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  • 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 ...
  • 03 Dec 2018 |

    Has-been climate pioneer Germany “total failure” at COP24 – opinion

    03 Dec 2018, 14:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 COP24 Die Welt “Without a doubt”, Germany – once a role model in international climate protection – is a “total failure” at ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    Research minister urges companies to launch domestic battery cell production

    23 Jan 2019, 13:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Batteries cut Energiewende costs, spell utility trouble- researcher Chinese-German battery cell deal key step for mobility transition ...
  • 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 ...
  • 31 Jan 2019 |

    Air pollution in German cities decreases slightly in 2018

    31 Jan 2019, 13:27 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars One year after German ...
  • 31 Jan 2019 |

    Demand for electric cars is higher in the countryside than in cities – report

    31 Jan 2019, 13:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Wirtschaftswoche Inhabitants of Germany’s rural areas are more interested in buying an electric car than city dwellers, reports Thomas ...
  • 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, ...
  • 30 Jan 2019 |

    VW’s private customers order more diesel vehicles in 2018

    30 Jan 2019, 13:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport ...
  • 30 Jan 2019 |

    Digitalisation of energy transition makes only slow progress – report

    30 Jan 2019, 13:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Digitalisation Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race Blockchain- the next revolution in the energy sector? Digitalisation ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    German wind industry worries about public resistance as installations slump

    29 Jan 2019, 15:02 Following a sharp drop in new onshore wind power installations in Germany in 2018, the industry warns that mounting resistance against new turbines endangers a sufficient supply of renewable energy demanded by industry and national ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    Tough talks ahead within grand coalition on financing of coal exit – opinion

    29 Jan 2019, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Elections & Politics Die Welt Now that the coal exit commission has reached an agreement on how Germany could phase out the fossil ...
  • “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 ...
  • Shift to EVs will require up to four million charging points at commercial and industrial sites by 2040

    The number of electric cars in Germany could rise to between 23 and 29 million by 2040, and building the necessary charging infrastructure will be a business worth billions of euros, according to a study conducted by Aurora Energy Research comparing the ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

    Daimler asks economy minister for help against stricter lorry emission targets

    28 Jan 2019, 12:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Freight BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution How Germany is greening its growing freight sector to meet climate targets Road freight ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

    Germany ranks fourth with installed solar PV capacity

    28 Jan 2019, 12:48 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Solar Climate, energy and transport in Germany's coalition treaty Germany's 2025 renewables share goal “within reach”- think tank Solar power in Germany – output, ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

    A speed limit on German motorways is “unrealistic” – transport minister

    28 Jan 2019, 12:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Transport Car giant Germany struggles to ignite Energiewende in transportation Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets The task force in charge of ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

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

    28 Jan 2019, 12:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Security Energy transition shapes foreign policy in Germany and beyond Germany aims to put climate into focus at UN Security Council Germany supports Dominican Republic’s ...
  • Vattenfall’s profits fall

    Higher prices for emissions allowances and rising gas and coal prices squeezed Vattenfall in the second quarter of 2018, news agency Reuters reports. The company reported a drop in its core business’s operating profit by about 366 million euros, according ...
  • Aligning development finance with Paris Agreement’s goals helps recipient countries’ modernisation

    Aligning lending standards of development banks with the Paris Agreement’s emissions reduction targets would help achieve a quicker and more sustainable modernisation of the recipient countries’ economies, according to a working paper by NGO Germanwatch. ...
  • Rhine drought leaves Europe’s industry high and dry

    Low water levels in the Rhine river after a prolonged drought have disrupted fuel and chemical supplies on the vital European trade route, sparking concern over potential economic impact and raising questions about how climate change will hit Europe’s ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

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

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

    Sonnen receives 25-million-euro loan from the European Investment Bank

    18 Jan 2019, 13:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Storage Business & Jobs Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition Solar home storage ...
  • 25 Jan 2019 |

    Wind, solar and pumped storage in former lignite mines

    25 Jan 2019, 14:25 Expert Vattenfall Utilities Electricity market Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Renewables Germany’s three lignite mining regions Handelsblatt / ...
  • Majority of Germans for quick lignite exit, split on Autobahn speed limit

    25 Jan 2019, 14:22 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Cars Elections & Politics Germany’s coal exit talks in final round Working paper by Germany’s clean mobility commission sparks ...
  • How workers prepare ahead of Germany’s brown coal phase-out

    17 Jan 2019, 14:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Business & Jobs Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts ...
  • Energy company Uniper fails to get out of the red

    German energy company Uniper faces a loss of 550 million euros and fails to get out of the red after the first three quarters of 2018, the company says in a press release. The company owned by Finnish energy provider Fortum says that the “ increased CO 2 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 24 Jan 2019 |

    Mobility transition more challenging for government than Energiewende

    24 Jan 2019, 12:10 Expert Agora Verkehrswende Think tank on energy transition in the transport sector Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Research minister urges companies to ...
  • 24 Jan 2019 |

    German car industry ponders autonomous driving mega alliance

    24 Jan 2019, 12:08 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel ...
  • 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 ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    RWE submits E.ON-innogy renewables deal for EU clearance

    23 Jan 2019, 13:23 Expert E.ON Utility Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Expert innogy SE innogy SE Grid Renewables Utilities Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • Transport minister cancels clean mobility commission meeting following speed limit controversy

    23 Jan 2019, 13:21 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Nov 2015

    Study says banks put billions into lignite / A "deceptive" CO2 balance

    25 Nov 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online/Urgewald “German banks still put billions into brown coal” A study by environmental NGO Urgewald shows that German banks continue to finance climate-damaging brown coal, reports Spiegel Online. Deutsche Bank alone has ...
  • 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 ...
  • EU car emissions deal spells end of car industry as we know it – opinion

    The ministers’ agreement on EU car CO₂ emissions limits would “mark no less than the end of the car industry as we know it,” writes Markus Fasse in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt, adding that it would basically push combustion engine cars out of the ...
  • 22 Jan 2019 |

    Thyssenkrupp to switch to hydrogen-based steel production by 2050

    22 Jan 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Technology Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets Handelsblatt German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp plans to ...
  • 22 Jan 2019 |

    BMW and Daimler eye autonomous driving alliance- report

    22 Jan 2019, 13:28 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, ...
  • 22 Jan 2019 |

    Porsche and Audi ramp up production capacities ahead of e-car launch- report

    22 Jan 2019, 13:17 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Automobilwoche / Electrive / Electrek ...
  • 22 Jan 2019 |

    Action needed to cut transport sector emissions – environment agency president

    22 Jan 2019, 13:14 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Transport Germany’s ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Germany supports Dominican Republic’s push for climate action in UN Security Council- source

    09 Jan 2019, 12:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Security Energy transition shapes foreign policy in Germany and beyond Germany aims to put climate into focus at UN ...
  • Economy minister to present new consortium for battery cell production – media report

    German economy minister Peter Altmaier will present a new consortium of companies on 13 November to tackle domestic battery cell production, reports Alfons Frese in the Tagesspiegel. Manufacturer VARTA Microbattery and carmaker Ford Germany will be part ...
  • 14 Jan 2019 |

    US warns German companies of possible sanctions over Nord Stream 2

    14 Jan 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Security Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 links Germany to Russia, but splits Europe Germany wobbles on Russia's Nord Stream 2 ...
  • Germany’s lignite mining regions have received nearly 14 billion euros in support since 2013

    Lignite mining regions in Germany received at least 13.8 billion euros in state support between 2013 and 2017 to help them cope with the challenges of structural economic change, the German government says in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry initiated ...
  • 21 Jan 2019 |

    Rhine could become impassable because of climate change – media report

    21 Jan 2019, 13:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Hot summer turns up the heat on Germany’s coal commission Bloomberg Researchers say low water levels on Germany’s Rhine ...
  • 21 Jan 2019 |

    Offshore wind industry calls for more ambitious goals as generation grows

    21 Jan 2019, 13:41 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Wind German offshore wind power- output, business and perspectives Power production at sea re-emerges as Energiewende cornerstone Clean ...
  • German econ min stresses potential for German-Russian trading cooperation in energy transition

    Russia will continue to be an important trading partner also in a future that gradually substitutes fossil energy sources with renewables, Germany’s economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has said at a the German-Russian Resource Conference in Potsdam ...
  • Energy experts believe more energy storage needed within 10 years

    The rising share of renewable electricity in Germany and France makes energy experts believe that electricity storage will become crucial in the near to medium term, write Nikolas Wölfing from the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mark ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog: Rulebook's technical details are sticking point- German negotiator

    13 Dec 2018, 17:40 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for the CO2 ...
  • 07 Jan 2019 |

    Merkel intervenes in stagnating German coal exit talks

    07 Jan 2019, 13:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Fossil fuels Politics German Chancellor Angela Merkel will personally weigh in on the stagnating negotiations over the end of coal ...
  • 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 ...
  • Gas

    German government looking into financing options for domestic LNG terminal

    The German government is considering providing financial support to the construction of what would be the country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, according to spokesperson Steffen Seibert. While private investors are currently examining ...
  • CSU’s new coalition partner Free Voters of Bavaria rejects key grid expansion plans

    The Free Voters, new coalition partners in Bavaria, Germany’s southern economic powerhouse state, reject important grid expansion plans that are meant to improve the distribution of electricity from renewable power sources across the country, Claudia ...
  • Carmakers should stop producing the diesel “self-deception machine” – opinion

    Car drivers, politicians and the car industry itself all fell for the diesel engine’s supposed fuel efficiency but were deceived, because making them clean with expensive hardware retrofits will push up fuel consumption, writes Martin Murphy in a ...
  • Germany’s largest green power provider Lichtblick could soon belong to Shell

    18 Jan 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Citizens' energy Business & Jobs Citizens’ participation in the Energiewende Germany between citizens’ energy and Nimbyism Tageszeitung The Dutch oil company ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • US ambassador to EU threatens sanctions to halt construction of pipeline Nord Stream 2

    The US has “not deployed the full set of tools yet” to thwart the completion of the natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 that connects Germany with Russia, the US ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, said according to an article by news agency Reuters. ...
  • 12 Oct 2018 |

    Shake-up in Bavaria's election may impact German energy policy

    12 Oct 2018, 16:30 The surge of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and a strong showing of the Green Party look set to end the absolute majority of conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavarian state elections on 14 October. The CSU is a ...
  • 17 Jan 2019 |

    Germany comes 5th in global renewable investment ranking

    17 Jan 2019, 14:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Renewables Power production at sea re-emerges as Energiewende cornerstone Stricken solar sector sets out to regain leading Energiewende role The Energiewende's ...
  • “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 ...
  • Drought in Germany continues in autumn, forces chemical plant shutdown

    27 Nov 2018, 14:00 AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V. Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende Utilities Read more about AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V. Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    Siemens-Gamesa’s new 10 MW turbine enables offshore wind power output boost

    16 Jan 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Wind German offshore wind power- output, business and perspectives Power production at sea re-emerges as Energiewende cornerstone The Energiewende's booming ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    VW and Ford eye deals on EVs, self-driving cars

    16 Jan 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Car giant Germany struggles to ignite Energiewende in transportation Dieselgate forces VW to embrace ...
  • Several German states to call for additional free ETS allowances for steel industry

    Several German states are demanding that the federal government and the EU should protect the steel industry from stricter environmental regulations and rising electricity costs, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung. In a draft of the joint final statement for ...
  • “New law aims at regulating heating in a different way”

    The federal economy ministry has proposed merging existing energy legislation in the heating and building sector into one “Building Energy Law”, writes Reinhart Bünger in Der Tagesspiegel. One of the main goals is to change the way energy efficiency in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 Jan 2019 |

    Reform of European agricultural policy key to more eco-friendly farming – env min

    15 Jan 2019, 12:10 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Agriculture Climate impact of farming, land use (change) and forestry in Germany Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050 The wicked task of feeding 83 million in a ...
  • German businesses support plans for climate action law

    15 Jan 2019, 12:01 Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) Business & Jobs Read more about Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Mobility and ...
  • 15 Jan 2019 |

    Germany should continue nuclear fusion research to fight climate change- opinion

    15 Jan 2019, 11:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Technology The challenges of Germany’s nuclear phase-out Handelsblatt Germany must take responsibility for fighting climate change by continuing ...
  • 15 Jan 2019 |

    Making the Hambach Forest symbol of climate action could backfire

    15 Jan 2019, 11:55 RWE AG Utilities Read more about RWE AG Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Society Court's halt to forest clearing fans talk of easier German coal exit Germany’s ...
  • Energy industry and researchers urge German parliament to pave way for 65 percent renewables goal

    Achieving a 65 percent share of renewables in power consumption by 2030, as determined by Germany’s government coalition, will require a clear regulatory framework and parallel investments in infrastructure, work on which must start as soon as possible, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 11 May 2015 |

    Can Germany’s energy giants change their DNA?

    11 May 2015 (All day) Large utilities are being forced to take radical steps to reshape their business models to fit the new energy landscape. But experts say it remains to be seen if they can innovate their way out of the crisis. Conventional wisdom in ...
  • Coal mining state premier says Germany will exit coal in 2030s

    09 Jan 2019, 12:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Elections & Politics Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out Germany’s coal exit commission Germany’s three ...
  • 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, ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Merkel pulls "emergency brake" in coal exit talks- commentary

    08 Jan 2019, 13:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Policy Germany’s coal exit commission Merkel intervenes in stagnating German coal exit talks Political uncertainty weighs as ...
  • SPD at odds with itself over level of ambition in climate policy to regain ground

    The German Social Democrats (SPD) have made climate policy one of the key topics during a special conference ("debate camp") following defeats in two state elections in which the federal government coalition party suffered major voter losses, ...
  • German farmer family sues government over climate inaction

    A farmer family from Germany has sued the federal government for failing to take adequate climate action and damaging the family’s economic livelihood, the newspaper Tagesspiegel reports. The extreme drought in large parts of Germany in 2018 has caused ...
  • 07 Jan 2019 |

    Germany's 2025 renewables share goal “within reach”- think tank

    07 Jan 2019, 15:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Renewables Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts Renewables overtake coal as Germany’s most important power ...
  • Renewables like wind and solar on par with conventional energy sources

    Renewable power sources are not only competitive compared to conventional energies, they are also more and more sought after by industrialised and emerging nations alike, a report published by the consultancy Deloitte finds. As an example, the study cites ...
  • 12 Oct 2018 |

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

    12 Oct 2018, 16:40 Germany’s coal commission wants to ease the coal exit by granting lignite mining regions preferential treatment in infrastructure and innovation projects, according to a leaked draft report seen by the Clean Energy Wire. The paper ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    Global move to renewables may reduce energy-related conflicts – report

    11 Jan 2019, 10:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Security The global energy transition and the shift to renewables from fossil fuels is likely to reduce energy-related conflicts, ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    Grid operator TenneT will exceed Germany’s 2020 offshore goal this year

    11 Jan 2019, 14:01 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Wind Clean Energy Wire Grid operator TenneT has increased offshore wind capacity to 6,232 megawatts (MW) in 2018, thus closing in on the 2020 government target of 6,500 MW ...
  • Environmentalist transport NGO welcomes back diesel in eco-friendly car ranking

    The German transport NGO Transport Club Germany (VCD) has been one of the most vocal critics of German car companies in the ongoing dieselgate emissions fraud scandal, but now it has re-included diesel vehicles in its ranking of eco-friendly cars. New ...
  • “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 ...
  • "Politicians and Industry squander Germany’s leading role in climate protection"

    Germany’s politicians and companies are squandering the country’s leading role in climate protection even though the energy transition can benefit the economy, according to a ten-page special report in business daily Handelsblatt by Silke Kersting and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Forest fire insurance costs soar at Munich Re

    09 Jan 2019, 12:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Finance Reuters Forest fires are becoming increasingly likely because of climate change and are bound to cost insurers more ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Volkswagen plans green power alternative to Tesla’s energy push

    09 Jan 2019, 12:03 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Dieselgate forces ...
  • 11 Nov 2014

    In the media: Companies can save more energy, Solar auction plan criticised

    11 Nov 2014 (All day) Spiegel Online "Energy efficiency in companies: Hidden chances for climate protection" Greater energy efficiency efforts by companies could help Germany save nearly a quarter of the CO2 emissions necessary to reach its ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 May 2015

    In the media: "The godmother of climate" and domestic coal row

    20 May 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) “The godmother of climate receives visitors” The Petersberg Climate Dialogue is Angela Merkel’s reaction to the failed climate summit of Copenhagen in 2009 and it has been an investment that ...
  • Germany worst-performing western G7 nation in coal exit ranking

    When it comes to progress in phasing out carbon-intensive coal from the national power mix, Germany is the worst performing western country in the industrialised nations’ G7 club, only trailed by Japan but outperformed by the US and its pro-coal ...
  • Wintershall and DEA merger creates German oil and gas “giant” amid warning calls for decarbonisation

    The merger of German energy companies Wintershall and DEA creates Europe’s biggest private oil and gas company at a time when international climate researchers urge industrialised countries to tame their appetite for carbon-intensive energy generation, ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Germany’s diesel crisis causes staff layoffs at Bosch

    08 Jan 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution The task force in ...
  • German climate investments abroad more effective than renewables support at home – FDP head

    Germany should invest more money in climate protection in other parts of the world by, for example, buying rain forests, Christian Lindner, head of the economic liberal Free Democrats, told the news site t-online.de, according to an article in the ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Germany wobbles on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

    08 Jan 2019, 13:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Security Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 links Germany to Russia, but splits Europe Germany’s dependence on imported fossil fuels Industry bets ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 government falls behind on its obligations“

    The decision by US President Donald Trump to pull his country out of the global Paris Climate Agreement has been met with dismay and defiance by the German government, Silke Kersting writes on Handelsblatt Online. Meanwhile, environmental organisations ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • Need to involve all actors in society for climate protection – President Steinmeier

    Germany is able to live up to its obligations in international climate protection and should not give up the pioneer role it has played in areas such as renewable energies and environmental technologies, said German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at ...
  • “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 ...
  • NRW state econ min proposes setting remaining coal power quantities instead of phase-out date

    The economy minister in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Andreas Pinkwart, has proposed to allocate coal power plants a certain amount of electricity they are allowed to produce before they have to shut down instead of deciding a set date for ...
  • 04 Jan 2019 |

    EU action plan on green finance elicits doubts from German finance industry

    04 Jan 2019, 13:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Finance German financial sector expects EU standards to boost green finance Germany laggard in assessing fossil investment risks- Deutsche ...
  • 04 Jan 2019 |

    Share of pure electric vehicles in Germany’s new car registrations rises to one percent in 2018

    04 Jan 2019, 13:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport ...
  • 04 Jan 2019 |

    Wind and hydro power generate enough electricity for all German households in 2018

    04 Jan 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Renewables Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts Renewables overtake coal as Germany’s most important power source Significant drop in energy use ...
  • 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 ...
  • End of feed-in tariffs for old solar PV arrays likely to increase own consumption – study

    The end of feed-in tariffs for 20-year-old solar PV installations is likely to boost the own consumption of renewable power, according to a study published by management consultancy pwc. “Between 2029 and 2032 – 20 years after the solar boom of 2009-2012 ...
  • 21 Dec 2018 |

    Volkswagen may cut up to 7,000 jobs at two German factories due to e-mobility shift – media reports

    21 Dec 2018, 13:35 VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business & Jobs BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport ...
  • 28 Nov 2014

    In the media: Environment Minister says Germany on track for climate targets

    28 Nov 2014 (All day) RBB Info Interview with Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks With the Climate Action Programme, due to be passed by cabinet next week, Germany is on track to reach its greenhouse gas reduction targets, Environment Minister Barbara ...
  • “German energy policy – a blueprint for the world?”

    German energy policy will not serve as a global energy policy blueprint, but as inspiration, according to the World Energy Council (WEC) Germany. In a survey, 60 percent of energy experts from 42 countries said the Energiewende could not serve as a global ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    State premier expects lignite plant shutdowns in next few years

    20 Dec 2018, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Fossil fuels Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out dpa North Rhine-Westphalia’s state premier, Armin Laschet, expects the coal commission to recommend a ...
  • 02 Jan 2019 |

    First city-wide, all-year diesel driving ban takes effect in Stuttgart, home of Daimler and Porsche

    02 Jan 2019, 13:23 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Diesel driving bans in Germany – The Q&A SWR Germany’s first extensive all-year driving ban for older diesel vehicles has taken effect in ...
  • 02 Jan 2019 |

    Renewables share grows, but fossils needed for secure power supply – opinion

    02 Jan 2019, 13:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts Handelsblatt Renewables supplied a record share to Germany’s power mix in 2018, ...
  • Renewables supplied 40 percent of net public power in Germany in 2018

    02 Jan 2019, 13:12 AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V. Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende Utilities Read more about AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V. Fraunhofer ISE Renewables Read more about Fraunhofer ISE Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • Merkel calls climate change “vital question” in new year’s address

    02 Jan 2019, 13:10 CDU- Christian Democratic Union Elections & Politics Policy Read more about CDU- Christian Democratic Union CSU- Christian Social Union Elections & Politics Policy Read more about CSU- Christian Social Union Use Teaser Image as ...
  • 02 Jan 2019 |

    Germany takes up seat in UN Security Council, aims to put climate into focus

    02 Jan 2019, 13:06 Federal Foreign Office International Germany is a party to the Paris Climate Agreement and often puts climate issues on the agenda of international gatherings such as the G20 or G7. The country’s energy transition is not an isolated ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Sep 2015

    In the media: Utility shares slump; criticism of coal plant export financing

    16 Sep 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Why shares of E.ON and RWE are in freefall” Utilities’ provisions for the nuclear clean-up will mainly be needed in the decades to come, so interest-rate  assumptions are absolutely crucial to estimating their ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 Dec 2018 |

    Germany abstains in vote on CO₂ limits for trucks in European Council

    21 Dec 2018, 13:29 BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Climate & CO2 Policy Read more about BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Use Teaser Image as container ...
  • 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- ...
  • 07 Nov 2014

    In the media: Coal debate continues, interview on fracking, study warns of energy shortages

    07 Nov 2014 (All day) Spiegel Online “Protest against climate policy: Greenpeace dumps 8 tonnes of coal in front of Gabriel’s ministry” Enivronmental group Greenpeace dumped eight tonnes of lignite coal in front of the German Economics Ministry on ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 02 Jan 2015

    In the media: Wind power booms while solar wanes; Energiewende is popular, but Germans grumble about implementation

    02 Jan 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt / dpa “Solar boom continues to ebb“ Germany built 1.95 gigawatts-worth of solar installations in 2014 – 43 percent fewer than the year before, the Handelsblatt writes, reporting figures published by the Federal Network ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Dec 2014

    In the media: Environmentally harmful subsidies, the utilities as victims, grid extension projects

    16 Dec 2014 (All day) Study: Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) “Environmentally harmful subsidies amount to over 52 billion euros” Even as Germany  focuses much effort and funding on climate protection measures, it continues to subsidise environmentally ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 Dec 2018 |

    Greens leave big mark on coalition treaty with CDU in Hesse

    21 Dec 2018, 13:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Elections & Politics Facts on German state elections and the energy transition in Hesse Fresh Green upset in Hesse state election may derail ...
  • 21 Dec 2018 |

    End of hard coal mining sets example for successful structural change

    21 Dec 2018, 13:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Coal in Germany Germany bids farewell to domestic hard coal mining Handelsblatt The phase-out of hard coal mining in Germany by 21 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    2018 Germany's warmest year on record

    20 Dec 2018, 15:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Climate & CO2 2018 has been the warmest year in Germany since measurements began in 1881, the German National Meteorological Service (DWD) said in a press release. The ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    German-French battery declaration paves way for concrete planning in 2019

    20 Dec 2018, 14:05 BASF Business & Jobs Fossil fuels Read more about BASF BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Cars Transport Read more about BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen Use Teaser Image as ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    “Whose fault is the CO2 insanity of the EU?”- Bild Zeitung

    20 Dec 2018, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Cars Bild Zeitung Stricter EU CO2 limits for cars “threaten the German car industry with a total loss that nobody can repair”, Tom Drechsler writes in Germany’s largest ...
  • 21 Dec 2018 |

    Small island state rep says Germany needs to advocate for climate in UN Security Council

    21 Dec 2018, 11:58 The German government has said it will use its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council to spotlight the security implications of climate change. After the recent shift in climate policy by some permanent ...
  • NGO triggering diesel bans now eyes speed limit on German Autobahn

    19 Dec 2018, 14:19 Diesel driving bans in numerous German cities are a major blow to many car drivers, the country’s carmakers, and its leading politicians. Now, the NGO that set the ball rolling on the bans is eyeing legal steps to end the world-famous ...
  • 19 Dec 2018 |

    New EU fleet emission limits are a “pointless harassment” – commentary

    19 Dec 2018, 13:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The new EU car fleet emission limits will likely push carmakers to the limit, argues Hendrik Kafsack in an ...
  • 19 Dec 2018 |

    Greatest threat to car industry jobs are not climate targets, but uninspired carmakers – op-ed

    19 Dec 2018, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution ARD The outcry from German carmakers over new EU fleet emission targets are a ...
  • 19 Dec 2018 |

    Volkswagen says it may have to step up e-car plans to meet new EU CO2 targets

    19 Dec 2018, 13:49 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Dieselgate forces VW to embrace green mobility Reuters Volkswagen will likely have to step up its plans for electric car mass production to ...
  • 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. ...
  • “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, ...
  • 19 Mar 2015

    In the media: No more free coal for miners

    19 Mar 2015 (All day) Bloomberg “RWE said to consider 10 percent stake sale to Abu Dhabi investors” Germany’s second largest utility RWE, grappling with rising debt, is considering selling a ten percent stake to investors from Abu Dhabi, according to a ...
  • Energy ministry stifles German renewables industry – Green MP

    18 Dec 2018, 13:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Business & Jobs COP24 reactions from Germany: “A victory for multilateralism” rbb Former environment minister Jürgen Trittin (Green ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    CDU ponders how to rein in NGO pushing for diesel driving bans in Germany

    18 Dec 2018, 13:21 DUH- Environmental Action Germany Climate & CO2 Society Read more about DUH- Environmental Action Germany Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Politics Diesel driving bans in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    German car industry decries EU agreement on 2030 car fleet emission limits

    18 Dec 2018, 11:24 VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Read more about VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business & ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    E.ON installs first smart meter in a German household

    17 Dec 2018, 13:40 E.ON Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Read more about E.ON Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Digitalisation Technology Clean Energy Wire Energy company E.ON has ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    German federal states mull compensation claims against carmakers

    17 Dec 2018, 13:17 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Politics Rheinische Post / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung At least two German federal states are considering legal action against carmakers for ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Nov 2014

    In the media: Energiewende awareness, coal exit and climate action plan

    06 Nov 2014 (All day) SolarServer “Survey: Energiewende little known in neighbouring countries, but support for goals” Public awareness of the Energiewende – or energy transition – among some of Germany’s immediate neighbours is low, according to a story ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    BMW and Porsche unveil new e-car supercharger that is twice as quick as Tesla’s

    14 Dec 2018, 14:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Technology manager magazin German car companies BMW and Porsche have introduced a super-fast charging station for e-cars that can provide ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    Climate scientist warns Germany’s coal exit commission could fail

    14 Dec 2018, 14:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Politics Focus Online The commission tasked with planning the end of coal-fired power production in Germany may be imperilled by ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    German language association names “Hot Age” Word of the Year in nod to climate change

    14 Dec 2018, 10:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The Association for the German Language (GfdS) has made the term “Heißzeit” (hot age) its Word of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German energy minister wants round table on future of coal

    19 Jan 2016 (All day) Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel wants to establish a round table on the future of coal in the country of the Energiewende this year. He said only factual discussions, rather than emotional debates, could provide the long ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Apr 2015

    In the media: Energiewende could bring 230,000 new jobs by 2050

    13 Apr 2015 (All day) neue energie “230,000 new jobs – if the Energiewende succeeds” A new and as yet unpublished study by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy concludes that renewables are a boon for the economy and increase the number of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Nov 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: Energy sector key to cutting CO2, cannot do job alone

    13 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Government supports economy more than before”

    The federal government has supported Germany’s private economy with a record amount of financial assistance and tax exemptions in the current legislative period, reports Cerstin Gammelin in Süddeutsche Zeitung. According to the government’s draft subsidy ...
  • G20 in Hamburg: Civil society urges Merkel on climate

    More than 300 civil society organisations call on “the remaining 19 members of the G20 to reaffirm their unfaltering commitment” to the implementation of The Paris Agreement after the US decision to leave the accord. The G20 engagement group Civil20 (C20) ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Nov 2014

    In the media: More on the coal debate, comment on fracking, Rifkin on Energiewende

    20 Nov 2014 (All day) Zeit online "Billions for utilities" If coal fired power stations were retired, everybody could profit: the climate, consumers and utilities, writes Marlies Uken for Zeit online. The problem is, none of the large ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Dec 2014

    In the media: Germany emits less CO2, wind-boom in the North, possible coal-flop in Hamburg

    30 Dec 2014 (All day) Handelsblatt / Tagesspiegel / BMUB “Germany produces fewer carbon emissions” Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions are likely to have fallen by three percent in 2014, according to Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks who quoted ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Dec 2015

    COP21 success 'still up in the air' / 'Ex-Climate Chancellor' Merkel

    07 Dec 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt “Still up in the air” There are still many hurdles to an agreement in Paris and there is a real danger of disappointment, writes Klaus Stratmann in a commentary for business daily Handelsblatt. Negotiators have still not ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German parliament approves controversial renewables reform

    Germany’s federal parliament has approved a controversial revamp of the country’s energy transition. The government coalition of economy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s Social Democrats and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservatives secured a majority vote for ...
  • 27 Feb 2015 |

    German grid agency stresses need for new power lines

    27 Feb 2015 (All day) Amidst political tussle over new power lines crossing Germany from north to south, which many see as one of the next big steps in the country's energy transition, the grid agency in charge has called the power highways in ...
  • 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* ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Oct 2014

    Germany's energy transition in the media on 16 October

    16 Oct 2014 (All day) Öko-Institut Research on the Energiewende – inter-active map goes online A new online-platform brings together the output of 33 research projects funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für ...
  • “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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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, ...
  • 10 Mar 2016

    'Coal battle, next round' / Power trends since Fukushima

    10 Mar 2016 (All day) Climate Action Network “Break free from fossil fuels” Climate activist movement 350.org and Climate Action Network have announced a series of peaceful, coordinated actions “to disrupt the fossil-fuel industry’s power by targeting the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German reactions to reports on US withdrawal from Paris Agreement

    01 Jun 2017 (All day) According to several US media reports, the Trump administration has decided to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The US President said on Twitter he would announce his decision on Thursday. The USA would be the first country ...
  • 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 ...
  • 02 May 2016

    Fracking's chances dwindle / 'CO2 floor would fail in Germany'

    02 May 2016 (All day) Handelsblatt “Dwindling chances for fracking” The proposed fracking law has been delayed and might not be adopted in the current legislative period, writes Klaus Stratmann in Handelsblatt. Energy minister Sigmar Gabriel's Social ...
  • “Federal government risks climate targets with new eco regulations”

    The federal economy ministry’s proposed new strategy “Energy efficiency and heat from renewable energies” could endanger Germany’s climate goals as it hindered house owners from installing modern fossil fuel-based heating systems, say conservative ...
  • 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 ...
  • “The next Energiewende”

    Transforming the transport and heating sectors to use electricity as their main source of energy is the next big phase of Germany’s Energiewende, writes Jürgen Flauger in Handelsblatt. Sector coupling opens up new markets for Germany’s power suppliers and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Jan 2017 |

    Environment agency shows options for halving coal emissions by 2030

    16 Jan 2017 (All day) The best way for Germany to reach its 2030 emissions target for the power sector is by shutting down old coal plants, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) suggests. This strategy is more attractive than an additional CO2 levy, ...
  • 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 ...
  • “A big misconception“

    Intensifying regulations for energy efficiency and insulation for commercial buildings would be expensive but bring little benefit, according to a study commissioned by the German Property Federation (ZIA), writes Christian Hunziker in Die Welt. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • Industry’s 10-point plan for the next federal government

    The Federation of German Industries (BDI) has published demands for the coming legislative period in the form of a 10-point plan. It calls for new ways to finance renewables expansion, tax-based support for energy-efficient building renovation, grid fee ...
  • 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 ...
  • Vote in No.1 wind power state stalls Germany’s coalition talks

    09 Oct 2017 As Germany digests the result of this year’s federal election, the country prepares for yet another important vote, this time in the state of Lower Saxony. The early election in the country’s number one wind power state is seen as vital marker ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 22 Jun 2017 |

    “There’s no way around a coal exit law”

    22 Jun 2017 (All day) Germany's energy transition can only be successful if it is created by citizens themselves in a socially fair way, the Left Party writes in its election campaign programme. The Left is currently the largest opposition group in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 May 2016

    Germany urged to end coal financing / 'Save the Energiewende' protests

    25 May 2016 (All day) Reuters Campaigners urge Germany to stop financing coal projects abroad Environmental groups urged G7 nations led by Japan and Germany to stop financing coal projects abroad, reports Alister Doyle for Reuters. The study, released ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Apr 2016

    Germany asks Belgium to switch off nuclear plants / RWE turmoil

    20 Apr 2016 (All day) BMUB / Deutsche Welle “Germany asks Belgium to hit the switch on disputed Tihange and Doel nuclear reactors” Environment minister Barbara Hendricks submitted an official request to Belgian authorities asking for two nuclear reactors ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Why climate policy matters for the G20 finance ministers’ agenda”

    Climate policy should be integrated with the G20 finance ministers’ agenda in order to stay below the 2 degrees Celsius guardrail set in the Paris Agreement, a team of authors including Ottmar Edenhofer, director of Mercator Research Institute on Global ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 26 Jan 2016

    Gas power stations rise from the dead / A transparent solar cell

    26 Jan 2016 (All day) manager magazine / Bloomberg “Gas-fired power stations rise from the dead” What might be the biggest absurdity of the German Energiewende could now be ending, as relatively clean gas-fired power plants are regaining competitiveness, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German Greens confident pro-climate government coalition possible

    09 Oct 2017 (All day) Leading Green politicians in Germany are optimistic an agreement to improve the country’s patchy climate record is possible in likely coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the free-market FDP. Despite major ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Energy transition in the boiler room”

    Germany needs to lower emissions in the heating sector by one fifth by 2020 in order to meet the government’s climate goals, Hartmut Netz writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “To comply with the plan, twice as many buildings would need efficient retrofitting ...
  • 09 Nov 2016 |

    Coal exit dispute delays Germany’s Climate Action Plan

    09 Nov 2016 Disagreements over the future of coal in Germany have blocked adoption of a long-awaited government roadmap for making the country almost greenhouse gas neutral by 2050. In a surprise move capping several days of uncertainty about the fate of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 – ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Thermal insulation to be supported by tax incentives”

    The German government plans to introduce new tax incentives for building insulation, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The newspaper has learned that Chancellor Angela Merkel and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks propose subsidies, and the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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,” ...
  • 05 Nov 2015

    'Emergency repairs' to the power market / Cutting CO2 without nuclear

    05 Nov 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Power market reforms are mainly “emergency repairs” German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel says the reforms passed in cabinet yesterday train the power market for the 21st century, writes Andreas Mihm in ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 02 Aug 2017

    "Win for car industry"- First reactions to German diesel summit

    02 Aug 2017 (All day) German carmakers have pledged to update the software in some 5 million diesel cars to lower emissions at the so-called "diesel summit", where leaders of the industry met with federal ministers and heads of federal states. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Dec 2015

    Many roads lead to Energiewende- study / A majority for coal exit

    10 Dec 2015 (All day) Die Zeit “Don’t be afraid of the Energiewende” Three scientific academies have found there are various options to bring the Energiewende in the power sector to a successful conclusion, reports Fritz Vorholz on Zeit Online. The ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Homemade climate protection”

    German climate targets for the building sector are in danger because many house owners shy away from modernising their buildings to meet higher energy standards due to the costs involved, writes Ralph Diermann in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Study compares long-term policy frameworks for implementation of Paris Agreement

    A long-term policy approach to achieving the climate protection effects required by the Paris Agreement is crucial for the successful transformation of the affected economic sectors, but progress in this field varies considerably across different ...
  • “Agreement on climate protection – cabinet to approve plan”

    The German federal ministries, together with the Chancellery, have agreed on a national Climate Action Plan 2050 in time for COP22 in Marrakesh after months of dispute, reports Markus Wacket for Reuters. The federal cabinet is to approve the plan on ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 Feb 2015

    In the media: Bavaria balks at controversial grid decision

    03 Feb 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Bavaria does not need two grid extensions” The southern German state of Bavaria, one of the country’s industrial powerhouses, has completed a three-month “Energy Dialogue” consultation process meant to ease ...
  • German states aim to change rules for onshore wind power auctions

    The council of federal state governments in Germany (Bundesrat) wants to counter “undesirable developments” in the country’s auction system for onshore wind power by changing the rules for citizens’ energy projects, the Bundesrat says in a press release. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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. ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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’ ...
  • Climate protection “main pillar” of German environmental industry

    Climate protection is the main economic pillar of the environmental industry in Germany, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) says in a press release. Companies producing climate-friendly materials and products, as well as offering climate protection ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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

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  • 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 ...
  • EU must cut emissions and also adapt to climate change, auditors warn

    The European Union’s 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and objectives “will not be achieved without significant additional efforts”, says a new “Landscape Review of EU Action on Energy and Climate Change” published by the European ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Far from climate neutral”

    Germany risks missing its climate targets in the building sector “unless something drastic is done,” Joachim Wille writes in Frankfurter Rundschau. An energy-efficient upgrading of the country’s building stock on average could increase energy savings by ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Industry sends climate protection wake-up call to policymakers – opinion

    The decisive message of the  German Industry Association’s (BDI) study  is that climate protection can be an economic success story, writes Ekkehard Rüger in an editorial for the Westdeutsche Zeitung. “To hear this wake-up call not just from ...
  • German tenants set to benefit from renewable energy savings

    Until now, tenants in Germany had to pay the renewable energy surcharge of 6.35 cents per kilowatt-hour that finances the state-guaranteed price, or feed-in tariff, for producers of renewable energy even if the building they live in is installed with a ...
  • 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 ...
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    The H2 Research Centre at the Brandenburg Technical University BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, is a research laboratory and innovation test centre. It is part of the “Power-to-Gas Strategy Platform” of the German Energy Agency, dena. Through its Strategy ...
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    In June 2016, Siemens, in partnership with the truck producer Scania, opened the world’s first electric highway (eHighway) on a public road in Sweden. The test track in Groß-Dölln  was designed to test eHighway technology and to mirror real-world ...
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