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  • 17 Sep 2015 |

    Taming the appetite for energy

    The Energiewende and Efficiency 17 Sep 2015 It will take more than just making the power supply green to achieve climate targets. Germany must also tackle demand and consume less energy. In the past, energy use only fell significantly when the economy ...
  • 18 Jan 2019 |

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

    The energy transition in Germany's capital 18 Jan 2019, 12:00 Berlin’s city government has set new climate targets – some even more ambitious than Germany’s national policy. As the seat of federal government, and with its outsized international ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Oct 2018 |

    Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition

    Energy storage and the Energiewende 10 Oct 2018, 09:00 Germany's rapidly rising share of weather-dependent renewable energy makes the country a testbed for storage technologies, to enable its use when there is no sun or wind. Truly large-scale ...
  • 06 Aug 2015 |

    Energiewende effects on power prices, costs and industry

    German industry and its competitive edge in times of the Energiewende 06 Aug 2015 (All day) Industrial competitiveness in times of an energy transition: few issues have been watched as closely as this. So far, German manufacturers have kept their ...
  • German industry embraces Energiewende transformation challenge

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

    The wicked task of feeding 83 million in a climate-friendly way

    Emissions from food and farming in Germany 24 Oct 2018, 10:00 No matter how you look at it, people need sustenance to survive – and growing crops or raising livestock creates emissions. But Germany must find a way to reduce its agricultural emissions, ...
  • Towns and cities central to heating and transport transition

    Cities, municipalities, and the Energiewende 26 May 2017 Germany’s energy transition is a vast national project that is reshaping the entire country. But, of course, it is also taking place on a local level. With the shift to a decentralised energy system ...
  • Germany’s Energiewende start-ups – Cutting emissions as a business model

    Energy transition start-ups 11 Jul 2019, 13:45 The shift to a low-carbon future is turning the economy inside out. Policy has a crucial role to play, but ultimately it is businesses that will make the Energiewende happen. In Energiewende home country ...
  • 01 Aug 2014 |

    EEG 2.0 – A new legal framework for the German energy transition

    Germany revamps renewables law as it adapts to future with green power 01 Aug 2014 Germany’s energy market is bracing for the most far-reaching legislative changes since green power incentives were introduced a quarter of a century ago. The controversial ...
  • 30 Mar 2015 |

    Jobs won, jobs lost – how the Energiewende is transforming the labour market

    The energy transition's effect on jobs and business 30 Mar 2015 From solar-panel cleaners to housing-insulation specialists and wind-turbine climbers, Germany's move to a low-carbon economy powered by renewable energy sources is shaping new ...
  • COP21- The view from Germany

    German positions on the Paris Climate Summit 17 Dec 2015 (All day) Hopes for the Paris Climate Summit from 30 November to 11 December are high, but will the COP21 as it is called become a breakthrough for global efforts to reign in climate change? In this ...
  • Power production at sea re-emerges as Energiewende cornerstone

    Offshore wind power in Germany 04 May 2018 Offshore wind power production for long has been a gleam of hope for Germany's energy transition as a renewable power resource with vast potential to make the shift away from fossil fuels affordable. While ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    Stricken solar sector sets out to regain leading Energiewende role

    Solar power in Germany 05 Dec 2018, 10:39 One of the sunniest summers on record in Germany and much of Central Europe in 2018 has refocused the spotlight on solar power after its decline in the last decade. Once a global technology leader, Germany's ...
  • 09 Mar 2016 |

    Car giant Germany struggles to ignite Energiewende in transportation

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

    Industry bets on gas as last trump card in Energiewende

    The role of gas in Germany's energy transition 25 Jun 2018, 15:05 Does the energy transition seal the fate of natural gas in Germany? Europe's biggest economy will have to virtually phase out all fossil fuels to fully decarbonise by 2050. But ...
  • The Energiewende's booming flagship braces for stormy times

    Onshore wind power in Germany 14 Jun 2017 Onshore wind power capacity in Germany has increased more than 1,000 times since 1990. A combination of idealistic impetus and entrepreneurial enthusiasm among citizens has brought the number of wind turbines up ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

    Europe's largest economy aims to exit coal to reach climate goals

    Germany's coal phase-out 20 Feb 2019, 15:00 Germany has officially set in motion the gradual withdrawal from coal, joining other major economies in the global farewell to the climate-damaging fossil fuel. Faced with stagnating greenhouse gas ...
  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    Vote2017- German elections and the Energiewende

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

    The history of the Energiewende

    Energiewende – the first four decades 22 Jun 2015 (All day) For many observers, the energy transition in Germany began with Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to phase out nuclear power, following the accident at the nuclear plant in Fukushima, ...
  • 06 Aug 2018 |

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

    Cargo transport and the energy transition 06 Aug 2018, 11:00 The Dieselgate scandal has put passenger car emissions in the public spotlight in Germany, but an even bigger road polluter – freight transport – remains a sideshow. Transporting goods by road, ...
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  • German gov’t advisors call for CO2 price to revamp inefficient climate policy

    13 Jul 2019, 13:04 Germany should introduce a price on carbon emissions for sectors such as transport and buildings currently not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System, the government’s top economic advisors have proposed. This would work as an ...
  • German politicians welcome govt advisors’ call for CO₂ price

    15 Jul 2019, 13:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices ZDF / Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Background German politicians have largely welcomed the German Council of Economic ...
  • 18 Nov 2015 |

    Energiewende climate targets in “serious danger”- govt advisors

    18 Nov 2015 (All day) Days before the UN climate conference in Paris, Germany is taking stock of its national climate protection efforts. The government says the country is making “good progress” with its energy transition, but independent experts warn ...
  • Right climate policy can reconcile yellow vests and Fridays For Future – French and German advisors

    16 Jul 2019, 13:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices International Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Clean Energy Wire With European cooperation and an “appropriate design” of climate policy, the ...
  • Tracking the CO2 price debate in Germany

    17 Jul 2019, 12:28 After shying away from the debate for a long time, Germany's political leaders are finally considering putting a price on CO2 to help reach the country's climate targets. Chancellor Angela Merkel and her " climate cabinet ...
  • Chances “better than ever” for CO₂ pricing in Germany – government advisor

    06 Jun 2019, 14:21 Germany has a rare window of opportunity to introduce CO₂ pricing as part of a comprehensive reform of the country’s energy taxes and levies and must urgently use it, according to economist and government advisor Andreas Löschel. To ...
  • Industry, transport and buildings associations weigh in on CO₂ pricing ahead of climate cabinet meeting

    18 Jul 2019, 13:43 Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Efficiency Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • Germany’s economic government advisor council says national CO2 serious option

    The German economic experts’ council (Wirtschaftsweise) has called for the introduction of a uniform price on carbon emissions that covers the transport and energy sector as well as individual households. In its annual report, the council of five economic ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Feb 2019 |

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

    25 Feb 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Policy New German energy state secretary takes carbon price off table for now Putting a price on emissions: What are the prospects for carbon ...
  • 23 Nov 2016 |

    Businesses should make proposals to reach climate goals- govt official

    23 Nov 2016 (All day) Germany’s industry should work with the government to reach the goals in the country’s newly adopted Climate Action Plan 2050 rather than criticise the plan or individual measures, energy state secretary Rainer Baake told a ...
  • 27 Jun 2018 |

    Climate goal failure warrants high Energiewende priority- gov advisors

    27 Jun 2018, 16:59 Germany will likely fail on many of its self-imposed energy transition targets, says the government-appointed expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German Energiewende in its opinion on the federal economy ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s environment minister Schulze reiterates call for carbon price

    19 Mar 2019, 13:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Tagesspiegel German environment minister Svenja Schulze has renewed her call for a price on CO2 emissions, arguing it would be one of ...
  • 21 Sep 2018 |

    NGOs warn govt that tight housing market no excuse to neglect climate

    21 Sep 2018, 16:19 Germany will miss its climate targets for the building sector if it continues to neglect efficiency because of the increasingly tight housing market, environmental NGOs and efficiency associations warn. The climate action proponents ...
  • Govt Energiewende report: “enormous efforts needed” in transport and buildings

    18 Apr 2019, 15:15 Germany must make “enormous efforts” to reach its climate and energy targets in the transport and buildings sectors, according to a draft of the government’s 2019 progress report on the energy transition. The leaked paper includes new ...
  • 12 May 2016

    Offensive for energy efficiency / Germany rejects carbon floor price

    12 May 2016 (All day) Ministry for Energy and Economic Affairs (BMWi) Germany aims to give energy efficiency new push The German government has launched a new offensive to increase energy efficiency. Energy minister Sigmar Gabriel said at a press ...
  • Govt energy transition commission calls for CO2 price, mobility action

    01 Nov 2017 (All day) Germany is likely to miss several of its energy transition goals by 2020, including greenhouse gas and energy consumption reduction, writes an expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German Energiewende in a ...
  • Head of German Council of Economic Experts calls for cross-sectoral carbon price

    The head of the German Council of Economic Experts (Wirtschaftsweise), Christoph M. Schmidt, says the country must replace its “economically inefficient” support programmes for renewable energy sources with a uniform price on greenhouse gas emissions. In ...
  • Auditors: German govt must manage Energiewende better, need CO2 price

    28 Sep 2018, 12:24 Germany still lacks an overview of the total cost of the Energiewende and the government must improve cost transparency, efficiency and coordination of the energy transition in order to keep citizens’ trust, the Federal Court of ...
  • 27 Jun 2018 |

    "Energiewende acceptance will become key question"-gov energy advisor

    27 Jun 2018, 17:29 As the energy transition touches more and more aspects of everday life, public acceptance will become a key question for the project's future, economist Andreas Löschel says. In the CLEW interview, the academic who heads the ...
  • “Planned energy efficiency law in buildings postponed”

    Germany’s governing conservative parties CDU and CSU risk undermining  one of the country’s key climate protection targets  by postponing the adoption of a planned law on energy efficiency in public buildings, Jens Tartler writes in Der Tagesspiegel. ...
  • 13 May 2019 |

    Buildings minister proposes tax rebates for climate-friendly renovation

    13 May 2019, 14:03 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Efficiency Rheinische Post Horst Seehofer (CSU), German federal minister of the interior, building and community and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate ...
  • Think tanks call for climate action law that includes CO₂ price for transport, buildings

    13 May 2019, 14:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Agora Energiewende / Agora Verkehrswende [This article was based on the German version of the proposals. Agora Energiewende and ...
  • 27 Feb 2019 |

    Social Democrats demand clear climate proposals after ministry cancels buildings commission

    27 Feb 2019, 13:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Efficiency Clean Energy Wire Responding to the cancellation of Germany’s buildings commission, the governing Social Democrats (SPD) are calling on their coalition ...
  • German carbon tax most efficient way to meet climate goals-study

    13 Jul 2017 Germany should implement a national tax on carbon emissions in order to meet its own emission reduction targets in the an efficient and straight forward way, the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) proposed based on a study by consultancy ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

    Rising demand for heating energy for German government buildings

    08 Feb 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Efficiency Buildings commission to be established next year Germany to face EU sanctions if it does not lower heating sector emissions ...
  • Head of German Council of Economic Experts says chances greater than ever for introducing CO2 price

    11 Jun 2019, 13:27 Expert RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Utilities Cost & Prices Electricity market Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • 12 Dec 2014

    In the media: Energy efficient buildings and CEO on Vattenfall's future

    12 Dec 2014 (All day) Data-Project: Fraunhofer-ISI / Öko-Institut / Enerdata et al. "Research for more climate protection through buildings" Around 60 percent of the EU’s total energy consumption comes from heating, hot water, air conditioning ...
  • Lack of CO2 price is killing energy innovation – German government advisors

    27 Feb 2019, 16:36 An expert panel advising the German government has called for a price on CO2 to spur the development of new technologies that are key for the energy transition. “Innovations are driven into the ground without a CO2 price signal,” said ...
  • German government must act quickly on CO2 pricing, after expert opinion – commentaries

    15 Jul 2019, 13:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt / Rheinische Post The “clear recommendations” on CO₂ pricing given by Germany’s top economic advisers “mark a ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

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

    06 Jun 2019, 14:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages 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 ...
  • Germany’s building sector registers no energy efficiency gains since 2010

    The energy consumption level of buildings in Germany was stagnant between 2010 and 2016, a report prepared by the German Energy Agency (dena) reveals. The trend of improving energy efficiency, which saw energy consumption drop by 20 percent between 2002 ...
  • Germany holds all the cards for sustainable development, must step up game – gov’t advisors

    Germany is prepared as much as any other country to steer its own and the global community’s development onto a more sustainable path, but it has to increase its ambitions and efforts to tap into this potential, government advisors affiliated with the ...
  • Germany stays out of call for stronger carbon pricing in EU

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

    The political feasibility of carbon pricing depends more on public acceptance than on issues related to cost efficiency and economic benefits, a new study published by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change has found. In an ...
  • German government to set up efficient building commission to cut heating emissions

    The German government is preparing the launch of a commission tasked with finding measures to make buildings more energy efficient and bring down carbon emissions in the heating sector, Susanne Ehlerding writes in the energy policy newsletter Tagesspiegel ...
  • Carbon fee and dividend a socially optimal approach to carbon pricing – interview

    The imposition of a carbon fee and dividend – in which a tax is imposed on fossil fuels, with the revenues being returned back to citizens – would be both socially optimal and build public support for carbon pricing, American economist Gilbert Metcalf ...
  • Gov advisors say Energiewende will only thrive in European framework

    28 Jun 2018, 16:17 The German government’s Energiewende advisors say the country must put much greater emphasis on the project’s European dimension to achieve the shift to renewables and the necessary emissions reduction during the next decade. The group ...
  • 28 May 2019 |

    Energy efficiency businesses unsatisfied with German government – survey

    28 May 2019, 13:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Efficiency Clean Energy Wire A majority of companies in the energy efficiency industry are not satisfied with the work of the federal government, according to a ...
  • North Rhine-Westphalia govt “expects double-digit billion euro” support for coal exit

    14 Jan 2019, 13:33 Expert Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy, State of North Rhine-Westphalia Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • 12 Apr 2016

    Growth in the efficiency sector / Electric trucks / Concerns over coal

    12 Apr 2016 (All day) DENEFF / PwC “10 percent turnover growth in the efficiency sector” Companies in the business of supplying energy efficiency solutions grow much faster than the rest of the economy, a study by the German Industry Initiative for Energy ...
  • “NRW’s new government aims to undermine building efficiency

    The likely new coalition government in Germany’s most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) seems to aim for watering down energy efficiency standards for new buildings, Environmental Action Germany (DUH) said in a press release. During ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany considers CO2 price to reach climate targets- Merkel

    11 Apr 2019, 14:13 The German government is exploring the introduction of a CO2 price to get the country back on track to reach its ambitious targets for emission cuts. In a turning point in the government's approach to CO2 reduction, Chancellor ...
  • 06 May 2016

    Climate Action Plan draft backs ecological tax reform, carbon price floor

    06 May 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Everything for the global climate” A leaked draft of the Climate Action Plan 2050 shows the path the German environment ministry wants to take to carbon neutrality by the middle of the century, reports ...
  • 04 Jan 2019 |

    Preview2019-Govt must urgently clarify 2030 climate strategy – SME rep

    04 Jan 2019, 11:00 German climate and energy policy must urgently become more proactive in 2019 to increase companies’ planning and investment security, says Mario Ohoven, president of the German Association of Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW). ...
  • 02 May 2019 |

    Major German states demand quick implementation of tax breaks for building insulation

    02 May 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Efficiency Clean Energy Wire The economy ministers of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have written to federal economy minister Peter Altmaier and finance minister ...
  • New German energy state secretary takes carbon price off table for now

    15 Feb 2019, 13:49 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Preview2019- German govt must act on environment to retain votes, says WWF

    09 Jan 2019, 10:45 Energy and climate policy has played a notable role in recent elections in Germany, where public opinion is split over the course of the country's coal exit and diesel emissions in inner cities, says Michael Schäfer, head of ...
  • Govt support pledge for mining regions puts coal commission on home stretch

    16 Jan 2019, 13:16 The German government has pledged long-term payments to lignite mining regions, removing a major hurdle to reaching a compromise over the country’s coal exit. After a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Olaf ...
  • Renewables hit record as concerns over German govt quarrels grow

    02 Jul 2018, 15:13 The production of renewable energy in Germany dashes to a new record output, providing more than 40 percent of the country's power supply in the first half of 2018. Yet, the good news for proponents of Germany's trademark ...
  • 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 ...
  • New govt report on climate ups pressure on Germany’s coal commission

    14 Nov 2018, 14:13 A new government report detailing Germany’s failure to cut emissions increases pressure on the country’s coal commission to agree on a speedy phase-out plan. Work in the coal commission enters a critical stage for climate protection ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    Buildings commission to be established next year

    20 Dec 2018, 14:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Efficiency Tagesspiegel Background In addition to the already working coal exit and mobility commissions, Germany will get a new buildings commission in 2019, tasked with ...
  • 21 Mar 2016

    Reams of ideas for govt climate action / Coal tussle picks up steam

    21 Mar 2016 (All day) Reuters / EnBW “Germany's EnBW cuts dividend, sees lower profits in 2016” Germany’s third largest utility EnBW posted a 125-million-euro net profit in 2015, but the adjusted operating result (EBITDA) decreased by 2.7 percent ...
  • Ministers propose support for building modernisation and clean mobility at climate cabinet meeting

    31 May 2019, 13:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Transport Efficiency Policy Clean Energy Wire German ministers proposed to expand public transport and to offer billions in tax breaks for the modernisation of ...
  • Can Salzgitter cut Germany's CO2 emissions with low-carbon steel project?

    22 May 2019, 11:33 Volker Hille’s passion project could cut Germany’s entire CO2 output by almost one percent. He is head of corporate technology at Salzgitter Group, one of Europe’s largest steelmakers, which currently emits around eight million tonnes ...
  • Advisory council on economy makes case for global CO2 price, says German coal exit not efficient

    The German Council of Economic Experts has suggested that instead of “national energy transitions and action programmes”, a global CO 2 price would be the better system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In its 2018/19 annual report, the council says ...
  • The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2018

    18 Apr 2018 German ministers and European Commissioners will be among those explaining why an energy transition is a good idea for the world, at the fourth Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 17-18 April 2018. The Clean Energy Wire will give a rolling ...
  • ETS on track to close half of Germany’s coal fleet – gov energy advisor

    Germany would close about half of its coal-fired power generation capacity by 2030 on economic grounds alone if the price of EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) allowances remained above its current level of 25 euros per tonne of CO₂, economist Andreas ...
  • Few countries are pricing carbon high enough to meet climate targets – OECD

    Governments need to raise carbon prices much faster if they are to meet their commitments on cutting emissions and slowing the pace of climate change under the Paris Agreement, according to a OECD report. In a separate press statement, Lukas Köhler, ...
  • 12 Jan 2017 |

    Government lacks overview of Energiewende costs- auditors

    12 Jan 2017 (All day) The German government lacks clear overview of the costs of the country’s shift to renewable energy, according to the country’s Federal Court of Auditors. The auditors said the economy ministry had “no overview of the financial ...
  • EU carbon prices could double by 2021 and quadruple by 2030

    Carbon prices in the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) are set to double by 2021 and could quadruple to 55 euros a tonne by 2030 if the European Commission ultimately legislates to align the bloc’s current emissions targets with the Paris ...
  • Germany lags on energy efficiency

    As the European Union sets itself more ambitious energy efficiency goals for 2030, Germany will miss its 2020 targets, writes Steven Hanke in Welt am Sonntag. “We will not reach the efficiency targets we have set ourselves for 2020 in this way,” said ...
  • German environment minister open to national carbon price

    23 Apr 2018 (All day) Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has indicated support for a national price on carbon emissions. The Social Democrat said in an interview the idea that Germany improves its emissions reduction by putting a price ...
  • CO₂ price debate gathers speed within German grand coalition

    29 Apr 2019, 13:39 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and ...
  • Germany runs risk of losing Energiewende plot, needs carbon price – E.ON CEO

    Johannes Teyssen, the chief executive of energy company E.ON, said Germany is running the risk of losing the overarching plot of its Energiewende. He warned that the current government is focusing again too much on side-aspects such as the exact date and ...
  • 70 percent of Germans would welcome carbon pricing

    Over two thirds of Germans say CO 2 emissions should be assigned a price to finance the transition to carbon-neutral technologies, a survey commissioned by heating manufacturer Stiebel Eltron has found. 70 percent of respondents said they favoured such ...
  • No tightening of building efficiency standards planned in Germany

    29 Nov 2018, 15:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Efficiency Government Tagesspiegel The new draft law on the energy efficiency of  buildings, proposed by Germany’s interior (BMI) ...
  • “Leading Economists: A strong carbon price needed to drive large-scale climate action”

    A strong global carbon price of 40-80 US dollars per tonne of CO₂ by 2020 and 50-100 US dollars by 2030 could be key to reaching climate goals and keeping the global temperature rise below two degrees, according to a new report by the High-Level ...
  • Government makes no progress in increasing building efficiency

    It has become more uncertain than ever whether the government will manage to introduce financial incentives for the thermal insulation of buildings as promised in the coalition treaty, writes Klaus Stratmann in business daily Handelsblatt. A finance ...
  • Specific approaches needed to improve energy efficiency of non-residential buildings

    Improving energy efficiency in non-residential buildings requires approaches specifically tailored to different sectors such as retail, offices, hotels and communal buildings, according to an analysis by the German Energy Agency (dena). “There is no such ...
  • “Government advisors support floor price for CO₂ emissions”

    The Paris Climate Agreement is unlikely to be the right way to reach the goal of limiting global warming, according to the federal economy ministry’s independent academic advisory board, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). In a ...
  • 15 Apr 2019 |

    German carmakers want govt support to expand alternative drives – media

    15 Apr 2019, 12:07 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use ...
  • Associations call on government not to soften building energy efficiency standards with planned law

    Several associations and NGOs have called on economy minister Peter Altmaier and interior and building minister Horst Seehofer not to soften existing energy efficiency standards with the planned Building Energy Law (GEG). In a joint letter, Environmental ...
  • 27 Jun 2019 |

    Expanding ETS to transport, building and agriculture “not expedient” in light of urgency – Merkel

    27 Jun 2019, 12:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come out against putting a price on CO₂ emissions by expanding the EU Emissions Trading System ...
  • 24 May 2019 |

    Slower energy efficiency gains for family homes in Germany

    24 May 2019, 13:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Efficiency Clean Energy Wire The energy efficiency gains of one- or two-family homes in Germany have begun to flatten out in recent years, making clear that more ...
  • “Achieving energy efficiency does not justify fixed state price on energy”

    While the energy transition is one of most important political projects in Germany, the end does not justify the means, Martin Wanninger writes in the Passauer Neue Presse. Greatest efforts are called for to achieve greater energy efficiency, but not ...
  • Efficiency proponents urge government to fulfil promise to support building modernisation

    A broad alliance of actors that includes environmental NGOs, trade unions, and the efficiency industry has urged the German government to honour its coalition pledge to support measures to lower the energy consumption of buildings. The alliance says it is ...
  • Conservatives’ economic council issues “list of demands” for energy and climate policy

    In a document named Energy Agenda 2030, the Economic Council of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU has issued a “list of demands” for designated economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier. A “readjustment” of Germany’s energy and climate ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    German govt should follow coal exit proposal closely – comission co-leader

    14 Feb 2019, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Elections & Politics Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Germany eyes ...
  • 17 Nov 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: Paris must be starting point for carbon price talks

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

    German govt greenlights first phase-out support payments of 260 million euros to coal regions

    05 Apr 2019, 12:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Cost & Prices Reuters / ZDF Germany’s federal government and coal mining states have agreed on a programme worth 260 million euros to provide fast support ...
  • 29 Oct 2015

    Suspend energy efficiency rules for refugee homes?

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

    German business association CDU Economic Council, associated with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), called on Germany and the EU to work towards a global regime to reduce CO₂ emissions “like the ETS” (European Union Emissions Trading ...
  • A successful energy transition requires CO2-oriented energy price reform – KfW

    26 Mar 2019, 13:28 KfW Efficiency Shaping a new integrated energy system and decoupling growth and emissions will require a much more efficient use of energy. Under the headline “Efficiency”, CLEW covers the quest for efficiency gains in buildings and ...
  • 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 ...
  • G7 ministers: Invest in efficiency while energy is cheap

    12 May 2015 (All day) G7 energy ministers agree on increasing efficiency as a no-regret measure to achieve energy security and greenhouse gas reductions. Joint action planned on cybersecurity for the electricity sector and a transparent gas market. ...
  • “German energy exchange EEX builds foothold in China’s emerging carbon market”

    German energy bourse EEX has partnered with several Chinese exchanges to get a foothold in China’s emerging national emissions trading scheme, Kathy Chen and Mike Szabo report for Carbon Pulse. The group is advancing plans to offer trade in euro ...
  • 10 Jan 2019 |

    German energy transition fails on emissions and efficiency – report

    10 Jan 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Efficiency Efficiency gains make eastern German city Energiewende frontrunner Lagging efficiency to get top priority in Germany’s Energiewende ...
  • Energiewende success depends on efficiency – German econ min

    Germany’s energy transition can only become a success if the country does not neglect efficiency, the second important pillar of the Energiewende besides renewables expansion, said acting German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries at the annual kick-off ...
  • Efficiency first: A crucial building block for the Energiewende”

    Prioritising efficiency measures that cost less or deliver more value than planned investment in supply resources and infrastructure is “a crucial building block” for Germany’s Energiewende, writes Andreas Jahn of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) ...
  • Consensual G20 communiqué “should be the aspiration” – German gov’t official

    Despite the outcome of last week’s G7 summit in Taormina, Italy, a consensual statement by all leaders “should be the aspiration” for the G20 summit in Germany in July, said Lars-Hendrik Röller, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s economic advisor and the ...
  • 10 Jan 2019 |

    Resolute state intervention must initiate heating transition- study

    10 Jan 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Efficiency Policy Buildings commission to be established next year NGOs warn govt that tight housing market no excuse to neglect climate ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    World’s largest car supplier Bosch sets goal of being carbon neutral by 2020

    09 May 2019, 16:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Efficiency Reuters [CORRECTION: We apologise for misspelling the author's name. The Reuters article is by Caroline Copley.] German automotive supplier Bosch ...
  • 15 Aug 2016 |

    Lagging efficiency to get top priority in Germany’s Energiewende

    15 Aug 2016 (All day) Germany's energy ministry wants to give top priority to saving energy in its move to a renewable future. It admits the long-term targets of the energy transition, or Energiewende, will be missed with current policies, and that ...
  • 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 ...
  • German conservatives may embrace carbon price yet- report

    06 Mar 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt Both the new state secretary in the energy ministry, Andreas Feicht, and CDU-head Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer have ...
  • Franco-German cooperation treaty does not mention carbon price

    10 Jan 2019, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 International Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price Rift between Germany and Brazil stalls work on carbon market – report ...
  • 30 Jan 2019 |

    CO2 price would trigger efficient energy transition in transport – commentary

    30 Jan 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Mobility Policy Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price The task force in charge of steering Germany to clean mobility ...
  • 01 Jun 2015

    In the media: Government warns banks of 'Carbon Bubble' risk

    01 Jun 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung Interview with Chancellor on Climate Summit In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said that preparing for the climate summit in Paris was one of the most important topics ...
  • 21 Oct 2015

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

    21 Oct 2015 (All day) Environment State Secretary Flasbarth (BMUB) Germany must exit coal in the next 25-30 years A well-organised exit from coal which considers social aspects is needed in the next 25 to 30 years if Germany wants to achieve its climate ...
  • German government examines CO₂ price – media reports

    02 Apr 2019, 09:50 The German government is examining the possibility of CO₂ pricing across economic sectors, according to media reports. Several newspapers report the chancellery has asked leading German research institutes to explore socially acceptable ...
  • 10 May 2019 |

    Energy company BayWa Re to build Germany’s first zero-support solar farm

    10 May 2019, 13:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Energy company BayWa Re says it will build Germany’s first large-scale solar power installation to be operated outside ...
  • Climate plan means half of German coal capacity to retire by 2030 – govt official

    The goals in Germany’s climate action plan, agreed by the government in November 2016, mean that half of the country’s coal-fired power capacity must retire by 2030, state secretary in the economy and energy ministry Rainer Baake told a business ...
  • UN’s Emissions Gap Report is a call for a carbon price in Germany – think tank

    29 Nov 2018, 15:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics International MCC / PIK The United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) “Emissions Gap Report” on the divergence ...
  • Think tank urges reform of Germany’s taxes and levies system to allow for effective carbon price

    The German system of taxes and levies needs a comprehensive reform to allow for the introduction of an effective carbon price without creating a major burden for power customers, think tank Agora Energiewende has found in an analysis. The think tank says ...
  • 18 Feb 2019 |

    Postponement of buildings commission irks German real estate industry

    18 Feb 2019, 13:50 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Efficiency Germany to face EU sanctions if it does not lower heating sector emissions Clean Energy Wire / dpa / ...
  • Germany's economic powerhouse states demand clear federal energy policy concept

    08 Apr 2019, 12:30 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

    Coal phase-out in Germany will be economic net gain, study finds

    14 Mar 2019, 13:40 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Expert Ecologic Institute Energiewende International ...
  • Coal exit must be initiated quickly to reach climate goals – government advisors

    The speedy start of the coal exit is more important than finding a final end date, writes the Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), an expert advisory panel to the government focussing on environmental protection, in a statement. “For the climate, ...
  • European market for energy efficiency to reach 50 billion euros by 2025 – consultancy

    13 Feb 2019, 13:45 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Business & Jobs Efficiency German industry embraces Energiewende transformation challenge Taming the appetite for energy Clean Energy Wire The ...
  • German utilities protected against sharp rise in ETS carbon emission permit prices

    Major German power companies have protected themselves against the sharp increase in ETS carbon emission prices, report Vera Eckert and Nina Chestney for Reuters newswire. RWE has said that its CO 2 position is financially hedged until the end of 2022. ...
  • Germany’s environment agency calls for coupling renewables surcharge with carbon price

    A price on carbon emissions from fossil fuels could help to drastically reduce the cost of Germany’s renewables surcharge for customers and effectively accelerate emissions reduction in the country, according to an expert opinion commissioned by the ...
  • “Market value of energy efficiency: Clear differences between owner-occupied and rented flats”

    Efficiency investments in buildings have a significant impact on real estate prices, according to an analysis by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). But the impact on rented apartments is smaller than on freehold property, reducing the ...
  • E.ON head calls for CO₂ price in all sectors

    13 May 2019, 14:08 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Tagesspiegel Background Johannes Teyssen, CEO of German energy company E.ON, has called for the introduction ...
  • VW plans internal carbon levy and carbon-neutral electric car production

    18 Feb 2019, 13:28 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars Business & Jobs Dieselgate forces VW to embrace green mobility Fear of public ...
  • Germans could reduce power consumption of electronic devices by over 75 percent – government advisors

    A more efficient use of smartphones, computers, televisions, or other electronic appliances could reduce the power consumption of these devices by more than three quarters, the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) says in a press release. ...
  • SPD’s NRW branch pushes for national carbon price

    The opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) wants to advocate a national carbon price to advance the energy transition across all sectors, the Energie & Management magazine reports. The ...
  • SPD energy politician says carbon floor price needed to reveal true cost of renewables

    Germany needs a carbon floor price to reveal the true costs of renewables vis-à-vis other energy sources, the SPD parliamentary group's energy policy coordinator, Johann Saathoff, said at an event organised by the offshore wind power industry ...
  • German environment minister open to national carbon price

    Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has indicated support for a national price on carbon emissions. “I find the idea very plausible,” the Social Democrat told the daily energy and climate newsletter Tagesspiegel Background. She said that a ...
  • Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price

    03 Dec 2018, 11:28 Politicians across party lines, environmental and industry groups and researchers alike are in favour of a price on carbon emissions in all sectors. There is debate on details such as the pros and cons of a carbon tax versus a trading ...
  • Expansion of low-carbon energy sources too slow in Germany – utility association

    01 Apr 2019, 13:42 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • Germany’s 2020 climate target still attainable with carbon price and plant shutdowns - study

    The German 2020 climate target can still be attained by combining a regional carbon floor price of 25 euros per tonne with a shutdown of the dirtiest coal plants in Germany, environmental organisation WWF Germany writes in a press release. According to a ...
  • 07 Mar 2017

    State Sec sees efficient sector-coupling gaining ground post-election

    07 Mar 2017 (All day) Regardless of who will win in Germany's next federal elections, increasing energy effciency in sector coupling and mastering digitalisation will be core aspects for ensuring a successful continuation of the energy transition, ...
  • Decision on CO₂ pricing in Germany by end of the year – Merkel

    16 Apr 2019, 13:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire [Update adds comment by environment ministry spokesperson] By the end of 2019, the German government will ...
  • Decarbonizing Germany’s power sector: ending coal with a carbon floor price?

    Setting a regional carbon floor price for power generation within the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) would make Germany’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions more consistent and contribute to phasing out coal, Felix Matthes of the Institute for ...
  • 15 Jan 2016

    Renewables a 'massive opportunity' / More investment into efficiency

    15 Jan 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Rundschau “Full wind speed ahead” The reason why payments for renewables have increased to 24.1 billion euros in 2015 is to be found in their success, writes Frank-Thomas Wenzel in a Q&A for the Frankfurter Rundschau. ...
  • E.ON head Teyssen calls for substantial carbon floor price increase

    The price of emitting one tonne of CO 2 in Europe should be at least 25 to 30 euros “for a start”, Johannes Teyssen, head of German utility E.ON, says in an interview with Spiegel Online. Teyssen’s proposed price would be up to four times higher than the ...
  • National CO2 tax and European carbon floor price most effective climate protection - study

    A German CO 2 tax in combination with a European carbon floor price would be a very effective means to protect the climate, according to a study by consultancy Energy Brainpool commissioned by the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE). This model would ...
  • Federal government should implement tax reform to spur necessary investments in building renovation – report

    The federal government should reform its tax code to achieve the necessary rate at which residences are renovated to be made more energy-efficient in order to meet its goal of a nearly climate-neutral building stock by mid-century, the German Economic ...
  • Siemens calls for “accelerated” coal exit and European carbon price

    Germany’s largest industrial company Siemens has sent an unofficial working paper to members of the Green Party in which it calls for “an accelerated end of coal-fired power production” coupled with a European carbon floor price. In the four-page document ...
  • Hamburg G20 summit “major success” for multilateralism – Merkel advisor

    The joint communiqué from July’s G20 summit in Hamburg was a “major success” for multilateralism, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s economic advisor and G20 sherpa Lars-Henrik Röller said at an event on the sidelines of the UN climate conference in Bonn. ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    Renewable development must minimise impact on wildlife – govt agency

    14 Feb 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Environmental concerns accompany German offshore wind expansion Fighting windmills: When growth hits resistance German wind industry ...
  • “Germany to push for carbon price at G20”

    Energiewende country Germany will use its G20 presidency this year to push for a global price on carbon as one of many measures to achieve climate goal, reports Roger Harrabin for BBC News. “We need to find a mechanism for a carbon price. Then it’ll be ...
  • “Energy efficiency market grows despite decreased energy prices”

    The turnover of German companies in the business of supplying energy efficiency solutions grew about 6 percent to 143 billion euros in 2016, compared to 2015, according to a study by German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF) and ...
  • Nord Stream 2 - “economically and politically unnecessary” or prevailing benefits?

    The benefits of the planned Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 outweigh the drawbacks, writes Josef Auer in a commentary for Deutsche Bank Research. It would increase supply security, as fewer countries are involved in transporting gas than before, ...
  • German economy minister “not convinced” of CO₂ tax

    03 May 2019, 13:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Policy ZDF Germany’s economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier is sceptical of the idea of introducing a tax on CO₂, he said on ...
  • 19 Oct 2015

    In the media: Germany as a future power model?

    19 Oct 2015 (All day) National Geographic “Germany Could Be a Model for How We’ll Get Power in the Future” In a long feature for National Geographic, Robert Kunzig takes an in-depth look at the “epochal transformation” from conventional to renewable ...
  • “EU-wide Carbon Price Support (CPS) will avoid up to 943 million tonnes of CO2 in EU 2017 – 2025”

    The introduction of an EU-wide carbon price would help member states avoid 943 million tonnes of CO₂ by 2025 as electricity generation from hard coal and lignite will decrease by 28 percent, according to a study by non-profit EWI Energy Research & ...
  • Egypt’s energy transition builds on Germany’s example

    Solar energy is abundant in Egypt, and the Arab world’s most populous country builds on Germany’s expertise and experience in pushing its transition towards renewable power sources, Nermine Kotb writes on Spiegel Online. “Prices for solar cells and wind ...
  • 14 Jun 2019 |

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

    14 Jun 2019, 09:07 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    Support programme for excess heat usage saves 1.4 million tonnes CO2 as of 2020

    18 Jan 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Efficiency Businesses invest more than ever in energy efficiency, survey shows Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets Taming the appetite for energy Clean ...
  • 04 Jun 2019 |

    Merkel says Germany to decide between CO2 price and sectoral targets

    04 Jun 2019, 13:50 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices Policy Clean Energy Wire The German government will decide whether to follow a sectoral emission reduction approach or a general pricing of ...
  • Germany and France to develop 2050 EU strategy for long-term carbon neutrality

    Germany and France have agreed to develop a 2050 European Union strategy for long-term decarbonisation, both governments said in a declaration following a joint ministerial meeting near Berlin. This is not only a necessity, but also an economic ...
  • 09 Aug 2016 |

    Drop in fossil fuel prices could derail Energiewende- study

    09 Aug 2016 (All day) A study identifying potential risks for the energy transition in Germany finds the project to be overall “robust and resilient”. However, falling fossil fuel prices could pose a serious threat to the decarbonisation of Germany’s ...
  • 26 Sep 2017 |

    Vote2017: Reactions to German election results

    26 Sep 2017 (All day) Germans have handed Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in the country’s federal election. Most likely, Merkel will have to start talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a so-called "Jamaica coalition, ...
  • Experts call for CO2 price to retain Energiewende’s credibility

    15 Dec 2016 (All day) An expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German energy transition warned the country will probably miss its 2020 emission targets and other crucial Energiewende goals, threatening the entire project’s ...
  • Taking action on climate change will boost economic growth, says OECD

    It is economically beneficial for G20 member states to invest in climate protection measures, according to the new report "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth" by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), presented ...
  • “Germany must go back to its low-carbon future”

    Once a world leader in renewables, Germany’s energy transition progress has stalled and the 2020 targets are out of reach unless the next government realigns its policies, writes energy economist Claudia Kemfert in an article in Nature. The country should ...
  • Global energy transition would create overall economic gains

    Changing the world’s energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable sources would result in net economic gains, according to a study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). The agencies’ study, ...
  • Far right triggers feud within conservative govt, which could shift energy policy for good

    The far-right party Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) may be largely focusing on immigration and not playing a direct role in German federal policy, but its influence can be seen even in energy and climate policy, writes ...
  • RWE CEO Schmitz considers new coal plants economically unviable

    Investments in new coal plants “won’t pay off” at today’s price levels, RWE’s new CEO Rolf Martin Schmitz said in an interview with Berliner Morgenpost. Asked whether the major German utility would continue to build conventional power plants after ...
  • 09 Nov 2015

    Searching for blame in nuclear decision / Boiler efficiency

    09 Nov 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Grid fees push up power price” An internal analysis by the federal grid agency reveals that the systemic costs of the Energiewende will push up grid fees, reports Helmut Bünder in the Frankfurter ...
  • German “solo attempt” on CO₂ pricing should be cancelled – opinion

    08 Jul 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Augsburger Allgemeine / FAZ / General Anzeiger Commentators are debating the effect of increasing existing taxes on petrol, diesel, ...
  • German industry slams omission of thermal building insulation from environment ministry’s budget

    German industry has sharply criticised that support for thermal building insulation is not included in the environment ministry’s current budget. “By omitting this instrument, the government is negligent. If building renovations are not sped up, the 2030 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 May 2019 |

    Expanding European emissions trade to transport and buildings “very difficult” – economists

    07 May 2019, 13:32 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 Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate ...
  • Germany, Mexico, some US states and others pledge more cooperation on carbon trading

    The governments of Germany, Mexico, South Korea, California and several other countries and sub-national entities have pledged to intensify their cooperation on developing international carbon emissions trading, the International Carbon Action Partnership ...
  • 08 Dec 2015

    Households' power price ignorance / A coffee with the Germans

    08 Dec 2015 (All day) DENA "Only one third of households know their electricity bills exactly" Only about one third of German households know the exact amount they pay for electricity, a survey by the German Energy Agency (DENA) showed. Nearly ...
  • Merkel counters industry's economic policy criticism, says companies deceived public trust

    05 Jun 2019, 12:31 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Industrial policy ...
  • UN Development Programme head says Germany must “lead by example” on CO2 price

    07 Dec 2018, 14:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Handelsblatt Industrialised countries like Germany have to “lead by example” through bold climate action policies ...
  • 17 Apr 2019 |

    Official Energiewende evaluation calls for massive investments- report

    17 Apr 2019, 13:27 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert IASS- Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Think tank ...
  • 10 Jul 2019 |

    German coal mine and power plant operator builds large-scale battery

    10 Jul 2019, 18:03 LEAG, eastern Germany’s largest energy and mining company, is building a 50 MW battery that could help stabilise the country’s electricity grid partly through renewable energy. Environment minister Svenja Schulze lauded the project in ...
  • CO₂ price must not put additional burden on citizens –Social Democrat leader

    13 May 2019, 14:12 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices A CO₂ price can be a useful ...
  • Merkel – Global carbon market would be best solution to fight climate change

    A global emissions trading system would be the ideal instrument to fight climate change, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “It would be best if damaging emissions had a price world-wide. A global carbon market would be an incentive for the ...
  • Question marks remain as Germany steps up efforts to cut CO2 emissions

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The government approved what it claims to be the largest climate action package in the country’s history. Most observers applauded the commitment to emissions reduction goals by 2020. But environmentalists criticised the lack of a ...
  • 11 Mar 2019 |

    German homeowners unhappy with progress in heating sector transition

    11 Mar 2019, 13:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Efficiency Government Clean Energy Wire Most homeowners in Germany support the country’s transition towards a low-carbon economy but are unhappy with the project’s ...
  • Online tool helps municipalities calculate energy efficiency gains

    The German Institute for Urbanistics (Difu) has launched an online tool to help German municipalities calculate the economic impacts of refurbishing buildings to modern energy efficiency standards. The “value creation calculator” processes data on the ...
  • 07 Jun 2019 |

    Renewable energies become most important source for new residential heating

    07 Jun 2019, 13:01 Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt Energiewende Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Heating Cities Clean Energy Wire Two thirds of new residential buildings completed in ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    Germany sees largest emissions drop since 2009 recession

    04 Apr 2019, 15:12 Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 4.5 percent in 2018 as warm weather and higher prices dampened the use of climate-damaging fossil fuels. The government called the largest drop since the 2009 recession the “first notable ...
  • 06 Feb 2019 |

    Utility EnBW plans to build Germany’s largest solar farm with zero support

    06 Feb 2019, 13:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Solar Utilities Germany needs plan to unleash solar power again- researcher Solar power in Germany – output, business & perspectives ...
  • “Intelligent steering of energy efficiency

    The economic ministry’s proposal to counteract low energy prices by raising energy taxes in its Green Paper on energy efficiency is suitable, according to a paper by environmental NGO Green Budget Germany (FÖS). Low energy prices harm the Energiewende and ...
  • Industry, researchers and energy agency urge government action on energy transition

    20 Feb 2019, 13:22 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices German environment minister open to national carbon price German industry says protecting climate can benefit economy Putting a ...
  • “Germany banks on carbon plan for sustained riches”

    As the first government to adopt a long-term, economy-wide strategy towards decarbonisation, the German leadership expects its Climate Action Plan 2050 to trigger innovation and boost economic development, writes Richard Black for businessGreen. Black’s ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    Cities must decouple urban growth from emissions, says Berlin senator

    16 Jan 2019, 14:18 Berlin aims to slash carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2030 and become carbon-neutral by 2050. For a city growing at a rate of 50,000 inhabitants a year, that’s no mean feat. But Ramona Pop, Berlin’s Senator (minister) for Economy, ...
  • 25 Apr 2019 |

    Rhine-Main region wants to build up hydrogen infrastructure

    25 Apr 2019, 13:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Gas Renewables Clean Energy Wire A group of utilities, researchers and the state energy agency of Hesse want to establish a green hydrogen project in the industrial ...
  • Efficiency gains make eastern German city Energiewende frontrunner

    29 May 2017 (All day) Germany’s energy transition is a vast national project that is reshaping the entire country. But it is happening on a local level, too. Here, the Clean Energy Wire looks at the path that one eastern German city is taking towards ...
  • “Only weak incentives for firms to implement carbon abatement measures”

    A majority of German companies participating in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) do not expect the Paris Agreement to be effective in reducing global emissions, according to a survey by the German development bank KfW and Centre for European Economic ...
  • 20 May 2019 |

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

    20 May 2019, 13:30 Expert RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Utilities Cost & Prices Electricity market Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • 21 Sep 2015

    In the media: Lower efficiency standards amid refugee crisis?

    21 Sep 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung “Worried about the climate” The very hot and dry summer of 2015 was a sign of climate change, 46 percent of Germans believe. In contrast, 40 percent told pollster Institut für Demoskopie ...
  • Rift between Germany and Brazil stalls work on carbon market – report

    10 Jan 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 International Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price Germany stays out of call for stronger carbon pricing in EU ...
  • Rising CO2-price could trigger German coal phase-out in 5 years

    21 Aug 2018, 15:33 The projected rise in CO2 prices in Europe could see coal-fired power plants being replaced by gas plants in Germany, thereby saving millions of tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions and helping the country to achieve its energy transition ...
  • Europe must find answer to China's economic strategy – former env min

    14 Jan 2019, 13:37 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Global move to renewables may reduce energy ...
  • Businesses should make own proposals to reach climate goals - govt official

    Germany’s industry should work with the government to reach the goals in the country’s newly adopted Climate Action Plan 2050 rather than just criticise the plan or individual measures, energy state secretary Rainer Baake told the “ Agenda 2017 ” ...
  • German env min calls for raising taxes on transport and heating fuels

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

    Spike in heat waves poised to drive up Germany's demand for cooling systems

    26 Jun 2019, 12:57 The second summer in a row with record temperatures has fuelled worries about the global climate crisis in Germany and sparked a sudden interest in room cooling systems, which remain a rarity in the central European country. Researchers ...
  • Amazon-backed start-up tado uses smart thermostats to cut heating emissions

    17 Apr 2019, 09:50 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • 06 May 2015

    In the media: Support for research, efficiency and e-cars

    06 May 2015 (All day) Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) New incentive programme for energy efficiency measures The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has announced a new support package to increase energy efficiency in the ...
  • Need measures to reduce carbon footprint by cement industry – WWF Germany

    12 Apr 2019, 13:20 Expert WWF Germany World Wide Fund For Nature Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Industrial policy WWF Germany Environmental ...
  • German consumers waste 9 billion euros worth of power each year – survey

    27 Feb 2019, 13:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Private households in Germany could save 9 billion euros and 18 million tonnes of CO 2 each year by following ...
  • New economy ministry proposal to fire up renewables in all sectors

    16 Sep 2016 (All day) 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 ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    World’s largest chemicals maker BASF presents low-carbon strategy

    11 Jan 2019, 14:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Business & Jobs Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Handelsblatt Germany’s BASF plans to become a green pioneer of the chemicals industry, ...
  • 01 Sep 2015

    News Digest: Germany's solar capacity exceeds 39 GW

    01 Sep 2015 (All day) Institute of Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) “Additions of new solar arrays speeds up in July – Total capacity exceeds threshold of 39,000 MW” The addition of new PV-systems has increased significantly in July compared to June, but ...
  • 23 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017 – Elections, G20 set to dominate Energiewende policy

    23 Dec 2016 (All day) Germany is heading into a year filled with international top-events and elections that will determine the future course of the country’s Energiewende project. The uncertainties about the new US administration and the exact details of ...
  • Slow progress in transport and efficiency endangers EU climate targets

    10 Apr 2019, 13:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Energiewende International Clean Energy Wire The European Commission has published its fourth report on the state of the Energy Union, the EU’s framework to overhaul ...
  • 13 Jun 2016

    Battle over renewables act continues / ‘Insane’ efficiency support

    13 Jun 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Don’t miss the transition” Renewable energies have become so cheap that many countries have started an Energiewende, only for Germany to hit the brakes with its reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), writes ...
  • Coalition of federations calls for CO2 price in Germany

    A coalition of several German environmental and energy federations urges the next government to introduce a price for emitting CO 2 to safeguard the country’s contribution to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The current low oil price “makes ...
  • Insulation is key to reach climate targets in building sector – study

    Better insulation for existing buildings to make them more energy efficient is the cheapest and most promising way to reach 2030 climate targets in Germany’s building sector, according to a study by energy think tank Agora Energiewende* and the European ...
  • 14 May 2019 |

    Merkel says climate cabinet to discuss how Germany can reach net-zero emissions by 2050

    14 May 2019, 16:28 Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said that her new climate cabinet will debate how Germany could reach climate neutrality by mid-century. Should the ministers find a “sound” way to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, ...
  • Zero-emission road freight can spur economic growth in Europe – report

    Transitioning to efficient and zero-emissions road freight transport will significantly reduce European spending and dependence on oil imports and spur economic growth, the European Climate Foundation and Cambridge Econometrics say in a report backed by ...
  • German policy shamefully neglects building emissions – commentary

    Buildings cause a third of German emissions, but the government continues to “shamefully neglect” this problem, writes Bernhard Pötter in a commentary for tageszeitung. “It doesn’t really bother anyone that all climate targets are missed in this sector, ...
  • Economics ministry plans to cut support for large roof-mounted pv arrays by 20 percent – report

    The German government plans to cut support payments for large roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays ranging in size from 40 to 750 kilowatts by around 20 percent at the turn of the year, reports Sandra Enkhardt in pv magazine, with reference to a draft bill by ...
  • Finance start-up Bettervest connects small investors with green energy projects

    02 May 2019, 11:32 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • Next phase of global climate policy requires more national action – and a CO2 price

    13 May 2019, 14:00 Implementing the Paris Agreement means that countries have to have more ambition on a national level and the same is true for the European Union, Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze said at the opening of the 10th Petersberg ...
  • 2018 heat wave affected power plants, supply security not in danger – German govt

    28 Jun 2019, 12:34 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Electricity market Clean Energy Wire Due to the 2018 heat wave in northern Europe, ...
  • 18 Nov 2014 |

    Homes for the Energiewende

    18 Nov 2014 (All day) The Energiewende is gradually transforming German homes – not just towards greater energy efficiency but to become producers as well as consumers of energy. If you want to peer into Germany’s future, visit the Vauban district in the ...
  • Utilities urged to face reality in row over coal levy

    27 Apr 2015 (All day) The environment ministry has rebuffed utilities’ criticism of the planned levy for coal-fired power plants and maintains the sector shoulder its share of cutting CO2 emissions. Government and researchers stress the need for ...
  • 10 Apr 2015

    In the media: Losing the "coal war"; the magic of efficiency

    10 Apr 2015 (All day) Die Welt “Gabriel risks losing the coal war” A heavy storm is brewing above Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, as unions, employees, industry heads and parts of his own party rebel against his plans ...
  • More measures like controversial diesel price increase in France are needed – opinion

    The French government’s decision to increase the price of diesel fuel has sparked heavy protests across the entire country, but more such “unreasonable demands” are necessary in France and elsewhere if Europe wants to succeed in drastically reducing its ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    Largest flat owner in Germany to cut energy-efficient investments due to “decline” in acceptance

    07 Dec 2018, 14:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Efficiency Society Spiegel Online Germany’s largest residential property company, Vonovia, has said it will reduce its investments in building ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    Merkel’s partner CSU wants climate action through lower taxes

    09 May 2019, 14:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices Policy Clean Energy Wire The Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) – part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s alliance of centre-right parties – is ...
  • European Commission’s zero-carbon 2050 target a “farewell to the industry” – opinion

    29 Nov 2018, 16:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Industrial policy Handelsblatt When presenting the European Commission’s plans for a carbon-neutral EU in ...
  • In 2017, two-thirds of new residential buildings were wholly or partly heated by renewables

    Heating systems that use renewable energies were installed in 65 percent of the just under 110,100 new residential buildings completed in Germany in 2017, writes the Federal Statistical Office in a press release. Forty-three percent of new buildings used ...
  • Algae could help remove carbon dioxide from atmosphere - researchers

    Global greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by using algae that convert carbon dioxide into a raw material for producing carbon fibre, researches at the Technical University of Munich have found. The algae remove CO 2 from the atmosphere and turn it ...
  • 11 Apr 2016 |

    Auctions to set the price for wind and solar- the debate

    11 Apr 2016 (All day) [Updated 11 April with results from fourth round of solar PV auctions] Feed-in tariffs (FITs) have driven the expansion of renewable energy in Germany, but in 2014 the government decided to gradually replace them with an auction ...
  • Minimum energy efficiency standards for a fair energy transition

    Minimum energy performance standards for rental buildings can help increase the rate of deep renovations, and they can be an important instrument for combating energy poverty, according to a paper by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) and ...
  • Merkel's quest for climate leadership at G7

    07 Jun 2015 (All day) UPDATE (7 June 2015)-- All eyes are on Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G7 summit this weekend. Recent statements including her weekly podcast indicate Merkel intends to do justice to her former reputation as " ...
  • Resolute renewables expansion will reduce power price and emissions amid coal exit – report

    06 Feb 2019, 14:10 Expert Greenpeace Energy Green energy provider Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Renewables Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Cost & ...
  • Government drops promised support for buildings’ heat insulation in budget draft

    Contrary to the German government coalition's promise of financial support for the insulation of buildings, the finance ministry’s budget draft for 2019 does not mention the issue, reports Klaus Stratmann in business daily Handelsblatt. The German ...
  • German researcher analyses conditions for carbon-neutral coffee production

    Producing carbon-neutral coffee is a possibility that is already being tested in Central America and could be made even more efficient if producers adopt certain strategies in their farming methods, agricultural science researcher Athena Birkenberg of ...
  • Green technology accounts for 15 percent of German economic output

    Environmentally friendly technologies have become an important pillar of the German economy, the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) says in a press release. According to the environment ministry’s new “GreenTech Atlas,” the sector accounted for 15 percent ...
  • 05 Mar 2019 |

    Berlin missing opportunity by leaving solar power out of new school construction- report

    05 Mar 2019, 13:54 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Solar Cities Tagesspiegel Berlin is in the midst of a school construction boom, but so far none of those new schools will have solar power systems, Christoph ...
  • Gas

    Power-to-gas most cost efficient way to reach long-term climate targets – study

    Employing power-to-gas technologies (PtG) help to achieve Germany’s 2050 climate targets in the most cost-efficient way, writes the German Association of Gas and Water (DVGW) in a press release. The association commissioned a meta-analysis by consultancy ...
  • 31 Aug 2015 |

    Germany posts significant increase in energy efficiency

    31 Aug 2015 (All day) German households and industry made great strides last year to use energy more efficiently, according to energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB). Just 4.8 gigajoules of energy were needed to produce goods worth 1,000 ...
  • Studies highlight need for skilled labour in building sector for successful Energiewende

    Three studies highlight the additional need for skilled labour to implement the energy transition in the German buildings sector. The Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) has published a policy paper highlighting the need for an additional 100,000 ...
  • German coal-mining state Brandenburg presents structural economic change projects at EU forum

    The German coal-mining state Brandenburg will present fellow EU regions a variety of different projects aimed at steering the regional economy away from fossil power generation. As part of the Europe-wide “coal platform”, Brandenburg will show possible ...
  • Bilateral cooperation “good recipe” to speed up efficient energy transition – state sec

    German bilateral cooperation such as with the state of California in the USA is “a good recipe to implement a sustainable and dependable energy system quicker, cheaper, and more efficiently,” said state secretary Thomas Bareiß in a statement ahead of a ...
  • Carmakers' cheating on fuel efficiency has caused millions of tonnes of additional CO2 emissions – NGO

    Cheating on fuel efficiency by major carmakers is responsible for 264 million tonnes of additional CO 2 emissions between the years 2000 and 2017, an analysis by NGO Transport & Environment has shown. The additional cost of fuel amounted to nearly 150 ...
  • 27 Feb 2019 |

    Govt committee says Germany must become driving force for sustainable finance

    27 Feb 2019, 13:28 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire The German State Secretaries’ Committee for Sustainable Development says the country should become a leading location for sustainable finance and promote its principles both to other ...
  • Energy consumption not decoupled from economic growth - opinion

    For the third year in a row, rising primary energy consumption shows that Germany has not succeeded in decoupling economic growth from its energy use, writes Klaus Stratmann in an opinion piece in the Handelsblatt. “The development proves that the billion ...
  • Shifting from coal to gas not most cost-effective way to reduce carbon pollution – commentary

    Although a new study has found that natural gas could replace coal as an electricity source without endangering the power supply, there are much cheaper ways to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, Kathrin Witsch writes in a commentary in the Handelsblatt. ...
  • Energy transition in building sector should not just focus on electrification - study

    The energy transition in the building sector can be implemented most efficiently without a focus on any one technology, writes the German Energy Agency in a joint study with several associations and companies. “All available efficiency technologies must ...
  • Climate protection and economic growth go hand in hand, but companies move too slow

    The BDI study showing that climate protection and economic growth can go hand in hand should kill off the last arguments against ambitious climate protection, according to Greenpeace. “The economic association is right to call for planning security in ...
  • NGO Germanwatch calls on government to follow 12 other EU states with CO2 tax

    12 Jul 2019, 13:16 Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Twelve EU member states have already set a price on CO2 and all opted for a ...
  • 01 Feb 2019 |

    German govt almost certain to accept coal exit proposal, action must start now- Forbes

    01 Feb 2019, 14:08 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Germany eyes coal exit by 2038 in bid for climate-friendly economy Germany's grand ...
  • “German CO2 price debate is here to stay”- liberal MP

    12 Dec 2018, 12:05 Negotiations on the “markets article” (Article 6) of the Paris Agreement are a bit on the side lines of the talks at COP24. While representatives of many countries and regions, e.g. the one of Canadian British Columbia don’t tire to ...
  • Joint German-French research initiative to test new materials for possible use as high-efficiency solar cells

    A new University of Jena research project entitled “Quest for Energy” will seek to develop novel solar technology to assist the transition to a low-carbon economy, the university says in a press release. With support from the German Academic Exchange ...
  • EU agrees to aim for net-zero economy “as early as possible”, new energy efficiency target

    Negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council have agreed to aim for a net-zero emissions economy “as early as possible”, with a carbon budget and national strategies for 2050, Euractiv reports. The Parliament ...
  • Government advisor and VW official endorse European battery cell production

    Henning Kagermann, head of government advisory council the German National Platform for Electric Mobility, has said he supports battery cell production in Europe to “avoid possible dependencies or delivery bottlenecks," the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • Germany’s governing conservatives to propose CO2 pricing model by September

    11 Jun 2019, 13:26 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Use Teaser Image as container ...
  • 11 Apr 2016

    Utilities increase nuclear provisions / A 'power market pentagon'

    11 Apr 2016 (All day) Spiegel Online/AFP/Süddeutsche Zeitung “Utilities increase nuclear provisions” The utilities have increased their provisions for the nuclear exit in the last year, according to a report by press agency AFP on Spiegel Online. At the ...
  • Heating start-up Thermondo aims to be leading energy supplier

    27 Mar 2019, 11:14 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its coverage of how business is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we have launched a series on start-ups that ...
  • Business associations call for tax relief for building insulation

    A broad alliance of German business associations wants the incoming government to give building insulation a boost with tax relief in order to cut emissions. The associations said corresponding measures should be included in the coalition treaty, and be ...
  • CO2 price hike drives German power prices to six-year-high

    Amid rising prices for carbon emissions and coal, Germany’s wholesale power price for one-year futures has reached its highest level in six years, Nora Kamprath Buli writes for Montel News. At 50.10 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), prices reached their ...
  • State should support diesel car retrofitting, say government advisors - report

    Retrofitting older diesel cars to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions could be financed “fully or for the largest part possible” through a support mechanism, a group of government advisors writes in a draft report, Markus Balser and Michael Bauchmüller ...
  • “SPD develops economic policy concept for the election campaign”

    Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) have issued a paper outlining the party’s economic policy ideas meant to substantiate their candidate Martin Schulz’s position in his bid to become German chancellor, Henrike Roßbach writes in Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • Germany, neighbours agree to ban price caps in power market

    29 May 2015 (All day) 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 ...
  • Higher energy efficiency standards can be reached at a lower cost

    Climate-friendly construction must not hinge on high extra costs, says the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), based on a report published by the Institute for Building Systems Engineering Dresden (ITG). Between 2000 and 2014, tasks prescribed in ...
  • 30 Apr 2019 |

    Merkel’s CDU party to wait until after European elections with CO2 price decision

    30 Apr 2019, 13:10 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 dpa Germany’s main conservative party (CDU) ...
  • Rate of building renovation way to low

    House owners in Germany are not improving their properties to more energy efficient standards fast enough for the country to meet its efficiency targets, German Energy Agency Dena said in a release. “Our figures show: An acceleration of energy efficiency ...
  • German politicians pitch design ideas for CO₂ price

    23 Apr 2019, 13:33 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 ...
  • “Coalition leaves building energy act to fail”

    The government coalition of the conservative CDU/CSU and Social Democrats (SPD) has failed to agree on a law (GEG) that would set new energy efficiency standards for Germany’s buildings by 2019, Jens Tartler writes in Der Tagesspiegel. Social-Democrat ...
  • Blockade by conservatives "prevents even smallest progress in buildings sector"

    Green Party energy spokesperson Julia Verlinden told journalists the conservatives’ blocking of “even the smallest progress” in the heating sector would be “fatal” for climate protection. Verlinden's statement was made in light of the government' ...
  • Coal exit commission exemplary also without result ahead of COP24 – govt spokesperson

    29 Nov 2018, 15:41 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels International Clean Energy Wire While it remains unclear whether the coal exit commission will present parts of its plan for the ...
  • Energy experts demand emphasis on energy efficiency in coalition talks

    The next government must put much more emphasis on energy efficiency measures if climate targets are to be reached, according to the German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF). In an open letter addressed to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ...
  • 10 Jan 2019 |

    Businesses invest more than ever in energy efficiency, survey shows

    10 Jan 2019, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Efficiency Clean Energy Wire German companies’ recent spending on energy efficiency and their plans for efficiency investments are higher than ...
  • German env minister plans CO₂ price concept to boost climate action

    12 Nov 2018, 14:15 Germany's environment minister Svenja Schulze continued her push for a price on CO2 emissions, announcing plans to team up with fellow Social Democrat Olaf Scholz's finance ministry in order to prepare a concept in line with ...
  • New govt climate report ups pressure on Germany’s coal commission

    A new government report detailing Germany’s failure at emissions reductions increases the pressure on the country’s coal commission to agree on a speedy phase-out plan. Germany remains set to widely miss its self-imposed 2020 emission reduction target, ...
  • Energy consumption targets could impede effective and cost-efficient decarbonisation - study

    The EU’s plan to introduce stringent energy consumption targets could be counterproductive if  the aim is to effectively and cost-efficiently decarbonise Europe’s economy, says a new study conducted by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW). On ...
  • German industry meets energy efficiency target

    German manufacturing businesses have reduced their energy use in line with government efficiency targets, the Federal Ministry of Finance says. A monitoring report by RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research found that companies consumed ...
  • “Energiewende: Opportunities for economic location through increased power consumption”

    Economically, it makes more sense to consume excess power in Germany than to export it, but high taxes and fees on electricity discourage domestic companies from ramping up production when wholesale prices are low, according to the Association of German ...
  • 09 Apr 2015

    In the media: Power price falls- Germans split over coal

    09 Apr 2015 (All day) German Centre for Energy Resources Freiberg (DER) Germans deeply split about coal Germans are deeply split about the mining and use of coal, a study from the German Centre for Energy Resources Freiberg (DER) finds. There is no clear ...
  • EU quota to increase efficiency in public housing would hit Germany’s poor – opinion

    An EU parliament committee has voted in favour of a mandatory public housing modernisation quota to improve energy efficiency, but such a move would hurt Germany’s poor, writes Michael Fabricius in a commentary in Die Welt. Germany’s strict regulations ...
  • “Waiting for efficiency

    The planned law on energy efficiency in public buildings will be further delayed due to disagreements within the government coalition of conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD), writes Klaus Stratmann in Handelsblatt. “Buildings are key for ...
  • Auctions bring German solar power price to new record low

    16 Oct 2017 The average price of new solar power installations in Germany has fallen below five cents per kilowatt hour for the first time ever. Since the introduction of auctions in 2015, prices for the technology have declined by more than 40 percent, ...
  • “New economic policy concept: Green imposition for the economy”

    The German Green Party’s new economic policy concept “is going to demand a lot from companies”, as the party itself puts it, Silke Kersting writes on Handelsblatt Online. The party wants to “reflect environmental costs in prices in an ecologic-social ...
  • New energy efficiency parameters are too rigid – industry association

    The parameters for efficiency rules suggested by the industry and energy committee in the European Parliament are too rigid, says German industry association BDI. Industry needed a flexible legal framework that helps to combine energy efficiency and ...
  • 19 Apr 2017

    Operators to build offshore wind farms without support payments

    19 Apr 2017 (All day) Operators have offered to build offshore wind farms in the North Sea without relying on support payments, in Germany’s first competitive auction for the technology. Instead, the operators only will rely on the market rate for ...
  • 07 Jan 2019 |

    Total electricity consumption in Germany largely stable in 2018

    07 Jan 2019, 13:10 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Electricity market Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • Industry and unions present joint CO₂ price position

    10 Jul 2019, 12:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire In a broad alliance, industry associations and workers’ unions have developed joint “Guidelines for CO₂ ...
  • 15 Jul 2019 |

    Fall in lignite power shows CO₂ price effective – opinion

    15 Jul 2019, 13:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Climate & CO2 Deutschlandfunk Exceptionally low power production from coal plants in the first half of 2019 shows that price signals are an effective way ...
  • North Sea vital in transformation to low carbon energy system

    The North Sea will be a key location for enabling the energy transition of riparian countries such as Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, a new report by the World Energy Council says. “We see a clear opportunity for the North Sea to become a key energy ...
  • Right-wing AfD plans “eco-strategy” to build on opposition to energy transition

    01 Jul 2019, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Germany’s right-wing Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) wants to appeal to  people who dislike consequences of ...
  • Shift to low-carbon mobility can boost German economy – study

    The transition to a climate-friendly transport sector can deliver a net economic benefit for Germany in some scenarios, but only if the country invests heavily in charging and grid infrastructure as well as workforce adjustments, according to a study by ...
  • 18 Jul 2019 |

    Switch from coal to gas cut CO2 emissions from German fossil fuel power plants by a third- researcher

    18 Jul 2019, 17:05 A fuel switch from coal to gas cut emissions from German fossil fuel power plants by a third in June 2019 as compared to the same month the year before. Lower gas prices and higher costs for CO2 allowances are part of the explanation. ...
  • Half of all Germans plan to invest in energy efficiency – survey

    Almost every other German plans to spend money on increasing the energy efficiency of their home, Rheinische Post reports. In a survey conducted by Environmental Action Germany (DUH) and heating engineering company Vaillant, 48 percent said they planned ...
  • “Germany and France seek agreement on EU carbon market reform”

    The governments of France and Germany intend to reinforce European carbon trading in the electricity sector and aim to initiate a reform of the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS) before the UN’s COP 23 in November, news agency Reuters reports. Brune ...
  • 10 May 2019 |

    Star-shaped cities best option for climate-friendly urban planning- study

    10 May 2019, 13:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cities Clean Energy Wire Restructuring the landscape of big cities may be key to a successful climate policy, as large conurbations and their ...
  • German carbon emissions rise in 2016 despite coal use drop

    20 Dec 2016 (All day) German energy-related CO₂ emissions rose almost 1 percent in 2016, despite a fall in coal use and the ongoing expansion of renewable energy sources, according to first estimates by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen. A ...
  • IEA – Every German saved almost 500 euros in 2016 thanks to efficiency policies

    Germany is a world leader on energy efficiency, according to IEA executive director Fatih Birol. Speaking at the presentation of the IEA’s Energy Efficiency report 2017 in Berlin, Birol said that “every German citizen had 580 dollars more to spend on ...
  • 31 May 2016 |

    Merkel, state premiers seek compromise on core Energiewende law

    31 May 2016 (All day) [UPDATE with new details on 2025 renewable target in paragraph 3, ads News Digest items] German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers will meet on Tuesday to work out a compromise on reforming the core piece of legislation ...
  • 19 May 2016

    Industry pays less for energy / Nuclear called 'economic madness'

    19 May 2016 (All day) German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) / Institute for Applied Ecology / European Climate Foundation (ECF) “Industry’s energy bills fall by a tenth” German manufacturing companies’ energy bills have fallen 11 percent since 2010 ...
  • “Daimler to build global production compound for lithium-ion batteries”

    German carmaker Daimler plans to invest more than one billion euros in a global battery production compound for its hybrid and electric vehicle fleet. About half the amount will be allotted to the company’s second battery factory to be constructed in the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Apr 2015 |

    First solar auction sees price above current feed-in tariff

    29 Apr 2015 (All day) Germany’s first auction for large solar arrays attracted many bidders but did not push prices below the current feed-in tariffs. On average, successful bids came in at 9.17 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), compared to a feed-in tariff ...
  • Merkel’s Conservatives say will work on energy taxation reform, mull price on CO2

    04 Jun 2019, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Policy Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Background / Rheinische Post / n-tv The German conservative party CDU has said it will work on a reform of the country ...
  • “Dossier building insulation”

    When it comes to climate protection, there is hardly any other sector where reality lags as far behind necessity as in the area of insulating buildings, according to the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW). In a collection of analyses, the ...
  • Ministry assures chemicals industry on Energiewende costs

    03 Mar 2015 (All day) Chemicals industry and energy minister sign joint statement on energy and climate policy. The Federal Energy Ministry (BMWi) pledged in a joint statement with the German chemicals industry to defend power price privileges for energy ...
  • Coal exit proposal reveals faultlines in energy debate

    13 Jan 2016 (All day) A think tank proposal on how Germany should exit coal has pushed the debate on the Energiewende's future into full swing, exposing deep fault lines. The environment ministry and Greens backed the plan for a phase-out of coal ...
  • EU Climate agreement gets mixed reception in Germany

    24 Oct 2014 (All day) The framework for energy policy until 2030 failed to meet all Germany’s ambitions but government says the agreement is in line with the energy transition. The EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework agreed in Brussels last night has ...
  • German finance minister opts for emission fines rather than climate action- report

    21 Mar 2019, 12:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Efficiency Government Die Welt German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has opted to pay expensive fines for failing to meet emissions targets rather than ...
  • Total CEO: 20 euros per tonne CO2 floor price could convince Germany

    German policymakers could agree to a European carbon floor price of 20 euros per tonne, Patrick Pouyanne, CEO of French oil company Total, has said according to Reuters. Back in September, French President Emmanuel Macron suggested a minimum CO 2 price of ...
  • 20 Jun 2019 |

    Merkel's 2050 EU carbon neutrality bid complicates Germany's climate policy – opinion

    20 Jun 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Die Welt By supporting the call for climate neutrality in the EU by 2050, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has practically also tightened national ...
  • 15 Oct 2015 |

    German green power levy to rise in 2016 to new record

    15 Oct 2015 (All day) The levy to finance green power investment, which is added to Germans' electricity bills, will rise slightly in 2016 after falling this year for the first time since its 2000 introduction, German power grid operators said ...
  • Germany proposes G20 Resource Efficiency Partnership

    The German federal government proposes a partnership on resource efficiency for G20 member countries. “We need a strong partnership of all large economic powers so that we don’t keep exceeding our planet’s limits,” said federal environment minister ...
  • 03 Jun 2015

    In the media: Merkel- G7 to pioneer low-carbon economies

    03 Jun 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) / The Times Merkel: G7 ought to pioneer transition to low-carbon economy Climate protection is a large global challenge, German Chancellor Angela Merkel writes in an op-ed for several European ...
  • German UN climate report author says country needs carbon storage to become climate-neutral

    24 May 2019, 13:24 Expert SWP- German Institute for International and Security Affairs Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik G20 International Policy Security Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 ...
  • 29 Jul 2016 |

    Renewable energy levy set to rise in 2017 – think tank

    29 Jul 2016 (All day) The surcharge that German consumers pay through their power bills to fund renewable power looks set to rise again in 2017, think tank Agora Energiewende* has predicted. If power suppliers calculate bills fairly, this won’t ...
  • “Emissions scheme; setback for EU carbon trading reform”

    The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) amendment proposal passed by the environmental committee in the European Parliament (EP) in December 2016 angers German industry, writes Klaus Stratmann for Handelsblatt Global Edition. “Even our most efficient ...
  • 21 Jan 2019 |

    Wind turbines hurt property prices, study finds

    21 Jan 2019, 13:39 Expert RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Utilities Cost & Prices Electricity market Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • SPD to make energy efficiency a post-election priority, warning of early coal phase-out

    Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) are to make energy efficiency a priority for energy policy in the coming legislative period, Hubertus Heil, deputy chairman of the SPD’s parliamentary group, said during a speech on his party’s energy policy ambitions ...
  • PwC Low Carbon Economy Index 2016

    Germany ranks 11 th in business consultancy PwC’s Low Carbon Economy Index 2016 because the country’s carbon intensity fell 1.1 percent in 2015. The Paris Agreement implies that Germany’s carbon intensity must fall 3.1 percent per year between 2015 and ...
  • 02 Apr 2019 |

    Two German towns illustrate how to build support for the Energiewende- or lose it

    02 Apr 2019, 14:08 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Wind Society Hakai Magazine Two German towns in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein present a case study in how to build local support for the energy transition ...
  • German data centres demand power-price rebates to remain competitive

    25 Apr 2019, 13:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Cost & Prices Digitalisation Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German government isn’t doing enough to support the country’s digital infrastructure, data-centre ...
  • Carbon Leakage”

    The number of free emissions allowances allocated to industrial companies competing at a global level under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) should not be rigidly restricted, because too few allocations may result in carbon leakage, according to a ...
  • 12 Jan 2016

    Former Merkel advisor joins RWE / Mongols want German lignite

    12 Jan 2016 (All day) Die Welt “Head lobbyist of the energy sector goes to RWE” Hildegard Müller, who was chairwoman at the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) for seven years, will become member of the board of directors at utility ...
  • Energiewende experts call on new government to prioritise CO2 pricing

    The next federal government should put a high priority on introducing a higher price on CO₂ across all economic sectors and a fundamental reform of energy-related taxes and levies in Germany, if climate targets are to be taken seriously, according to a ...
  • 15 Oct 2018 |

    Renewables surcharge set to fall by six percent in 2019

    15 Oct 2018, 14:44 Germany’s renewable energy surcharge that is paid by consumers with their electricity bill and supports wind, solar, biomass and hydro power installations, is to fall by 5.7 percent in 2019, transmission grid operators have calculated. ...
  • “Germany, Italy, and Japan Top World Energy Efficiency Rankings”

    The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has published its 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Germany is ranked as the world leader in energy efficiency, followed by Italy, Japan, France and the UK. The US came 8 th. The ...
  • Germany’s medium-sized businesses need to improve energy efficiency

    Medium-sized businesses in Germany will have to further improve their energy efficiency in order to stay internationally competitive, according to a study by the government-owned banking institution KfW. KfW compared the competitiveness of over 2,200 ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    Rising power prices put higher burden on low-income households than on wealthy ones

    05 Dec 2018, 13:57 Expert RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Utilities Cost & Prices Electricity market Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • Efficiency First – Green Paper process started

    The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has published a Green Paper on energy efficiency and today starts the consultation process to find solutions for the long term reduction of energy consumption in Germany. The ministry wants to discuss ...
  • Germany faces challenges to its triad of targets at European climate negotiations

    22 Oct 2014 (All day) Germany is to push for a triad of targets for 2030 at the EU climate summit on 23-24 October with broad backing from the public, and some concerns on the part of industry. As EU leaders prepare to set out the cornerstones of climate ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

    German coal exit proposal is inefficient “planned economy” approach – FDP head

    05 Feb 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Cost & Prices Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Handelsblatt The proposal by ...
  • 17 Apr 2015 |

    Welfare groups urge power cost relief for German poor

    17 Apr 2015 (All day) Amid all the broad support for Germany's energy transition, rising electricity costs have added to the pressures for the weakest in society. The issue rarely makes front-page news, but soaring power prices have squeezed Germans ...
  • German researchers propose “nothing less than relaunch of climate policy”

    03 Dec 2018, 14:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Politics Der Spiegel / Clean Energy Wire German magazine Der Spiegel has run a cover story on the ...
  • “Driving Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy”

    EU Member States must together reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 for the transport, buildings, agriculture, waste, land-use and forestry sectors, according to a proposal by the European Commission. The Effort ...
  • Waiting for global solutions impedes climate action progress – opinion

    08 May 2019, 13:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt Leading politicians from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance call for European or ...
  • German transport minister pledges to avoid bans, price hikes ahead of commission’s final meeting

    25 Mar 2019, 14:51 After months of negotiations, the commission tasked with proposing measures to cut emissions from Germany’s transport sector has come together for its final meeting. So far, the task force has made headlines mainly for fierce dispute ...
  • 07 Apr 2016

    Government rejects national CO2 price floor / A new renewable research network

    07 Apr 2016 (All day) Bundestag Federal government rejects national CO₂ price floor The federal government continues to have reservations over a national price floor for carbon allowances, according to the government’s reply to a parliamentary question by ...
  • Social Democrats tone down CO₂ floor price ambition in campaign programme draft

    The Social Democratic Party (SPD) has toned down its ambition regarding the introduction of a carbon floor price in its proposal for a party programme, to be decided at a federal party conference on 25 June. The party, which currently governs together ...
  • 01 Feb 2019 |

    Operators recommend building or upgrading 4,500 km of power grids- report

    01 Feb 2019, 12:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Grid Energiewende hinges on unblocking the power grid Interconnectors & blockages – German grid at odds with EU power market Set-up and challenges of Germany' ...
  • SPD election programme draft includes CO₂ floor price, climate protection law

    The Social Democratic Party (SPD) wants to develop a national climate protection law and introduce a CO₂ floor price, the party says in a first draft for the federal election campaign programme. "We will continue to develop European emissions trading ...
  • 17 Oct 2018 |

    Disruption caused by energy transition is unstoppable- Amory Lovins

    17 Oct 2018, 14:44 The global energy transition is both accelerating and unstoppable, and will continue to disrupt many industries from carmaking to construction, according to green energy pioneer Amory Lovins. But the cofounder and Chief Scientist of the ...
  • Germany wants to shield companies from higher power prices during coal exit – report

    18 Jan 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Reuters The German government wants to extend beyond 2020 CO2-related compensation for energy-intensive industry, sources close ...
  • 09 Jun 2015

    In the media: "G7 leaders bid 'Auf Wiedersehen' to carbon fuels"

    09 Jun 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “A new world economy” “Whoever thought international climate policy was a temporary phenomenon, like a heavy thunderstorm with dark clouds, should quickly rethink,” writes Andreas Mihm in a front-page ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

    France and Germany call for EU industrial policy to spur low-carbon investments

    20 Feb 2019, 11:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Chinese-German battery cell deal key step for mobility transition Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Uniper to build Germany’s first gas-fired power plant in a decade

    09 Jan 2019, 11:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Grid Utilities Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race Energiewende hinges on unblocking the power grid Industry bets on gas ...
  • Stopping climate change will require radical transformation of all economic sectors – opinion

    The  recent IPCC report  and this summer's record temperatures show the urgency of climate action, writes Annette Prosinger in a commentary for the conservative daily Die Welt. “To stop Earth’s warming, we need a radical transformation of nearly all ...
  • Energy policy shape depends strongly on Green govt participation - minister

    The Green election programme would demand a lot of possible coalition partners after the elections, such as the coal exit and the phase-out of the combustion engine, said Schleswig-Holstein state energy minister Robert Habeck in an interview with daily ...
  • VW CEO Diess says company ready to build 50 million e-cars

    Germany’s biggest carmaker VW has said it is prepared to build 50 million e-cars and already has “sourced” the batteries needed to fulfil this goal, company CEO Herbert Diess told Automotive News in an interview. “This is a huge momentum coming, and ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    US citizens more optimistic about economic potential of climate action than Europeans

    05 Dec 2018, 13:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 EIB / YouGov US citizens are somewhat more optimistic than EU citizens about the economic benefits of measures to combat ...
  • 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 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Institute for ...
  • 22 Jan 2019 |

    German industry demands compensation if coal exit pushes up power price

    22 Jan 2019, 13:12 A state-driven closure of coal-fired power plants over the next 12 years would lead to higher power prices, which consumers have to be compensated for, say industry associations the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Association ...
  • 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 ...
  • Views and comments on Germany's Climate Action Programme

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The German government has approved a package of measures to achieve its goal of reducing carbon emissions 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990. The following collection provides a snapshot of comments and reactions.   Environment ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

    Carbon capture technologies not yet mature for large-scale use, German gov says

    05 Feb 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Call for open debate on CCU and CCS to save industry emissions Clean Energy Wire Technologies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere are ...
  • US exit from Paris does not mean climate policy “fully outlined” – gov’t official

    US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement does not mean that the country’s climate policy was already “fully outlined”, a German government official told reporters at a press briefing in Berlin, when asked about the upcoming G20 ...
  • Germany makes no progress in cutting climate impact of heating

    Households in Germany spent almost seven percent less on heating in 2017 due to lower energy prices, but there was no progress in climate protection because energy consumption remained unchanged, according to a study conducted by the German Institute for ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    Berlin start-up to transform 1000 city street lights into e-car charging stations

    11 Jan 2019, 14:03 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Clean Energy Wire Berlin start-up Ubitricity will transform up to 1000 street lights in the German capital into charging stations for ...
  • 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 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • “Build an e-car that’s at least half as sexy as a Tesla,”economy minister Altmaier tells German carmakers

    Germany’s economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has urged the country’s mighty carmakers to finally “build an e-car that’s at least half as sexy as a Tesla,” the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. At a high-level debate with Volkswagen CEO ...
  • Germany’s coal commission publishes interim report on social and economic perspectives for mining regions

    Germany's coal exit commission has published its interim report on how to cushion the effects of ending coal-fired power generation in the three remaining mining regions. The report contains, among other things, proposals for better transport and ...
  • Regional economy minister warns against building a “battery factory in middle of nowhere”

    The economy minister of Germany’s affluent southwestern region of Baden-Wurttemberg, Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, warns against constructing a German battery cell factory “in the middle of nowhere” as this would make “no sense from an industry perspective.” ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

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

    11 Dec 2018, 13:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Tagesspiegel Germany plays a central role at the UN climate summit COP24 because it wants to show that ambitious climate ...
  • 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, ...
  • 10 Nov 2014

    In the media: EEG in English, energy efficiency and coal

    10 Nov 2014 (All day) Der Spiegel “Conflict between SPD ministers Gabriel and Hendricks puts climate action plan at risk” Fellow Social Democrats Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks are wrangling over climate ...
  • 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 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Süddeutsche Zeitung / Spiegel Online Germany’s ...
  • VW looks at converting its Emden plant to build electric cars - report

    Carmaker VW will consider plans to convert its factories in Emden and Hanover to build electric cars at a strategy review on November 16, report Stefan Menzel and Martin Murphy in business daily Handelsblatt. The company’s plant in Emden near the North ...
  • 06 May 2019 |

    Energiewende: "Mess in Germany"- magazine

    06 May 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Energiewende Der Spiegel Germany’s energy transition is faced with many problems, including a lack in power grid capacity, energy storage and high costs, write Frank ...
  • 31 May 2019 |

    Germany extends electric car bonus to 2020

    31 May 2019, 13:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire Germany will extend in its current form for another year a bonus scheme to encourage people to buy electric cars, disappointing some officials ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s power price reaches new all-time high in March 2019, gas prices spike too

    07 Mar 2019, 13:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Household prices for electricity and natural gas in Germany have risen substantially in March 2019 compared to the same month ...
  • Protests in France highlight why a CO2 price must be socially fair- German minister

    27 Nov 2018, 15:07 Germany will ultimately need a price on greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors that does not overburden citizens with lower incomes in order to complete its energy transition, the country’s environment minister, Svenja Schulze, ...
  • Germany should build LNG terminals to increase supply security – opinion

    The dual phase-out of nuclear and coal power in Germany means the country has to increasingly rely on natural gas to complement its power production from renewable sources but unlike other major European countries, the world’s second largest gas importer ...
  • German coal exit may initially drive power prices - analysts

    Germany’s coal phase-out will likely increase power prices in the wholesale market, according to a newly published report by petrochemical market information provider ICIS. ICIS’ energy analytics team used a model to simulate the impact of four coal phase ...
  • Coal exit in major coal-using economies feasible within 20-30 years, would bring social and economic benefits - study

    Implementing pathways away from coal-fired power production in line with the Paris Climate Agreement is feasible in the major coal-using economies within 20 to 30 years, according to a comparative study on six countries, including Germany, Australia, ...
  • State premier says building up new jobs and infrastructure after lignite exit will cost 60 billion euros

    As members of the coal exit commission met in the central German mining district of Saxony-Anhalt with local employers, politicians, and NGO representatives, Saxony-Anhalt’s state premier, Reiner Haseloff (CDU), reminded the commission members that they ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    Material producer makes sports field from carbon dioxide

    29 Nov 2018, 16:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Technology Rheinische Post German polymer producer Covestro has developed a new CO2-based foam material that can be used as ...
  • Germany to build LNG plant in 'gesture' to US drive to sell more

    Germany will choose where to build its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal by the end of 2018 as a gesture to the United States, which wants to ship more gas to Europe, economy minister Peter Altmaier said after a meeting with Maros Sefcovic, the ...
  • 10 Jul 2019 |

    German court paves way for billions in savings on grid fees for consumers

    10 Jul 2019, 12:56 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche ...
  • 17 Apr 2019 |

    German transport minister considers cutting VAT on train tickets

    17 Apr 2019, 13:35 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Bild Zeitung ...
  • Politics rather than economics responsible for German wind power companies’ trouble – BWE

    Political restrictions on wind power expansion rather than cost pressure in the sector are responsible for the current troubles of many wind power companies in Germany, Hermann Albers, head of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), says in a press ...
  • 06 Jun 2015

    In the media: G7, coal, fracking and a call to end fossil fuels

    06 Jun 2015 (All day) Oxfam / E3G “Let them eat coal” Five of the G7 countries are burning more coal now than before the Copenhagen climate change conference in 2009, while the G7 coal plants together emit twice as much CO2 from burning fuel than the ...
  • EU fails with commercial deployment of carbon capture – EU auditors

    EU-funded carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects have failed in the past largely because of a lack of coordination and long-term strategies that scared away investors, according to a report by the European Court of Auditors, reports Sam Morgan for ...
  • 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 ...
  • Green ministers’ call for minimum CO2 price ups pressure on economy minister

    The German federal government is struggling to implement an effective carbon pricing mechanism despite a consensus among climate experts about the need for such a scheme, writes Joachim Wille in the Frankfurter Rundschau. However, the recent call by Green ...
  • Green party chief praises Energiewende as an economic and political contribution to country

    In his final speech in the Schleswig-Holstein state parliament in Kiel on Thursday, Robert Habeck, former state environment minister and current Green Party co-chair, praised the positive economic impact of Germany’s energy transition. “It is a ...
  • Turkey and Germany want to cooperate on renewables and energy efficiency

    The energy ministers of Turkey and Germany have agreed to cooperate more closely on the issues of renewable energies, energy efficiency, infrastructure, integrated energy (sector coupling) and regulation, their letter of intent signed at the second German ...
  • Push to build wind turbines in Hessian forest elicits protests

    Plans by the government of the federal state of Hesse to build wind turbines in protected forest areas have sparked opposition from some environmentalists, according to an article in Die Welt. They say the government is disregarding the protection of ...
  • Germany’s new 2030 goal of 65 percent renewables to make power prices more volatile

    The provision in Germany’s coalition agreement that the country will source 65 percent of its power consumption from renewables by 2030 is likely to make power prices “more volatile and lower” than previously thought, Aurora Energy Research says in an ...
  • 21 Nov 2014

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

    21 Nov 2014 (All day) 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 the future course of energy and climate ...
  • 22 Jan 2016

    Taxes, fees make up bigger share of power price / Car makers go for batteries

    22 Jan 2016 (All day) BDEW “Taxes and fees reach a new record high” The power price remained steady at the beginning of 2016 compared to a year ago, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) reports. For an average household using 3,500 ...
  • German steel firm starts world’s first carbon-to-methanol production from steel mill gases

    German steel company thyssenkrupp has started production of the synthetic fuel methanol from CO₂ and other emissions in steel production, the company says in a press release. The fuel production from side products of steel smelting is part of the so ...
  • 29 Dec 2014

    In the media: Hamburg focuses on renewables; innovative power storage ideas; prices in 2015; utilities and a stable grid

    29 Dec 2014 (All day) Hamburger Abendblatt “Hamburg puts focus on development of green energies” The city-state of Hamburg is profiting from Germany's Energiewende in the form of investment and new jobs, the Hamburger Abendblatt reported, citing ...
  • Energy market experts expect rising power prices

    A panel of 180 energy market experts is expecting energy prices to rise over the next five years, a survey by research institute Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has found. In its “Energy Market Barometer,” 80 percent of participants expect ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 May 2019 |

    Majority of people in Germany against CO2 tax- polls

    10 May 2019, 13:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society YouGov / ZDF Attitudes toward a tax on carbon emissions in Germany strongly depend on age, with older people in general being much more ...
  • Leading German online news site renames “car” section “mobility” to reflect sector transformation

    Popular German news site Spiegel Online has renamed its “car” section “mobility” to reflect the upheaval in the sector caused by digitalisation, environmental concerns, and heavy traffic. “Our understanding of mobility is undergoing a fundamental shift. ...
  • German government coalition disagrees on CO₂ price

    The grand coalition of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) disagree on the possible introduction of a price on CO₂ emissions in sectors not covered by the European Union Emissions Trading System (ETS), write Jakob ...
  • Reforms to EU ETS raise emissions prices, make system more relevant – analysis

    German energy think tank Agora Energiewende*, together with the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut), has published a new analysis of the recent reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). After remaining in the single digits for years, the ...
  • Germans support energy transition but resent rising power prices – survey

    A survey of more than 7,500 German households in summer 2017 found that 84 percent approved of support for renewable energy and two thirds supported a coal exit, researchers from Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI Essen) write. ...
  • Preview2018- Energiewende funding needs fixing-German energy agency

    22 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • “Coal commission” should be headed by ministry for economics and energy – Merkel

    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the country’s “coal commission” tasked with finding a phase-out compromise should be headed by the ministry for economics and energy. After a cabinet meeting, she also said in addition to economy minister Peter ...
  • 11 Jul 2019 |

    Energy transition start-ups shake up the business world

    11 Jul 2019, 13:33 The shift to a low-carbon future is turning the economy inside out. Policy has a crucial role to play, but ultimately it is businesses that will make the energy transition happen. In Energiewende home country Germany, many start-ups are ...
  • 11 Sep 2015

    In the media: Govt, companies take tactical positions on nuclear clean-up

    11 Sep 2015 (All day) Die Welt “There’s no alternative to a nuclear fund” In the fight over who will provide the billions of euros needed for nuclear decommissioning and storage, the utilities always seem to be two steps ahead of the government, writes ...
  • 27 Sep 2018 |

    Call for open debate on CCU and CCS to save industry emissions

    27 Sep 2018, 13:57 Germany needs to have a rational and open public discussion about carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) and storage (CCS) as ways to avoid releasing climate-harmful emissions from industry into the environment. A position paper by the ...
  • Germany’s “coal commission” must prepare economic transition, not rapid coal exit – opinion

    Germany’s planned “coal commission” should focus primarily on finding economic perspectives for affected regions, rather than aiming to shut down as many coal plants as possible in the short-term, Klaus-Peter Schulze, a biologist and conservative ...
  • 30 Nov 2015 |

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

    30 Nov 2015 (All day) Day 1 at the UN climate conference: Paris must deliver an ambitious, comprehensive, fair and binding agreement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the climate conference in Paris / Germany's Environment Minister called for ...
  • Federal Environment Agency president calls for climate change adaptation measures, redoubled efforts to cut carbon pollution

    As Germany continues to experience record-breaking heat, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is calling for increased efforts to both cut domestic greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the changes brought on by global warming, Joachim Wille writes in the ...
  • 28 May 2015

    In the media: Germans pay high power prices; Coal "dirty and poisonous"

    28 May 2015 (All day) Eurostat/ZEW German households pay second highest power price in EU Household electricity prices in Germany are among the highest in the EU. According to the EU’s statistics office Eurostat, German households on average paid 29.7 ...
  • No economic basis for gigafactory – battery manufacturers

    Battery manufacturers say so-called gigafactories for battery production won't be economically viable in Europe for years, Daniel Wetzel writes for Die Welt. The car industry must first agree on a standard, Christian Riedel, spokesperson of Johnson ...
  • Meat and dairy sector could eat up 80 percent of allowable carbon budget by 2050 – report

    Of all meat and dairy corporations, German companies Deutsches Milchkontor and Tönnies Lebensmittel are among the top 25 contributors to climate change, according to a new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the non ...
  • German carmakers dissect Tesla Model 3, find they cannot compete on price - report

    Four German carmakers have each dismantled a Tesla Model 3 after buying them on the grey market, Stefan Hajek reports in the business magazine WirtschaftsWoche. Hajek does not name the carmakers, but hints at Daimler, BMW, Audi, and VW. The engineers ...
  • German Central Bank head says “far-reaching economic intervention” necessary to protect climate

    The head of Germany’s central bank, Andreas Dombret, has warned that “far-reaching interventions” in the economic system are necessary if the global community wants to come close to reaching the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to ...
  • Germany’s coal phase-out could serve as model for just transition to low-carbon energy supply – opinion

    Germany’s coal-exit commission could provide useful lessons for other countries and sectors seeking to both decarbonise and protect workers, Pieter de Pous writes in a blog post published by E3G, a climate-change think-tank. However, Germany’s recently ...
  • Energy efficiency at the CLEW office

    Our visiting cartoonist Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) marvels over Germans' diligence when it comes to saving energy- including at the office. Find all of Mwelwa Musonko's cartoons on the Energiewende in the article Elephants and aliens- a ...
  • 30 Dec 2014 |

    2015 outlook: Key topics for the Energiewende

    30 Dec 2014 (All day) After an eventful 2014 – marked by the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), a new climate action package and the first fall in CO2 emissions for two years – German energy policy is primed for action in 2015. High on the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Economic models don’t give enough weight to energy

    Many economic models are based on the assumption that energy only contributes about five percent to production outcomes and that it can be substituted with one of the other factors such as labour or capital, Norbert Häring writes in Handelsblatt. He ...
  • Germany and Italy placed first in US energy efficiency ranking

    In an international ranking compiled by the US non-profit organisation ACEEE, Germany and Italy came first for being the most energy efficient countries among the world’s 25 largest energy consumers. While “no country came close to a perfect score” of 100 ...
  • Environment minister urges discussion on CO₂ pricing

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze wants a discussion “about the existing models for CO₂ pricing that do not put an additional burden on citizens, but still provide an incentive to reduce CO₂,” she said in a parliamentary debate. Schulze said that ...
  • City of Berlin prepares new mobility law to enhance status of low-carbon transport

    Germany’s capital, Berlin, is set to introduce a new mobility law which aims to enhance the status of low-carbon means of transportation, Klaus Kurpjuweit reports in Der Tagesspiegel. The governing coalition of Social Democrats (SPD), Green Party and Left ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

    German city of Hamburg decides to end coal heating by 2030 following citizens’ initiative

    06 Jun 2019, 14:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Cities Clean Energy Wire A citizen initiative in Hamburg has succeeded in pushing for the end of coal heating by 2030 in the northern port city. “The use of ...
  • Germany ranks 4th on energy efficiency in EU

    Germany is in fourth place in the European Union energy efficiency ranking ODYSSEE-MURE, behind the UK, Ireland and Spain. The ranking scores EU countries on different energy efficiency criteria, such as energy efficiency level, energy efficiency progress ...
  • Altmaier violates renewable energy and efficiency agreements - Germanwatch

    German energy minister Peter Altmaier’s rejection of demands for higher renewable energy targets in the EU is “a clear violation” of existing agreements between ministries, according to Christoph Bals, policy director at the German NGO Germanwatch. " ...
  • Carbon removal from atmosphere unavoidable for 1.5°C target

    Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will make the world increasingly dependent on technologies that extract CO 2 from the atmosphere, according to new studies published by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change ...
  • Higher prices in Austria than Germany in first auction after power price zone split

    The first day-ahead auction on the EPEX SPOT power exchange after the split of the common power price zone between Austria and Germany, which becomes effective today (1 October), saw higher prices for Austria than Germany, writes the Austrian Energy ...
  • 17 Jun 2019 |

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

    17 Jun 2019, 12:48 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities Clean Energy Wire The level of air pollution, mostly due ...
  • 29 Dec 2015 |

    2016 Outlook – Key topics for Germany’s energy transition

    29 Dec 2015 (All day) 2016 is set to be another eventful year in German energy policy. The Paris climate summit underlined the need to reduce emissions even further, which will ultimately involve painful decisions about the future of coal. A series of ...
  • Social Democrats (SPD) vote for formal coalition negotiations; Germany giving up climate target “fake news” – SPD head Schulz

    At their special congress held on 21 January, 56 percent of SPD delegates voted to enter formal negotiations to renew Germany’s grand coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU block, reports Reuters. SPD leaders vowed to ...
  • 03 May 2019 |

    Germans see great need for climate action, oppose CO₂ tax – survey

    03 May 2019, 13:17 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Society ARD A large majority of Germans (81%) see a great need for action to protect the climate and say that climate change cannot be stopped without restrictions ...
  • 04 Feb 2019 |

    Germany to face EU sanctions if it does not lower heating sector emissions

    04 Feb 2019, 14:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Efficiency Die Welt The sluggish emissions reduction in Germany’s heating sector could mean the country will face severe ...
  • Shell to build world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Germany

    British–Dutch multinational oil and gas company Shell and ITM Power will build the world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant at Shell's Rhineland refinery in Germany, the companies announced in a press release. With a peak capacity of 10 megawatts, ...
  • German coal exit could raise European emissions without CO₂ floor price or ETS allowances cancellation

    05 Jun 2019, 12:33 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Germany’s ...
  • Companies welcome econ min Altmaier’s lower power price promise

    Representatives of German businesses have welcomed the announcement by new economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier to work towards lower power prices for companies, Donata Riedel writes in WirtschaftsWoche. Christian Vietmeyer, CEO at the Association ...
  • Germany lags behind in worldwide boom of power purchase agreements (PPA) – report

    13 Jun 2019, 13:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Renewables Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Germany lags behind many other countries in the global trend to finance renewable power installations via power ...
  • Economic council of Merkel’s CDU against renewal of coalition with SPD

    The Economic Council of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU says the party should give serious consideration to a minority government, in order to avoid a new grand coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD). In a statement, the economic ...
  • 21 May 2019 |

    EU household electricity prices increase in second half of 2018, slight decrease in Germany

    21 May 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Household electricity prices in the European Union (EU) on average have increased to 21.1 cents per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh) in ...
  • IFC, EU and Germany to boost energy efficiency in Ukraine

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has signed an agreement with the European Union and Germany to support the Ukrainian government’s efforts in reducing energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions in 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 ...
  • Next government should set the “reference point” of full net carbon neutrality by 2050 – commentary

    Germany’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95 percent by 2050 means the remaining 5-20 percent are being “left undiscussed”,  Oliver Geden, head of the EU division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), ...
  • BEE questions climate impact and energy efficiency of replacing old fossil fuel-fed boilers

    Replacing an old fossil-fuelled boiler with a new one saves less energy than often assumed, said the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), based on a report published by the consultancy Econsult. Depending on the type of old boiler, 2 to 15 percent ...
  • German company builds world’s tallest wind turbine

    German wind power company Max Bögl Wind has built the world’s tallest wind power turbine near the southern German city of Stuttgart. In a press release, the company says the turbine, with a hub height of 178 metres and a total height of over 246 metres, ...
  • Vattenfall to build Europe’s largest power-to-heat plant

    Utility Vattenfall will invest 100 million euros in a new 120 megawatt power-to-heat plant in Berlin, the company said in a press release. The new unit will replace a hard-coal fired one, and will work like a giant kettle: electricity will be used to heat ...
  • Altmaier wants to boost battery cells, autonomous driving as part of industry policy

    05 Feb 2019, 13:40 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • 06 May 2019 |

    Small and medium-sized industry unhappy with minister’s power price approach

    06 May 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Cost & Prices Handelsblatt At the beginning of his term, Germany’s energy and economy minister Peter Altmaier said he wanted to reduce the power price burden for ...
  • Germany could reach 2020 climate targets with EU ETS minimum price – policy paper

    The EU should quickly introduce a minimum price to the Emissions Trading System (ETS), because the current prices do not create the necessary incentives for low-carbon assets, according to a policy paper published jointly by the Mercator Research ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    Env min says Germany’s coal exit likely to happen “much faster” than by 2038

    09 May 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Clean Energy Wire The German coal exit will likely be completed before the 2038 end-date agreed on by the country’s coal exit commission, environment minister ...
  • Increasing efficiency of power-to-gas

    The announcement by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) that its researchers had significantly increased the efficiency of power-to-gas facilities does not automatically mean the technology’s breakthrough, writes Benjamin von Brackel in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 Dec 2015 |

    Paris deal fuels German coal exit debate, stirs industry concerns

    15 Dec 2015 (All day) The widely celebrated Paris Agreement has intensified the debate about how Germany can achieve its endangered climate targets. Most commentators and climate activists argued the results of the climate summit vindicated demands that ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Preview2019- Coal exit should be driven by markets, is bad for energy security- RWI

    08 Jan 2019, 11:00 A key premise for Germany to meet its climate goals is a strong CO2 price signal, says Manuel Frondel, head of the department "Environment and Resources" at the RWI-Leibniz Institute for Economic Research. Preferably, such a ...
  • Germany risks failing 2020 energy efficiency goal

    Germany could flunk yet another climate target if it doesn’t increase energy efficiency, Susanne Ehlerding writes for Tagesspiegel Background. Germany’s efficiency target – like the EU’s – is to reduce primary energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020 ...
  • 12 Nov 2014 |

    Many German households to get cheaper power for first time in years

    12 Nov 2014 (All day) After more than a decade of rising electricity prices, German utilities are passing on some of their savings from lower wholesale prices and a cut in the renewable energy surcharge. But with a number of government decisions on the ...
  • New chart on economic growth, power & energy consumption, GHG emissions 1990 - 2016

    The Clean Energy Wire has added a chart showing the development of economic growth, power and energy consumption, and GHG emissions from 1990 – 2016 to its factsheet on Germany’s energy consumption and power mix. Check out the CLEW factsheet Germany’s ...
  • “A Swabian builds the world’s biggest e-vehicle charging station”

    With 144 charging points to supply more than 4,000 cars per day, the medium-sized Swabian  van interior racking systems manufacturer Sortimo plans to build the world’s largest e-vehicle charging station in 2018, writes Bernd Freytag in the Frankfurter ...
  • 25 Jan 2019 |

    Industry study says 250 billion euros needed for transport transition

    25 Jan 2019, 14:26 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

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

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

    20 Dec 2018, 14:07 BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Electricity market Utilities Read more about BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • 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 ...
  • 01 Jun 2018 |

    How much does Germany’s energy transition cost?

    01 Jun 2018 The price tag for Germany’s energy transition is one of the project’s most controversial aspects. Estimates on how much money the country will eventually have to invest in the shift to renewables and the good-bye to nuclear power vary wildly ...
  • Sector coupling- Shaping an integrated renewable energy system

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

    04 May 2015 (All day) Combined heat and power has become one of the hotly debated issues of the 2015 power market reform, with the government wanting to reduce support costs and utilities worried that these efficient plants will become unprofitable. This ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    Energy use in the city of Berlin

    16 Jan 2019, 12:08 Germany's capital Berlin plans to become climate-neutral by 2050. The densely populated, emissions-intensive city phased out lignite coal for power production in 2017 and plans to exit hard coal by 2030. However, renewables only ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050

    21 Mar 2019 Just in time for the international climate summit COP22 in Marrakesh and after months of dispute, Germany’s government agreed on a basic framework for largely decarbonising its economy to reach 2050 climate goals. It includes target corridors ...
  • 08 Jun 2017 |

    From survey to harvest: How to build a wind farm in Germany

    08 Jun 2017 (All day) Commercial wind power production requires thorough planning and preparation. Project developers have to include geographical, technological, legal and social aspects in their calculation to conclude whether a wind farm at a given ...
  • Details of new Climate Action Programme

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The cabinet has approved a new Climate Action Programme with measures to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions. Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks stressed that the country is now on ...
  • National climate measures and European emission trading: Assessing the ‘waterbed effect’

    04 Apr 2019, 12:40 When countries like the Netherlands, the UK or Germany attempt to lower greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation and industry, they are regularly faced with the same criticism: Saving emissions that are covered by the ...
  • Tenant electricity- feeble start for Germany's 'Energiewende at home'

    05 Dec 2018, 10:09 As the expansion of Germany's renewable energy sources goes ahead, rooftops and facades in cities and urban areas become a more and more valuable resource for producing solar power next to where it is consumed. While complicated ...
  • 20 Nov 2015 |

    Controversial climate summit issues – positions in Germany

    20 Nov 2015 (All day) This factsheet gives an overview of the most disputed issues at the UN climate conference in Paris (COP21) and highlights the position of the German government and civil society on these topics. COP21 k.appunn r.russell e.thalman ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany ponders how to finance renewables expansion in the future

    13 Jul 2017 (All day) Germany’s main instrument to support renewables expansion – the renewable energy surcharge – is under intense scrutiny in the run-up to the country’s federal elections in autumn. Demands for a fairer distribution of costs, and the ...
  • 15 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Media on Germany and the Paris Climate Summit

    15 Dec 2015 (All day) In this factsheet, the Clean Energy Wire presents an overview of German media comments and reports on the Paris Climate Summit, which took place from 30 November to 11 December. COP21 Climate & CO2 s.amelang2 k.appunn Süddeutsche ...
  • Germany’s climate obligations under the EU Effort Sharing scheme

    06 May 2019, 13:55 Germany is often perceived as a country with stringent national climate ambitions, but many of these rules and goals are actually prescribed by the European Union’s greenhouse gas emission reduction plans. Much of what is found in ...
  • Local stories from Germany's energy transition

    26 May 2016 (All day) National media coverage of the German Energiewende mainly chronicles government activities and energy policy debates, such as reforming the Renewable Energy Act, the upcoming Climate Action Plan 2050, or the fate of big utilities. ...
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  • Find a Trojan horse to get the climate crisis in the news

    12 Jul 2019, 16:54 Richard Thomas Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Dr. Richard Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Swansea University in the UK. Thomas has conducted research on the connection between the news reporting of economic growth ...
  • BAKA- Federal working group for the renewal of old buildings

    The BAKA is a network of architects, engineers, scientists and manufacturers who specialise in energy-efficient renovation of old buildings. It initiates pilot projects and communicates knowledge from research and hands-on experience. The BAKA considers ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dr. Michael Schlesinger

    Dr. Michael Schlesinger, Volkswirt (graduate economist), has been in charge of the Economy, Energy, Infrastructure business unit at Prognos since 1998. After working in the federal Finance Ministry of Lower Saxony and on the staff of the German Council of ...
  • ZEW- Centre for European Economic Research

    The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim is an independent, non-profit institute which describes itself as one of Germany's leading economic research institutes. It publishes frequent surveys on the situation of financial markets ...
  • Frontier Economics Ltd.

    Frontier Economics is an independent microeconomics consultancy providing economic counselling to public and private clients, primarily in the energy sector. Frontier regularly analyses various aspects of the Energiewende, including market design and ...
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Irrek

    Wolfgang Irrek is Professor for Energy Management and Energy Services at the Hochschule Ruhr West, Campus Bottrop. He specialises in business strategies for developing profitable energy efficiency services and policy measures for enhancing framework ...
  • GWS- Institute of Economic Structures Research

    The Institute of Economic Structures Research GWS – a private research and consulting institute – specialises in empirical economic research. GWS was founded in 1996 and currently employs 24 researchers with expert knowledge in the fields of economics, ...
  • HWWI- Hamburg Institute of International Economics

    The Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) is an economic think tank. The HWWI is a non-profit research organisation, privately funded, independent and committed to the principles of a Social Market Economy. Research areas include environment ...
  • dena- German Energy Agency

    The German Energy Agency (Deutsche Energie-Agentur, Dena) is a profit-oriented company working on topics such as energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems and is funded by a large number of public and private investors. ...
  • RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research

    The RWI is an institute for economic research that provides advice to decision makers but also aims to improve the economic literacy among the general public. It receives public funding and support from industry and utilities (e.g. electricity supplier ...
  • ifo- Institute for Economic Research

    The Ifo Institute is an economic research facility and think tank linked to the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich. It also cooperates with the Center for Economic Studies (CES) and CESifo. It focuses on applied economic research and aims to ...
  • EWI- Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne

    The EWI produces scientific studies on energy economics for public (federal and state government) and private clients (e.g. energy suppliers, municipal utilities). It currently focuses on topics such as the European energy mix and the European electricity ...
  • BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

    www.bmwi.de Pressestelle +49 30 18 615 6121 and-6131 pressestelle@bmwi.bund.de Government ...
  • Fachverband Gebäude-Klima e.V.

    The Fachverband Gebäude-Klima, FGK (Association for buildings and indoor air quality) has 300 member companies including component manufacturers, planning, trade and facility management. One of the main expertises of the industry are air-conditioning and ...
  • Hamburg`s largest container rail terminal- innovation in efficiency

    Container Terminal Alternwerder (CTA), operated by HHLA, is Hamburg’s largest container rail terminal, with a capacity of 930,000 standard containers (Hafen-Hamburg). CTA has been recognised for innovation in efficiency for projects like its battery ...
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