propose a path for the country’s phase-out by the end of November. Agreeing a compromise on how to end the use of Germany's most important fossil fuel in such a short time will be difficult, ...
  • Germany has turned against action on climate change

    The German government has been fighting for weaker EU climate targets, car emission standards and coal pollution rules, writes Zach Boren for the Greenpeace journalism project Unearthed. “The widely reported fight for the [Hambach] forest may be the ...
  • Germany’s auto and power industries are all talk and little action on sustainability – opinion

    A sober look at German carmakers and utilities reveals that their constant talk about sustainability is not backed up by actions, writes Bert Fröndhoff in a commentary for the business website Handelsblatt Global. The car industry provided the best ...
  • “Germany will depend on coal for decades to come” – NRW economy minister

    Germany is bound to remain dependent on coal for years to come, up until 2040, although this dependence will gradually decrease, Andreas Pinkwart (FDP), economy minister of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), where one of the remaining lignite mines is located ...
  • Citizens’ groups repeat call for standstill agreement on coal mine expansion in Germany

    Several citizens’ and environmental groups in Germany have reiterated their call for a standstill agreement on lignite mine expansion until the speed and scope of the country’s coal phase-out has been determined, Ralph Jansen writes in the Kölner Stadt ...
  • Thousands of workers protest while coal commission meets in lignite mining region

    While the coal exit commission meets in Rhenish mining district in the state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), thousands of coal workers protested for their jobs not far from the symbolic Hambach Forest, which energy company RWE wants to cut down to make way ...
  • CEOs of big German companies RWE and VW clash over lignite mining

    Two executives of major German companies, VW CEO Herbert Diess and RWE CEO Rolf Martin Schmitz have traded blows over lignite mining, reports business daily Handelsblatt. Diess triggered the dispute by declaring in an interview the Süddeutsche Zeitung ...
  • Clearing of anti-coal activist camps halted after journalist falls to death

    The government of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has stopped the clearing of anti-coal activist camps in Hambach Forest “until further notice” after a journalist fell to his death, writes Der Tagesspiegel. “We cannot simply return to business ...
  • Environment minister Schulze reiterates opposition to coal mine expansion

    Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze has reiterated her opposition to the clearing of Hambach Forest for the expansion of a nearby lignite mine while the country’s coal exit commission discusses the end of the fossil fuel in Germany, the ...
  • German environment minister against mine expansion during coal commission’s mandate

    Germany’s environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has weighed in on the dispute between environmental groups and energy company RWE over the expansion of a lignite mine and the clearing of a nearby forest, tagesschau.de reports. “If we want to achieve a ...
  • 16 Apr 2019 |

    Energy company RWE's share price up amid coal exit debate and climate protests

    16 Apr 2019, 14:27 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Utilities Süddeutsche Zeitung German coal plant and lignite mine operator RWE has seen its ...
  • 01 Oct 2019 |

    Lignite company RWE pledges to become carbon neutral by 2040

    01 Oct 2019, 10:00 Europe's largest CO2 emitter RWE has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2040. The announcement underlines the deep transformation underway at the German operator of lignite mines and power plants, which is now betting on ...
  • German court stops controversial clearing of forest for lignite mine

    05 Oct 2018, 17:00 Clearing operations at the embattled Hambach Forest to make way for a coal mine have to be halted to decide whether the forest is protected by EU environmental rules, a German court has decided. The judges said energy company RWE did ...
  • 17 Jun 2019 |

    German energy use falls in first quarter of 2019

    17 Jun 2019, 12:52 Expert AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V. Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Renewables Clean Energy Wire German energy consumption has ...
  • Coal commission still debating national climate targets versus Paris Climate Agreement

    Germany’s coal exit commission faces a huge task, but progress is slow, write Horand Knaup and Max Haerder in business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. “Participants lament that a lot of time and energy is wasted on questions of organisation and discussions ...
  • Europe's courts are holding governments to account for climate change

    Courts in Germany and other European Union countries are posing a growing challenge to governments and business interests regarding climate change in recent months, reports Rick Noack in The Washington Post. Examples include an appeals court in the ...
  • 29 Oct 2019 |

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

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

    Lower energy use puts Germany on course for further emissions reduction

    30 Jul 2019, 13:43 Primary energy use in Germany decreased almost two percent in the first half of 2019 due to a large drop in coal consumption, according to first estimates. This is likely to result in a further substantial fall in the country’s CO2 ...
  • Court's halt to forest clearing fans talk of easier German coal exit

    08 Oct 2018, 16:58 Anti-coal activists in Germany and beyond experienced a sudden change in fortune on 5 October, when a court ruling boosted their cause and provisionally stopped plans of energy company RWE to cut down the embattled Hambach Forest in ...
  • Need to involve all actors in society for climate protection – President Steinmeier

    Germany is able to live up to its obligations in international climate protection and should not give up the pioneer role it has played in areas such as renewable energies and environmental technologies, said German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at ...
  • Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher’s childhood racecourse to shut down due to coal mining

    The go-kart track where former German Formula 1 race driver and motorsports icon Michael Schumacher learned his trade is to fall prey to the expansion of the lignite mine Hambach of energy company RWE, public broadcaster WDR reports on his website. The ...
  • Conservative German state government mulls “new approach on coal” following court ruling

    The conservative government of western German coal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is considering rethinking its energy policy and to formulate “ a new basic approach to coal ”, Kirsten Bialdiga, Reinhard Kowalewsky und Thomas Reisener write in the ...
  • 10 Oct 2018 |

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

    10 Oct 2018, 17:18 Two days after the UN's latest IPCC report on global warming urged greater international efforts against climate change, the German parliament saw a heated debate about the implications for Germany. While the Green Party, which had ...
  • Renewables and energy industry lobby groups criticise German energy policy

    Germany’s energy policy has not lived up to its climate and renewables expansion targets and has failed to adequately integrate citizens in planning procedures, Simone Peter of the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) and Stefan Kapferer of the German ...
  • Study says rapid coal exit would enable Germany to meet 2020 and 2030 climate targets

    A quick end of coal-fired power production in Germany and a parallel expansion of wind and solar power capacities would reduce carbon emissions sufficiently to meet the 2020 and 2030 climate target in line with the Paris Agreement, a study by research ...
  • Media report about coal exit proposal causes irritation

    A report about a proposal by one of Germany’s   coal commission   co-heads for a   coal exit   by 2038 has caused irritation. Co-chair Ronald   Pofalla also proposed taking 5-7 gigawatts of coal capacity off-line and into a security reserve by 2020, and ...
  • German government should annul coal exit commission’s mandate and decide for itself – opinion

    Due to its apparent lack of will to achieve a consensus, the mandate of Germany’s coal exit commission should be annulled and the government itself should find a consensus on how to end coal-fired power production in the country, Angela Hennersdorf writes ...
  • RWE would be wise to abandon logging plans for coal mine expansion - opinion

    Forest protection has played an important role in the history of Germany’s Energiewende, or energy transition, and the current developments at the Hambach Forest, which is under threat by the expansion of a lignite mine, could end up as another example in ...
  • Logging row continues to weigh on work of Germany’s coal commission

    28 Aug 2018, 13:59 The expansion of a lignite mine that threatens a nearby forest has become a first touchstone of the German coal exit commission’s robustness. But despite fears that the row over the embattled Hambach Forest could gravely impede the ...
  • Coal commission keeps out of lignite mine expansion dispute

    23 Aug 2018, 18:15 Germany’s coal commission will not give any recommendation regarding mining-owner RWE’s plans to continue clearing forest for the planned extension of the Hambach lignite mine in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The country's ...
  • Germany’s coal commission has made little progress on detailed exit path – reports

    17 Jan 2019, 14:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Elections & Politics Govt support pledge for mining regions puts coal commission on home stretch Commission watch – Managing ...
  • 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. ...
  • After protest visit, Thunberg continues to make waves in Germany

    01 Apr 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Politics Society Deutsche Welle / Spiegel Online / taz / dpa Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg continued to make waves in German media over ...
  • German coal company RWE to expropriate owner asking 80 billion euros for his land

    A resident from the German coal mining state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) demands 80 billion euros for a piece of land that energy company RWE needs for lignite mining, arguing that the sum equals the revenues the company intends to make with the local ...
  • Contested forest and loud criticism cloud 3rd coal commission session

    23 Aug 2018, 11:30 The German coal exit commission has set out on a tight schedule to devise a plan for phasing out the fossil power source – but shortly before its third official meeting federal states and opposition politicians have complained about a ...
  • 31 Jan 2019 |

    Climate activists in coal commission say proposed exit path violates Paris targets

    31 Jan 2019, 14:15 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    German wind industry worries about public resistance as installations slump

    29 Jan 2019, 15:02 Following a sharp drop in new onshore wind power installations in Germany in 2018, the industry warns that mounting resistance against new turbines endangers a sufficient supply of renewable energy demanded by industry and national ...
  • Germany eyes coal exit by 2038 in bid for climate-friendly economy

    26 Jan 2019, 16:45 Energy transition home country Germany eyes a phase-out of coal power by 2038 at the very latest, as the country tries to get back on track to create a climate-friendly economy. In its highly anticipated phase-out proposal, the country ...
  • Preview2019- Expect the German coal debate to continue, says Aurora ER

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

    NGOs, RWE and regions argue over which coal plants to shut down first

    19 Feb 2019, 13:33 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG ...
  • Preview2019- Govt too "weak" for speedy coal exit, researcher says

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

    Preview2019- Climate Action Law “crucial” step, says Greenpeace head

    19 Dec 2018, 10:10 Germany must face several fundamental energy and climate decisions in 2019 to save the country's Energiewende and its international standing, according to Greenpeace head Jennifer Morgan. Most importantly, the promised Climate ...
  • “How far is Germany from a complete coal exit?”

    Germany's ambitious greenhouse gas reduction plans are facing a major obstacle: an apparent addiction to coal, reports Irene Banos Ruiz for Deutsche Welle. Mining company RWE is planning the expansion of some of Europe's biggest coal mines, ...
  • “Warriors in a tree house”

    Climate activists’ guerrilla-style protest against lignite mining in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has divided the region, reports Stefan Schultz in a long article in Spiegel Online. The dispute dates back to 2012, but is now ...
  • Environmental budget discussion in parliament focussed on coal exit

    The plenary debate in the German Parliament about Germany’s 2019 budget for environmental policy on 12 September centred on the country’s coal exit. Referring to the current situation in the embattled Hambach Forest, which energy company RWE wants to cut ...
  • Fresh Green upset in Hesse state election may derail Merkel government

    26 Oct 2018, 10:47 As Germany’s federal government parties, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU camp and the Social Democrats (SPD), suffer from voter flight due to the coalition’s constant quarrels, the Green Party emerges as one of the big ...
  • RWE and state of North Rhine-Westphalia reject court settlement on lignite mining

    German utility RWE and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have rejected a court settlement offer that would have allowed the company to continue producing lignite in its largest open pit mine on the proviso that it refrained from carrying out clearing ...
  • Germany laggard in assessing fossil investment risks- Deutsche Börse

    04 Oct 2018, 14:16 The financial sector in Germany needs better regulation to fully incorporate sustainability criteria in its business practices, says Kristina Jeromin, head of sustainability at the German stock exchange Deutsche Börse and managing ...
  • Report about coal exit plan causes stir ahead of commission meeting

    17 Sep 2018, 10:30 A report about a proposal by one of Germany’s coal commission co-heads for a coal exit by 2038 has caused irritation. Some commission members were quick to reject the report and warned that the commission's work was in peril should ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

    German government stands ready to move on coal exit proposal

    28 Jan 2019, 17:56 The German government is ready to quickly supply financial means for the country’s exit from coal, said economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier. It will now examine the details of the proposal agreed by the country’s coal exit ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany’s coal commission insists no decision yet on exit date

    18 Sep 2018, 18:50 The country’s coal exit commission said there were no predetermined decisions regarding a date for the end to coal-fired power generation. Following irritation about reports of a supposed compromise on a 2038 end date, economy minister ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

    German politicians and energy experts praise coal exit deal, say real work starts now

    28 Jan 2019, 11:36 The agreement by Germany's coal exit commission to end the fossil power source's use by 2038 the latest is welcomed by the country's climate activists and energy industry representatives alike. They praise the final ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    Climate and energy views of candidates to follow Merkel at helm of CDU

    07 Dec 2018, 09:13 With her decision not to seek re-election as party chair and chancellor, Angela Merkel has kicked off what is a novelty for her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU): an organised internal election campaign for the party’s ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 reactions from Germany: “A victory for multilateralism”

    17 Dec 2018, 10:11 Nearly 200 nations agreed on a rulebook for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Agreement at the UN climate change conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland. The deal on climate action rules was immediately hailed as a victory for ...
  • German commission proposes coal exit by 2038

    17 May 2019, 09:20 The final report of Germany's coal exit commission sets out a pathway for the country to phase out the fossil power source and make progress on its slow emissions reductions. Delegations from industry, environmental NGOs, civil ...
  • 07 Aug 2018 |

    Germany’s three lignite mining regions

    07 Aug 2018, 22:09 The beginning of the end of coal-fired power generation is imminent in Germany – a so-called 'coal exit commission' (or ' coal commission ' for short) of government officials and lobbyists is to decide an end-date by ...
  • 28 Nov 2019 |

    Implementing Germany’s coal exit proposal – the road ahead

    28 Nov 2019, 09:00 Germany's coal exit commission has agreed on a proposal on how the country can manage to phase out its single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by 2038, and the ensuing political decision-making process is in full swing. ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    Limits to growth: Resistance against wind power in Germany

    27 Mar 2019 Wind turbines have become one of the most visible components of Germany's energy transition and increasingly dominate the landscape in many parts of the country. While most people support a roll-out of the technology, Germany’s most ...
  • German utilities and the Energiewende

    12 Jan 2015 (All day) The large German utilities have seen their earnings from producing and supplying fossil and nuclear power decline- this factsheet outlines the challenges the energy transition poses to their traditional business model and how they ...
  • 16 Jun 2019 |

    Germany: How Europe's biggest economy quits coal

    16- 19 Jun 2019 Cologne Clean Energy Wire is inviting journalists from Southeast Asia to take a closer look at the German coal exit. On a four-day study tour in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) – Germany's most populous state and home to energy company ...
  • Anti-coal protest symbol Hambach Forest

    The Hambach mine, the largest lignite mine in Germany, has been the subject of decades of protests. Since 2012, protesters have occupied parts of the Hambacher Forst, a 1,200 hectar-wide forest that has largely fallen victim to the expanding lignite mine. ...
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