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  • 21 Jan 2020 |

    The heat is on to make German buildings 'nearly' climate-neutral

    The Wärmewende – Germany’s heating transition 21 Jan 2020, 14:33 A mainly fossil energy guzzler, heating in Germany has taken a back seat to the Energiewende's poster child, the power sector. But the “Wärmewende”, or heating transition, has ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany gets serious about decarbonising its prized heavy industry

    27 Apr 2020, 11:28 In its pursuit of climate-neutrality by mid-century, Germany has set its sights on extending the energy transition to its famed heavy industry. Sectors such as steel, cement and chemicals are some of the Energiewende's toughest ...
  • Germany’s Energiewende start-ups – Cutting emissions as a business model

    Energy transition start-ups 29 Apr 2020, 09:45 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Apr 2020 |

    Stimulus plans spark hope for climate-friendly economic recovery

    Climate policy after the coronavirus crisis 17 Apr 2020, 17:00 The coronavirus outbreak has led to an unprecedented drop in economic activity in many countries around the world, leading to concerns that climate action and other environmental policies ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Oct 2018 |

    Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition

    Energy storage and the Energiewende 10 Oct 2018, 09:00 Germany's rapidly rising share of weather-dependent renewable energy makes the country a testbed for storage technologies, to enable its use when there is no sun or wind. Truly large-scale ...
  • 29 Nov 2019 |

    Climate cabinet to put Germany back on track for 2030 targets

    Chancellor Merkel's coalition government aims to agree on steps and climate action law 29 Nov 2019, 11:00 Chancellor Angela Merkel's so-called "climate cabinet" has put together the bedrock for future climate action legislation. It ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
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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 ...
  • Tracking the CO2 price debate in Germany

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

    Germany's planned carbon pricing system 'unnecessarily expensive' – economists

    08 Nov 2019, 14:02 Expert ZEW- Centre for European Economic Research Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung Cost & Prices Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Clean Energy Wire A ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German lawmakers agree to raise planned CO₂ price for buildings, transport

    17 Dec 2019, 13:35 German lawmakers have reached a preliminary agreement to raise the planned CO₂ price for the buildings and transport sectors. The starting price of the mechanism contained in the country's so-called climate package is to be ...
  • 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 ...
  • Govt expects new CO2 pricing to raise 19 bln euros for climate package

    02 Oct 2019, 10:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt / Clean Energy Wire / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung [UPDATE adds media report on climate action cost ...
  • Bavarian CSU presents climate plan ahead of crucial 20 September govt meeting

    09 Sep 2019, 13:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Elections & Politics The Bavarian conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) – sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel' ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Climate after corona: green stimulus package could boost the economic recovery

    08 Apr 2020, 15:30 The coronavirus crisis is driving many economies around the globe into recession, leading policymakers to draw up unprecedented spending plans to cushion the impact and enable recoveries. Activists, environmental think tanks and others ...
  • Climate package not enough for Germany's 2030 targets- govt agencies

    24 Sep 2019, 13:58 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Mar 2020 |

    Govt studies find Germany's 2030 climate package fails to reach objective

    06 Mar 2020, 10:27 Germany's massive policy push to reach 2030 climate targets is insufficient, two studies commissioned by the government have found. Despite the agreement on a coal phase-out, the introduction of a CO2 price and a host of other ...
  • 24 Oct 2019 |

    Climate package disadvantages the poor and the old- govt auditors

    24 Oct 2019, 12:13 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Use Teaser Image as container background on grid ...
  • 12 Nov 2019 |

    Energy use in German buildings stagnates at 2010 levels – report

    12 Nov 2019, 12:36 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Efficiency Clean Energy Wire The final ...
  • 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 ...
  • 23 Oct 2019 |

    Germany slashes key efficiency target in new building energy draft law

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

    Almost all of Germany's non-residential buildings need climate-friendly modernisation- KfW bank

    18 Oct 2019, 14:25 Expert KfW Bank KfW- government-owned financing institution Fossil fuels Finance Efficiency Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Efficiency Clean Energy Wire "Practically all" of Germany's ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 24 Sep 2019 |

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

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

    Reliable climate policy needed to bolster German economy – government advisors

    06 Nov 2019, 14:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire A proactive economic policy that embraces the challenges of climate change and the energy transition and provides reliable ...
  • 13 Dec 2019 |

    Fossil fuel use for heating German homes rises as govt delays action

    13 Dec 2019, 13:11 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Freja Eriksen Heating Clean Energy Wire Consumption of oil and natural gas for heating Germany's residential buildings rose by 1.1 and 1.5 ...
  • 27 Sep 2019 |

    Project-based carbon contracts for differences could help lower industry emissions – analysis

    27 Sep 2019, 13:51 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Use Teaser Image as container background on grid ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Sep 2019 |

    German govt defends climate package, env min signals possible amendments

    25 Sep 2019, 14:08 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 14 May 2020 |

    Government advisors say Germany should base climate policy on CO2 budget

    14 May 2020, 14:07 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Policy Germany should base its climate policy on a CO2 budget in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, which would require fast-tracking efforts to reach climate neutrality, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 05 Mar 2020 |

    German govt council calls for urgent action to avoid climate shocks in finance

    05 Mar 2020, 12:43 Sören Amelang Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire The German government's sustainable finance council has published a report calling for urgent action to avoid climate-related shocks to the financial system. In its first ...
  • 18 Dec 2019 |

    Germany sets goal of cutting primary energy use by 30 percent by 2030

    18 Dec 2019, 13:31 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency ...
  • Economic institutes criticise German government’s climate package

    02 Oct 2019, 13:53 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Expert IfW- Kiel Institute for the World Economy ...
  • 09 Oct 2019 |

    German govt adopts major climate law, set of measures to meet 2030 targets

    09 Oct 2019, 17:06 The German government cabinet has adopted the country’s first framework climate law and a detailed programme of measures to reach national and European targets for 2030. Against the backdrop of climate action protests by the Extinction ...
  • 04 May 2020 |

    German govt unlikely to meet carmaker demands for coronavirus bailout- report

    04 May 2020, 13:51 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Expert ifo- Institute for Economic Research Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (ifo) Business & ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    Reactions to government agreement on climate strategy, CO2 pricing

    23 Sep 2019, 09:41 The German government coalition has reached an agreement on the country's climate action strategy, including a pricing system for carbon emissions in all major sectors. The Clean Energy Wire presents reactions to the deal. Use ...
  • 29 Apr 2020 |

    Govt must support green start-ups to "strengthen economic immunity"- report

    29 Apr 2020, 13:49 Government help for Germany’s green start-ups is vital to overcome the economic crisis while also fighting climate change, a new survey of the lively sector showed. Current policies do not do enough to honour the "double dividend ...
  • 31 Mar 2020 |

    States call on federal govt to lower economic risks posed by turbine lawsuits

    31 Mar 2020, 13:06 Freja Eriksen Wind Clean Energy Wire The Bundesrat, Germany's council of state governments,  wants to increase  planning security for wind power project developers. It has proposed changes to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Sep 2019 |

    German industry and tenants call for support in turning German houses climate friendly

    12 Sep 2019, 14:03 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Efficiency Die Welt / Clean Energy Wire ...
  • Germany's ranking slides in World Economic Forum's Energy Transition Index

    13 May 2020, 13:21 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices International Clean Energy Wire Germany's ranking in the World Economic Forum's  Energy Transition Index  has slid to 20th this year from 17th last year. "It ...
  • 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 ...
  • Communication crucial for success of carbon pricing schemes – study

    14 Aug 2019, 11:55 Expert adelphi Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire There is no general recipe for a successful carbon pricing scheme, but its ...
  • Germany must specify 2050 emission target for cost-efficient energy transition – study

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

    German building energy draft law unfit for emissions reduction, critics say

    10 Sep 2019, 13:43 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Expert Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) German CEOs for climate protection Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • EU should not rush carbon border tax – German official

    11 Feb 2020, 14:18 Expert IKEM- Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität Climate & CO2 Renewables Transport Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire German ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Merkel backs national CO2 price, cites Greta-effect on policy

    19 Jul 2019, 14:04 Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed the introduction of price on CO2 emissions as part of a package to reach the country’s 2030 climate targets. In her annual mid-year press conference, Merkel said experts had made a convincing case for ...
  • 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 ...
  • RWE head insists “nuclear energy economically dead,” expects tenders for gas plants

    24 Oct 2019, 12:19 Expert Economic Council- CDU Wirtschaftsrat Economic Council of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) of Germany Business & Jobs Industrial policy Society Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Use ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Jan 2020 |

    German govt adopts coal exit, fixes hard coal compensation

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

    Climate package will increase jobs but slow Germany's economic growth – analysis

    16 Jan 2020, 14:28 Expert IAB- Institute for Employment Research Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung Business & Jobs Freja Eriksen Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Germany's climate package will create more jobs than a business-as ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • US keeps wary eye on EU carbon border tax plans

    23 Mar 2020, 08:55 The United States administration, politicians and industry warily watch European Union debates on introducing a carbon border adjustment mechanism, which would put a CO₂ price on goods imported to the EU to reduce the risk of carbon ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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) ...
  • Costly nuclear power no option for low-carbon power mix of future – researchers

    25 Jul 2019, 14:52 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Use Teaser Image as container background on grid ...
  • 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). ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 May 2020 |

    Rebuff of environment advisors' report shows Merkel party's disdain of science – opinion

    19 May 2020, 14:17 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government The governing conservative CDU/CSU alliance has shrugged off concerns by the German Advisory Council on the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

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

    20 May 2020, 13:55 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Merkel's CDU examines border adjustment measures to avoid carbon leakage

    01 Oct 2019, 13:50 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices International Clean Energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • German CO2 price legal 'time bomb', may result in billions of reclaims – researchers

    06 Nov 2019, 13:35 Expert IKEM- Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität Climate & CO2 Renewables Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate ...
  • 19 Dec 2019 |

    German govt squashes speculation on extension for nuclear plants

    19 Dec 2019, 13:42 BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Read more about BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries s.egenter Nuclear phase-out Clean Energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Oct 2019 |

    German efficiency experts point to Danish district heating model as inspiration

    16 Oct 2019, 12:44 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 Freja Eriksen ...
  • 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. ...
  • Germany should focus on energy efficiency before power-to-x – energy experts

    22 Aug 2019, 13:44 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 Freja Eriksen ...
  • Industry, NGOs implore German govt to end renewables impasse at key conference

    11 Mar 2020, 13:19 Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Solar Wind Policy Clean Energy Wire Germany's federal states need to band together and devise a coherent strategy to ensure that the expansion of renewable energy sources can proceed in line with the ...
  • “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 ...
  • 26 Aug 2019 |

    German interior ministry calls for tax incentives for climate-friendly home renovations

    26 Aug 2019, 13:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Cost & Prices Efficiency dpa / Merkur The German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community is in favour of introducing tax incentives for homeowners who ...
  • Short-term economic effect of German climate package small – Deutsche Bank

    20 Dec 2019, 14:28 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Energiewende Clean Energy Wire The government’s recently adopted comprehensive climate package will have little effect on the Germany economy in 2020, says Deutsche Bank Research in its outlook for the ...
  • 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) ...
  • 20 Sep 2019

    Massive Fridays for Future climate protests keep pressure on German govt

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

    German govt refuses to name CO₂ budget, says depends on int'l agreements

    20 Nov 2019, 13:34 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 tageszeitung (taz) [UPDATE adds Left Party quote] The German ...
  • 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 ...
  • 04 Sep 2019 |

    German gov’t urged to unblock wind power expansion ahead of summit

    04 Sep 2019, 13:12 The expansion of Germany's most important renewable energy source, onshore wind, has almost come to a standstill. Bureaucratic hurdles and resistance to new turbines from different interest groups mean that only a handful of new ...
  • 04 Sep 2019 |

    Room heating demand in German households rises for third year in a row – study

    04 Sep 2019, 13:06 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Use Teaser Image as container background on grid ...
  • German building material giant HeidelbergCement benefits from rising ETS price

    08 Nov 2019, 13:56 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The rising price for emissions allowances in the EU's trading system ETS is increasing the ...
  • 06 May 2020 |

    Demand for solar heating in Germany rises with higher subsidies

    06 May 2020, 13:42 Freja Eriksen Clean Energy Wire CLEW Heating Clean Energy Wire Demand for solar heating systems in Germany has risen markedly in the first three months of 2020 as subsidies for sustainable heating increased at the beginning of the year ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Opposition FDP politician calls for delaying CO2 price due to coronavirus

    19 Mar 2020, 13:11 Sören Amelang Policy Elections & Politics dpa The economic crisis caused in Germany by the coronavirus has led to first calls to postpone the country's CO2 price for heating and transport, which is scheduled to enter into force ...
  • 14 Oct 2019 |

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

    14 Oct 2019, 13:28 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • German chamber of commerce calls for CO2 price delay due to corona crisis

    03 Apr 2020, 13:47 Expert Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The introduction of Germany's ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 Sep 2019 |

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

    18 Sep 2019, 12:30 Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Efficiency Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 Oct 2019 |

    Energy efficiency in Germany improved by 3.2 percent in 2018 – AGEB

    21 Oct 2019, 13:07 Expert AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V. Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende Utilities Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Use Teaser ...
  • 22 Jan 2020 |

    Energy efficiency rules raise financial burden for Germany's tenants – association

    22 Jan 2020, 13:35 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Freja Eriksen Heating Welt Online / Clean Energy Wire Tenants in Germany will be placed under further economic pressure by the new climate action ...
  • 06 Dec 2019 |

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

    06 Dec 2019, 15:06 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cost & Prices Süddeutsche Zeitung A position paper by Germany's environment agency UBA calls for a drastic ...
  • 17 Apr 2020 |

    German states and utilities say Energiewende central to economic recovery

    17 Apr 2020, 13:45 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Freja Eriksen Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Clean Energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • 26 Nov 2019 |

    Germany must adapt as local temperature increase already at 1.5 degrees – govt

    26 Nov 2019, 17:36 The effects of global warming are becoming increasingly felt in Germany, shows a government report on climate change adaptation. The average air temperature in the country rose by 1.5°C from 1881 until 2018, and more frequent heat waves ...
  • 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 ...
  • EU carbon border tax would come with risks – opinion

    04 Feb 2020, 12:20 Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices International Handelsblatt The carbon border adjustment mechanism envisioned by the European Commission as part of its landmark Green Deal package is problematic and could lead to trade disputes with ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

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

    20 Sep 2019, 20:00 Chancellor Angela Merkel's so-called "climate cabinet" has put together the bedrock for future climate action legislation in Germany, just in time for UN Secretary-General António Guterres' Climate Action Summit in ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Aug 2019 |

    Switching from oil to gas in home heating systems could save 14 million tonnes CO₂- study

    13 Aug 2019, 13:37 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert KfW Bank KfW- government-owned financing institution ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 27 Aug 2019 |

    Intelligent charging would make fully electric car fleet in Germany economically feasible – study

    27 Aug 2019, 13:30 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Expert Agora Verkehrswende Think tank on energy transition in the transport sector Cars Transport Expert 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 ...
  • 18 Mar 2020 |

    German government makes energy efficiency top procurement criterion

    18 Mar 2020, 13:32 Sören Amelang Efficiency Clean Energy Wire The German government has agreed to make energy efficiency a key criterion for public procurement. In an "important step towards climate neutrality," procurers must "purchase ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Mar 2020 |

    Tracking progress of Germany's 2030 climate action package

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

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

    22 May 2020, 13:00 As the coronavirus crisis drives many governments across the globe to introduce emergency plans to cushion the immediate economic effects, there are growing calls to align any mid and long-term stimulus efforts with climate targets. ...
  • German government decides tax changes for climate plan, CO2 price details

    16 Oct 2019, 12:49 Germany’s government coalition is moving ahead to implement its climate action plan to put the country back on track to reach 2030 targets. The cabinet has adopted several legislative drafts to mould the decisions into Germany’s tax ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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/ ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 / ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Petersberg Climate Dialogue will focus on green recovery – German and UK govts

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

    German households use less energy for heating, more for cooling

    28 Jan 2020, 13:48 Corrects third sentence: Energy use for cooling went up 30 percent, not for heating. Sören Amelang Efficiency Heating Clean Energy Wire German households used less energy for heating and lighting in 2018 than 10 years earlier, but more ...
  • 26 Sep 2019 |

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

    26 Sep 2019, 14:12 Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives insist on a low initial price tag for CO2 emissions to secure public acceptance for the government's new climate strategy. In the first parliamentary debate on the package unveiled ...
  • 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 ...
  • 31 Jan 2020 |

    Heat pump industry expects strong growth in Germany after tepid increase in 2019

    31 Jan 2020, 14:15 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Sören Amelang Efficiency Clean Energy Wire Germany's heat pump industry is optimistic that new public ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 May 2020 |

    Unions, utilities and activists call for speeding up heating transition

    14 May 2020, 14:15 Edgar Meza Heating Clean Energy Wire A broad coalition comprising unions, utilities, and climate protection organisations in Germany is pushing for new momentum in the country’s lagging efforts to lower emissions from heating. The ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 & ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German parliament may renegotiate CO₂ price level in climate package- media

    09 Dec 2019, 12:58 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei ...
  • Merkel: emissions trading has edge over carbon tax in the long run

    14 Aug 2019, 11:54 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire A system to trade CO₂ emission allowances, rather than a carbon tax, is the better way to steer Germany ...
  • 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 ...
  • 04 May 2020 |

    Second energy transition sandbox to transform heat supply in lignite mining areas

    04 May 2020, 13:37 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Edgar Meza Heating Clean Energy Wire Germany’s economy ministry ...
  • 03 Feb 2020 |

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

    03 Feb 2020, 13:47 Freja Eriksen Nuclear phase-out Spiegel Online The committee for economics, jobs and taxes of chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has proposed that Germany participates more intensively in the European ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Nov 2019 |

    Higher wholesale power prices offset planned renewables surcharge cut- industry

    28 Nov 2019, 13:28 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germans willing to pay 32 euros per month for climate action – survey

    22 Jul 2019, 13:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Bild am Sonntag A survey by weekly tabloid Bild am Sonntag found people in Germany would be willing to spend an average of 32 ...
  • 06 Mar 2020 |

    Germany's largest landlord calls for state support to increase energy efficiency

    06 Mar 2020, 13:57 Freja Eriksen Heating Die Welt The housing group Vonovia, which acts as Germany's largest landlord, has called on the state to support energy efficient renovations in rented homes, writes Die Welt. Although the group's rental ...
  • 04 Feb 2020 |

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

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

    Economic coronavirus recovery must be at heart of German EU Council presidency – DIHK

    29 Apr 2020, 13:11 Expert Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag Business & Jobs Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire The economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis must be the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 Jan 2020 |

    VW says govt support could spark 'initial ignition' for switch to e-mobility

    21 Jan 2020, 13:17 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Freja Eriksen Cars Handelsblatt German carmaker Volkswagen is in favour of support for electric cars, which can provide the "initial ignition" needed to encourage the transition to electric ...
  • 28 Apr 2020 |

    VW CEO calls for economic stimulus, includes combustion engine cars

    28 Apr 2020, 12:31 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Expert VZBV- Federation of German Consumer Organisations Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband Cost & Prices Julian Wettengel Transport Cars ARD / Clean Energy Wire In an interview with public ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Apr 2020 |

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

    06 Apr 2020, 12:33 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für ...
  • 19 Dec 2019 |

    Merkel says govt supports raising EU’s 2030 climate target but little on consequences for Germany

    19 Dec 2019, 13:15 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The German government supports European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s proposal to increase the bloc’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target to between 50 and 55 percent, ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 22 Oct 2019 |

    Roughly 264,000 people in Germany employed in environmental protection in 2017

    22 Oct 2019, 14:09 Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt Energiewende Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Edgar Meza Efficiency Clean Energy Wire The number of full-time employees working in the ...
  • 14 Nov 2019 |

    COP25 in Madrid must lead to higher ambitions at crucial time for international climate action – German govt

    14 Nov 2019, 13:26 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert Federal Foreign Office Auswärtiges Amt ...
  • 12 Nov 2019 |

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

    12 Nov 2019, 12:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Gas Finance Clean Energy Wire / EurActiv ClientEarth, an NGO of lawyers and environmental experts, has called on the German government to back the proposal to ban ...
  • 31 Oct 2019

    Govt allows new coal plant to enter service despite phase-out- report

    31 Oct 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Reuters / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Tagesspiegel UPDATE- Former member of coal commission tells Tagesspiegel announcement could be "bluff"  German ...
  • 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 ...
  • 02 Mar 2020 |

    Germany's climate package support triggers heating modernisation wave – survey

    02 Mar 2020, 13:50 Expert BDH- Federation of German Heating Industry Industry Efficiency Heating Expert ZVSHK- German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association Business & Jobs Heating Rachel Waldholz Heating Clean Energy Wire About one in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Jan 2020 |
    Gas

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

    28 Jan 2020, 13:50 Sören Amelang Gas Handelsblatt Germany's gas industry plans to establish a pipeline network measuring 5,900 kilometres to enable the large-scale use of hydrogen in the country. According to a plan seen by business daily ...
  • 01 Nov 2019 |

    'Companies would not think of energy efficiency if it wasn't profitable'- KfW development bank

    01 Nov 2019, 15:35 Green and sustainable finance in Germany is not thinkable without the country's state-owned development bank KfW. The bank installed after the Second World War to finance reconstruction in Germany has become a major funder of ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Sep 2019 |

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

    12 Sep 2019, 14:08 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cars Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel said reaching the country's climate targets in the transport sector will be a great ...
  • 25 Mar 2020 |

    German researchers test conversion of CO2 from air into solid carbon in 'world first'

    25 Mar 2020, 14:16 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Technology Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Technology Clean Energy Wire German researchers are trying to convert CO2 from ambient ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Jan 2020 |

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

    13 Jan 2020, 13:57 Expert NPE- German National Platform for Electric Mobility Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität Transport Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire The self-reliance of Germany's carmakers for producing ...
  • 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 ...
  • Social Democrats prepared to raise initial CO2 price in Germany's climate package

    26 Sep 2019, 13:59 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Tagesspiegel Germany's Social ...
  • 19 Dec 2019 |

    Germany grants homeowners tax incentives for energy efficient renovations

    19 Dec 2019, 13:12 Freja Eriksen Heating Tagesspiegel Background Following years of failed attempts, Germany will from January 2020 provide homeowners with tax incentives for energy efficient renovations, allowing them to deduct 20 percent of the costs ...
  • 21 Oct 2019 |

    Market forces will drive energy transition in Sweden – energy minister

    21 Oct 2019, 13:12 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices Tagesspiegel Background Market forces will drive Sweden's fossil fuel phaseout and ultimately determine the fate of nuclear energy, said the ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

    Countdown to Germany's crucial climate cabinet meeting

    20 Sep 2019, 10:12 Today, the grand coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) aim to agree on a major policy package to bring Germany back on track to reaching the international ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Apr 2020 |

    Coronavirus slump will lead to more hours of negative power prices in Germany – study

    06 Apr 2020, 12:36 Rachel Waldholz Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire / pv magazine The drop in electricity demand driven by the coronavirus pandemic will likely lead to more hours of negative wholesale electricity prices in Germany this year, according ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Oct 2019 |

    EnBW to build Germany’s largest PV park in East German lignite state

    16 Oct 2019, 12:43 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Renewables Solar Clean Energy Wire Energy supplier EnBW has given the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Dec 2019 |

    E-mobility not the be-all and the end-all to reducing carbon says Deutsche Bank

    09 Dec 2019, 13:08 Rose-Anne Clermont Cars Clean Energy Wire Electric passenger cars are being given too much focus as a way of reducing carbon emissions, analysts at Deutsche Bank Research said in a paper, titled ' E-mobility: Without subsidies ...
  • 25 Oct 2019 |

    German government's sustainable finance advisors at odds over obligations for financial sector

    25 Oct 2019, 14:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire Germany's Sustainable Finance Advisory Council (SFC) is in disagreement about the extent to which financial actors should be ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Sep 2019 |

    Conservatives propose national emissions trading system for transport and buildings

    13 Sep 2019, 13:23 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Mar 2020 |

    German energy-intensive companies call for Europe-wide industry power price

    12 Mar 2020, 13:52 Sören Amelang Industry Cost & Prices Handelsblatt Energy-intensive companies from Germany are calling for an EU-wide electricity price for industry as a simple instrument to safeguard the sector's global competitiveness during ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 05 Jun 2019 |

    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 ...
  • Macron and Merkel back EU carbon neutrality 2050, European green deal

    18 Oct 2019, 11:38 France and Germany have backed the goals put forward by the incoming EU commission in a joint declaration, calling for a rapid adoption for the proposed European Green Deal. German chancellor Angela Merkel stressed in a speech to ...
  • 19 Aug 2019 |

    Compact power-to-liquid pilot facility demonstrates high degree of efficiency

    19 Aug 2019, 13:09 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Technology Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Storage Technology Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Apr 2020 |

    Coronavirus lockdown pushes up heating demand across Europe – report

    16 Apr 2020, 12:58 Sören Amelang Heating Clean Energy Wire The coronavirus lockdowns have significantly pushed up heating use across Europe, according to intelligent thermostat maker tado. In Germany, where lockdown measures started on 22 March, the use ...
  • 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'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 " ...
  • 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 ...
  • 01 Oct 2019 |

    Lignite company RWE pledges to become carbon neutral by 2040

    01 Oct 2019, 10:00 Europe's largest CO2 emitter RWE has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2040. The announcement underlines the deep transformation underway at the German operator of lignite mines and power plants, which is now betting on ...
  • 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 ...
  • Stimulus debates add fresh drive as energy transition efforts restart after coronavirus break

    20 May 2020, 13:50 Months of dispute within the government coalition and the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have significantly slowed down progress on a number of important German energy transition projects. The coal exit law has yet to be adopted by ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Mar 2020 |

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

    09 Mar 2020, 13:42 Expert VDMA- German Engineering Federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Expert VKU- German Association of Local Utilities Verband kommunaler Unternehmen Utilities Climate & CO2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Feb 2020 |

    German subsidies expected to boost low-emission heating systems

    17 Feb 2020, 14:05 Rachel Waldholz Heating Welt Online New federal subsidies are expected to boost the sale of low-emissions heating systems in Germany, news website Welt Online reports. According to the article, the Federation of the German Heating ...
  • 27 Feb 2020 |

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

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

    CO2 price could bring forward German coal exit – scientists

    23 Jul 2019, 13:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Coal Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Germany should set a carbon price “significantly” higher than that of the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) on CO2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Oct 2019 |

    Grid operators consider splitting Germany's single power market zone

    10 Oct 2019, 13:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Grid Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire / Montel News Transmission system operators (TSO) in Germany are considering splitting the country's single power market ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany’s renewables levy rises slightly in 2020

    15 Oct 2019, 12:27 Germany’s renewable energy surcharge (EEG surcharge) that is paid by consumers with their electricity bill and supports wind, solar, biomass and hydro power installations will rise by about 5 percent to 6.756 cents per kilowatt hour (ct ...
  • German businesses support more climate action, criticise power prices

    16 Sep 2019, 14:05 Expert Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Edgar Meza Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 May 2020 |

    Industry associations release 4-point plan to green Germany's municipal heating

    19 May 2020, 14:23 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & ...
  • 05 May 2020 |

    German govt coalition members at odds over energy and climate ambitions – report

    05 May 2020, 13:35 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 SPD- Social Democratic ...
  • 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 ...
  • 24 Mar 2020 |

    Solar power industry directly addresses Merkel in bid to remove looming support cap

    24 Mar 2020, 14:30 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Nov 2019 |

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

    06 Nov 2019, 13:42 Expert FÖS- Green Budget Germany Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft Energiewende Cost & Prices Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire As lignite (brown ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ” ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German industry keenly interested in green PPAs – dena study

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

    VW head says German CO2 price “too low”

    24 Jan 2020, 14:21 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Freja Eriksen Cost & Prices Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Germany's CO2 price in the transport and buildings sector starting at 25 euros per tonne in 2021 is "too low", Herbert ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Apr 2020 |

    Germany bets on green hydrogen in quest for climate neutrality

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

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

    06 Feb 2020, 14:10 Thomas Kemmerich of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) has been elected state premier by the Thuringia state parliament with support of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), in what many politicians see as breaking a taboo. ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • Govt says climate refugees cannot claim asylum in Germany despite UN ruling

    23 Jan 2020, 13:29 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire / Deutsche Welle The German government has expressed disagreement with a  ruling  by the United Nations Human Rights Committee, which states that countries may not deport ...
  • 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' ...
  • 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 & ...
  • German government gets mediocre mid-term marks for climate effort

    06 Nov 2019, 09:11 Energy and climate policy observers grade Angela Merkel's government 3.7 points out of 10 for climate efforts in a mid-term review. Industry experts, researchers and lobbyists say plans for a CO2 price in transport and heating ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Apr 2020 |
    Gas

    Gas demand drop hits German energy companies as storages full and prices low

    30 Apr 2020, 13:50 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Julian Wettengel Gas WirtschaftsWoche The fall in natural gas demand due to ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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' ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 Feb 2020 |

    RWE shares reach highest price in seven years

    19 Feb 2020, 14:20 Benjamin Wehrmann Utilities dpa / Focus Online The share price of German energy company RWE has reached the highest level in seven years, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by website Focus Online. RWE's share price ...
  • “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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 01 Nov 2019 |

    Court in Germany rejects lawsuit against govt over alleged climate action neglect

    01 Nov 2019, 13:22 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire A court in Germany has rejected a lawsuit filed ...
  • 10 Mar 2020 |

    Windy February drives record negative power prices in Germany

    10 Mar 2020, 13:46 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Benjamin Wehrmann Electricity market Wind Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung A very windy ...
  • 17 Oct 2019 |

    No new lignite mines in Brandenburg, parties agree in state govt coalition talks

    17 Oct 2019, 13:31 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • CO2 pricing 'not a cure-all' says German industry association BDI

    20 Aug 2019, 14:01 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices ...
  • 14 Oct 2019 |

    Coming of age: How will Germany’s renewable energy pioneers fare in the free market?

    14 Oct 2019, 11:00 Starting in 2021 and throughout the 2020s, many of Germany’s pioneer wind turbines, solar PV installations and biogas plants will stop receiving fixed feed-in tariffs, meaning many gigwatts in renewable capacity may be shut down if they ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Oct 2019 |

    Germany's chemical industry can become nearly greenhouse gas neutral by 2050 – study

    09 Oct 2019, 10:44 Expert VCI- German Chemicals Industry Association Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. Cost & Prices Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Technology Industrial ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Aug 2019 |

    NGOs present climate action package, call on German govt for more speed

    16 Aug 2019, 13:19 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Expert ...
  • 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, ...
  • “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 ...
  • 03 Feb 2020 |

    European Green Deal: German econ min calls for industry support- media

    03 Feb 2020, 13:46 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ...
  • 26 Mar 2020 |

    German state plans to unlock Rhine Rift Valley's vast geothermal energy potential

    26 Mar 2020, 13:57 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Technology Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Heating Clean Energy Wire / Badische Neueste Nachrichten The south-western German state ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 11 Mar 2020 |

    City of Berlin adopts plan to reach 25 percent solar power by 2050

    11 Mar 2020, 13:33 Rachel Waldholz Solar Cities pv magazine / Clean Energy Wire The city of Berlin has adopted a plan to vastly expand the deployment of solar panels across the city’s rooftops, with the goal of supplying some 25 percent of the city’s ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coronavirus impact lays bare inflexibility of German power generation and demand

    07 May 2020, 09:31 Slumping power demand due to the coronavirus crisis combined with April’s strong wind and solar power production have revealed that Germany's fossil and renewable electricity generation, as well as electricity demand, need to ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • “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 ...
  • 17 Sep 2019 |

    German climate policy faces pivotal moment on 20 September

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

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

    09 Oct 2019, 10:40 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 Dec 2019 |

    German carbon-offsetting nonprofit organisations report rising demand

    03 Dec 2019, 13:54 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Transport Society dpa / Focus Online German carbon offsetting nonprofit organisations atmosfair and Arktik are reporting rising demand in the wake of the Fridays for ...
  • EU has to significantly ramp up emissions reduction goal to stay on track for Paris goals – researchers

    11 Oct 2019, 14:09 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Use Teaser Image as container background on grid ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

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

    23 Sep 2019, 10:34 After receiving more than 43,500 signatures on a petition in August, the Berlin House of Representatives will have to deliberate on a climate emergency status for the German capital. Forty German municipalities have already declared ...
  • 27 Jan 2020 |

    Thousands of diesel driving ban infractions in German cities

    27 Jan 2020, 13:46 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities dpa / Donaukurier Authorities in four German cities with active driving bans for diesel cars have registered over 15 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 Sep 2019 |

    Gloomy economic outlook pushes auto suppliers towards e-mobility – report

    03 Sep 2019, 13:38 Expert Commerzbank Finance Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Cars Clean Energy Wire German automotive suppliers are increasingly focusing investments on electric vehicles and CO2 reduction strategies ...
  • Conservative party head calls for overhaul of German energy taxes and levies

    12 Aug 2019, 12:29 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire / Welt ...
  • 16 Dec 2019 |

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

    16 Dec 2019, 10:24 Germany will miss its climate targets without leaps in technological innovation, even taking into account the recently agreed climate package, says Georg Nüßlein, deputy parliamentary group head of chancellor Angela Merkel’s ...
  • 06 Sep 2019 |

    Hamburg wants to build world's largest hydrogen plant

    06 Sep 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Storage NDR / Die Welt / Clean Energy Wire The city of Hamburg in Northern Germany aims to become home to the world's largest hydrogen electrolysis plant with ...
  • Merkel endorses proposal to raise 2030 EU emission reduction target

    28 Apr 2020, 18:30 German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she welcomes the proposal by the European Commission to raise the bloc’s greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030 to between 50 and 55 percent. In her speech at the 11th Petersberg Climate ...
  • 14 Oct 2019 |

    Germany's power prices could rise significantly due to coal exit – consultancy

    14 Oct 2019, 13:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The German coal exit could lead to a “strong increase” in wholesale power prices, unless the framework conditions in the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Apr 2020

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

    27 Apr 2020, 14:17 Top politicians from Germany and more than 60 large companies have warned that the climate crisis must continue to be a top priority, even as the world economies grapple with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Ahead of this week’s ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 Aug 2019 |

    Solar power module production in Europe can become economically viable again, study finds

    15 Aug 2019, 12:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Clean Energy Wire The production of solar power modules in Europe can be made economically viable again if production sites are planned sufficiently large, a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 Oct 2019 |

    Carbon budget: Germany's government dodges climate action's key figure – researcher

    21 Oct 2019, 13:09 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Spiegel Online The remaining carbon budget available to Germany and indeed the whole world under the terms of the Paris ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 26 Aug 2019 |

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

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

    Lack of charging options in apartment buildings hurdle to Germany’s e-car roll-out – study

    23 Jul 2019, 14:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire Most residents of German apartment buildings are unable to charge an electric car at home, according to a study by influential drivers’ club ADAC ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany’s carbon pricing system for transport and buildings

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

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

    Heating 40 million homes – the hurdles to phasing out fossil fuels in German basements

    17 Jan 2020, 14:16 With half of all homes heated by natural gas and an ageing population of oil-fired heating systems waiting to be replaced, the heating sector is attributed with "enormous potential" to cut CO 2 emissions. Germany's more ...
  • 14 Oct 2019 |

    Germany's 2030 climate action package

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

    Germany's Climate Action Programme 2030

    16 Dec 2019, 15:00 Germany has presented an official programme of measures for the country to reach its 2030 climate targets. The Climate Action Programme comes as a supplement to the country's Climate Action Law as part of a comprehensive package to ...
  • 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 ...
  • 04 Dec 2019 |

    Industry power prices in Germany: Extremely high – and low

    04 Dec 2019, 10:10 The power prices paid by industry are one of the most contentious aspects of Germany's energy transition and its economic impacts. Business lobby groups routinely call the price of electricity a central threat to industry ...
  • 09 Apr 2020 |

    Green stimulus: what it could look like in the various areas of the economy

    09 Apr 2020, 14:53 The course of economic recovery from a deep recession caused by the coronavirus outbreak will determine key developments in sectors crucial to the global energy transition for years after the pandemic is over. Economists, climate ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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    Follow the news and be ready to improvise – reporting in the time of coronavirus

    18 Mar 2020, 11:11 Julian Wettengel Gas The coronavirus is bringing public life in many countries to a halt, with potentially severe consequences for medical systems and other critical areas. And it's affecting reporters and reporting, too. Clean ...
  • 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 ...
  • geea- Alliance for Building Energy Efficiency

    The Alliance for Building Energy Efficiency (geea) is a cross-sectoral association of leading representatives from industry, research, trade, commerce, energy supply and financing. The aim of geea is to improve energy efficiency in buildings in Germany ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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