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  • EU climate targets a billion euro risk for German budget

    Over the coming decade, Germany might have to pay billions of euros from its state budget to buy emissions rights from other countries if it does not manage to significantly lower its own greenhouse gas emissions in the transport, buildings, and ...
  • Pro- and anti-coal protesters besiege German coal exit commission visiting mining district

    Hundreds of coal workers in the eastern German region Lusatia welcomed the country’s coal exit commission during a trip to the region with protest banners saying, “good jobs are being trampled on,” Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. ...
  • Germany’s energy sector climate target will almost halve total of jobs connected to lignite industry by 2025 – study

    The greenhouse gas reduction target set for the energy sector in Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050 and the resulting accelerated coal exit will cut the total workforce connected to the lignite industry almost in half by 2025, according to a study by the ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    German land owners to receive higher compensation for power line construction

    13 Dec 2018, 14:42 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Grid WirtschaftsWoche / Economy & Energy Ministry German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has said the government will raise the compensation payments for ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    German Conservatives’ foreign policy expert urges government to “reconsider” Nord Stream 2

    13 Dec 2018, 14:41 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Security The Guardian The head of Germany’s parliamentary foreign affairs committee, Norbert Röttgen of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    German carmakers discover Formula E racing series as e-car development lab

    13 Dec 2018, 14:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Technology Spiegel Online Carmakers in Germany are increasingly ramping up their activities in the Formula E racing series as a “technology ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    German engineers urge development of power-to-x capacities

    13 Dec 2018, 14:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Technology Clean Energy Wire The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) says power-to-x technologies are a “key element in reaching Germany’s ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    Daimler sources electricity from wind farms no longer eligible for feed-in tariffs

    13 Dec 2018, 14:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Wind Cars Clean Energy Wire The production of all Mercedes cars in Germany will run on CO2-free energy by 2022, according to parent company Daimler. ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    Germany secures direct access to Bolivian lithium reserves for battery production

    13 Dec 2018, 14:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Cars Clean Energy Wire The German company ACISA has signed an agreement with state-owned Bolivian YLB group to cooperate on the ...
  • Selective use of synthetic fuels essential to help decarbonise German transport, industry and heating – think tanks

    Germany will need the well-directed use of power-based synthetic fuels in connection with a phase-out of oil and natural gas to reach its long-term climate targets, the think tanks Agora Energiewende and Agora Verkehrswende* write in a joint analysis. ...
  • Germany starts coal exit talks in bid to improve patchy climate record

    06 Jun 2018 (All day) Germany has launched official talks on phasing out coal in power generation. The aim is to cut greenhouse gas emissions that have remained stubbornly high despite the country’s ongoing shift to renewable power. The government on ...
  • Bavaria premier wants coal exit, rejects mining state demands

    12 Dec 2018, 14:11 Bavarian state premier Markus Söder called for a national exit from coal-fired power generation but rejected the current financial demands from coal-mining states to cushion the phase-out. In a speech on his new government’s priorities, ...
  • 12 Dec 2018 |

    Renewable operators receive more compensation for insufficient grid capacities

    12 Dec 2018, 13:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Renewables Augsburger Allgemeine Germany’s electricity consumers paid 228 million euros in the first three months of 2018 in compensation to ...
  • 12 Dec 2018 |

    Renewable expansion boosts profits at Germany’s fifth-largest utility MVV

    12 Dec 2018, 13:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Utilities ARD The roll-out of renewable energies has increased profits at Germany’s fifth-largest utility MVV Energie, according to a report by ...
  • 12 Dec 2018 |

    Germany headed for 2018 renewable record – E.ON

    12 Dec 2018, 13:17 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Clean Energy Wire Renewable power generation in Germany is headed for a record this year, according to utility E.ON. “By year-end, we ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    Daimler buys battery cells for more than 20 billion euros

    11 Dec 2018, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Clean Energy Wire Germany’s Daimler, the maker of Mercedes cars, has ordered battery cells worth more than 20 billion euros by 2030. “Our ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    EU requires TenneT to boost power trading capacity between Denmark and Germany

    11 Dec 2018, 13:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid International Enerdata The European Commission has asked transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT to increase the electricity trading capacity ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

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

    11 Dec 2018, 13:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Wind Clean Energy Wire Engineering conglomerate Siemens, oil giant Shell and German grid operator TenneT have called for stepping up the country ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    Germany’s sustainable transport commission postpones deadline for proposals

    11 Dec 2018, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Clean Energy Wire Germany’s  transport task force  has postponed the deadline for presenting its highly anticipated proposals on how to ...
  • Ten years after the Lehman Brothers’ crash, climate risks need integrating in global finance – WWF

    The bankruptcy of US investment bank Lehman Brothers in September 2008 demonstrated the fragility of the global financial system, and ten years later it is time to recognise that neglecting climate risks could trigger another financial crisis, the ...
  • EU will reach 45 percent greenhouse gas reduction by 2030 - Commissioner Cañete

    The European Union will reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45 percent by 2030 if the new targets for renewables expansion and energy efficiency are fully implemented, according to the European Commission’s calculations outlined to the news ...
  • E.ON CEO says postponing Germany’s 2020 climate goal is “appropriate” decision

    The decision by parties negotiating Germany’s next government to weaken the country’s 2020 climate protection goals was an “appropriate” move that took “courage”, Johannes Teyssen, CEO of utility E.ON, said at an energy industry conference held by ...
  • German industry worried by lack of progress at UN climate talks

    10 Dec 2018, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire The Federation of German Industries (BDI) has urged delegates at the UN climate conference ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    Grid operator warns rapid coal exit could threaten Germany’s supply security

    10 Dec 2018, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Security Handelsblatt Germany must be careful to “not overstep the mark” on supply security when deciding on the process of phasing out coal ...
  • 03 Dec 2018

    Katowice must send message to increase climate commitments – env minister

    03 Dec 2018, 14:38 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Clean Energy Wire German environment minister Svenja Schulze has called on the international community to use the UN climate change ...
  • Moorland fire caused by German army releases over 500,000 tonnes of CO2 - NGO

    A fire under a moorland, caused accidentally during a military exercise in northern Germany, has released at least over half a million tonnes of CO 2, the NGO Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) says in a press release. The smouldering fire ...
  • Germans want more climate action from their government

    A majority of Germans want the federal government to do more for climate protection, according to a representative survey by public broadcaster ARD, conducted by Infratest dimap. 74 percent of respondents said the government should do more, 22 percent ...
  • 11 Nov 2016 |

    Germany finally sets specific CO₂ targets in climate roadmap

    11 Nov 2016 (All day) After months of heated debate, the German government has finally struck an agreement on its contentious Climate Action Plan 2050, due to be signed off by the cabinet over the weekend. It includes emission reduction targets for ...
  • Volkswagen announces plans for pure e-car factory in US

    29 Nov 2018, 16:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business & Jobs International Reuters Germany’s biggest carmaker Volkswagen has unveiled plans to open a factory in the US that will ...
  • Daimler ponders how to power its heavy vehicles in the future, says diesel remains best solution

    German luxury and utility vehicle producer Daimler is weighing its options as it searches for the best possible engine for its heavy-duty vehicles in the future, testing potential solutions like electric engines, hydrogen, synthetic and natural gas, ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    “Thank you, Elon Musk, for showing German car managers the ropes“ – commentary

    07 Dec 2018, 14:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars WirtschaftsWoche Tesla CEO Elon Musk was highly influential in shifting the strategy of German carmakers away from the combustion engine, in ...
  • Climate change, if uncontained, “will change the face of our planet”- Merkel

    07 Dec 2018, 13:29 CDU- Christian Democratic Union Elections & Politics Policy Read more about CDU- Christian Democratic Union Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    Coal shortage at power plants due to low river levels may persist over the winter

    07 Dec 2018, 10:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Fossil fuels Low water levels on the Rhine and other rivers following the extremely dry summer continue to have a strong impact on Germany ...
  • Financial support for renewables could end in a few years’ time

    The renewable energy sector will be competitive without financial support within the next four to five years, Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier said on the sidelines of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. As an example, ...
  • Germany agrees to coal plant retrofits to fulfil EU emission limits

    The German government has agreed to implement a decision by the European Commission on emission limits for power plants and industry facilities by 2021, meaning that many coal plants will have to undergo costly retrofitting, Jakob Schlandt writes in ...
  • London’s Grenfell Tower fire speaks distrust of insulation materials

    The Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 79 people in London last summer has led to scepticism of the insulation industry and made it more difficult to achieve the German energy transition goal of greater efficiency in the heating sector, Mechtild ...
  • VW eyes phase-out of combustion engines, but says it will sell conventional cars into 2040s

    06 Dec 2018, 14:24 VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business & Jobs Technology Clean Energy Wire VW has said it will sell ...
  • 06 Dec 2018 |

    Mixed prospects for success of Germany’s sustainability strategy, report says

    06 Dec 2018, 14:12 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics Federal Statistical Office The German sustainability strategy has mixed prospects for fulfilling its 2030 goals in many ...
  • 27 Feb 2018 |

    Reactions to Germany's court ruling on diesel driving bans

    27 Feb 2018 (All day) Germany's Federal Administrative Court has ruled that cities can ban dirty diesel cars to improve local air quality. The Clean Energy Wire presents reactions to the landmark ruling from NGOs, politicians and industry ...
  • New mass protests at Hambach Forest as clearing of activist camp nears end

    About 10,000 people gathered at the Hambach Forest over the past weekend to again protest against the forest’s clearing to make way for a nearby coal mine, the Rheinische Post reports. At a protest event on Sunday, environment expert Peter Wohlleben told ...
  • Merkel will leave vacuum in climate negotiations when her Chancellorship is over – commentary

    05 Dec 2018, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics International Social Europe German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision not to run for re-election will create a vacuum ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    Solar home storage company Sonnen certified to provide control energy

    05 Dec 2018, 13:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Solar Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Transmission grid operator Tennet has certified the solar power home battery producer Sonnen to become ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    VW plans climate-neutral production of ID Neo model, successor of E-Golf

    05 Dec 2018, 13:48 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Handelsblatt Carmaker VW is planning the climate-neutral production of its upcoming electric model ID ...
  • Coal commission members eager to find solutions, but framework conditions “chaotic” – task force member

    29 Nov 2018, 15:38 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Clean Energy Wire The members of Germany’s coal exit commission are “willing to work together ...
  • EU climate commissioner says climate targets no danger for industry

    04 Dec 2018, 15:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business International German industry embraces Energiewende transformation challenge Handelsblatt Germany's industry ...
  • 04 Dec 2018

    Germany backs Nord Stream 2 despite Ukraine-Russia tensions

    04 Dec 2018, 15:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW EurActiv Germany will not withdraw its political support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia, its foreign minister said, as some ...
  • “There is no planet B” – video message from the ISS

    04 Dec 2018, 15:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics COP24 Federal Environment Ministry For the start of the UN climate change conference in Poland, German astronaut ...
  • 2018 may be warmest, driest year in Germany on record – weather service

    04 Dec 2018, 15:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Germany's National Meteorological Service (DWD) 2018 could be Germany’s warmest, driest and sunniest year ...
  • Neighbours sue German energy company RWE over planned new lignite plant

    The neighbours of a lignite power plant in the city of Bergheim in Germany’s western region of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) are suing the energy company RWE over its plans to replace four older generating units at its Niederaußem plant with a modern coal ...
  • Natural Gas Supply: No Need for Another Baltic Sea Pipeline - DIW

    The planned construction of a second Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, known as Nord Stream 2, is not necessary to secure natural gas supplies for Germany and Europe, according to a study by the German Institute for Economic Research ...
  • 03 Dec 2018 |

    World must step up cooperation to fight global warming but it does not – opinion

    03 Dec 2018, 14:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 COP24 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The international community is failing badly to cooperate as needed to counter the ...
  • EU emitters ramp up buying in 2017 German CO2 auctions - report

    The buying appetite of installation operators participating in Germany’s EUA (EU allowances) auctions last year increased, even though their share of the total successful bidders remained steady compared to 2016, reports Mike Szabo for the Carbon Pulse, ...
  • RWE secures substantial capacity of planned German LNG terminal

    German energy company RWE has secured a “substantial annual capacity” of a planned German terminal to import liquefied natural gas (LNG), reports news agency Reuters. RWE reached an agreement with LNG Terminal GmbH, the joint venture that aims to build ...
  • One sixth of Germany’s e-car buyer’s premiums used up two years after launch

    Germany has granted about 100,000 million euros in subsidies to e-car buyers over the past two years, merely one sixth of the total sum authorities have earmarked for helping e-mobility get off the ground in the country, the Federal Office for Economic ...
  • Cut power taxes to advance climate protection – utility association

    The government should cut power taxes and levies to boost the energy transition and climate protection, argues Stefan Kapferer, head of utility association BDEW, in an op-ed in the business daily Handelsblatt. Kapferer argues that electricity must become ...
  • German solar battery maker sonnen works on “world’s biggest smart power storage” in Australia

    The state of South Australia wants to build the world’s largest network of connected home power storages and counts on German solar battery maker sonnen to deliver part of the infrastructure for the project that will encompass 40,000 households, the ...
  • Coal commission strategy paper puts the economy first

    The upcoming commission tasked with the management of Germany’s coal exit will prioritise jobs and economic stability over climate protection, a strategy paper seen by the Clean Energy Wire suggests. “Federal government policy aims to create full ...
  • Global energy transition carries geopolitical risks and opportunities – research paper

    The global transformation towards a decarbonised energy system has positive effects for human security, such as reducing the dependence on fossil resources supply chains, strengthening the access to energy as an economic factor, and thus increasing ...
  • Industry associations call for increasing maximum freight truck weight to save emissions

    Increasing the admissible maximum weight of freight trucks from 40 to 44 tonnes could save “millions of truck rides” and reduce carbon emissions in Germany’s transport sector, the German Chemicals Industry Association (VCI) says in a press release. ...
  • Germany’s grand coalition government fails on climate - opinion

    Environment and climate policy “ do not take place ” in Germany under the current grand coalition government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), writes Michael Bauchmüller in an opinion piece ...
  • Coal state energy minister says transition in heating needs more attention

    The modernisation and decarbonisation of Germany’s heating sector has enormous carbon emissions reduction potential that needs to be tapped more, the energy minister of the German coal state of Brandenburg, Albrecht Gerber, says in an article carried by ...
  • 30 Nov 2018 |

    Germany closes last hard coal mine this year, continues to import

    30 Nov 2018, 15:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Bloomberg While Germany is phasing out hard coal mining by the end of 2018, the country will continue to rely on imports for ...
  • Germany alone can’t save the climate, but must push others – opinion

    30 Nov 2018, 15:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Handelsblatt While it is clear that Germany alone is not able to save the global climate, the government ...
  • “We’re not going to Katowice empty-handed” – environment minister

    30 Nov 2018, 15:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels International Clean Energy Wire Despite the extension of the work of Germany’s coal exit commission, the country’s delegation will ...
  • “We will not leave developing countries alone” – environment minister

    30 Nov 2018, 15:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Germany will not leave developing countries alone in dealing with climate protection and ...
  • Utility vehicle branches of Daimler and VW oppose EU emissions reduction plans

    The heads of the work councils of the utility vehicle branches of German carmakers Daimler and VW have criticised the EU’s plans for CO 2 emissions reduction for heavy-good vehicles as “excessive and existence-threatening” for their sectors, news agency ...
  • Paths to near-zero emissions by 2050 vary widely

    Low-carbon economy roadmaps for the years until 2050 conceived by industry and the EU differ significantly in their level of ambition, according to a report published by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The UBA compared the abatement ...
  • German renewables levy will noticeably decrease in 2019 – media report

    Germany’s surcharge paid for the roll-out of renewable energy sources, the EEG-surcharge, will “noticeably decrease” in 2019, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. According to the article, the renewables levy will decrease to 6.4 cents ...
  • CORRECTION: Germany will double contribution to Green Climate Fund – minister

    29 Nov 2018, 16:33 [CORRECTION: The German government announced to contribute an additional 1.5 billion euros to the Green Climate Fund, not 750 million euros.] Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    Tension between Russia and Ukraine puts Nord Stream 2 in spotlight

    29 Nov 2018, 16:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas International Security Handelsblatt The looming escalation of an armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia has reinvigorated critics of the ...
  • Industry criticises German government for delayed introduction of smart meters

    29 Nov 2018, 16:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Digitalisation Government Security Handelsblatt The Association of Energy Market Innovators (BNE), a lobby group of grid-independent energy ...
  • German energy company Uniper calls for coal exit timetable by French government

    29 Nov 2018, 16:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Utilities International Uniper The German energy company Uniper has called plans by the French government to end coal-fired power ...
  • Kramp-Karrenbauer sets herself apart from other CDU leadership candidates on climate action

    29 Nov 2018, 16:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel ...
  • Germany supports pilot project for testing offshore wind farm deconstruction

    28 Nov 2018, 16:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Wind Technology International Stiftung Offshore Wind Energy Together with international partners, the German economy and energy ministry (BMWi) has ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    German state of Saxony-Anhalt tightens wind power regulations to protect birds

    29 Nov 2018, 16:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Wind Politics Welt Online The German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt is tightening regulations for the construction of new wind turbines in order to ...
  • German Greens thrive in backlash to right wing-conservative push

    28 Nov 2018, 16:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Elections & Politics New York Times As a turn towards conservative and right-wing politics appears to dominate the ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    Bavaria’s energy minister calls for “Energiewende 2.0” as investment in renewables falters in Germany

    29 Nov 2018, 15:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Renewables Finance Bavarian Economy and Energy Ministry Since according to a new report Germany has been overtaken by France as the G20’s most ...
  • Prospect of state support reignites German companies’ interest in battery production

    29 Nov 2018, 15:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Business Government Handelsblatt The German government’s decision to subsidise domestic battery cell production has encouraged formerly ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    Coal commission delay shows “crucial questions” are on the table – opinion

    29 Nov 2018, 15:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Government Dow Jones Newswire The decision to extend the work of Germany’s coal exit commission shows that we have reached a point ...
  • France overtakes Germany as most attractive G20 country for renewable energy investments

    29 Nov 2018, 15:47 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Business International Allianz / Germanwatch Germany has ceded its position as the G20’s most attractive market for renewable energy ...
  • European leaders call for ambition ahead of climate conference

    29 Nov 2018, 15:45 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics International German President German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is among several European heads of state who ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    State ministers criticise Germany's energy transition policy

    29 Nov 2018, 15:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Government WirtschaftsWoche / BMWi The Green Party’s energy minister in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Franz Untersteller, has lamented a ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

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

    29 Nov 2018, 15:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Climate & CO2 Cars Destatis An increase in the average engine performance of both diesel and petrol cars is one of the main reasons for the continuously increasing ...
  • Coal commission can finish fast if finance min puts money up – RWE CEO

    29 Nov 2018, 15:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Government Clean Energy Wire Germany’s coal commission can conclude its work soon if the country’s finance ...
  • German government denies media report on latest coal exit commission draft

    The German government denies a report by news website Spiegel Online that the country's coal exit commission will propose to initiate the fossil fuel's phase-out in the west of the country and favours to finish it by 2035. Germany’s economy and ...
  • German car industry, NGOs trade blows over European Parliament’s car fleet emissions proposal

    The proposal by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment to tighten emissions limits for new vehicles has triggered a lively debate in Germany. The country’s car industry association VDA called the proposal “highly alarming” and “unworkable, ...
  • 30 Nov 2016 |

    German reactions to the EU energy package

    30 Nov 2016 (All day) “Putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers” are the objectives of the EU Commission’s energy package. The paper presented on Wednesday, also dubbed ...
  • German prosecutors fine Audi 800 million euros for diesel violations

    German premium car brand Audi, a division of Volkswagen, said it was fined 800 million euros for violations tied to heavily polluting six and eight-cylinder diesel engines, reports Edward Taylor for Reuters. Audi accepts the fine and will not lodge an ...
  • Around 100,000 Opel cars to be recalled in diesel probe

    Germany’s transport ministry said it would order roughly 100,000 Opel vehicles to be recalled as part of an emissions probe, after prosecutors searched the carmaker’s offices earlier, report Hans Seidenstuecker and Irene Preisinger for Reuters. German ...
  • German transport minister uses Opel recall to show he’s in control of diesel scandal – opinion

    Germany’s transport minister Andreas Scheuer uses the Opel recall “to show the car industry in a high-publicity event who’s in charge of the emissions scandal – the state,” writes Nils-Viktor Sorge for Spiegel Online. “The government is under constant ...
  • Grid operators plan 100 MW power-to-gas plant - report

    Power and gas grid operators Tennet, Gasunie, and Thyssengas plan the construction of a plant to store renewable power in the form of gas on an industrial scale, according to a dpa newswire article carried by the Wirtschaftswoche. A Tennet spokesperson ...
  • Coal state premiers say mining plans run well into 2040s

    The premiers of the German coal mining states of Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have said they still plan coal mining activities to continue well into the 2040s. In a guest article published in the Handelsblatt on the day of the first meeting of ...
  • Energy minister rallies states to accelerate power line construction

    Germany’s energy minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) wants to “make a pact with the states” and present a law to accelerate the building of new power lines, he told Funke Mediengruppe ahead of today’s Grid Summit with the states’ energy ministers in Berlin. ...
  • "Merkel's experience, credibility make her key in swaying Trump"

    23 May 2017 (All day) Days before the G7 summit in Italy, foreign governments praised German Chancellor Merkel for her international leadership on climate and urged her to sway US President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement. ...
  • Today’s form of e-mobility just precursor to hydrogen fuel cell drives – parliamentary state sec

    Enak Ferlemann, parliamentary state secretary in the transport ministry (BMVI), said that today’s form of e-mobility with batteries is only a precursor to drives based on hydrogen fuel cells, writes Olaf Preuss in Die Welt. Hydrogen made with offshore ...
  • 06 Jul 2017 |

    Sino-German tandem: Export champions promote global energy transition

    06 Jul 2017 (All day) With the US pulling out of the Paris Agreement, China and Germany are making a very public display of leadership on climate protection and transition to green energy. The export heavyweights are eager to keep the global economy on ...
  • EU must ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to achieve climate targets - study

    The European Union will have to prohibit new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to ensure that the continent meets its emissions reduction obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement, a study commissioned by Greenpeace and conducted by the German Aerospace ...
  • US ambassador flags American natural gas as “helpful” to German energy transition

    Europe and Germany should “share in America’s abundance” and cooperate with the US in energy policy by buying natural gas from America, the US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, writes together with US deputy secretary of energy Dan Brouillette in a ...
  • UK’s “secret of success” in emissions reduction offers a lesson to Germany

    The United Kingdom has reduced its carbon emissions from coal-fired power production by 50 percent within five years- “a reduction that Germany can only dream of,” Niels Boeing writes for the Zeit Online. “What has happened here?,” he asks. Germany’s ...
  • Hot summer turns up the heat on Germany’s coal commission

    09 Aug 2018, 14:07 Record-breaking temperatures and a prolonged drought have increased public pressure on Germany’s coal-exit commission to make climate change mitigation its top priority. Countless media reports are invoking the extreme weather as a ...
  • 24 Mar 2015

    In the media: Good prospects for wind turbine makers

    24 Mar 2015 (All day) dpa / AFP Opposition to Minister Gabriel’s power station levy – discussion postponed The debate over the levy for older power stations emmitting CO2 beyond a certain limit, proposed last week by Minister for Economic Affairs and ...
  • European Parliament’s car emissions proposal poses crucial question for German government – NGO

    The proposal by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment to tighten emissions limits for new vehicles begs for a clarification by the German government “whether it wants to protect the climate or the car industry,” environmental NGO VCD says ...
  • Environmental NGOs should leave coal commission if government insists on postponement – commentary

    Giving in to eastern German coal states by delaying a coal commission agreement would bury hopes of  a reasonable phase-out compromise, writes Bernhard Pötter in a commentary for the Tageszeitung (taz). “This is why environmental  NGOs, participating ...
  • Coal commission delay is embarrassment for Germany – commentary

    The coal commission delay is “embarrassing for the former climate pioneer” Germany, because the government will not be able to demonstrate it is serious about climate ambitions at the UN climate summit in Poland in early December, writes Joachim Wille in ...
  • Coal commission delay reveals multiple failures in work of the task force - commentary

    The coal commission delay shows that the government is taking the work of the commission seriously because “otherwise this spectacular intervention would have been unnecessary,” writes Andreas Mihm in a commentary in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. But ...
  • VW and other carmakers should establish their own battery cell production – editorial

    German government support for domestic battery cell production is the right step and thankfully, carmaker VW looks set to establish its own gigafactory in cooperation with Korean specialist SK Innovation, writes Stefan Menzel in an editorial in business ...
  • Asking diesel customers to buy new car with help of scrappage premium would be “indecent” – opinion

    Hardware retrofitting of older diesel cars would be “an economic waste of tax money or carmakers’ money”, writes Daniel Delhaes in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. The retrofits would take years, when driving bans are already being introduced, and the ...
  • Coal commission must deal with jobs first – economy minister

    Germany’s coal exit commission must deal with the question of new jobs for workers in the lignite regions before looking for an end date for coal, according to economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier. “We need a restructuring plan for each lignite ...
  • Wind power: turning away from subsidies

    The prevailing mood at the WindEnergy Hamburg international trade fair shows how the industry is reinventing itself: the era of subsidies is coming to an end, Kathrin Witsch writes in the Handelsblatt. “We expect that power purchase agreements (PPAs) will ...
  • “Climate passport” proposed by Green Party a ludicrous idea – commentary

    The Green Party’s demand to grant “climate passports” to people whose livelihoods have been destroyed by climate change sounds reasonable but is crazy, argues Ulrich Ladurner on Zeit Online. “The Germans haven’t recovered from the great migration in 2015, ...
  • Biogas is dying because it’s too expensive – report

    The German biogas industry is fighting for survival even though it is indispensable, writes Kathrin Witsch in the business daily Handelsblatt. The technology was once seen as a saviour of the energy transition because it can generate electricity ...
  • Free-floating car sharing has minor impact on car ownership - report

    Car sharing schemes differ greatly in their impact on users’ car ownership, according to a report published by the car sharing association bcs. Whereas car sharing businesses using fixed stations for pick-up appear to have reduced car ownership ...
  • EU dieselgate summit cancelled because of German transport minister’s absence

    An EU ministerial meeting dedicated to the consequences of the diesel scandal has been cancelled after German transport minister Andreas Scheuer said he would not be able to participate because of other appointments, reports Till Hoppe in the business ...
  • Batteries, EVs, flexible demand, and links to Nordic hydro will make Germany’s power system cheaper and cleaner – report

    Flexible energy options, such as energy storage, smart charging electric vehicles, demand response, and interconnectors are needed to ensure that the energy transition proceeds on an optimal path, according to a Bloomberg NEF report focused on the UK and ...
  • German rail operator aims to increase share of green power to 80 percent by 2030

    Germany’s rail operator Deutsche Bahn has stepped up its green energy ambitions. The company announced its intention to increase the share of renewable power in its total electricity consumption to 80 percent by 2030, reports the newswire dpa. One year ...
  • German coal exit can become example for other countries – environment minister

    Germany’s coal commission is a “societal innovation” and shows how the exit from the dirty fossil fuel can be organised responsibly, according to environment minister Svenja Schulze. “If we manage it, it will become an example for many, many nations and ...
  • Climate campaigners launch international petition demanding quick German coal exit

    The climate change campaign group  350.org  has launched an international petition demanding an immediate stop to coal expansion and a rapid coal phase-out in Germany. “This petition is being launched ahead of a highly anticipated coal phase-out proposal ...
  • Company buys up old wind turbines in Germany to operate them without renewables support

    One of Germany’s largest wind farm operators, wpd AG, is buying up old wind farms that are about to reach the end of their 20-year guaranteed remuneration period to operate the turbines without renewables support, Daniel Wetzel writes on Welt Online. “We ...
  • 08 Nov 2017 |

    EU car emission limits too weak for German climate targets- experts

    08 Nov 2017 Following intense lobbying by German carmakers, the EU has proposed car emission targets that will be insufficient to meet the country’s climate targets in the transport sector, according to environmental organisations. Critics said the ...
  • Four of ten most air polluting companies in Europe operate coal plants in Germany - NGOs

    Environmental NGOs sandbag and Greenpeace have dubbed German utility RWE Europe's worst air polluter. “Four of the ten most toxic companies have their main coal plants in Germany: RWE, EPH, Uniper, and STEAG. This is no coincidence: Germany burns ...
  • Solar power bidders eliminate onshore wind competitors in Germany’s second joint auction

    In the second joint renewables auction for solar power and onshore wind power in Germany, solar power bidders have secured the entire auctioned volume of 201 megawatts (MW) at an average support rate of 5.27 eurocents per kilowatt hour (kWh), the Federal ...
  • Large majority of Germans say government is not doing enough to curb climate change

    More than three-fifths of Germans believe that their government is not doing enough to limit the country’s impact on climate change, a survey commissioned by the solar power lobby group BSW Solar has found. In the survey, conducted by pollster YouGov, ...
  • Germany’s VARTA steps up plans to mass produce electric car battery cells

    German battery maker VARTA has sealed a research agreement with the Fraunhofer Institute to lay the groundwork for the mass production of lithium-ion battery cells for electric cars as it seeks to take on Asian leaders in the sector, reports Ilona ...
  • Tesla reopens door to Daimler with vow to inquire on electric van

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has floated the idea of working with Daimler on electric work vans after being guilt-tripped on Twitter for using fuel-burning vehicles to service its cars, report Gabrielle Coppola and Christoph Rauwald for Bloomberg. In response to a ...
  • 17 Mar 2016

    Time to move from negotiations to actions on climate- German minister

    17 Mar 2016 (All day) (UPDATES with new quotes from the conference. Please note: this item will be updated throughout the conference)- The world has to move from negotiations to actions on climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy after ...
  • German industry invested over 8 billion euros in environmental protection in 2016

    Industrial companies in Germany have invested 8.4 billion euros in 2016 in more sustainable technology that reduces, avoids or removes emission from environment, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) says in a press release. The figure equals about ...
  • 30 Apr 2015

    In the media: Demands to relax climate goals; a milestone for wind power

    30 Apr 2015 (All day) Rheinische Post “CDU’s economic council want to lower Merkel’s climate goals” A group representing business interests within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU demand a lowering of Germany’s climate goals, reports the Rheinische Post. ...
  • PV auction designer hopes to keep citizens' projects on board

    08 May 2015 (All day) Feed-in tariffs set by government or parliament have supported rapid expansion of renewable power production, along with falling costs. Now the government wants to move to a more market-based approach. With this is mind, the 2014 ...
  • “Warm words”

    Despite a new advertising campaign, efficiency measures in Germany aren’t successful, particularly in the building sector, Michael Bauchmüller and Benedikt Müller write in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In order to achieve its climate targets, the country would ...
  • Volkswagen announces 44 billion euro-investment in e-cars and autonomous driving

    The Volkswagen Group has announced investments of nearly 44 billion euros in e-mobility, autonomous driving, digitalisation, and other modernisation measures. In a press release, Germany’s biggest carmaker says it wants to “ speed up the pace of ...
  • Long-term “system conduciveness” of renewables more important than low costs – study

    Expanding the capacity of renewable energy sources in Germany should be focussed on long-term stabilisation effects on the energy system rather than cutting costs by maximising output, a study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) suggests. ...
  • France and Germany team up with world’s biggest investment fund to act on climate

    The governments of France and Germany have entered into an unusual alliance with BlackRock, the world’s biggest investment fund, to achieve progress in unlocking private capital for investments in climate action, Astrid Dörner and Peter Köhler write in ...
  • Social Democrats need more “courage” in environment policy - env minister

    Environment minister and Social Democrat (SPD) Svenja Schulze called on her party to become more vocal in environmental and climate protection policy, reports newspaper Merkur. The Social Democrats have "for a long time not been decisive and ...
  • Global Climate Action Summit adds pressure on Germany and EU to act – NGO

    The non-governmental Global Climate Action Summit in California brings together representatives of private companies and cities from around the world and adds pressure on the German government and the European Union to step up their efforts to comply with ...
  • Merkel opposes more ambitious EU car fleet emissions targets

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Germany should not push for more ambitious EU car fleet emission limits. “I think the [European] Commission’s proposal forms a reasonable basis” for the upcoming negotiations, Merkel said at an event hosted by the ...
  • German heavy industry powerhouse NRW launches initiative to curb industry emissions

    The German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the country’s most populous state and home to numerous emissions-intensive heavy industries, has launched an initiative to examine options for bringing down industry’s carbon footprint, the NRW ...
  • German coalition negotiators want to postpone 2020 climate goal

    08 Jan 2018 The negotiation partners in Germany's ongoing coalition talks have agreed to postpone the country's 2020 emissions reduction target until "the early 2020s". Party negotiators also agreed on introducing a climate protection ...
  • Court orders first diesel driving ban on German Autobahn

    A court in the western German city of Gelsenkirchen has ordered the first driving ban for older diesel cars on an Autobahn, the German highway famous for its long sections without speed limits. The court ruled that the city of Essen in federal state North ...
  • Green Party head says ‘dieselgate’ crisis is “threat for democracy” in Germany

    The slow and cumbersome handling of Germany’s diesel emissions crisis is becoming “a threat to our democracy,” Green Party co-head Annalena Baerbock told the newspaper WirtschaftsWoche. She said the federal transport ministry has not had the “courage” to ...
  • Diesel ban-threatened Frankfurt learns from Shanghai’s transport concepts

    A delegation of officials from Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt has visited Shanghai to learn how the Chinese metropolis with 24 million inhabitants and 6 million daily commuters manages its immense transport volumes, Sandra Busch writes in the ...
  • NGO calls for anti-coal protests in dozens of German cities

    Environmental NGO Greenpeace is calling on anti-coal protesters to gather in 54 German cities on 17 November to demand a resolute phase-out of coal-fired power production in the country. “End the dirty age of coal,” will be the protests’ central message, ...
  • VW announces Europe’s biggest e-car factory in Zwickau, plans conversion of other plants

    Germany’s biggest carmaker VW has substantiated plans to transform its product line and drastically scale-up the share of electric cars by revealing plans for a major e-car factory in the eastern German city Zwickau. VW said in a press release it wants to ...
  • Germany’s new electric company car tax puts pressure on carmakers – analysis

    The German government’s decision to grant tax relief for electric or hybrid company cars will lead to a marked increase in demand for e-cars and batteries from January 2019 onwards, writes the consultancy PwC in a press release. According to PwC’s ...
  • Climate change adaptation important topic at G7 environment ministers’ meeting – env min

    Climate change adaptation has played a big role at the G7 environment ministers’ meeting, said German environment minister Svenja Schulze in a telephone press briefing after the first day of the meeting in Halifax, Canada. “It is important to discuss this ...
  • Energiewende acceptance remains high – survey

    A large majority of Germans says the continued expansion of renewable energies is important (24 percent) or very important (68 percent), according to a survey conducted by forsa and commissioned by the energy company EnBW and the newspaper Welt. Only a ...
  • Car remains Germans’ favoured means of transport, but it stands still more than 23 hours per day

    Private cars remain the favoured means of transportation for most Germans, but they are only used for 45 minutes per day on average, a study commissioned by Germany’s transport ministry (BMVI) has found. About 43 percent of all trips are made with either ...
  • German truckmakers: new emission limits agreed by European Parliament “unworkable”

    German truckmakers are outraged about the more ambitious emission limits for heavy duty vehicles adopted by the European Parliament, report Till Hoppe and Franz Hubik in the Handelsblatt. Industry association VDA said it was “unworkable” to reduce ...
  • New law to avoid diesel driving bans passed by cabinet

    Germany’s government cabinet has decided on an amendment of the federal imissions law to prevent diesel driving bans in cities where nitrogen oxide limits are exceeded by 25 percent (50 micrograms NO 2 per cubic meter air instead of 40 micrograms). Under ...
  • Germans to vent Volkswagen fury in mass dieselgate suit

    German consumer groups have filed the country’s first class action lawsuit against VW over the emissions cheating scandal, reports newswire AFP in an article carried by the Business Times. "Volkswagen will remember this day as the moment the kid ...
  • Cabinet decides additional renewables auctions as part of energy law reform

    The German government cabinet has decided a collection of energy law amendments, which include the introduction of additional renewables auctions in 2019-2021, the economy ministry (BMWi) said in a press release. The press release – while not giving many ...
  • German business group objects to threat of U.S. sanctions due to links to Gazprom

    The German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations Chairman Wolfgang Büchele called U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim that Russia would be able to control German gas markets following the pipeline’s completion “factually wrong and politically ...
  • Study highlights key role of renewable gas in achieving Paris Agreement targets

    Renewable gas used in existing gas infrastructure could help reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by mid-century, in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement goals, according to a study conducted by the consultancy Ecofys and ...
  • Germany well placed to develop solid state batteries, but technology likely decade away – report

    Solid state batteries could be the “ holy grail ” of EV development and Germany is well placed to pioneer the technology, according to an article by Ben Kilbey for S&P Global Platts. "Germany and Europe are much better positioned with respect to ...
  • E.ON and RWE set to complete landmark energy deal in 2019

    The landmark deal between German utilities E.ON and RWE remains on track for completion next year according to RWE, reports Tobias Buck in the Financial Times. Both groups reported quarterly results that were broadly in line with market expectations and ...
  • German authorities fully approve Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    With the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), the last German authority has approved the construction and operation of the contentious Russian-German Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The interests of shipping and the maritime environment do ...
  • Germany’s biogas industry says long-term policy strategy needed to keep plants running

    Biogas production in Germany has a lot of untapped potential for contributing to the country’s climate targets and needs a proper long-term strategy to make sure it is put to the best possible use, lobby group Fachverband Biogas says in a press release. ...
  • Drought and doldrums put strain on energy company EnBW’s business

    Low water levels following a prolonged drought in Germany and very modest wind conditions have put a strain on the business of energy company EnBW, which pursues a rigorous strategy of replacing nuclear and fossil power generation capacity with renewables ...
  • Protests in coal exit commission against NGOs’ phase-out proposal

    A proposal by environmental NGOs working in Germany’s coal exit commission to retire 16 gigawatt (GW) of coal capacity by 2022 has led to “harsh disputes” in the body tasked with devising a plan for the fossil fuel’s total phase-out, Malte Kreutzfeldt ...
  • Econ Min Altmaier announces ambitious target for European battery cell production

    Germany’s economy and energy minister, Peter Altmaier, has announced the target of covering 30 percent of global battery cell demand with production “ in Germany and Europe ” by 2030 to make the continent more independent from Asian imports. At a mobility ...
  • National mobility platform head says e-cars will cost as much as conventional cars by 2025

    In Germany, electric cars could cost the same as cars with conventional engines by 2025, Henning Kagermann, head of the country’s new “ National Platform Future of Mobility ” says in an interview carried by the energy policy newsletter Tagesspiegel ...
  • 07 Jun 2016

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

    07 Jun 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung Crucial German power grid extension delayed The construction and completion of important power lines in Germany will be delayed by at least three years, writes Michael Bauchmüller in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The main ...
  • German economy minister Altmaier and EU Commissioner Šefčovič call for European "Airbus for batteries"

    German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier and Maroš Šefčovič, vice President of the EU Commission and head of the "Energy Union" project, say Europe has to develop joint battery production capacities to ensure the continent retains its ...
  • Germany’s first solar panel bicycle lane opened near Cologne

    The first bicycle lane made out of solar panels in Germany has been opened on a 90-meter stretch near the western German city Cologne, Florian Gontek reports for Spiegel Online. The path consists of 150 solar power modules that are capable of feeding ...
  • Metalworkers’ union head warns Green party against overlooking energy transition’s social challenges

    The German Green Party should not overlook the concerns of workers in the steel or car industry when it debates the decarbonisation of the country’s economy, metalworker union IG Metall head Jörg Hofmann said as a guest speaker at the Greens’ annual party ...
  • Energy company E.ON says integration of former rival innogy makes “good progress”

    Germany energy company E.ON has said it has reached the first “major decisions” in the planned integration of former rival company innogy into its own company structures. In a press release, the company said it would continue to run by the name E.ON in ...
  • German economy minister renews calls for European battery cell production

    The German economy and energy minister, Peter Altmaier, has renewed calls for a European battery cell factory to counter Asia’s dominance in the sector. “We need competitive, innovative and environmentally sustainable production capacities for battery ...
  • EnBW to invite neighbours to invest in wind farms to increase public acceptance

    Energy company EnBW wants to increase the acceptance of new wind farms in Germany by inviting private citizens to acquire a share in the projects even though the company does not need any financial capital, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. EnBW ...
  • 28 Oct 2015

    E-car batteries needed / Heating sector could save more CO2

    28 Oct 2015 (All day) dpa “Workers’ representatives and politicians advocate German production of e-car batteries” Germany’s sole car battery producer, car manufacturer Daimler, will discontinue production this year, news agency dpa reports. The move has ...
  • End of EU of trade controls for Chinese solar panels sparks fears of glut on market

    Chinese solar panels will no longer be subject to trade controls such as minimum prices in the European Union, the European Commission announced in its official journal. The trade restrictions, introduced in 2013 to shield the European Union’s solar power ...
  • Liquid fuels necessary to achieve 2050 climate goals – petrol industry

    The EU’s 2050 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal cannot be achieved without liquid fuels, the German Petroleum Industry Association (MWV) says in its annual report. The petrol industry lobby group says petrol companies want to contribute to a more ...
  • Call to switch to alternative drives for delivery services in cities

    The Association of German Cities (DST), the German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB), the German Trade Association (HDE) and the Federal Association of Parcel and Express Logistics (BIEK) have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at ...
  • Green Party head calls for immediate launch of auctions to bolster domestic wind-turbine producers

    Green Party chairman Robert Habeck has warned that Germany risks haemorrhaging wind-turbine manufacturers, just as it lost its manufacturers of solar panels, dpa reports in an article carried by Die Welt. “We have promoted the technology for many years ...
  • Ireland has much to learn from Germany

    Germany can teach Ireland many lessons about how to transition to a low-carbon energy system, writes Margaret Ward in an article in The Irish Times. Its citizen-owned renewable energy projects have created innovative business models and increased support ...
  • 07 Jan 2016

    How to achieve a transport Energiewende / A 'Monopile Monopoly'

    07 Jan 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Rundschau “No climate protection without an energy transition in transport” Transport is absolutely crucial to decarbonising the economy and Germany should embrace a leading role, but the transport ministry is barely ...
  • 02 Feb 2015

    In the media: Cheap fossil fuels threaten energy transition in heating sector

    02 Feb 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “From nuclear proponent to power line opponent” In 2008 Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer said that extending the run-time of Germany’s nuclear power stations was "indispensable" and in July 2014 he ...
  • Booming German wind power sector fears 2019 cliff

    11 Sep 2017 Wind power lobby groups say new funding rules are resulting in unrealistically low compensation, squeezing wind farm operators and turbine manufacturers, while measures to help citizen-owned projects compete in the sector are being abused. The ...
  • Transport emissions reduction looms as German society’s “next major conflict” – opinion

    Bringing down emission levels in the transport sector is set to become the German “society’s next major conflict,” Thorsten Knuf writes in an opinion piece in the Frankfurter Rundschau. A recent study conducted by the think tank Agora Verkehrswende* ...
  • Legal opinion says switching off coal power plants could be illegal and expensive

    A legal opinion commissioned by coal power plant operator RWE argues a coal exit by policy decree would be unconstitutional, reports Klaus Stratmann in business daily Handelsblatt. The “renowned” energy law firm Posser Spieth Wolfers & Partners argues ...
  • District heating supply slightly down in 2017

    The energy supply via district heating networks fell slightly last year in Germany. Operators supplied roughly 161 terawatt hours of heat, a decline of 0.6 percent, according to the statistics office Destatis. “The main energy sources for district heating ...
  • Court orders diesel bans in Cologne and Bonn

    In a further setback for government efforts to get the diesel crisis under control, the regional administrative court in Western German city Cologne has ordered city authorities in Cologne and in neighbouring Bonn to introduce driving bans for older ...
  • Environmental NGOs propose to retire 16 GW of coal capacity by 2022

    The environmental NGOs participating in Germany’s coal exit commission have proposed to take around 16 gigawatt (GW) of coal power capacity off grid by 2022, reports newswire dpa in an article carried by Die Welt. Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Germany ...
  • Significant obstacles prevent tenant power – study

    The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has published an extensive study on “tenant power”. The study aims to provide a definition of the term, as well as legal background, and an overview of possible forms of organisation, the ...
  • 04 Oct 2018 |

    Germany’s 'huge step' to solve diesel crisis leaves NGOs unconvinced

    04 Oct 2018, 17:11 Germany’s government has decided to reduce emissions from diesel cars in polluted cities by swapping old models for new ones and retrofitting some older cars. Transport minister Andreas Scheuer and environment minister Svenja Schulze ...
  • VW aims to sell more SUVs to finance development of electric and autonomous cars

    Car buyers around the world are “in love with SUVs,” Jürgen Stackmann, member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, told the news agency dpa. By 2025, every second car sold by VW would be an SUV. According to Stackmann, the ...
  • Three German states present plans to boost renewables and reduce emissions

    Several German federal states have revamped their approach towards the energy transition and climate protection. In a joint initiative, the states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate are calling for a reform of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) to speed ...
  • Germans are a little less worried about climate change than other Europeans – EIB survey

    A climate survey published by the European Investment Bank (EIB) shows a north-south divide in EU citizens’ sentiment towards global warming. Southern Europeans are more concerned and see it as a more immediate threat compared to northern Europeans, who ...
  • EU executive conditionally approves Daimler, BMW car-sharing deal

    The European Union’s competition authority has approved the plan of German luxury carmakers Daimler and BMW to combine their car-sharing businesses, subject to conditions, reports Gabriela Baczynska for Reuters. The deal includes car-sharing units Car2Go ...
  • Tesla overtakes first German carmaker in US

    Tesla sold more cars than Audi in the US in September and October in a first for Germany’s luxury carmakers, rounding off a bleak weak for the companies, reports Nikolaus Doll in Die Welt. Tesla delivered 21,800 cars to US buyers in October, a lead of 36 ...
  • Hamburg start-up Enyway transforms citizens into power producers for 39 euros

    Hamburg start-up Enyway has started to rent out pizza box-sized fractions of its first large solar-array for 39 euros each, report Jürgen Flauger and Kathrin Witsch in Handelsblatt. “The average Joe can now actively participate in the energy transition,” ...
  • 08 Aug 2017 |

    Germany’s vaunted vocational training programme strains to meet Energiewende’s demand for skilled workers

    08 Aug 2017 (All day) Since Germany’s Energiewende shifted into gear in the early 2000s, the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors have created over a million jobs, many of them in technical branches, such as renewable energy production, power ...
  • Russian gas company Novatek plans LNG terminal on German Baltic Sea

    Russian gas company Novatek and Belgian group Fluxys, a natural gas transmission system operator, are planning to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the German Baltic port city of Rostock, Andreas Meyer writes in the Ostsee-Zeitung. According ...
  • Europe’s diesel boom didn’t help the climate – study

    The rapid spread of diesel engines in Europe over the past two decades thanks to subsidies has not lowered CO 2 emissions, according to a study by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Trier University, and the International Council on ...
  • Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority advises diesel owners to buy newer models

    The German Federal Motor Transport Agency (KBA) has sent 1.5 million letters to owners of old diesel cars in heavily polluted regions, advising them to exchange the vehicles for newer diesel models, reports Christian Frahm on Spiegel Online in an article ...
  • Mining union IG BCE still expects agreement on coal exit date by year’s end

    Germany will reach a deal by the end of the year on a deadline and way to exit coal-fired power generation, according to mining union IG BCE, reports Nathan Witkop for Montel. Union head Michael Vassiliadis told an industry association conference he was ...
  • Grid operator Tennet warns of hasty grid extensions

    Germany is running the risk of investing too much money in grid extensions, according to grid operator Tennet. Company CEO Lex Hartman warned of stranded assets because artificial intelligence would play an increasingly important role for the power grid, ...
  • Germany can reach 2020 climate target with three year delay – study

    Germany can reach its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target with a delay of three years by taking 9 gigawatts (GW) of lignite-fired power plant capacity offline by 2023 without endangering power supply security, according to a study by Aurora Energy ...
  • Heat wave sends air-con sales soaring

    The heat wave gripping Germany has seen households and businesses across Germany purchase record numbers of air conditioners, RP Online reports. The Fachverband Gebäude-Klima (FGK), an association with 300 member companies active in the building and ...
  • Digitalisation of energy transition pushes electrical industry sales to record high

    Trends such as the digitalisation of the energy transition and autonomous driving pushed German electrical and electronics companies’ sales up around 4 percent to a record 190 billion euros last year, according to the German Electrical and Electronic ...
  • 18 Jun 2018 |

    Germany's coal commission model for fair decarbonisation- union rep

    18 Jun 2018, 14:58 Social justice should be a guiding principle of modern climate policy, German environment minister Svenja Schulze said at the opening of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. Samantha Smith of the International Trade Union ...
  • Focus on climate in Bavarian coalition treaty is a surprise, but might be less ambitious than first meets the eye - reports

    The focus on climate in Bavaria’s coalition treaty  between conservative parties Christian Socialist Union (CSU) and Free Voters is a surprise, writes Peter Issig for the Die Welt. “Some of it seems to have been copied directly from the Greens,” writes ...
  • German government sticks to plan for Climate Protection Law in 2019

    The German government will stick to its plan to introduce a Climate Protection Law in 2019 despite  major internal difficulties  harrowing the coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD). A first ...
  • “Germany’s coal task force can change things for Europe” – opinion

    The launch of the coal-exit commission has raised expectations that Germany’s – and by extension, Europe’s – commitment to a low-carbon future could shift from rhetoric to reality, Nick Butler writes in an opinion piece for the Financial Times. However, ...
  • Most German states have no interest in wind power minimum-distance rules

    Bavaria  is the only German state that made use of a law to set its own minimum distance for wind turbines from residential buildings, the German government has said in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry by the Free Democrats (FDP). The government says ...
  • German government misses deadline to gauge CO2-savings by stand-by coal plants

    The German government has failed to report the carbon emissions savings achieved by putting several coal plants into a security stand-by mode reserved for supply bottlenecks, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. An assessment scheduled for the ...
  • Germany “coal-black sheep” of international community in climate protection - opinion

    Germany has long ceased to be an “exemplary student” in climate protection and turned into a “coal-black sheep” of the international community, writes Konrad Schuller in the Sunday edition of conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. An ambitious ...
  • Emissions become more expensive

    The price for emitting one tonne of CO 2 has more than tripled since the beginning of the year and now stands at 17 euros, Bernward Janzing writes in the taz. There is now hope that this climate action measure is finally working. When prices rise above 15 ...
  • 22 Oct 2015

    G7 decarbonisation efforts assessed

    22 Oct 2015 (All day) Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) “The energy transition in Europe: initial lessons from Germany, the UK and France” The experience of Germany, the UK and France shows that the transition to a power sector running on renewable ...
  • E-mobility, on the verge of breakthrough, might pose challenge to German power distribution grids

    Advantageous regulations, decreasing overall costs, a wider offer of different models and increased demand mean that e-mobility is on the verge of breakthrough in Germany, according to consultancy McKinsey. Similar to the developments in the solar PV ...
  • “Less talk, more action” – guest commentary

    Jürgen Hambrecht, chairman of the supervisory board of German chemical company BASF, says Germany risks failing on the Energiewende. In an opinion piece for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, he argues that the government must work fast to solve energy, ...
  • Coal incompatible with future energy system - report

    Coal-fired power generation does not have a future in Germany’s energy transition, write the environmental NGO WWF Germany and the green power provider LichtBlick in a joint report, seen by the Clean Energy Wire. In their report “Dead end coal – Why coal ...
  • 05 May 2015

    In the media: Will PV auctions lower costs?

    05 May 2015 (All day) PV Magazine “Accepted photovoltaic projects between 8.48 and 9.43 cents per kilowatt-hour” Solar array bids accepted in Germany’s recent auction were between 8.48 and 9.43 cents per kilowatt-hour, averaging out at 9.17 cents, ...
  • German lignite power plant operators’ suffer losses – analysis

    Low wholesale power prices and higher prices for CO 2 emission allowances are weighing on Germany's lignite plant operators’ balance sheets, according to an evaluation of the energy information service Tagesspiegel Background, Der Tagesspiegel ...
  • State economy minister calls for CO₂ tax on oil and gas

    Andreas Pinkwart, economy minister of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s most populous state and home to one of three German lignite mining regions, has called for a CO₂ tax on oil and gas to ensure that power consumers do not have to shoulder all of ...
  • Nord Stream 2: green light for 55-kilometre section in German territorial waters

    The contentious Nord Stream 2 Russian-German natural gas pipeline project has cleared an important hurdle, reports the news agency dpa. Mining authority Bergamt Stralsund has granted a permit for the construction and operation of a 55-kilometre section of ...
  • Aldi Süd rolling out e-car charging stations on major German motorways

    Discount supermarket chain Aldi Süd is equipping 28 of its branches along major traffic routes in Germany with electric vehicle charging stations, according to a dpa article carried by Handelsblatt. The move represents a shift from the group’s focus on ...
  • Germany gears up for official talks on coal phase-out

    22 May 2018 Energy transition pioneer Germany is about to launch a highly anticipated task force on phasing out coal power, the most prominent blemish on the country’s climate record. The government will likely nominate the coal exit commission on ...
  • “All change”

    “Germany’s new electoral landscape promises upheaval for companies as well as politicians,” Olaf Storbeck writes in a commentary for Reuters Breakingviews. A possible new “Jamaica” coalition government including the conservative Merkel’s conservative CDU ...
  • Industry energy consumption remains unchanged in 2017

    The energy consumption of German industry remained unchanged in 2017. According to the statistics office Destatis, 87 percent was used “for energetic purposes such as electrcitiy and heat production.” The remaining 13 percent was used for the production ...
  • Energy transition needs new momentum – editorial

    Despite the increasing share of renewable power and the agreement on additional renewable actions, Germany’s energy transition has lost momentum, writes the Stuttgarter Nachrichten in an editorial by business correspondent Alexander del Regno. “The ...
  • Pure electric vehicle share of new car registrations rises to 1.3 percent in October

    The share of pure electric vehicles in Germany’s new car registrations climbed to 1.3 percent in October, as the number of new EVs increased 55 percent year-on-year, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The share of hybrid cars rose ...
  • Germany’s renewables share rises to 38 percent of power consumption

    Renewables produced 38 percent of the electricity used in Germany between January and September 2018, an increase of three percentage points over a year earlier, according to utility association BDEW. In January, April and May, renewables' share even ...
  • Thousands of workers protest while coal commission meets in lignite mining region

    While the coal exit commission meets in Rhenish mining district in the state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), thousands of coal workers protested for their jobs not far from the symbolic Hambach Forest, which energy company RWE wants to cut down to make way ...
  • Electricity network operators push forward with grid expansion

    Germany’s transmission system operators are moving ahead with plans to build electricity highways connecting the northern and southern parts of the country, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. Beginning in the middle of the next decade, four lines ...
  • 21 Jun 2018

    First 100 days- German government in disarray neglects energy policy

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

    Germany launches task force to kickstart shift to sustainable mobility

    19 Sep 2018, 15:20 The German government has launched a new advisory panel to reduce transport emissions in line with national climate targets. The task force will broaden the focus of an earlier panel concentrated on electric cars, to discuss the entire ...
  • VW, Ford mull wide-ranging partnership in e-mobility, autonomous driving

    Volkswagen and Ford are discussing a wide-ranging partnership that stands to change the German industry, report Martin Murphy and Stefan Menzel in Handelsblatt Global. The world’s biggest and fifth-biggest automakers want to join forces to move into ...
  • Climate change among greatest challenges of our time – CDU party head candidate

    The long-time rival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former parliamentary group leader of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, Friedrich Merz,  provided the first details on his candidacy to become chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in ...
  • Government coalition reaches deal to boost renewable energy capacity

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and its Social Democrat (SPD) partners have agreed to keep their promise to speed up the expansion of renewable power installations, ending months of wrangling, reports Thorsten Severin for Reuters. ...
  • Germany helps out Belgium with electricity

    Germany and France will help Belgium through potential power capacity problems this coming winter, the news agencies dpa and Reuters report. As of November, six out of seven nuclear power plants which Belgium relies on for much of its power supply will be ...
  • “Never again cheap fuel”

    German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel’s controversial proposal of placing a flexible tax on fuel that would rise and fall according to oil prices is a good idea and it should not be abandoned despite the loud opposition to it, Mark Schieritz writes in ...
  • Transport minister to meet carmakers on diesel hardware retrofits

    German transport minister Andreas Scheuer will meet the country’s carmakers at the end of next week to thrash out a deal on who pays for hardware retrofits to lower nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel cars, industry sources told German newswire dpa. ...
  • Confusion about diesel deals might hasten end of technology

    The confusion about discounts make it highly unlikely that German diesel drivers will swap their vehicle against a newer model, write Andreas Macho, Martin Seiwert and Volker ter Haseborg in an article for business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. While company ...
  • China is crushing Europe’s electric car dreams

    Europe gave the world some of its top automakers, but it’s losing out to China in the race to define the industry’s future, writes Daniel Chane for CNN business. “It may be too late to catch up,” according to Chane. Energy analyst Simone Tagliapietra from ...
  • Germans unsatisfied with government handling of diesel crisis – survey

    A large majority of Germans is not satisfied with the way the federal government aims to prevent diesel driving bans in inner cities, according to a survey by online pollster YouGov, commissioned by news agency dpa. About two-thirds of respondents said ...
  • German parliament and finance ministry ignore huge costs of climate inaction

    Germany  will likely have to buy emissions rights  worth billions of euros for failing EU transport and agriculture climate targets in the 2020s, but parliament and finance ministry appear only dimly aware of this risk, writes Bernhard Pötter in ...
  • Largest German Baltic Sea offshore wind park inaugurated

    “Wikinger”, Germany’s largest Baltic Sea offshore wind park, has been inaugurated, marking Spanish energy company Iberdrola's entry into the German electricity market, reports public broadcaster NDR. The 350 megawatt facility – its 70 turbines ...
  • VW operating profit drops as anti-pollution rules bite

    Volkswagen reported an 18.6 percent drop in third-quarter adjusted operating profit to 3.51 billion euros due to weaker vehicle sales tied to the introduction of more stringent anti-pollution rules, report Edward Taylor and Jan Schwartz for Reuters. ...
  • Financial investors have evolved from bystanders to leaders in climate action

    Big financial investors, such as banks, insurance companies, investment trusts or pension funds, have long ignored the climate crisis as a field of action. But by now they have become one of the biggest drivers of change in the approach of industrial ...
  • Merkel's preparation for departure heralds turbulent times in German politics - commentators

    German newspaper editorials focus on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s shock move to prepare for departure. “The Merkel era draws to a close,” comments Süddeutsche Zeitung. “The CDU’s renewal and reformation may begin […] This injects a new dynamism into German ...
  • Putin to make surprise visit to Germany to discuss Nord Stream 2

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Germany on Saturday, 18 August to discuss the controversial gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the New York Times reports. Apart from talks about the ongoing conflicts in ...
  • 10 Nov 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: World expects Germany to lead way with Energiewende

    10 Nov 2015 (All day) The final negotiations for a global climate treaty in Paris are just weeks 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 ...
  • German army caused over 30 wildfires during target practice in summer heat wave

    The German army (Bundeswehr) has caused 32 wildfires during target practice in this year’s exceptionally hot and dry summer, the Tageszeitung (taz) newspaper reports. According to an analysis conducted by Germany’s ministry of defence (BMVg) for the ...
  • Report about coal exit plan causes stir ahead of commission meeting

    17 Sep 2018, 10:30 A report about a proposal by one of Germany’s coal commission co-heads for a coal exit by 2038 has caused irritation. Some commission members were quick to reject the report and warned that the commission's work was in peril should ...
  • Greens strong in regional election, but ability to turn success into concrete policy remains to be seen - opinion

    While the Greens were strengthened by their success in the regional elections in the German federal state of Hesse, it remains to be seen whether they can convert this political success into concrete green policy, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece ...
  • New anti-coal protests in Rhenish mining district

    Thousands of people have protested against coal use in Germany, some blocking a railway line leading to the Hambach lignite mine, others occupying an excavator there, reports Deutsche Welle. A court has recently ordered that clearing operations at the ...
  • Quality of reporting on climate risks by German companies must increase – consultancy

    While many German companies have recognised the need for more transparency and other changes in measuring climate risks, the quality of reporting on the topic is not high enough, writes the consultancy Ernst & Young (EY). In a report, EY examined how ...
  • Merkel will not seek re-election as party chair, chancellor

    After heavy losses for her conservative CDU/CSU alliance in regional elections in Bavaria and Hesse, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she will not seek re-election as party chairwoman. She also said she would not run for chancellor again. ...
  • 05 Jun 2015

    In the media: G7 seen setting climate agenda; Coal-fired plants lose money

    05 Jun 2015 (All day) Carbon Tracker Initiative "Coal: caught in the EU utility death spiral" New coal-fired power plants fail to generate positive cash-flows even under the most optimistic scenarios as the market conditions for utilities have ...
  • German natural gas imports up 15 percent in 2017

    Germany imported 4,778,136 terajoules of natural gas in 2017, a 15 percent increase compared to the previous year, writes the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) in a statement. The average cross-border price was 4,729.42 euros ...
  • Russia ready to defy "illegal" US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 operators

    The Russian government has said it is ready to resist "illegal" attempts to intervene in the completion of the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project that it plans together with Germany, as the US government has reiterated its ...
  • Environment ministry launches European Climate Initiative

    Germany’s environment ministry has launched the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) to strengthen internal European cooperation on climate protection, the ministry announced in a press release. The initiative will initially supply funding for 22 projects ...
  • Merkel makes “huge mistake” regarding coal exit – Green Party co-head

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a “huge mistake“ when she argues that the question of ending coal-fired power generation should only be dealt with after ensuring the economic future of the affected workers, Green Party co-head Annalena Baerbock told ...
  • Fairer cost distribution increases German power customers’ willingness to pay for energy transition – study

    The more equally power costs are allocated among the population, the more willing German power customers are to finance the changes associated with the energy transition, a study conducted by the research institute RWI and published in the Nature Energy ...
  • Brandenburg’s new energy minister sticks with pro-coal stance

    The designated new economy and energy minister of the German federal state of Brandenburg, Jörg Steinbach, is likely to keep the pro-coal stance of his predecessor, Albrecht Gerber, who announced his resignation on 21 August citing private reasons, Igor ...
  • Climate and nature protection through moorland restoration

    The environment ministry wants to promote the restoration of moorlands in Germany, a press release said. Ninety percent of Germany’s moors are drained, making them into a source instead of a sink for CO 2. “Only a wet moor is a good moor,” environment ...
  • Germany’s large parties have understood nothing about climate action and fairness – opinion

    The problem with being in power for a long time is that it becomes possible to judge a politician by whether they fulfilled their promises, writes Cerstin Gammelin in an op-ed for Süddeutsche Zeitung. Angela Merkel in her 13 th year as chancellor is ...
  • “Slowly, Germany bids farewell to coal”

    The last German hard coal mine will close in December 2018. Cristina Belda Font, writing for Equal Times, takes a closer look at the 50-year transformation that coal mining and energy industry has seen in the Ruhr region. Some mines are already used to ...
  • 04 Nov 2014

    In the media: Power lines, offshore wind and energy law reform

    04 Nov 2014 (All day) Spiegel Online  “Controversial power lines: Network operators want to considerably lengthen transmission routes” Germany’s four big electricity network operators want to expand new transmission lines that will link Saxony-Anhalt in ...
  • Moorland fire extinguished

    A large moorland fire, which had been caused accidentally during a military exercise in northern Germany more than a month ago, has been extinguished, reports public broadcaster NDR. According to a German army (Bundeswehr) spokesperson, pictures taken by ...
  • Germany’s climate likely to mirror Northern Italy’s – interview

    Global warming is shifting climate zones throughout Europe, Ernst Rauch, climate expert at Munich Reinsurance Company, said in an interview with Tagesspiegel. Germany will have vegetation similar to that found in Northern Italy by the end of the century ...
  • Citizens’ groups repeat call for standstill agreement on coal mine expansion in Germany

    Several citizens’ and environmental groups in Germany have reiterated their call for a standstill agreement on lignite mine expansion until the speed and scope of the country’s coal phase-out has been determined, Ralph Jansen writes in the Kölner Stadt ...
  • Coalition talks should emphasise German industry’s competitiveness – CDU negotiator

    Possible negotiations to extend Germany’s grand coalition government should put a special focus on international competitiveness, as the US under President Donald Trump is increasingly becoming a rival, writes the Christian Democratic Party’s (CDU) energy ...
  • Five “model cities” want to improve air quality with better and cheaper public transport

    In the fight against pollution from diesel cars and with EU fines looming, five German model cities want to make their public transport systems better and cheaper. At a press conference with transport minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and environment ...
  • No good climate without good work – op-ed

    With their protest slogan “No good climate without good work” – used to demand job protection as Germany plans a coal phase-out – coal workers are making a valid point, Joachim Wille writes in an opinion piece for the Frankfurter Rundschau. But despite ...
  • RWE responds to criticism from pension fund

    In an open letter published in the WirtschaftsWoche, Gunhild Grieve, head of investor relations at German utility RWE, refutes the advice that investors should get rid of “toxic coal stocks”. The suggestion had been made by Jan Erik Saugestad, CEO of ...
  • EnBW launches first green bond

    Utility EnBW has launched its first 500-million-euro green bond with a 15-year term to maturity. The bond was oversubscribed after a few hours, the energy company said in a press release, adding that EnBW was one of the first German businesses to launch a ...
  • Ramped up renewables expansion will aggravate existing Energiewende problems – opinion

    Germany’s new coalition agreement means a visible increase in ambition for expanding renewable energy sources, Hubertus Bardt and Benjamin Tischler write in a guest commentary for Handelsblatt. However, “goals like these are easily made but hard to ...
  • Consternation over SPD leader Nahles’s attack on Green climate policy

    The criticism of the Green Party’s climate policy by Andrea Nahles, leader of the  SPD, Germany’s junior government coalition partner, has led to consternation and objections by the Greens and environmental groups. NGO Greenpeace said in a mailed ...
  • Germany needs to exit coal by 2030 to meet Paris Agreement 1.5°C limit – report

    Germany needs to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2030 to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement and help limit global warming to 1.5° Celsius, according to a report by Berlin-based non-profit climate science and policy institute Climate ...
  • “We’re not adjusting the limit” – Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated her proposal to adapt Germany’s emissions law to prevent diesel driving bans in cities where nitrogen oxide limits are only slightly exceeded. In an interview with public broadcaster hr-iNFO, Merkel said this ...
  • “Coal stocks are toxic” – guest commentary

    Investors should get rid of coal company shares, such as those of German utility RWE, as these are risky at times of planned coal-exits around the world, writes Jan Erik Saugestad, CEO of Storebrand Asset Management, Norway's largest private asset ...
  • COP24 in Katowice will be “milestone in international climate policy” – state secretary

    There is much detail work to be done until the UN Climate Change Conference will start in Polish Katowice on 2 December, said the German environment ministry after a preparatory meeting in Kraków. However, the will of governments to agree on a rulebook ...
  • Polish President Andrzej Duda calls for stop to Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline during Germany visit

    On a visit to Germany, Polish President Andrzej Duda said the planned Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 “should not be realised”, reports Deutsche Welle. At a joint press conference with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin, Duda ...
  • 09 Dec 2016 |

    Vote2017- Bareiß: "We will have to talk about a gradual end to renewables support."

    09 Dec 2016 (All day) Germans will elect a new federal government in autumn 2017. Security, economic stability and refugees are likely to dominate election campaigns, but keeping the Energiewende on a steady course and fulfilling Germany’s international ...
  • “Exiting coal by 2030”

    Germany’s energy transition “is no energy transition” since the country continues to heavily rely on lignite power as its most important source of energy, Christian Schlesinger writes in the business weekly WirtschaftsWoche. If Germany wants to lower its ...
  • “Germany prefers to protect the diesel instead of the climate”

    EU environment ministers want to find a compromise on future car emission limits today, but car giant and Energiewende pioneer Germany creates confusion instead of playing a leading role in the negotiations, write Markus Becker and Gerald Traufetter on ...
  • Germany must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 62 percent by 2030 to help reach 1.5° goal – env min

    According to environment ministry calculations, Germany would have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 62 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, to meet the requirements laid out by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ...
  • German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex receives largest order to date

    German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has received its largest order to date in the second quarter, FOCUS Online reports. The company has been contracted to build a wind park in northern Brazil with a total capacity of 595 megawatts. Analysts believe ...
  • The big influence of a small number of coal workers on German energy policy

    Just 20,000 people in Germany are still employed in the once-mighty coal sector but their influence on energy policy is far greater than their number would suggest, Felix Heilmann writes for Climate Home. Coal workers are well-organised and good at ...
  • “Cross sector association alliance calls for redistribution of Energiewende costs”

    A reform of Germany’s system to finance the country’s Energiewende is needed to distribute costs more fairly and push renewable electricity use in heating and transport, writes a cross-sector alliance of associations in a joint statement. In comparison to ...
  • Time to replace EEG with functioning EU emissions trade in all sectors - commentary

    While the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was well-suited to supply necessary financing to kick start the expansion of renewables, it should now be replaced by a functioning European emissions trade in all sectors, Reinhold von Eben-Worlée, president of the ...
  • Pilot project uses steel to store excess regional wind and solar power

    Energy start-up Lumenion, Vattenfall Energy Solutions and Berlin-based housing company Gewobag have kicked off a steel storage pilot project in Germany’s capital to store excess regional wind and solar power, the companies announced in a press release. ...
  • Government’s diesel concept uses outdated data – media report

    The German government’s recently decided concept to avoid diesel driving bans in German inner cities is based on outdated data, reports Martin Gropp for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The grand coalition decided to introduce special measures in Germany’s ...
  • States call for better federal government support for urban energy transitions

    The council of federal state governments (Bundesrat) has called on the German government to remove several regulatory hurdles for renewables support in cities. In their decision, the states said they want the government to better support tenant ...
  • Merkel’s proposal to prevent diesel driving bans “cheap argument and attempt to please voters” ahead of state election - opinion

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s proposal to change the law to prevent diesel driving bans in several German cities is a “cheap argument and an all-too transparent attempt to please voters ahead of the state elections in Hesse” this Sunday, writes Lutz Reiche ...
  • Merkel aims to change law to prevent diesel driving bans

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning for her party ahead of the regional elections in the federal state of Hesse, said her government aims to amend existing legislation to prevent diesel driving bans in cities where nitrogen oxide limits are only ...
  • Science and industry collaborate on synthetic fuels research

    Businesses including Daimler, Audi, Caterpillar, Bosch, and energy company ENBW, are teaming up with scientists in the state of Baden-Württemberg to explore the potential for, and large-scale production of, synthetic fuels, the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • 05 Jan 2015

    In the media: Energy businesses struggle, Bavaria needs to decide on power lines, offshore wind

    05 Jan 2015 (All day) Reuters “Gabriel pushes Bayern to decide on power network” Bavaria risks a weakening of its economy and higher electricity prices unless it agrees to the two planned power lines transporting wind power from the north to the south, ...
  • To protect climate, we will need diesel cars even in ten years – VW CEO

    Unless Germany quickly phases out coal-fired power generation, diesel cars will continue to be better for the climate than e-cars, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told the Süddeutsche Zeitung in an interview. For this reason, Germany will need diesel cars ...
  • North Rhine-Westphalia wants to expand solar power capacity

    Germany’s most populous federal state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), plans to expand its solar power capacity, Die Welt online reports. NRW’s economics minister Andreas Pinkwart said the state would cut red tape for new rooftop solar panels, including on ...
  • EU’s 2030 energy targets insufficient to meet Paris goals – foundation

    The EU needs much higher 2030 renewable energy and energy efficiency targets than are currently on the table, Radostina Primova and Rebecca Bertram from Green political foundation Heinrich Böll-Stiftung said in an interview with EURACTIV. In negotiations ...
  • Germany at risk of becoming biotope for fossil combustion technologies – Green MP

    By opposing stricter EU car emission limits, Germany’s government delays the transition to renewable mobility and risks isolating the country, according to Green MP and transport expert Cem Özdemir. “France, Denmark, Luxembourg and Netherlands have ...
  • Argentina to carry on Germany's G20 climate focus- env min Bergman

    30 Nov 2017 (All day) During its G20 presidency this year, Germany made the issue of climate change and energy transition a central topic- and its G20 presidency successor Argentina is ready to carry it forward to the 2018 summit in Buenos Aires, ...
  • Industry federation warns of industry exodus from Germany due to power costs

    Germany’s largest industry federation, BDI, warns that high power prices could lead to an exodus of companies to cheaper production locations abroad, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Spiegel Online. BDI head Dieter Kempf said Germany had ...
  • Fresh Green upset in Hesse state election may derail Merkel government

    26 Oct 2018, 10:47 As Germany’s federal government parties, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU camp and the Social Democrats (SPD), suffer from voter flight due to the coalition’s constant quarrels, the Green Party emerges as one of the big ...
  • COP23- 'Firms need certainty on climate policy to unlock investments'

    06 Nov 2017 (All day) The UNFCCC conference in Bonn needs to see more states make ambitious climate mitigation pledges, Sabine Nallinger, Managing Director of the Foundation 2°- German Businesses for Climate Protection, tells CLEW. The outcome could spur ...
  • German wind power tender fails to attract enough bids, PV strong

    Germany’s latest tender for new onshore wind power installations failed to attract enough bids to award the full offered amount of 670 megawatts, the country’s grid regulator said. The average support rate for the accepted bids with a total amount of 363 ...
  • Coal commission still debating national climate targets versus Paris Climate Agreement

    Germany’s coal exit commission faces a huge task, but progress is slow, write Horand Knaup and Max Haerder in business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. “Participants lament that a lot of time and energy is wasted on questions of organisation and discussions ...
  • Pro-coal protesters besiege private home of German coal commission member

    About 100 members of coal miner labour union IG BCE held a demonstration in front of the private home of anti-coal mining acitivist Antje Grothus, who also is a member of Germany’s coal exit commission, newspaper Die Welt reports. Grothus, who heads a ...
  • “VW’s discounts are an outrage” – opinion

    VW is responsible for one of the largest industrial frauds in the post-war period and still tries to profit from it, writes Angelika Slavik in a commentary in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The carmaker is offering up to 10,000 euros for the trade-in of an old ...
  • Car industry not as important as it claims, but better positioned on e-mobility than many think – analysis

    The car industry lobby often claims that it provides one in seven jobs in Germany, but the true number is one in 25, write Matthias Breitinger and Tina Groll in an analysis for weekly magazine Die Zeit. But the carmakers are better positioned in e ...
  • EU energy intensive industries: paid to pollute, not to decarbonise – NGO report

    Europe’s energy intensive industry sectors have been benefitting from exemptions and special regulations on energy taxes and levies, but they “have been among the slowest in the EU to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and invest in solutions to ...
  • Summer drought shows need for climate-conscious agriculture – environment ministry

    This year’s persistent drought could help the push towards more climate-friendly agriculture in Germany, Susanne Ehlerding writes for Der Tagesspiegel. A working paper published after a meeting between farmers and environment minister Svenja Schulze lists ...
  • Env min says will defend misguided government position at EU car emission talks

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze will argue for limiting CO 2 car emission cuts to 30 percent by 2030 at today’s decisive meeting with her EU counterparts, despite believing the proposal by the EU commission falls far short of what’s necessary ...
  • North Rhine-Westphalia key to Germany’s energy transition – report

    In order for Germany to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target, a rapid phase-out of coal-fired electricity generation is needed across the country, but especially in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), according to a report published by ...
  • German states want synthetic fuels included in car fleet CO2 regulation

    A number of German states want the federal government to push for including synthetic fuels as an option to lower CO 2 emissions from passenger cars in the upcoming EU trialogue on new emission targets for car fleets, Klaus Stratmann writes for the ...
  • Push for stricter wind turbine rules and planning delays outrage renewable associations

    The states of Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia are pushing for stricter rules on minimum wind turbine distances near settlements and for curbing planning privileges that enable wind parks to be planned and built in less time. The Bundesrat, Germany ...
  • Germany’s dirty diesel cars dumped to Poland as driving bans proliferate

    Many diesel cars affected by the looming driving bans in Germany for having too high exhaust emissions are being exported to eastern Europe and especially to Poland, where anti-pollution policies still are less severe, the NGO Transport & Environment ...
  • Mandatory e-car charging points could cost German companies billions of euros

    Plans by the European Parliament (EP) to introduce mandatory e-car charging points in non-residential buildings could cost German companies 7.5 billion euros, writes Markus Grabitz in the Rheinische Post. In the future EU directive on energy efficiency in ...
  • New environment minister Schulze says Germany must regain leading position in international climate action

    Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, says Germany must regain its leadership position in the international effort to reduce carbon emissions. “Germany quickly has to restore its pioneering role in climate action,” Schulze said during her ...
  • Nord Stream 2 right to secure German power supply – coal commission co-head

    The planned Russian-German natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, currently under construction in the Baltic Sea, can contribute to German power supply security during the country’s coal exit, said coal commission co-head Ronald Pofalla during a speech at ...
  • Applications for renewables surcharge exemption rise

    Energy-intensive companies have applied for exemptions from the renewables surcharge for significantly higher electricity volumes for the coming year, according to a dpa article carried by FOCUS Online. According to a response from the Federal Ministry ...
  • Energy minister “disappoints” business sector

    Peter Altmaier’s track record as Germany’s economy and energy minister lacks actions, particularly in energy policy, Antje Höning and Birgit Marschall write in the Rheinische Post. “The energy transition resembles a construction site, and the planned coal ...
  • VW CEO Diess says clean car policies “threaten the very existence” of Germany’s car industry

    Stricter EU emission limits and new, more realistic exhaust gas testing methods were pushing the car industry to the “brink of collapse,” Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said at an event on 16 October, Spiegel Online reports. He lamented that the current ...
  • Green bonds’ popularity on the rise in Germany

    Business development banks like the KfW are an important source of funding for Germany’s energy transition and they increasingly use so-called green bonds to finance endeavours in clean energy production or e-mobility, Günter Heismann writes in the ...
  • German lignite plans emit too much NOx – report

    More than two-thirds of Germany’s lignite plants emit higher amounts of nitrogen oxides (NOx) than would be permitted under new EU standards (which have not been implemented into German law so far), a report published by Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND ...
  • New law to accelerate power grid expansion

    Germany’s energy ministry is drafting a law to accelerate the development of the country’s electricity network, Michael Bauchmüller reports in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The draft, seen by the paper, will include streamlining the planning procedure, ...
  • Nordex sales and profits drop in first half of year

    German wind turbine maker Nordex has booked a fall in revenue and earnings, but its order books swelled in the first half of the year, reports Craig Richard in Windpower Monthly. Sales dropped 36 percent to 957 million euros, while adjusted earnings ...
  • EU governments agree to cut car emissions faster than proposed by Germany

    The environment ministers of the EU member states have agreed to seek more ambitious CO₂ car emission cuts by 2030 than both the European Commission and the German government had initially proposed. Average CO₂ emissions of new passenger cars registered ...
  • 05 Jul 2018 |

    Biggest German gas grid operator sees role in renewable energy future

    05 Jul 2018, 13:29 The climate advantage of natural gas can contribute to immediate CO₂ reduction by replacing coal and oil in the power sector and in heating, says Jürgen Fuhlrott, Head of Business Development at Germany’s biggest gas transmission grid ...
  • 02 Nov 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: Emissions trading is the key to climate protection

    02 Nov 2015 (All day) The final negotiations for a global climate treaty in Paris are just weeks 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 ...
  • German consumers not Russian captives – opinion

    It is true that Russia is Germany’s biggest energy supplier but German consumers are not “captives”, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “To the dismay of climate politicians, an abundancy of oil, gas and coal is ...
  • German government struggles to find common position on new EU climate targets for cars

    The German government is still a long way from finding a common position on future EU car fleet emission limits, report Till Hoppe and Silke Kersting in the business daily Handelsblatt. German car makers’ works councils and the top brass of metalworkers’ ...
  • 08 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 3: US should be kept on board / "Time to stop digging"

    08 Nov 2017 Talks in Bonn as technical as expected but also “unexcited, friendly and positive”, says German negotiator / Developing countries call for voluntary reporting / US should remain part of COPs / German taxpayers are financing the climate crisis- ...
  • Investors and funds increasingly have to take ecologic and social responsibility into account

    Sustainable investment- after years of being a niche product- is becoming the mainstream, writes German business daily Handelsblatt in a long analysis. “Investors cannot dodge their responsibilities for areas beyond return on investment anymore,” writes ...
  • 15 Oct 2018 |

    Bavarian vote shakes Berlin coalition, leaves energy policy in limbo

    15 Oct 2018, 17:33 The ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) – the sister party to Angela Merkel’s CDU and the partner in her national grand coalition government – were dealt a historic blow in the Bavarian state elections, ...
  • Forming a CSU-Greens coalition “difficult” – opinion

    Several German newspapers discuss the option of a possible regional government coalition between the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Green Party after the Bavaria state elections. In an opinion piece in the Mittelbayrische Zeitung, ...
  • RWE head Schmitz vows to “fight on” for clearing of Hambach Forest

    In two separate interviews, the CEO of energy company RWE, Rolf Martin Schmitz, has vowed to continue contending for the clearing of the embattled Hambach Forest, which a court ordered to halt on 5 October. In an interview with the Rheinische Post, ...
  • German conservatives say coalition partner SPD must accept difficulties of renewables expansion

    Germany’s ruling conservative CDU party says its coalition partner Social Democrats (SPD) have to acknowledge that the expansion of Germany’s renewable energy capacity will be more difficult than initially thought, Focus Online reports. So far, the SPD ...
  • German carmakers produce “polluters without exhaust” as they enter e-car market

    German carmakers Mercedes and Audi enter the e-car market with two e-SUVs, but instead of contributing to reducing emissions in the country’s transport sector, these big and heavy vehicles might even worsen the sector’s climate impact, Christian Wüst ...
  • German government vies for headquarters of European battery cell production

    The German government tries to bring the headquarters of the envisaged European joint venture for battery cell production to Germany, a press release by Germany’s economy and energy ministry (BMWi) says. At a meeting of the European Battery Alliance in ...
  • Merkel's conservative allies battered in Bavaria, Greens gain big

    In a further erosion of Germany's political mainstream, the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) has lost its absolute majority in Bavaria’s state elections, while the Greens have become the second largest political force there, writes Deutsche ...
  • Coal phase-out commission gets to work

    After a first procedural session in June, Germany’s coal exit commission meets today to “lay the groundwork for joint understanding of the 24 experts and four heads”, writes Andreas Mihm in an article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The commission – ...
  • Renewable gases for a greenhouse-gas neutral energy system

    The use of 930 terawatt-hours of renewable gases could provide enough flexibility to sustain a greenhouse-gas neutral energy system in Germany by 2050, a study by energy advisors (enervis) for the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and the association ...
  • 19 Nov 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: Paris must send signal for global fossil fuel exit

    19 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 ...
  • Hot and dry weather in German cities strains CO2 absorption rate of trees

    Trees in German cities are stressed by an unusual drought that affects their ability to absorb CO 2 and convert it into oxygen, biologist Michael Blaschke says in an article written by Peter Clement in the Rheinische Post. Many trees in inner cities shed ...
  • Germany’s energy transition makes renewable energies cheaper for other countries – commentary

    Germany’s years-long investment in, and deployment of, renewable sources of energy have brought down the cost of solar and wind power around the world, Aaron Larson writes in POWER. Other countries seeking to similarly transition to a carbon-free energy ...
  • German carmakers headed for "disaster" – opinion

    German car manufacturers are working to sell ever more diesel vehicles in a bid to comply with stricter EU CO 2 emission limits, risking “disaster”, writes Frank-Thomas Wenzel in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Rundschau. Diesel-fuelled cars produce less ...
  • 10 Aug 2015

    RWE unveils turnaround plan

    10 Aug 2015 (All day) Germany's second-largest utility announces it is consolidating its operations under one roof and shaking up its management structure. Spinning off the conventional power business was kept as an option but not planned, CEO Peter ...
  • Tesla’s European charging network reaches new milestone

    Tesla has by now installed a record number of fast-charging stations in Europe: more than 400. Since expanding its “Supercharger” network from Norway to the rest of Europe in 2013, the US-based car company has inspired competition from its American and ...
  • CEOs of big German companies RWE and VW clash over lignite mining

    Two executives of major German companies, VW CEO Herbert Diess and RWE CEO Rolf Martin Schmitz have traded blows over lignite mining, reports business daily Handelsblatt. Diess triggered the dispute by declaring in an interview the Süddeutsche Zeitung ...
  • Economy minister proposes retiring 5 GW of lignite power capacity – sources

    Economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has proposed quickly retiring five gigawatts of lignite power generation capacity with a view to the country’s ongoing talks about a coal phase-out, sources told the Rheinische Post. In addition, he suggested ...
  • Without full attention on quick coal exit, Merkel’s legacy will be “dirty brown”

    Though Germany has championed the use of clean energy, the country is struggling with the phase-out of lignite, one of its most important energy sources to date, writes Michelle Hackman in an article in the Wall Street Journal. It is an energy source ...
  • Germany needs a national strategy to boost walking - Federal Environment Agency

    Germany needs a national strategy to boost walking as the most basic, quiet and emission-free form of mobility, according to the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The agency says the potential to increase walking is large because a fifth of all distances ...
  • Lignite power units move into reserve

    As of 1 October, three more lignite power station blocks in Niederaußem and Jänschwalde will be mothballed and moved into the so-called security standby reserve, dpa news agency reports. After four years in the reserve, the units will be retired for good. ...
  • Bavaria vies for Tesla Gigafactory

    Following in the footsteps of federal states Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate, North-Rhine Westphalia, and Baden-Württemberg, the Bavarian government is vying to host American car company Tesla’s Gigafactory, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. Bavaria’s ...
  • Government’s support programme for e-cars benefits Tesla in particular – analysis

    The German federal government’s new support programme for electric vehicles benefits Tesla in particular, economics correspondent Philipp Vetter writes in Die Welt. The programme, which runs until the end of 2021, allows employees who drive company ...
  • Heatwaves and scientists’ warnings show that climate must top political agenda - opinion

    The dangers of our planet sliding into a “hothouse Earth” state are speculative but real, argues Georg Ehring in a commentary carried by the public radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk, referencing a scientific paper published by a team of scientists, ...
  • “Economists do not think much of Gabriel's fuel tax”

    Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has ignited a storm with the recent publication of its Green Paper on increasing energy efficiency, Philipp Vetter writes in Die Welt. The paper proposed a flexible energy tax to counteract ...
  • World will use coal for some time and Germany should research CCU technologies - opinion

    The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) report Coal 2017 shows that the world will continue to be “addicted” to coal for its energy supply for the coming years- Germany’s contribution to climate protection should be researching and testing new carbon ...
  • German authorities certify first smart meter after long delay

    The first smart meter in Germany has received a license from the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) two years after the government decided on a large-scale roll-out, Jakob Schlandt writes in energy policy newsletter Tagesspiegel Background. The ...
  • Environmental protection sector’s revenues totalled 70 billion euros in 2016

    Germany’s manufacturing industry and the services sector earned 70 billion euros in 2016 in sales of goods, construction material, and services related to environmental protection, according to a press release issued by the Federal Statistical Office ...
  • Energy policy uncertainty delays some companies’ investments in Germany

    A number of German energy-intensive and high-revenue companies are postponing investments due to energy policies and regulatory framework in the country, writes Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Köln) in a policy paper. A total of 9.1 percent of ...
  • Germany wages “dirty war on nuclear power” in Europe

    The star of Germany as a climate action leader has been descending for several years, not least due to its rigid stance on phasing out nuclear power and filling the energy generation gap with carbon-intensive coal power, Michael Shellenberger writes for ...
  • Regional monopolies, anti-competitive practices squeeze e-car owners

    The daily routines of electric vehicle owners are made more complicated and expensive by high charging rates and few charging station, according to a press release from LichtBlick. The green energy provider writes that, in some cases, seven of the 11 ...
  • “Gazprom can count on Wintershall”

    Germany’s largest oil and gas producer Wintershall is sticking to plans to build the Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 despite possible US sanctions, reports Bernd Freytag in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Even in times that are not easy, ...
  • Court orders diesel driving bans in parts of Berlin

    The Berlin administrative court has ordered Germany’s capital to introduce driving bans for diesel vehicles on parts of eight roads suffering from exceedingly high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO 2) pollution, reports the public broadcaster rbb24 in two ...
  • Government’s diesel deal collapses within a week - opinion

    Key elements of the German government’s diesel deal have become “practically worthless” within a week, writes Nils-Viktor Sorge in a “chronology of failure” on Spiegel Online. Many carmakers continue to reject hardware retrofits, while trade-in incentives ...
  • German wind power expansion plans will fail due to turbine density – study

    The plans for wind power expansion in Germany are “illusory” since the growing density of turbines across the country is set to diminish the yield per installation so much that power production targets can no longer be met by simply increasing the number ...
  • Europe's courts are holding governments to account for climate change

    Courts in Germany and other European Union countries are posing a growing challenge to governments and business interests regarding climate change in recent months, reports Rick Noack in The Washington Post. Examples include an appeals court in the ...
  • German environment agency submits considerations for long-term EU climate strategy

    The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has submitted its considerations regarding a future long-term climate plan for the European Union. The EU is currently preparing its respective mid-century long-term climate strategy, which would drag Europe’s economy ...
  • European energy industry associations call for greater focus on supply security

    European countries must increase their focus on supply security and safeguard their solidarity in critical power supply situations, according to a joint appeal by energy industry associations. The continent is no longer characterised by a large supply of ...
  • Airline lobby wants out of EU ETS

    As negotiators are hammering out the rules for a global scheme to slow the growth in the airline industry’s carbon dioxide emissions, the airline lobby is calling for an end to the inclusion of the aviation sector in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS ...
  • Germany no longer pioneering international energy transition - McKinsey

    High power prices, a heavy dependency on coal power and stagnating greenhouse gas emissions mean Germany is no longer playing a leading role in the international energy transition, according to McKinsey’s new global Energy Transition Index, done in ...
  • Conservative German state government mulls “new approach on coal” following court ruling

    The conservative government of western German coal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is considering rethinking its energy policy and to formulate “ a new basic approach to coal ”, Kirsten Bialdiga, Reinhard Kowalewsky und Thomas Reisener write in the ...
  • RWE considers reducing coal extraction at Hambach mine by one third

    The ruling by a German court to stop the clearing of the embattled Hambach Forest has prompted energy company RWE to consider reducing coal extraction at its nearby lignite mine by up to one third, Claus Hecking and Stefan Schultz write on Spiegel Online. ...
  • 05 Mar 2015

    In the media: Energiewende indices show progress

    05 Mar 2015 (All day) Die Welt /McKinsey Germany “McKinsey: Energiewende indices improve“ The McKinsey Energiewende Index, a bi-annually published analysis of how well Germany is achieving its energy transition targets, has never been very positive, ...
  • US LNG not yet competitive in European market – BDEW head

    Germany could import liquefied natural gas (LNG) via its neighbouring countries, but this depends on the wholesale market prices of both LNG and pipeline gas, said Stefan Kapferer, head of utilities association BDEW, writes Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ...
  • EU accelerates publication of its long-term energy and climate strategy

    In the lead-up to the next climate change conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, in December, the EU is focussing on its global leadership role in the areas of energy and climate policy, writes Susanne Ehlerding in Tagesspiegel Background. For that ...
  • German energy state sec says Hambach Forest must go for supply security

    The embattled Hambach Forest has to be cut down to ensure a secure power supply for Germany, energy state secretary Thomas Bareiß said at an event organised by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in London, Adam Vaughan writes in The Guardian. Bareiß said ...
  • 30 Jun 2015

    In the media: Share of renewables surges to record high

    30 Jun 2015 (All day) German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) “Wind strengthens power sector, renewable heat and transport stagnate” The share of renewables in total German power consumption has risen to a record 32.5 percent in the first half of 2015, ...
  • 2020 emissions reduction goal still reachable – study

    A Greenpeace-commissioned study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology posits that Germany can still meet its 2020 emissions reduction target, provided that several brown-coal-fired power plants are ...
  • “Hambach Forest could become for coal what Fukushima has been for nuclear power” – opinion

    The embattled Hambach Forest could turn out to become a symbol for Germany’s acclerated coal exit as much as the nuclear disaster in Fukushima became a symbol for the country’s accelerated nuclear exit, Jürgen Flauger writes in a commentary for ...
  • “The arrogance of VW and RWE” – commentary

    Many companies in Germany have understood that a more sustainable way of making business will dominate the economy of the future, Green politician Julia Verlinden writes in a guest commentarty in the Frankfurter Rundschau. But some of the country’s ...
  • IPCC report: must not waste time on climate – German env min

    The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, released today, shows the urgent need for ambitious climate action, according to the German government. In a press release, environment minister Svenja Schulze said the key message of the report is that ...
  • 27 Feb 2015

    In the media: Majority of Germans in favour of a coal phase-out

    27 Feb 2015 (All day) LichtBlick / WWF “German citizens against coal” A survey by green energy supplier LichtBlick and environmental organisation WWF, coinciding with the launch of a new coal-fired power station in Hamburg Moorburg this weekend, shows ...
  • “Long-term thinking is lacking”

    Modernising the energy performance of Germany’s building stock contributes to housing shortages due to rising rent costs, Dietmar Walberg, director of the Modern Construction Consortium (ARGE e.V.), said in an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung. Reducing ...
  • Wind and solar power have few hidden emissions – study

    Charges that wind and solar power cause large “hidden” emissions are false, because emissions remain low even when the energy needed to build them is taken into account, according to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). “A ...
  • 17 Nov 2015

    Utilities want shared nuclear responsibility / No political will for Paris?

    17 Nov 2015 (All day) WirtschaftsWoche “Can E.ON survive alone?” Writing for WitschaftsWoche, Christof Schürmann says there are doubts over whether the new E.ON, which will split from its fossil-fuel business in a few weeks, will be able to survive. E.ON ...
  • Digitalisation key to successful energy transition – distribution system operator

    Smart distribution grids are a pre-requisite for the success of Germany’s transition to a low-carbon energy system, according to a press release from Westnetz, Germany’s largest distribution system operator. While Germany’s energy transition has been ...
  • Env min decision on CO₂ car limits Pyrrhic victory for industry – opinion

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze’s decision to back away from her call for more ambitious new EU CO₂ car emissions limits is “a defeat for the climate, and for the industry – once again – a Pyrrhic victory,” writes Michael Bauchmüller in an ...
  • Daimler names R&D head as next CEO

    Daimler has named research chief Ola Källenius as its next CEO in a succession plan that promotes a raft of tech-savvy managers at its Mercedes-Benz car brand and also seeks to install long-serving CEO Dieter Zetsche as chairman, writes the news agency ...
  • No need for a set exit date for coal, says Brandenburg’s economy and energy minister

    The German coal industry would remain important for the energy sector as long as there was not a way to store renewable energy at an “industrial scale”, Albrecht Gerber (SPD), energy and economy minister in the German state of Brandenburg told Der ...
  • Wind Energy Association says auction results increase risk projects will not be realised

    The price drop at the onshore wind auction is good news for consumers and policymakers, but they increase the risk that the construction of wind energy projects will fall off a cliff in 2019 and 2020 in Germany, according to the Wind Energy Association ...
  • Premier of VW home state sceptical of federal environment minister’s plans for more ambitious car CO₂ limits

    The European Commission’s proposal on limiting average CO₂ emissions from new cars is already ambitious, and the German government should not push for even stricter limits, Stephan Weil (SPD), premier of carmaker Volkswagen’s home state of Lower Saxony, ...
  • Lignite phase-out would hit eastern Germany hardest – study

    Lignite is still of economic significance in Germany’s brown coal regions, and the coal phase-out must be actively managed especially in the economically weak eastern German region of Lusatia, writes the Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic ...
  • 23 Oct 2015

    Bavaria's energy concept / A record-breaking fuel cell

    23 Oct 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “An energy concept that electrifies no one” Bavaria will have to import 40-50 percent of its consumed electricity in 2025, Daniela Kuhr writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The state’s economy minister Ilse Aigner ...
  • German transport minister’s focus on hydrogen fuelling stations a diversion from Germany’s e-car failure - opinion

    German transport minister Andreas Scheuer is pushing ahead with the expansion of hydrogen fuelling stations, continuing a strategy that is not only wrong but one that also distracts from the failure of the electric car in Germany, Benedikt Becker and ...
  • Diesel driving bans in Berlin likely to be introduced in 2019

    The German capital Berlin could be one of the next cities to introduce driving bans for older diesel cars, public broadcaster rbb reports. According to documents by the Berlin Senate, the bans the would affect 200,000 vehicles  are “inevitable” and could ...
  • Hambach Forest and diesel deal an example of Merkel government’s indecisiveness

    The ongoing conflict between anti-coal protesters and energy company RWE at the Hambach Forest is but one of several recent examples that illustrate the indecisiveness of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fourth government coalition, Germany’s largest tabloid, ...
  • International NGOs call on Merkel to intervene in Hambach Forest dispute

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

    The protests against energy company RWE in that Hambach Forest are directed at a coal lobby that wants to show its power and create precedents, even though clearing the forest is now technically not necessary, Rainer Balcerowiak writes in an opinion piece ...
  • Police want to prohibit large protest at Hambach Forest; NGOs file lawsuit

    Several German NGOs have filed a lawsuit against a possible prohibition of a large anti-coal protest at the Hambach Forest over the weekend, public broadcaster WDR reports. “This is about thwarting a peaceful and non-violent protest,” said Greenpeace ...
  • Luxembourg files complaint with EU against German diesel deal

    The government of Luxembourg has written a complaint letter to the European Commission, lamenting the plan of neighbour country Germany to implement hardware retrofits of diesel cars in only a few selected regions for a few car owners, website Spiegel ...
  • Dry summer makes biogas scarce and more expensive

    The exceptionally hot and dry summer 2018 in Germany and large parts of Europe has led to a shortage of biogas plants like maize, for which crop yields in some regions have fallen by 50 percent, making the production of biogas more expensive, Andreas ...
  • Extreme weather events push up power blackouts in 2017

    An increase in extreme weather events like storms, floods and snow pushed up the average electricity blackout time in Germany last year. The average interruption per power consumer rose to 15.14 minutes from 12.80 minutes in 2017, according to the Federal ...
  • German court stops controversial clearing of forest for lignite mine

    05 Oct 2018, 17:00 Clearing operations at the embattled Hambach Forest to make way for a coal mine have to be halted to decide whether the forest is protected by EU environmental rules, a German court has decided. The judges said energy company RWE did ...
  • 16 Jun 2015

    In the media: Germany weighs further support for e-cars

    16 Jun 2015 (All day) Reuters “Merkel says Germany weighing further support for electric cars” Chancellor Angela Merkel said further public support is needed to achieve the government’s aim of bringing 1 million electric cars on to German roads by 2020, ...
  • Reinsurance company Munich Re to cut investments in coal projects

    German reinsurance company Munich Re will no longer invest in companies that make more than 30 percent of their revenues from coal-based operations, CEO Joachim Wenning said in a guest article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Climate change is a ...
  • 15 Jan 2015 |

    Unions between embracing the new and defending the old in Energiewende

    15 Jan 2015 (All day) German trade unions are vocal stakeholders in the Energiewende, wary of job losses in the conventional energy sector and campaigning for labour rights in the growing renewables sector. Their importance is amplified by their ...
  • Siemens tests using ammonia as green energy storage

    German industrial giant Siemens will open a pilot project converting renewable power into ammonia in the UK next week, the Guardian reports. Normally used to increase crop yields, ammonia could be a tool to manage fluctuating renewable power generation. ...
  • Diesel deal is “big bluff” - opinion

    The government’s “huge step” to solve the diesel crisis is no more than a “big bluff,” writes Markus Balser in an editorial in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The diesel deal falls far short of what is necessary to solve “one of the country’s largest health and ...
  • Quarrels in coal commission further undermine Germany’s energy transition reputation – opinion

    The quarrels in Germany’s coal exit commission over a proposed end date for coal-fired power production in 2038 will continue to weigh on the country’s reputation as a progressive energy transition advocate, Thorsten Preuschgas, CEO at solar power project ...
  • RWE to dig ditch around Hambach Forest to keep protesters out

    Energy company RWE plans to dig a ditch around the embattled Hambach Forest to prevent anti-coal protesters from entering the area, the Süddeutsche Zeitung writes. An RWE spokesperson said work on the ditch had already begun but added that it was not ...
  • German conservatives want to reduce wind turbine lighting to appease critics

    Wind turbines in Germany should not be illuminated throughout the whole night as this would gravely impede the acceptance of wind power by local residents, the conservative CDU’s deputy parliamentary group leader Carsten Linnemann told the Frankfurter ...
  • Additional auctions for wind and solar power come too late for Germany – opinion

    Germany’s additional auctions for wind and solar power have been planned too late to have a meaningful impact on the country’s climate action record or on the smooth expansion of renewable capacity in the country, Daniel Wetzel writes in an opinion piece ...
  • Germany has turned against action on climate change

    The German government has been fighting for weaker EU climate targets, car emission standards and coal pollution rules, writes Zach Boren for the Greenpeace journalism project Unearthed. “The widely reported fight for the [Hambach] forest may be the ...
  • Diesel deal is a “rotten compromise” – opinion

    The government’s diesel deal will not tame the anger of diesel drivers because only one in 10 are likely to be offered incentives to trade in their old car against a more recent model, writes Holger Steltzner in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...
  • German environment minister drops call for more ambitious EU car CO₂ limits

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze has backed away from her call for more ambitious new EU targets for passenger car CO₂ emissions reduction to enable a joint German government position, said a ministry spokesperson at a press conference. After a ...
  • Online programme helps house owners find ideal solar power solution

    Through a new online programme, house owners in the south German town of Freising can now determine if their roofs are suitable for solar panels, and how much it would cost to install them, according to an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. A ...
  • Energy transition in heating sector gets going but needs further boost

    A rise in electric heat pump sales suggests the energy transition has finally reached the heating sector, Daniel Wetzel writes for Die Welt. According to the German Heating Industry Association (BDH), sales of oil-fired heating sharply declined in 2017 ...
  • “On-the-job accident of historic proportions”

    Back in December 2015, the Paris Climate Agreement was hailed as a “historic” achievement- 17 months later it rather looks like international diplomacy has incurred an on-the-job accident of historic proportions, Andreas Mihm writes in Frankfurter ...
  • Biogas plants don’t make use of their flexibility despite premium payments

    Most German biogas plants capable of producing power according to demand are not making use of this flexibility because the spread between base and peak prices at the wholesale market is not large enough, the German government said. The response came in a ...
  • Claudia Kemfert: U-turn on 2020 target a “fatal signal”

    Speaking to Die Welt, Claudia Kemfert, climate policy expert at the German Institute for Economic Research, says the prospective coalition partners’ giving up on “their own climate targets” is a “declaration of bankruptcy”. This not only damages ...
  • 02 Dec 2015

    RWE split “perhaps too late” / Refugees affect German CO2 emissions

    02 Dec 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Late, perhaps too late” RWE’s plans are radical and effectively split Germany’s second largest utility in two, writes Caspar Busse in a commentary for Süddeutsche Zeitung. “The decision is right and long overdue, ...
  • Emission of highly potent greenhouse gas falls in Germany in 2017

    Approximately 976 tonnes of sulphur hexafluoride (SF 6) were emitted in Germany in 2017, a roughly 15-percent decline (equivalent to 166 tonnes) from the previous year, the Federal Statistical Office of Germany (Destatis) says in a press release. SF 6 is ...
  • Protest organisers expect 20,000 people for demonstration at Hambach Forest

    Environmental organisations that are trying to set up a large-scale protest against the clearing of the Hambach Forest say up to 20,000 people could find their way to the small forest near Cologne, the Rheinische Post reports. Protest organiser Uwe Hiksch ...
  • Green Party adheres to holding party convention at Hambach Forest

    The Green Party in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is adamant about holding its party convention at the embattled Hambach Forest. “We as Greens want to send a message and support the peaceful resistance” against energy company RWE ...
  • Russia is Germany’s most important energy resource supplier

    Germany is poor in natural resources and in 2017 had to import about 70 percent of its energy consumption from abroad, the World Energy Council Germany says in its weekly info briefing. Russia is the most important source country for German raw material ...
  • German government reluctant to find position on e-fuels

    Synthetic fuels generated with electricity are a viable option to improve the climate record of Germany’s transport sector but the government has so far failed to come up with a clear position on e-fuels, Klaus Stratmann writes in the Handelsblatt. ...
  • Grand coalition presents agreement in diesel conflict but environmental NGOs critical

    Germany’s coalition government has reached an agreement to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel cars in German cities. Transport minister Andreas Scheuer and environment minister Svenja Schulze called the deal “a very large step” to improve ...
  • Government to decide on special renewables auctions in October

    After several hours of negotiations on diesel emissions and immigration, the federal government coalition also agreed that it would decide to implement special renewables auctions “to contribute to closing the gap in the 2020 climate target” in a cabinet ...
  • Single family houses in Germany consume much more resources than apartment houses – study

    Manufacturing the materials used to build an average single family house in Germany consumes about the same amount of energy as heating an average four-person household for 20 years, Nicole Weinhold writes in renewable energy magazine Erneuerbare Energien ...
  • 27 Mar 2015

    In the media: EU takes Germany to court over Moorburg power plant

    27 Mar 2015 (All day) European Commission “Commission refers Germany to Court over coal power plant in Moorburg” The European Commission is taking Germany to court over its newly open  Moorburg power plant  near Hamburg, saying the project failed to ...
  • Gore says Germany faces historic step as coal commission starts work

    26 Jun 2018, 17:32 Germany has provided inspiring visionary leadership on energy and climate change for many years, but is now at risk of being left behind, former US Vice President Al Gore said on the first working day of the country’s coal exit ...
  • Coalition agreement “fragmented and incoherent” on climate and energy policy – consultancy

    Swiss consultancy Prognos has published a detailed and highly sceptical assessment of the coalition agreement between the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), including analyses of the effects on climate, energy, transport and ...
  • Energy minister says German coal exit must set example for successful decarbonisation

    The phase-out of coal-fired power production in Germany must become a model case for other countries that want to reconcile economic prosperity with an effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) has ...
  • EU will not aim to tighten emissions reduction target ahead of COP24

    The European Commission has given up plans to tighten the European emissions reduction goal for 2030 ahead of the UN climate conference COP24 in Katowice as member states did not voice sufficient support for the ambitious target to reduce CO 2 levels by ...
  • German wind industry relishes international attention as domestic perspectives stagnate

    The German wind industry has lauded the international optimism regarding the renewable energy source at the global fair WindEnergy Hamburg but complained that the interest of German politicians in this growth sector has faded. Nearly 1,500 exhibitors from ...
  • Municipal German utility enters e-car manufacturing market

    Municipal utility NEW from western Germany will join the growing ranks of e-car manufacturers, Florian Rinke writes in the Rheinische Post. The small utility has invested about 2.5 million euros in the company Share2Drive from Aachen, which has developed ...
  • Renewables and energy industry lobby groups criticise German energy policy

    Germany’s energy policy has not lived up to its climate and renewables expansion targets and has failed to adequately integrate citizens in planning procedures, Simone Peter of the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) and Stefan Kapferer of the German ...
  • Diesel concept will include swap and retrofit options – transport minister

    The German government is working on a concept to reduce emissions from diesel cars in German cities which will include swap and retrofit options, said transport minister Andreas Scheuer during a live video chat on Instagram. “We are currently talking ...
  • Solar panel owners reap benefits of record sunshine hours

    The exceptionally sunny weather in Germany is lavishing owners of solar panels with a lot of money, according to an article published on Welt Online. However, the rate of remuneration varies widely: those who installed solar panels in the early 2000s ...
  • Despite a drop in coal use, the UK is not a better climate protection role model than Germany - blog

    In contrast to Germany, coal use and emissions have fallen quickly in the UK, following the introduction of a carbon floor price, writes Craig Morris in a blog on  energytransition.org. “Like Germany, the UK has made too little progress outside the power ...
  • 12 Nov 2014

    In the media: Reactions to energy minister's coal comments

    12 Nov 2014 (All day)   Reactions to energy minister's warning against quick exit from coal power Frankfurter Rundschau “Too much coal” Everything points to a show-down between energy minister Sigmar Gabriel and environment minister Barbara Hendricks ...
  • US government’s op-ed “a shameless diplomatic sales pitch“ – opinion

    In an opinion piece, David Reay reacts to the op-ed on liquefied natural gas (LNG) by US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and US deputy secretary of energy Dan Brouillette in the Handelsblatt on 13 September. “The pair offers up a shameless ...
  • Germany’s renewables surcharge to remain stable in 2019 – think tank

    The surcharge German power customers pay with their power bill to finance the expansion of renewable energy is going to remain largely stable next year, according to calculations made by the energy policy think tank Agora Energiewende*. The renewables ...
  • BNEF founder: zero-support bid for offshore wind “risky and brave”

    Michael Liebreich, founder of renewable energy research organisation Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), has called the zero-support bid in German offshore wind power auctions “ a risky and brave move.” Successful bidders EnBW and Dong Energy were ...
  • Heavy industry employers’ association criticises German government for inaction in energy policy

    The German government currently administers past achievements and fails to set new impulses in economic and energy policy to ensure that the current economic upswing can be sustained, Rainer Dulger, head of the heavy industry employers’ association ...
  • “Big four” German utilities drop out of top 100 company list

    The “big four” utilities in Germany- RWE, E.ON, Vattenfall Germany, and EnBW- have all disappeared from a list of the country’s 100 largest companies compiled by the German Monopolies Commission, the competition watchdog says in its annual report. The ...
  • Hundreds of Tesla buyers told to pay back government electric vehicle incentive

    Buyers of Tesla Model S must pay back government support they received to purchase the car, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) has announced in a press release. BAFA estimates that its action applies to approximately 800 people. ...
  • Merkel renews call for European battery cell production

    German chancellor Angela Merkel wants to make battery cell production a “ strategic European development ”, she said during a speech at an event on e-mobility in Berlin. “Someone like me, who once studied physics, is incredibly sad that we cannot produce ...
  • BP delivers dirty oil production waste to E.ON coal plant for burning

    British oil company BP is disposing of oil production waste, which possibly contains elements harmful to humans, by delivering it to energy company E.ON for burning in a Gelsenkirchen coal plant, Jürgen Döschner and Jochen Taßler report for public ...
  • Police prepare removal of last Hambach Forest tree-house as activists mount threats

    German police prepare the clearing of the last known tree-house holdout in the embattled Hambach Forest near Cologne to enable energy company RWE to continue expanding its nearby coal mine, the Rheinische Post reports. One activist was injured during a ...
  • Guaranteed capacity of German wind power much lower than installed capacity, association says

    Energy industry association VGB Power Tech says that the guaranteed capacity of German wind power is less than one percent of the 56 gigawatt (GW) of installed capacity in the country, Klaus Stratmann writes in the Handelsblatt. According to the ...
  • Greens want climate protection included in German Basic Law

    The Greens parliamentary group in the Bundestag has introduced a draft law that would make international climate goals and obligations, as well as the nuclear exit, binding under German Basic Law. In a plenary debate, Green group leader Anton Hofreiter ...
  • VW seen ready to accept hardware retrofit of manipulated diesel cars

    Carmaker VW will accept hardware retrofits for manipulated diesel cars that have lower exhaust levels on the test stand than on the road, Gerald Traufetter writes on Spiegel Online. According to the article, Germany’s largest carmaker is the first in the ...
  • 03 Aug 2018 |

    Germany's power system weathers heat wave despite fossil plant curbs

    03 Aug 2018, 08:44 Conventional power stations, like hard coal, gas-fired or nuclear plants, are forced to curb generation because of the heat wave hitting Germany. While the stability of the power system as such is not in peril and most renewables are ...
  • Slow progress in Paris rulebook negotiations “deeply worrying,” Germany must honour its climate commitments – researchers

    The slow pace of progress in the negotiations on a rulebook for the Paris Climate Agreement is “deeply worrying,” and industrial countries must both help configure global climate policy in a socially responsible way and do their own homework, write ...
  • German wind industry calls for direct sale option for facilities supported by renewables law

    According to the wind industry, German turbine operators supported under the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) should be able to sell their electricity directly to companies, reports Klaus Stratmann in the Handelsblatt. Until now, renewable electricity supported ...
  • German car companies’ dependence on foreign battery manufacturers a risk – interview

    The German automotive industry is becoming increasingly dependent on a small number of foreign manufacturers for batteries, which are necessary components for electric cars, Wolfgang Bernhart from the consultancy Roland Berger said in an interview with ...
  • Germany’s auto and power industries are all talk and little action on sustainability – opinion

    A sober look at German carmakers and utilities reveals that their constant talk about sustainability is not backed up by actions, writes Bert Fröndhoff in a commentary for the business website Handelsblatt Global. The car industry provided the best ...
  • 750,000 people sign online petition to protect Hambach Forest

    Around 750,000 people have signed an online petition to protect Hambach Forest against plans by utility RWE to clear it for the expansion of a nearby lignite mine, reports the newswire dpa in an article carried by Focus. Over the past 14 days alone, 300 ...
  • E.ON partners with Microsoft to offer smart home energy services

    Microsoft has announced it will partner with German utility E.ON to develop a smart home platform to manage everything in a house that runs on electricity, report Jürgen Flauger and Christof Kerkmann in Handelsblatt Global Edition. The partnership will ...
  • Industry spends around 10 percent of environmental budget on climate protection

    German industry spent 3.3 billion euros on climate protection in 2016, according to the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). This expenditure equalled 10.5 percent of the total sum businesses (excluding construction) spent on environmental ...
  • NGOs lambast "dirty deal" between government and carmakers on diesel and CO2 emission limits

    There is mounting evidence that the German government will oppose stricter car fleet emission limits at EU level in exchange for carmakers’ consent to cover the hardware retrofitting costs in certain types of diesel vehicles, reports the Frankfurter ...
  • Government works on advancing LNG infrastructure in Germany – Merkel

    Germany is already connected to liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals in neighbouring countries, but the government “is working on advancing the [LNG] infrastructure in Germany itself,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a German-Qatari ...
  • “A waste of precious time for consumers and investors”

    The Federation of German Industries (BDI) called the government's failure to reach a compromise on the GEG, a bill that would have modernised energy efficiency standards for German buildings, a “waste of precious time for consumers and investors.” In ...
  • Foreign minister Maas calls for better information base and climate risk analysis at UN Security Council

    As climate change exacerbates existing conflicts and has a destabilising effect on countries and entire regions, the German government aims to “counter climate risks as part of a preventive and stabilising foreign policy,” said foreign minister Heiko Maas ...
  • Details of German transport minister’s “diesel deal”

    Germany’s transport minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) has presented his proposal to reduce emissions from diesel cars in German cities to the chancellor and the heads of carmakers BMW, Volkswagen, and Daimler, Daniel Delhaes, Markus Fasse, and Martin Murphy ...
  • Berlin’s main power provider halves CO2 emissions

    Germany’s capital Berlin has halved its emissions from power and heat supplied by utility Vattenfall since 1990. Vattenfall thereby reaches its emissions reduction target three years earlier than agreed in the climate action agreement of 2009 with the ...
  • “Germany will depend on coal for decades to come” – NRW economy minister

    Germany is bound to remain dependent on coal for years to come, up until 2040, although this dependence will gradually decrease, Andreas Pinkwart (FDP), economy minister of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), where one of the remaining lignite mines is located ...
  • “Negative emissions no longer a choice, but a necessity” - study

    If the Paris Agreement’s targets are to be met, future CO₂ emissions must be kept within a finite budget, and the more this budget is overrun, the more relevant carbon dioxide removal technologies will become – and those come with great uncertainties,” ...
  • Permitted lignite reserves exhaust German energy sector’s remaining CO2-budget – report

    The lignite reserves already permitted for mining in Germany are enough to almost completely exhaust the remaining CO 2-budget of the country’s energy sector, environmental organisation WWF Germany says in a short report for the German coal exit ...
  • German government postpones decision on diesel retrofits after meeting with carmakers

    The German government has postponed a decision on the hardware retrofitting of manipulated diesel cars, saying it plans to come to a conclusion by the end of the last week of September, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. “We want to make a decision soon,” ...
  • Thousands march in protest against clearing of Hambach Forest

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

    German energy company RWE will breach the law if it continues to press ahead with the clearing of the Hambach Forest in western Germany to expand its nearby lignite mine, environmental NGO Greenpeace says in a press release. According to a legal opinion ...
  • 30 Oct 2019 |

    Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts

    30 Oct 2019, 16:00 A wealth of numbers and statistics describe the energy generation and consumption of nation states. This factsheet provides a range of charts (and data links) about the status of Germany’s energy mix, as well as developments in energy ...
  • White paper presents government proposal for power market reform

    09 Jul 2015 (All day) Germany’s economy and energy ministry has set out its proposal for the future of the German power market in a white paper, which the cabinet is to take a decision on in October. The proposal is for an energy-only market, plus a ...
  • 12 Dec 2015 |

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

    12 Dec 2015 (All day) 196 parties of the UNFCCC have adopted the new Paris Agreement on climate change / Transparency and the ambition mechanisms that Germany most wanted to get are in the text, but the strong long-term target had to give a little COP21 k ...
  • 09 Mar 2016 |

    Energiewende in transportation: Vague goals, modest strides

    09 Mar 2016 (All day) (UPDATE with new data on e-car registrations in paragraph 3)- The European Union wants to reduce CO2 emissions in the transportation sector of its 28 member states by 60 percent by 2050. Germany has no stated goal for its own ...
  • 02 Feb 2016 |

    The role of biofuel and hydrogen in Germany's transport Energiewende

    02 Feb 2016 (All day) The question of how Germany’s vehicles, ships, and aircraft of the future will be powered is still unanswered. Biofuels and hydrogen might play a role in the upcoming transition to a green transport sector. Transport p.hockenos The ...
  • 29 Dec 2015 |

    Loop flows: Why is wind power from northern Germany putting east European grids under pressure?

    29 Dec 2015 (All day) Germany is producing ever-more green power. But grid development hasn’t kept up with the expansion of renewables, meaning excess electricity is spilling over into neighbouring countries and causing headaches for east European grid ...
  • 09 Apr 2018 |

    Set-up and challenges of Germany's power grid

    09 Apr 2018 (All day) Germany’s power grid ranks among the most reliable in the world, despite an increasing share of fluctuating renewable energy sources. The government has made the extension of the grid a priority to maintain this high level of ...
  • 31 Mar 2017 |

    What to do with the nuclear waste – the storage question

    31 Mar 2017 (All day) Germany is in the rare position of knowing almost exactly how much radioactive waste it will have to store because the lifespan of its nuclear reactors is limited and the existing amount of waste is established. But questions over ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG 2.0: Business and consumers

    06 Oct 2014 (All day) This Factsheet lists views and positions of the the renewables sector, the industry sector and consumers on the new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which came into effect on 1 August 2014. Energiewende EEG 2.0 | Law Policy k.appunn German ...
  • Securing utility payments for the nuclear clean-up

    26 Jun 2017 (All day) Utilities are liable to pay for much of the costs of ridding Germany of its nuclear heritage. But given their economic troubles, will they be able to do so? To ensure the general public does not end up with footing the bill, the ...
  • Coal in Germany

    07 Feb 2019, 15:00 The future use of coal is at the centre of Germany's political debate on the energy transition and its efforts to mitigate climate change after the country has seen a stagnation in greenhouse gas emissions despite growing use of ...
  • 08 Oct 2014 |

    Defining features of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG)

    08 Oct 2014 (All day) This factsheet explains some of the tools that have made the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) the most important measure for the promotion of renewable power sources in Germany in the past 24 years. EEG 2.0 | Law k.appunn Feed-in tariffs ...
  • Small, but powerful – Germany’s municipal utilities

    18 Feb 2015 (All day) In size, the “Stadtwerke” individually cannot rival the four largest players in the German electricity market – E.ON, RWE, Vattenfall and EnBW-- but taken together, they are a powerful factor in Germany’s energy landscape. Utilities ...
  • The history behind Germany's nuclear phase-out

    02 Jan 2018 The nuclear phase-out is as much part of the Energiewende (energy transition) as the move towards a low-carbon economy. Despite ongoing quarrels over its costs and an international perception that “German angst” caused the government to shut ...
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