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  • Polish President Andrzej Duda calls for stop to Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline during Germany visit

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

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

    According to environment ministry calculations, Germany would have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 62 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, to meet the requirements laid out by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ...
  • Merkel vows to convince climate sceptic “elephant in the room”

    23 May 2017 (All day) German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to try and convince “doubters” of the urgent need to mitigate climate change. But environmental organisations said her credibility as “Climate Chancellor” was severely damaged because Germany ...
  • US LNG not yet competitive in European market – BDEW head

    Germany could import liquefied natural gas (LNG) via its neighbouring countries, but this depends on the wholesale market prices of both LNG and pipeline gas, said Stefan Kapferer, head of utilities association BDEW, writes Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ...
  • Reinsurance company Munich Re to cut investments in coal projects

    German reinsurance company Munich Re will no longer invest in companies that make more than 30 percent of their revenues from coal-based operations, CEO Joachim Wenning said in a guest article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Climate change is a ...
  • German solar heat users miss out on output worth 66 million euros per year – report

    Two-thirds of Germany’s solar heat installations could have a higher output if their use was optimised, the energy customer consultancy co2online says in a press release. Solar heat users miss out on 1.4 billion kilowatt hours per year, roughly equivalent ...
  • Pilot project uses steel to store excess regional wind and solar power

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

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

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

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

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning for her party ahead of the regional elections in the federal state of Hesse, said her government aims to amend existing legislation to prevent diesel driving bans in cities where nitrogen oxide limits are only ...
  • “Big four” German utilities drop out of top 100 company list

    The “big four” utilities in Germany- RWE, E.ON, Vattenfall Germany, and EnBW- have all disappeared from a list of the country’s 100 largest companies compiled by the German Monopolies Commission, the competition watchdog says in its annual report. The ...
  • “Coal so far has been a winner of the Energiewende”

    The Energiewende, Germany’s energy transition, has so far  seen too much political planning and not enough free market forces, making coal-fired power production one of the project’s “winners” besides renewable energy sources, gas lobbyist Timm Kehler ...
  • “Negative emissions no longer a choice, but a necessity” - study

    If the Paris Agreement’s targets are to be met, future CO₂ emissions must be kept within a finite budget, and the more this budget is overrun, the more relevant carbon dioxide removal technologies will become – and those come with great uncertainties,” ...
  • Discount supermarket chain Aldi Süd recognised for climate protection efforts

    German discount supermarket chain Aldi Süd has been honoured by German environment minister Barbara Hendricks for its efforts to integrate climate protection into its business practices, the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) said in a press ...
  • To protect climate, we will need diesel cars even in ten years – VW CEO

    Unless Germany quickly phases out coal-fired power generation, diesel cars will continue to be better for the climate than e-cars, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told the Süddeutsche Zeitung in an interview. For this reason, Germany will need diesel cars ...
  • "German agriculture with ambitious goals in climate protection”

    Unveiling its Climate Strategy 2.0, the German Farmers’ Association (DBV) said climate change posed an enormous challenge for German farmers. “Like no other economic sector, agriculture and forestry are directly affected, as extreme weather events in the ...
  • Hundreds of Tesla buyers told to pay back government electric vehicle incentive

    Buyers of Tesla Model S must pay back government support they received to purchase the car, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) has announced in a press release. BAFA estimates that its action applies to approximately 800 people. ...
  • Fresh Green upset in Hesse state election may derail Merkel government

    26 Oct 2018, 10:47 As Germany’s federal government parties, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU camp and the Social Democrats (SPD), suffer from voter flight due to the coalition’s constant quarrels, the Green Party emerges as one of the big ...
  • Germany at risk of becoming biotope for fossil combustion technologies – Green MP

    By opposing stricter EU car emission limits, Germany’s government delays the transition to renewable mobility and risks isolating the country, according to Green MP and transport expert Cem Özdemir. “France, Denmark, Luxembourg and Netherlands have ...
  • Biogas plants don’t make use of their flexibility despite premium payments

    Most German biogas plants capable of producing power according to demand are not making use of this flexibility because the spread between base and peak prices at the wholesale market is not large enough, the German government said. The response came in a ...
  • Government plans to phase out support for fossil fuel heating systems by 2020

    The federal economy ministry (BMWi) plans to phase out support for heating systems that run entirely on fossil fuels by 2020, as part of its new “Energy efficiency and heat from renewable energies” strategy. Industry opposition to the plans is inevitable, ...
  • German wind power tender fails to attract enough bids, PV strong

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

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

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

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

    The car industry lobby often claims that it provides one in seven jobs in Germany, but the true number is one in 25, write Matthias Breitinger and Tina Groll in an analysis for weekly magazine Die Zeit. But the carmakers are better positioned in e ...
  • Foundation calls for bailout fund for the climate

    German foundation World Future Council (WFC) says the current state of the global energy industry is like the financial industry on the eve of the global crisis in 2008. The group called for a bailout fund to absorb losses suffered because of the ...
  • OECD urges Germany to meet its climate targets with extra effort

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a global organisation of 35 developed and emerging countries, has urged Germany to adopt further measures to reach its climate targets. “Additional policies are needed to meet even the ...
  • German states want synthetic fuels included in car fleet CO2 regulation

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

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

    Many diesel cars affected by the looming driving bans in Germany for having too high exhaust emissions are being exported to eastern Europe and especially to Poland, where anti-pollution policies still are less severe, the NGO Transport & Environment ...
  • “The blame game”

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel signalling support for an eventual combustion engine ban is putting the onus solely on the car industry, writes Horst Teltschik, former board member at carmaker BMW and former foreign policy advisor of the German government ...
  • 30 Dec 2015

    Municipal utilities under pressure / PV support stable

    30 Dec 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Government puts pressure on municipal utilities” Germany’s municipal utilities have criticised the federal government’s plans for digitalising the Energiewende and its rejection of a decentralised ...
  • Grid operator plans cable under Baltic Sea to store German wind power in Sweden

    A 300-kilometre power cable under the Baltic Sea will transport excess German wind power to Swedish hydropower plants, according to plans by German grid operator 50Hertz and Swedish company Svenska kraftnät, Andre Wornowski reports for regional newspaper ...
  • German government says ETS insufficient for reaching Energiewende goals

    The EU emissions trading system (ETS) is not sufficient for ensuring that Germany meets either its CO 2 emissions reduction goals or the other targets of its energy transition, the German government says in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry by the Left ...
  • Solar PV could reach expansion target for first time

    Solar PV expansion in Germany could reach the government’s goal of 2.5 gigawatts annually for the first time this year, Carsten Körnig, managing director of the German Solar Association (BSW), was quoted as saying in an article written by Thomas Magenheim ...
  • Solar panel owners reap benefits of record sunshine hours

    The exceptionally sunny weather in Germany is lavishing owners of solar panels with a lot of money, according to an article published on Welt Online. However, the rate of remuneration varies widely: those who installed solar panels in the early 2000s ...
  • Env min says will defend misguided government position at EU car emission talks

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze will argue for limiting CO 2 car emission cuts to 30 percent by 2030 at today’s decisive meeting with her EU counterparts, despite believing the proposal by the EU commission falls far short of what’s necessary ...
  • Power-to-gas push no surprise – opinion

    The joint power-to-gas (PtG) project by power and gas transmission grid operators Amprion and Open Grid Europe (OGE) should not come as a surprise, as especially the gas industry worries about its future in a decarbonised Germany, writes Andreas Mihm in ...
  • Energy minister “disappoints” business sector

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

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

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

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

    Germany’s energy ministry is drafting a law to accelerate the development of the country’s electricity network, Michael Bauchmüller reports in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The draft, seen by the paper, will include streamlining the planning procedure, ...
  • Investors and funds increasingly have to take ecologic and social responsibility into account

    Sustainable investment- after years of being a niche product- is becoming the mainstream, writes German business daily Handelsblatt in a long analysis. “Investors cannot dodge their responsibilities for areas beyond return on investment anymore,” writes ...
  • Permitted lignite reserves exhaust German energy sector’s remaining CO2-budget – report

    The lignite reserves already permitted for mining in Germany are enough to almost completely exhaust the remaining CO 2-budget of the country’s energy sector, environmental organisation WWF Germany says in a short report for the German coal exit ...
  • 10 Feb 2015

    In the media: Germany spent billions on exports of coal technology

    10 Feb 2015 (All day) Reuters “Study – Germany spends billions on export of coal technology” Germany and France are the EU’s biggest sponsors of the export of coal technology, according to a confidential OECD study cited by Reuters. From 2003 to 2013, ...
  • 28 Jan 2016

    Government 'wants to kill wind engine' / Grid fees drive costs

    28 Jan 2016 (All day) Die Welt “Government wants to kill the engine” Onshore wind power is the backbone of Germany’s energy transition, but government reform plans for the Renewable Energy Act risk slowing down its development too much, warns Georg Müller ...
  • 03 Nov 2016 |

    German energy use stable in 2016 as gas spike compensates coal drop

    03 Nov 2016 Germany's primary energy consumption is likely to remain broadly unchanged this year, according to estimates by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB). While data for the first nine months of the year indicate a rise in ...
  • 15 Mar 2016

    An unconstitutional nuclear phase-out? / Vattenfall's 'coal chaos'

    15 Mar 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Was the nuclear phase-out unconstitutional?” Germany’s Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe will on Tuesday and Wednesday hear parties in the case of the country’s nuclear phase-out, which utilities claim interfered ...
  • Greens make stepped-up climate protection a prerequisite for joining coalition

    The German Green Party has made a strengthened commitment to climate protection and energy transition a prerequisite for joining a future coalition after September’s parliamentary elections. “We are ready for talks with any party”, but there had to be a ...
  • German car companies’ dependence on foreign battery manufacturers a risk – interview

    The German automotive industry is becoming increasingly dependent on a small number of foreign manufacturers for batteries, which are necessary components for electric cars, Wolfgang Bernhart from the consultancy Roland Berger said in an interview with ...
  • Nord Stream 2 right to secure German power supply – coal commission co-head

    The planned Russian-German natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, currently under construction in the Baltic Sea, can contribute to German power supply security during the country’s coal exit, said coal commission co-head Ronald Pofalla during a speech at ...
  • Germany’s renewables surcharge to remain stable in 2019 – think tank

    The surcharge German power customers pay with their power bill to finance the expansion of renewable energy is going to remain largely stable next year, according to calculations made by the energy policy think tank Agora Energiewende*. The renewables ...
  • “Support in the doldrums”

    The operation of thousands of wind turbines could become economically unviable once the first support period for renewable energy in Germany runs out in 2020, Michael Bauchmüller writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. If the operators’ sales revenue in open ...
  • 15 Oct 2018 |

    Bavarian vote shakes Berlin coalition, leaves energy policy in limbo

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In a further erosion of Germany's political mainstream, the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) has lost its absolute majority in Bavaria’s state elections, while the Greens have become the second largest political force there, writes Deutsche ...
  • EU governments agree to cut car emissions faster than proposed by Germany

    The environment ministers of the EU member states have agreed to seek more ambitious CO₂ car emission cuts by 2030 than both the European Commission and the German government had initially proposed. Average CO₂ emissions of new passenger cars registered ...
  • Germany missing 2020 climate target “a bitter defeat for climate politicians“ – env min state sec

    Germany will definitely miss its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, which is a “bitter defeat for climate politicians,“ said Jochen Flasbarth, state secretary in the environment ministry, at the annual conference of the German ...
  • “Energiewende costs are increasingly passed on to private households – the industry benefits”

    Industry, transport and manufacturing have benefitted from exemptions and rebates in the power sector to the tune of about 17 billion euros, much of which was shouldered by private households, said the SPD-affiliated Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in a ...
  • CEOs of big German companies RWE and VW clash over lignite mining

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

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

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

    Germany needs a national strategy to boost walking as the most basic, quiet and emission-free form of mobility, according to the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The agency says the potential to increase walking is large because a fifth of all distances ...
  • 03 Aug 2018 |

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

    03 Aug 2018, 08:44 Conventional power stations, like hard coal, gas-fired or nuclear plants, are forced to curb generation because of the heat wave hitting Germany. While the stability of the power system as such is not in peril and most renewables are ...
  • Lignite power units move into reserve

    As of 1 October, three more lignite power station blocks in Niederaußem and Jänschwalde will be mothballed and moved into the so-called security standby reserve, dpa news agency reports. After four years in the reserve, the units will be retired for good. ...
  • German car industry celebrates booming business as major challenges loom

    The German car industry will likely book record sales in 2018, but a whole range of challenges makes prospects for future business uncertain, the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) says in a press release. Tougher car emissions standards in the ...
  • EU Commission rejects renewables levy exemptions for cogeneration power plants - report

    The European Commission has rejected to approve exemptions from the renewables surcharge for operators of highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Germany, Andreas Mihm reports for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Since 2014, ...
  • German authorities certify first smart meter after long delay

    The first smart meter in Germany has received a license from the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) two years after the government decided on a large-scale roll-out, Jakob Schlandt writes in energy policy newsletter Tagesspiegel Background. The ...
  • Opposition FDP calls federal government’s energy policy unclear

    The German federal government’s uncertainty about how to achieve a 65 percent share of renewable energy by 2030 “speaks for itself,” said Sandra Weeser, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) faction on the federal parliament’s (Budestag) Committee on ...
  • Court orders diesel driving bans in parts of Berlin

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

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

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

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

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

    European countries must increase their focus on supply security and safeguard their solidarity in critical power supply situations, according to a joint appeal by energy industry associations. The continent is no longer characterised by a large supply of ...
  • Almost 2,000 businesses to be largely exempt from renewables levy in 2018

    In 2018, a total of 1,908 German businesses at 2,421 locations will be largely exempt from having to pay the country’s renewables levy (EEG surcharge) on electricity, writes the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bafa), which is in ...
  • Conservative German state government mulls “new approach on coal” following court ruling

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

    The ruling by a German court to stop the clearing of the embattled Hambach Forest has prompted energy company RWE to consider reducing coal extraction at its nearby lignite mine by up to one third, Claus Hecking and Stefan Schultz write on Spiegel Online. ...
  • Still no date for additional solar and onshore wind power auctions

    In a parliamentary debate, representatives of the centre-left SPD and Greens again called on Peter Altmaier, the federal minister for economic affairs and energy, to set a date for the promised special auctions for a combined 4 gigawatts of solar ...
  • “Hambach Forest could become for coal what Fukushima has been for nuclear power” – opinion

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

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

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

    The European Energy Exchange in Leipzig on Friday auctioned a total of 4.36 million emission allowances for the German government that brought in 64.7 million euros, Michael Bauchmüller writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The success of the auction marks a new ...
  • German energy state sec says Hambach Forest must go for supply security

    The embattled Hambach Forest has to be cut down to ensure a secure power supply for Germany, energy state secretary Thomas Bareiß said at an event organised by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in London, Adam Vaughan writes in The Guardian. Bareiß said ...
  • Green Party and mining union at odds over coal exit strategy

    Germany’s energy industry can reach its greenhouse gas reduction obligations for 2030 and 2050 purely by letting the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) do its work, Michael Vassiliadis, head of the mining and chemicals industry union IG BCE, said ...
  • German government reportedly split over EU car emission limits

    The members of the German government disagree over the country’s position on future EU car emission limits, according to media reports. The ministries of economic affairs and transport both reject the environment ministry’s call for more ambitious targets ...
  • Env min decision on CO₂ car limits Pyrrhic victory for industry – opinion

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

    Daimler has named research chief Ola Källenius as its next CEO in a succession plan that promotes a raft of tech-savvy managers at its Mercedes-Benz car brand and also seeks to install long-serving CEO Dieter Zetsche as chairman, writes the news agency ...
  • Diesel driving bans in Berlin likely to be introduced in 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    05 Oct 2018, 17:00 Clearing operations at the embattled Hambach Forest to make way for a coal mine have to be halted to decide whether the forest is protected by EU environmental rules, a German court has decided. The judges said energy company RWE did ...
  • German power taxes and levies system “ailing” – opinion

    In an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Andreas Mihm argues that the government is responsible for Germany’s high power prices, as it does not use the state budget to finance desired support like that for renewables, but passes the costs on ...
  • “Socially acceptable coal exit is possible and can be financed”

    A socially acceptable coal exit in Germany is possible and could be financed through the CO₂-emissions trading earnings, according to a report by enervis energy advisors GmbH, commissioned by the German service sector trade union ver.di. “Our proposal ...
  • Diesel deal is “big bluff” - opinion

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The government’s diesel deal will not tame the anger of diesel drivers because only one in 10 are likely to be offered incentives to trade in their old car against a more recent model, writes Holger Steltzner in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...
  • Cost of climate inaction “can hardly be quantified”, Germany must do more - Merkel

    While ambitious climate policy is an opportunity for growth and prosperity, the economic costs of inaction “can hardly be quantified, but they are enormous”, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the 9 th Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. “Climate ...
  • Merkel wins respect for G20 climate result at "B-"-summit

    08 Jul 2017 (All day) The German presidency and chancellor Angela Merkel pulled off a “solid” diplomatic success on climate policy by closing the ranks of all G20 members except the United States at the summit in Hamburg, experts for climate diplomacy ...
  • Germany’s natural gas imports rise by nearly 20 percent since January

    Imports of natural gas to Germany rose by 19.5 percent between January and August 2017 compared to the same period last year, the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bafa) says in a press release. The country imported 3,060,298 ...
  • Wind power expansion could come to a halt in Bavaria

    The expansion of wind power in Germany’s southern state Bavaria could soon fall close to zero, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. According to the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), there have been just four applications for construction of new wind ...
  • Germany’s coal commission "a model for a just transition"

    A socially just transition of all economic sectors should be the guiding principal for modern climate policy, German environment minister Svenja Schulze told more than 30 ministers at the opening of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. According to ...
  • Germany’s Merkel sees chance for electric car battery production in Europe

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has signalled that she believes the chances were increasing of German carmakers building up battery production for electric cars in Europe, reports Gernot Heller for Reuters. “I’m detecting a certain rethink among carmakers,” ...
  • New economy minister Zypries assures renewables industry of progressive Energiewende legislation

    Brigitte Zypries, Germany’s new economy minister, has assured the country’s renewables industry of pursuing a progressive policy approach to advance the energy transition. At a conference by the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) she pledged to ...
  • German environment minister drops call for more ambitious EU car CO₂ limits

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze has backed away from her call for more ambitious new EU targets for passenger car CO₂ emissions reduction to enable a joint German government position, said a ministry spokesperson at a press conference. After a ...
  • Protest organisers expect 20,000 people for demonstration at Hambach Forest

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

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

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

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

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

    After several hours of negotiations on diesel emissions and immigration, the federal government coalition also agreed that it would decide to implement special renewables auctions “to contribute to closing the gap in the 2020 climate target” in a cabinet ...
  • 21 Jun 2016

    Climate Action Plan 2050 delayed / 'VW is more than diesel'

    21 Jun 2016 (All day) Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) Climate Action Plan 2050 delayed The Climate Action Plan 2050 that is to describe a pathway and policy measures for Germany to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent by 2050 will not be ...
  • EU will not aim to tighten emissions reduction target ahead of COP24

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

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

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

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

    The German government is working on a concept to reduce emissions from diesel cars in German cities which will include swap and retrofit options, said transport minister Andreas Scheuer during a live video chat on Instagram. “We are currently talking ...
  • Reaching target of 65 percent renewables by 2030 is feasible - think tank

    Germany can reach its target of increasing the share of renewable energy to 65 percent of power consumption by 2030 from the current 36 percent at moderate costs, according to energy think tank Agora Energiewende*. Agora proposes a series of measures to ...
  • Shipping emissions deal “late“, “not very ambitious“ – opinion

    The agreement by the United Nation’s (UN) International Maritime Organization (IMO) to cut carbon emissions in shipping comes late and is not very ambitious, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “However, compared to ...
  • Consumers don’t know how much power they use, what they pay – survey

    More than 40 percent of German consumers don’t know how many kilowatt-hours of electricity they consumed or how much they paid for it last year, price comparison website Verivox says in a press release. A third of respondents to a Verivox survey had a ...
  • German grid agency unveils grid expansion scenario for a 65 percent-renewable power supply in 2030

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has released its 2030 grid development scenarios, including a “substantially altered” scenario based on a 65 percent share of renewables in the power mix, and on the additional auctions for wind and solar power promised ...
  • Siemens to back Europe’s largest lithium-ion factory in Sweden

    German engineering company Siemens has offered its digital enterprise technology to help build Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery factory, planned by Northvolt, Reuters reports. Siemens said it would invest 10 million euros in the project – that has ...
  • US government’s op-ed “a shameless diplomatic sales pitch“ – opinion

    In an opinion piece, David Reay reacts to the op-ed on liquefied natural gas (LNG) by US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and US deputy secretary of energy Dan Brouillette in the Handelsblatt on 13 September. “The pair offers up a shameless ...
  • RWE head Schmitz says German coal exit by 2030 is impossible

    Germany will not be able to phase out coal-fired power production by 2030, said Rolf Martin Schmitz, head of RWE, the country’s biggest power producer and Europe’s biggest private emitter of CO 2. In an interview with the Rheinische Post on the eve of the ...
  • Climate targets and SDGs achievable together with smart policy mix

    A broad combination of policies ranging from straightforward CO₂ pricing to regulation of water and forest protection, as well as lifestyle changes such as eating less meat, may be the best way to meet climate-stabilisation targets alongside most of the ...
  • Space food for cows

    Cultivating feed in industrial facilities rather than on croplands, using a method originally developed during the Cold War for space travel, could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other negative implications for the environment, according to a ...
  • Climate and energy negotiations in Jamaica coalition will be “very tough” – opinion

    Negotiations on climate policy in the framework of a possible coalition between the conservative CDU/CSU, the economic liberal Free Democrats (FDP), and the Green Party will be difficult, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Rundschau. ...
  • “Business wants to maintain joint power zone with Austria”

    The Bavarian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (BIHK) and the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKÖ) issued a joint statement against a possible split of the German-Austrian power price zone, reports news agency dpa. “These plans endanger supply security in ...
  • Merkel renews call for European battery cell production

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

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

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

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

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

    Carmaker VW will accept hardware retrofits for manipulated diesel cars that have lower exhaust levels on the test stand than on the road, Gerald Traufetter writes on Spiegel Online. According to the article, Germany’s largest carmaker is the first in the ...
  • “Severe setback for energy transition in the heating sector”

    The German Energy agency (dena) says it regrets that the government failed to reach a compromise on the GEG, a bill that would have modernised energy efficiency standards for German buildings. In a press release, dena head Andreas Kuhlmann called the ...
  • Slow progress in Paris rulebook negotiations “deeply worrying,” Germany must honour its climate commitments – researchers

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

    According to the wind industry, German turbine operators supported under the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) should be able to sell their electricity directly to companies, reports Klaus Stratmann in the Handelsblatt. Until now, renewable electricity supported ...
  • Coal commission members “create joint knowledge base”

    Members of Germany’s coal-exit commission used their second plenary meeting on Friday, 13 July to hear presentations about the “tasks, framework conditions and structural policy challenges” that are to form the basis for their decision-making in the ...
  • 04 Feb 2015 |

    Bavaria struggles with crucial decision on power lines

    04 Feb 2015 (All day) The debate over grid extensions to balance over-supply of wind power in Germany’s north with high demand in the south continues as the consulting process in Bavaria fails to yield a concrete decision on their necessity. The southern ...
  • Germany’s auto and power industries are all talk and little action on sustainability – opinion

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

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

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

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

    There is mounting evidence that the German government will oppose stricter car fleet emission limits at EU level in exchange for carmakers’ consent to cover the hardware retrofitting costs in certain types of diesel vehicles, reports the Frankfurter ...
  • Internal party struggles keep Germany’s conservative ministers from doing their jobs

    A fight over immigration policy between Germany’s two conservative sister parties paralyses the work of conservative ministers in charge of energy transition policies, Nikolaus Doll, Michael Fabricius and Daniel Wetzel write in Die Welt. Energy and ...
  • Government works on advancing LNG infrastructure in Germany – Merkel

    Germany is already connected to liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals in neighbouring countries, but the government “is working on advancing the [LNG] infrastructure in Germany itself,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a German-Qatari ...
  • 08 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 9: Finding a word between "able" and "willing"

    08 Dec 2015 (All day) EU and African-Caribbean-Pacific group join forces / Review, finance, ambition – differentiation is key / Germany with “moderate” ranking in climate index More talks- less information The standards for reviewing countries’ climate ...
  • Justice switches sides – opinion

    The term “just transition” was used at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue to mean limiting the economic consequences of decarbonisation in regions of industrial countries – a reasonable demand, Bernhard Pötter writes in an opinion piece for tageszeitung (taz ...
  • Foreign minister Maas calls for better information base and climate risk analysis at UN Security Council

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

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

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

    Germany is bound to remain dependent on coal for years to come, up until 2040, although this dependence will gradually decrease, Andreas Pinkwart (FDP), economy minister of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), where one of the remaining lignite mines is located ...
  • German government spent 5.4 billion euros from federal budget on Energiewende in 2017

    In 2017, at least 5.4 billion euros were spent by the German government from the federal budget on the country’s energy transition, up about 20 percent from the previous year, writes the German Taxpayers Federation in a study. Four billion euros were ...
  • German government postpones decision on diesel retrofits after meeting with carmakers

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

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

    German energy company RWE will breach the law if it continues to press ahead with the clearing of the Hambach Forest in western Germany to expand its nearby lignite mine, environmental NGO Greenpeace says in a press release. According to a legal opinion ...
  • Eastern German city of Leipzig to become “centre of the Energiewende’s digitalisation”

    The eastern German city of Leipzig is slated to become the “centre of the Energiewende’s digitalisation,” Wolfgang Brinkschulte writes for the public broadcaster MDR. The federal government wants the “Smart Infrastructure Hub” to become a pivot for ...
  • German luxury carmaker Porsche quits diesel, aims to boost e-mobility

    Luxury carmaker Porsche will no longer produce cars with diesel engines and will instead focus on expanding its product range with electric or hybrid vehicles, the German company has said in a press release. Porsche said it did not want to “demonise” ...
  • Coal exit debate must take costs into account – opinion

    Representatives of consumer protection and energy-intensive industry should be part of the upcoming so-called ‘coal exit commission’ to ensure that cost arguments are taken into account, writes German Chemicals Industry Association (VCI) director-general ...
  • European auto industry questions 2021 CO₂ target

    The European auto industry is questioning existing and future EU car fleet CO₂ emission limits, reports news agency dpa in an article carried by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Our industry is worrying about whether we’ll be able to reach the 2021 target ...
  • EU reaches deal to overhaul European Emissions Trading System (ETS)

    EU negotiators have reached a provisional deal to overhaul the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), bolster carbon prices and adjust the system to more ambitious climate goals, Ewa Krukowska reports for Bloomberg. The deal follows more than two years of ...
  • Diesel driving ban in Stuttgart, home of Daimler & Porsche

    The state government of Baden-Württemberg is to introduce driving bans for the most polluting diesel vehicles in the state capital Stuttgart from 1 January 2019. Baden-Württemberg is the home state of German carmakers Daimler and Porsche. Diesel vehicles ...
  • Conflict in Hambach Forest threatens coal exit commission’s stability

    The conflict over coal-mining expansion in the Hambach Forest, where police have started evicting anti-coal activists, is becoming an issue that could threaten the stability of Germany’s coal exit commission, news website Spiegel Online writes. Commission ...
  • Germany imports less hard coal as use in power generation dips

    Germany imported less hard coal last year and imports are set to drop again in 2017, the German Coal Importers Association said, according to a report by Dow Jones Newswires. Imports fell by 4 percent to 55.2 million tons in 2016, and will dip again this ...
  • Germans largely satisfied with Energiewende measures but lament cost distribution – study

    Most Germans are satisfied with the goals of the Energiewende and the measures taken to achieve them- but say that cost distribution is among the project’s greatest shortcomings, two different studies by the University of Kassel have found. People ...
  • Germany’s ‘strategic reserves’ for coal under fire in EU Council - report

    A group of seven countries – comprising France, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Greece, Ireland and the UK – have issued a common position on the reform of Europe’s electricity market, saying “strategic reserves” for electricity should not receive favourable ...
  • Wind power jobs to be moved to Portugal

    Wind power company Senvion has rejected a workers’ council job recovery plan and is set to move rotor manufacturing for its turbines from the northern German city of Bremerhaven to Portugal, citing increasing international competition and price pressure, ...
  • 13 Nov 2017 |

    Germany's energy use and emissions likely to rise yet again in 2017

    13 Nov 2017 Higher energy demand triggered by economic growth and colder weather is likely to push up Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions again this year, energy market group AG Energiebilanzen forecast on Friday. A new rise would put Germany’s 2020 ...
  • Renewable fuels’ share overtakes hard coal in German heating systems

    The share of renewable fuels in Germany’s heating system took over that of hard coal in 2016, an answer by the government to a parliamentary inquiry by the Green Party published by the German Federal Parliament shows. Their share has more than doubled ...
  • Germany must show Security Council members value of making security policy implications key topic

    The German government has to carefully moderate the many differing interests in order to successfully make security policy implications of climate change a key topic during its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, writes ...
  • New “Global Alliance Power Fuels”

    The German Energy Agency (dena) has gathered a group of companies from the energy, automotive, aviation, chemicals and mineral oil, mechanical and plant engineering, insurance and finance sectors to launch a global alliance for power fuels. The list of ...
  • Saving Hambach Forest would cost billions of euros – RWE head

    Not cutting down the embattled Hambach Forest would cost four to five billion euros, Rolf Martin Schmitz, head of energy company RWE, which wants to clear the forest to expand a nearby lignite mine, said  in the political talk show Maybrit Illner on ...
  • Clearing of anti-coal activist camps halted after journalist falls to death

    The government of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has stopped the clearing of anti-coal activist camps in Hambach Forest “until further notice” after a journalist fell to his death, writes Der Tagesspiegel. “We cannot simply return to business ...
  • Little competition in second round of biomass auctions

    Seventy-nine projects with a total capacity of around 77 megawatt have been successful in Germany’s second round of tenders for biomass plant, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) said in a press release. This represents a significant increase of awarded ...
  • 2018 will be record year for solar power in Germany – BSW

    Germany will have generated as much solar power in the first three quarters of 2018 as in all of 2017, writes the German Solar Association (BSW) in a press release. “2018 will be a record year for solar power,” writes the association. BSW managing ...
  • Germany needs a plan to phase out the combustion engine – opinion

    Germany needs a clear phase-out plan for combustion engine vehicles to increase pressure on carmakers to heavily invest in the development of e-cars and batteries, writes Jan Schmidbauer in an opinion piece in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Unfortunately, the ...
  • Growth of German onshore wind sector will normalise from 2020 – bank

    German wind power "will see a brief decline in 2019", but growth of the onshore sector is expected to normalise from 2020, writes the Commerzbank in its market assessments of the wind energy market. “We continue to observe a robust global ...
  • Call for “climate passport” helps advance debate about fairness in climate policy – opinion

    It is futile to hope that the German government will officially propose the introduction of a “climate passport” at the upcoming UN climate conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Rundschau. In a ...
  • Trump lashes out at Nord Stream 2, says Germany is “totally controlled” by Russia

    US President Donald Trump has lambasted the German reliance on Russian energy resources, saying the country is “totally controlled by” and “captive of” the fossil fuel exporting giant, according to international media reports. “Germany is totally ...
  • Renewables support should be used to lower investment risk – research institute

    In a new analysis, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) looks at how different types of renewables support regimes can effectively keep costs low for transforming the energy system. Uncertainty about future power prices is now the main risk ...
  • 26 Jul 2018

    Wind industry calls for special auctions amid expansion slowdown

    26 Jul 2018, 16:22 Following last year’s strong growth, wind energy expansion in the first half of 2018 dropped substantially. Wind power groups are calling on the government to launch the special auctions for renewable energies that it agreed to hold in ...
  • Truck makers ignore emission problem while celebrating strong growth at commercial vehicle show IAA - NGO

    German and European truck makers like to forget their climate problem while celebrating strong industry growth at the commercial vehicle show in Hanover (IAA), according to environmental NGO Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (Nabu). “Behind ...
  • Cabinet decides energy research programme

    Aligned with the goals of the energy transition, the federal government cabinet has decided Germany’s 7 th energy research programme, the economy ministry said in a press release. “The Energiewende is an ambitious modernisation project for our economy. ...
  • Germany launches task force to kickstart shift to sustainable mobility

    The German government has launched a new advisory panel in order to reduce emissions in the transport sector. The cabinet agreed on Wednesday on the “National Platform Future of Mobility” that will replace the National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE) ...
  • Danish Dong/Ørsted bid for zero-support offshore wind will pay off – CEO

    The bid by Danish energy supplier Ørsted, formerly known as Dong, to build offshore wind farms in German waters without guaranteed remuneration is a “ giant strategic bet ” that is going to be profitable, Ørsted CEO Henrik Poulsen says in an interview ...
  • German transport minister rejects the concept of a “transport transition”

    The new German transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has said he doesn’t like the concept “transport transition,” news agency Reuters reports. The German word “Verkehrswende," literally meaning ‘transport turnaround,’ describes a set of ...
  • 25 Sep 2017 |

    Vote2017: Politicians' comments on German election results

    25 Sep 2017 (All day) Germans have handed Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in the country’s federal election. Most likely, Merkel will have to start talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a so-called "Jamaica coalition, ...
  • Hambach Forest struggle profoundly significant for future of German energy system – opinion

    The outcome of the struggle over the embattled Hambach Forest, which German energy company RWE wants to cut down to make way for the expansion of a lignite mine, will have “profound significance for the future of energy in Germany, as well as for climate ...
  • VW subsidiary Audi finally rises to Tesla challenge with first all-electric model - reports

    German carmaker Audi has presented its first all-electric model “e-tron”, which is obviously designed to be an answer to Tesla’s success, writes Tom Grünweg for Spiegel Online. Daniel Bönnighausen argues on EV website electrive that the car is the very ...
  • German utilities’ financial situation improves after progress in restructuring – consultancy

    German utilities' financial situation is stabilising after years of difficult transformation, writes consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). “The restructuring introduced because of [the energy transition] shows positive effects. The projected ...
  • G7 must increase financial support for climate change adaptation – NGO

    Ahead of the G7 environment, energy and ocean ministers meeting in Halifax, Canada, humanitarian relief organisation CARE published a comprehensive analysis of the finance provided by the G7 group to developing countries for climate change adaptation and ...
  • Hydrogen electrolysis must become “gigawatt industry” in Germany

    The German hydrogen electrolysis sector must become a “gigawatt industry” for Germany to reach its climate targets, according to a new study by Fraunhofer ISE, Fraunhofer IPA and E4tech, commissioned by the federal transport ministry (BMVI). The ...
  • EU opens investigation into possible collusion between BMW, Daimler and VW on clean emission technology

    The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether BMW, Daimler and VW colluded, in breach of EU antitrust rules, to avoid competition on the development and roll-out of technology to clean the emissions of petrol and diesel ...
  • German transport minister calls for more attractive car swap offers from automakers

    In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Kerstin Schwenn, German minister of transport Andreas Scheuer, a member of the conservative CSU party, said the retrofitting of millions of diesel cars to make them cleaner and reduce emissions ...
  • Alstom's hydrogen trains enter passenger service in Lower Saxony

    The world's first hydrogen fuel cell train has started commercial operation on 17 September in the German state of Lower Saxony, French rail group Alstom announced in a statement. The Coradia iLint, built by Alstom in Salzgitter, Germany, is equipped ...
  • Germany’s rail electrification lags behind European leaders - lobby group

    Germany’s federal government lacks an overall strategy for the electrification of the country’s railway network, according to the lobby group Pro-Rail Alliance. Citing the latest EU comparative figures, the Alliance said there were large differences in ...
  • European parliament car-emission plans overstep mark – analyst

    The new CO 2 limits for passenger cars proposed by the European Parliament’s environment committee are going too far, Deutsche Bank analyst Eric Heymann says in a research note. Obviously, the committee was betting on a break-through of electric vehicles ...
  • Media report about coal exit proposal causes irritation

    A report about a proposal by one of Germany’s   coal commission   co-heads for a   coal exit   by 2038 has caused irritation. Co-chair Ronald   Pofalla also proposed taking 5-7 gigawatts of coal capacity off-line and into a security reserve by 2020, and ...
  • German coal states' economy ministers warn against “hasty exit plans”

    The economy ministers of the German coal states Brandenburg, Saxony, and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have warned the country’s coal exit commission against coming up with “hasty” scenarios for phasing out fossil power sources. In a press release issued ...
  • Al Gore calls on German coal commission to make “historic“ decision

    Germany has provided inspiring and visionary leadership on energy and climate for many years, but is now at risk of being left behind, according to former US Vice President Al Gore. While stakeholders met for the first session of Germany’s coal exit ...
  • Coal exit commission should avoid “quick and symbolic” exit scenarios – BDI president

    The commission tasked with Germany’s coal phase-out should avoid coming up with “quick and symbolic” scenarios to end the use of the fossil power source in the country, Dieter Kempf, president of the influential industry association BDI said in a guest ...
  • 27 Mar 2018

    Energy sector drives slight drop in German emissions in 2017

    27 Mar 2018 (All day) Germany saw its greenhouse gas emissions dip slightly in 2017, as wind power continued to replace coal-fired electricity generation and hard coal power plants were shut down, new estimates released by the Federal Environment Agency ...
  • Industry calls on government to develop raw materials strategy for “future technologies”

    The influential Federation of German Industries (BDI) has called on the government to come up with a strategy to secure the supply of scarce raw materials for “future technologies” needed for e-mobility, digitalisation, and the energy transition. “The ...
  • Cobalt supply for e-car batteries uncertain in 2020s

    Demand for cobalt is set to increase substantially over the next years, and fear of insufficient supply for a large-scale roll-out of electric cars has led the mineral’s price to skyrocket from 23,000 dollars per tonne to 90,000 dollars over the past two ...
  • Frankfurt must ban old diesel cars, court rules

    The western German city of Frankfurt must introduce a ban on older diesel vehicles as part of a plan to improve air quality, the Federal Administrative Court ruled, reports news agency Reuters. The country’s financial centre must from February 2019 ban ...
  • New German environment minister faces steep uphill battle on climate

    15 Mar 2018 (All day) Germany's new environment minister Svenja Schulze is a new face in Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth cabinet. But the Social Democrat inherits a range of well-known challenges- from coal emissions to air pollution by diesel ...
  • Lignite mine expansion dispute can only be solved through "negotiations and talks" - energy minister

    In the row over the expansion of a lignite mine and the clearing of a nearby forest, German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier said that “solutions can only be found through negotiations and talks, and not in public debates,” news agency Reuters ...
  • RWE risks image disaster by throwing activists out of Hambach Forest

    The start of evictions of anti-coal activists in the Hambach Forest “has already done enormous damage to the image of [energy company] RWE”, which could turn into a veritable “disaster” once the company starts cutting trees in October, Jürgen Flauger, ...
  • Conditions that allowed license to expand Hambach coal mine have changed – opinion

    German energy company RWE may be legally entitled to proceed with the expansion of its lignite mine near the Hambach Forest and to have police remove protesters, but the conditions that led to RWE’s license for expansion “have changed dramatically,” ...
  • Environmentalists should get over Hambach Forest and focus on coal exit commission – opinion

    The apparent preparation of clearing operations in the Hambach Forest is a sad event for many environmentalists who have hoped to preserve the old trees for years, but they should keep their focus on making progress in Germany’s coal exit commission, ...
  • Need for energy policy reform “piling up” – parliamentary debate

    The need for reform in German energy policy is “piling up” under the current grand coalition government, said Oliver Krischer, deputy leader of the Greens parliamentary group in a plenary debate on the economy and energy budget for 2019. Economy minister ...
  • German carmakers lag behind on passenger e-cars, but are cutting edge on heavy e-vehicles

    German carmakers might have been late to embark on the electrification of passenger cars, but, according to a recent study by patent law office Grünecker, “are very well positioned when it comes to e-transporters and e-trucks,” Thomas Fromm writes for the ...
  • German state NRW mulls using silent e-trucks for night deliveries to reduce traffic volumes

    Electric trucks with low noise emissions could be used in the German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) for night-time deliveries in inner cities, which would also reduce traffic volumes during the day, the Rheinische Post reports. NRW transport minister ...
  • Five theses for a ‘Jamaica’ energy market

    Consultancy Energy Brainpool has analysed Germany’s aspiring government coalition parties’ manifestos on their energy policy positions. The group derived five major challenges that can serve as a basis for common action. A so-called Jamaica coalition of ...
  • Energy transition will not fail because of storage needs – study

    In contrast to some recent analyses and arguments brought forward regularly in the energy policy debate, the need for storage is not an obstacle to the progress of the energy transition, according to a study published by the German Institute for Economic ...
  • Carmakers and governments responsible for car emissions limits dilemma - opinion

    German carmakers are the main culprits behind the problems with emissions, writes Nikolaus Doll in an opinion piece for Die Welt. “Not all, but important companies have lied, deceived and in the end will not manage to comply with the future limit,” Doll ...
  • RWE investor mulls selling company shares as “big plant operators’ time is over”

    The regional municipality association Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) mulls selling its shares in German energy company RWE as “grave changes on the energy market” mean that “the time of big plant operators is over,” Welt Online reports. LWL ...
  • German environment ministry praises US states for upholding climate action

    The US states, cities, companies, and civil society actors that have confirmed their unwavering support for international climate action despite the US administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement “gives courage” to everyone adhering to ...
  • Energy minister Altmaier angers grid expansion opponents by abstaining from meeting

    German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has rebuffed opponents of the planned SuedLink power transmission line by reportedly not joining a planned meeting in the economy ministry (BMWi), Heinz Wraneschitz writes in the pv magazine. Critics also ...
  • Germany’s former solar power champion SolarWorld ceases production

    The last factory of Germany’s former solar power champion SolarWorld in the eastern German state of Saxony has ceased production, Frank Hommel writes in the newspaper Freie Presse. “The last remaining materials have been used up, the last solar panel has ...
  • City of Berlin doubles buyer’s premium for e-cars

    The city of Berlin will double the support paid to entrepreneurs that decide to buy an electric car, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The so-called buyer’s premium for commercial vehicles will be raised from 4,000 euros, paid for by the federal ...
  • Police start clearing anti-coal activist camp in Hambach Forest

    Police in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have started clearing the anti-coal activist camp in the embattled Hambach Forest, the Rheinische Post reports in a live blog. Police set up a perimeter around the forest and started ...
  • Daimler example threatens billion-euro disaster for VW

    Volkswagen's competitors see its decision to build a battery cell factory for serial production in Germany as a concession to its workers’ council, rather than an economically promising endeavour, writes Philipp Vetter for Die Welt. “VW is forced by ...
  • Environmental budget discussion in parliament focussed on coal exit

    The plenary debate in the German Parliament about Germany’s 2019 budget for environmental policy on 12 September centred on the country’s coal exit. Referring to the current situation in the embattled Hambach Forest, which energy company RWE wants to cut ...
  • Volkswagen to face first major class action lawsuit in Germany over “dieselgate” affair

    The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv) together with auto club ADAC will file a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen for “intentionally and immorally causing harm to and betraying customers with software manipulation” to obfuscate its ...
  • Energy industry gives German government miserable rating after first six months – report

    The German energy industry is utterly unsatisfied with the government’s energy policy track record after the first six months in office, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “We’re lacking someone to set the pace in policymaking,” says ...
  • VW workers’ council head warns against tight EU car emissions standards

    A tightening of European limit values for car emissions could spell trouble for Germany’s largest carmaker VW, workers’ council head Bernd Osterloh told journalists, according to Handelsblatt. He said the company would have to sell about one million e ...
  • “Wind parks step it up”

    Wind power analysts believe prices for offshore power generation in Germany are going to drop significantly in the near future, Jörg Staude writes in Frankfurter Rundschau. Swedish energy provider Vattenfall’s award of a contract to build the offshore ...
  • Switch to competitive auctions for renewables shakes up industry

    A move from feed-in tariffs to competitive auctions risks roiling the German renewable energy market, writes Vaishnavi   Chandrashekhar in Yale Environment 360. In response to falling technology costs and high renewables surcharges paid by consumers, ...
  • “Gambling with tax money”

    German utility EnBW’s planned windpark in the North Sea reckons with rising electricity prices and cheaper technology for wind parks, but it is not clear whether these assumptions will hold true, according to an article by Angela Hennersdorf in German ...
  • Hambach Forest: RWE head and environmental NGOs meet

    German energy company RWE and environmental organisations have met to discuss the situation in the embattled Hambach Forest that energy company RWE wants to cut down to make room for a nearby coal mine, reports Spiegel Online. RWE head Rolf Martin Schmitz ...
  • German utility EnBW enters US offshore wind market with California project

    German utility EnBW is expanding into the North American market for offshore wind, forming a joint venture with Trident Winds to develop a project off the coast of Central California, the German company said on Monday. EnBW North America and Seattle-based ...
  • Experts consider diesel hardware retrofitting effective, remain divided on costs

    Experts commissioned by the German federal government at the diesel summit in 2017 agree that diesel vehicle hardware retrofitting is an effective measure to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, reports the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. However, they are ...
  • Wind power expansion faces growing opposition

    Opposition to wind power expansion in Germany is gaining clout, as shown by a new video spot, with which the German Wildlife Foundation (Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung) has entered the campaign before the upcoming state elections in Hesse, writes Daniel ...
  • Wind industry still dependent on state support - opinion

    Having received state support for twenty years through the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the German wind power industry “still cannot stand on its own feet,” writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In the current ...
  • Finishing Paris Agreement rulebook at COP24 in Katowice “feasible” – German negotiator

    It is “feasible” that the UN climate summit in Katowice in December (COP24) will produce an agreement on implementation guidelines (also called rulebook or work programme) to the Paris Climate Agreement, Germany’s negotiator Nicole Wilke from the ...
  • Climate must not “dominate” Germany’s coal commission, conservative politician warns

    Germany’s upcoming coal phase-out commission must not be “dominated” by climate action and should instead focus on supply security and economic considerations in the affected regions, conservative (CDU) energy politician Joachim Pfeiffer told the news ...
  • Federal cyber crime agency warns of large-scale attacks on European power grid

    Germany’s cyber crime agency in the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) warns that attacks on energy providers in the country could lead to a Europe-wide blackout, news website Spiegel Online reports. According to an internal BKA document seen by Spiegel ...
  • German wind power manufacturers lay off workers despite booming industry

    More and more electricity around the world will be generated with wind power turbines but Germany’s large manufacturers continue to lay off workers at home and abroad, Dow Jones Newswires reports. Senvion, Nordex, Enercon, and Siemens-Gamesa are among the ...
  • Synthetic fuels could replace oil by 2050 - study

    Synthetic fuels will be competitive with conventional liquid fuels by 2050 and replace oil as the primary ingredient for transport and heating fuels by mid-century, a new study by consultancy Prognos, research institute Fraunhofer UMSICHT and the German ...
  • Germany should aim for 95 percent emissions reduction by 2050 – dena head

    The German government should quickly narrow down its mid-century greenhouse gas reduction goal because energy policy decisions in the here and now depend on it, said German Energy Agency (dena) head Andreas Kuhlmann. “My recommendation to the government ...
  • Investors put pressure on coal companies

    Many investors increasingly doubt that further investments in fossil power plants make sense and ask for ever more detailed justifications, for example regarding the modernisation of old facilities, writes WirtschaftsWoche in a long article. This could ...
  • German wind power companies to move jobs abroad as domestic market slumps

    As wind power generation starts to take off internationally, companies from the former global lead market Germany are set to close down parts of production at home and move jobs closer to growth markets, Brian Parkin and William Wilkes write for Bloomberg ...
  • Launch of coal exit commission postponed for third time

    The government has postponed at the last minute the official start of the phase-out commission for the third time. The official launch was removed from the cabinet agenda only hours before the meeting was due to start. The  coal commission  – officially ...
  • Germany crosses threshold of 100,000 home battery storage systems

    A household near Berlin has commissioned Germany’s 100,000 th residential battery storage system. At an official ceremony, state secretary Thomas Bareiss called the threshold an “ important milestone ” for the country’s energy transition. “Storage systems ...
  • Qatar Petroleum in talks with Uniper and RWE over German LNG terminal

    Qatar Petroleum, the world’s largest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), is in talks with German energy companies about cooperating on a potential LNG terminal, writes Mathias Bruggmann in an article in Handelsblatt. “We have a serious interest in ...
  • German and Polish governments declare close cooperation on battery development

    German economy minister Peter Altmaier has said that Poland and Germany plan a cooperation on battery cell production, reports Spiegel Online. The production could be located in the eastern German lignite mining region Lusatia and western Poland, writes ...
  • Despite February ruling, EU could again question funding for Germany’s security standby of lignite plants

    The European Commission had approved, in a February state aid ruling, Germany’s security standby of lignite plants scheme, and said that future rules on the design of the EU electricity market would not influence this ruling. The Commission now says this ...
  • German energy ministry mulls trimming feed-in priority for renewables

    The German energy ministry considers limiting the feed-in priority for renewable power to reduce the costs of managing grid bottlenecks, Stefan Schulze writes on Spiegel Online. “Green power plants could generally become part of bottleneck management,” an ...
  • Air pollution control plans for cities could include provisions for power plants and mines

    Local governments have so far focussed on diesel vehicles in their air pollution control plans. However, such plans could also include provisions for power plants and coal mines, writes Thorsten Knuf in Berliner Zeitung, citing a report by the research ...
  • Geman police move into Hambach Forest climate activist camp to “remove barricades”

    Police forces in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have moved into the embattled Hambach Forest that energy company RWE wants to cut down to make room for a nearby coal mine, the Rheinische Post reports. On Twitter, police said they ...
  • Brandenburg state government wants to control wind power expansion

    The state government of Brandenburg plans to increasingly regulate what it sees as excessive wind power expansion to ensure the continued acceptance by the population, writes Benjamin Lassiwe in Lausitzer Rundschau. State premier Dietmar Woidke said he ...
  • Germany’s farewell to coal: Artists reflect on a dying industry

    In Art & Coal, a major exhibition in Germany’s Ruhr region, artists explore the 900-year-old culture of coal mining as the country’s last two mines prepare to close, writes Sunaina Kumar in an article for the online art magazine and blog website ...
  • Strong increase of new car registrations in August, ahead of new emissions test

    New car registrations in Germany increased significantly in August 2018 – 25 percent compared to the same month in 2017 – due to the introduction of the stricter Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) at the beginning of September, ...
  • 26 Nov 2015

    Media speculate about German coal exit / Optimism for Paris

    26 Nov 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Rundschau “Germany plans the exit” A spectacular change in German energy policy is taking shape a few days before the start of the climate summit in Paris,  writes Thorsten Knuf in Frankfurter Rundschau. The government ...
  • Germany needs energy autonomy – parliamentary state sec

    Germany’s energy supply security must not depend on the support of other countries, Thomas Bareiss, state secretary in the economy and energy ministry (BMWi), said at a conference on energy and climate policy organised by newspaper Die Zeit in Berlin. ...
  • TenneT starts laying underwater section of German-Norwegian power line NordLink

    German power transmission grid operator TenneT has started laying the first underwater kilometres of NordLink, a direct power connection between Norway and Germany, the company announced in a press release. Over the coming months, TenneT will lay 99 ...
  • Mercedes, BMW and Audi start German assault on Tesla with new electric cars

    Daimler-owned Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen’s Audi and BMW will all unveil new electric cars in the coming days in a “German onslaught against Tesla’s dominance of the fast-growing market for premium battery cars”, report Esha Vaish and Laurence Frost for ...
  • “Strong headwind”

    The German wind power industry keeps jumping from one output and price record to another, but it is nevertheless headed for a slump in 2019 if policymakers do not intervene soon, Jürgen Geißinger, CEO of German turbine producer Senvion, says in a guest ...
  • Germany’s aspiring coalition parties disagree over coal exit speed

    15 Nov 2017 The German coalition talks on climate and energy policy stumble over a dispute over the reduction of coal fired power production. Just days before exploratory talks are scheduled to finish, the Green Party and its negotiating partners from ...
  • Projected decrease in renewables levy not a turning point - opinion

    This year’s projected slight decrease in Germany’s renewables levy (EEG surcharge) is not a turning point in the country’s energy transition, writes Klaus Stratmann in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. Support payments for existing wind and solar power ...
  • Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa sees turnaround, eyes 2020 market leadership

    German-Spanish wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa is optimistic that it has overcome the troubles following its merger last year, report Kathrin Witsch and Sandra Louven in Handelsblatt. Company CEO Markus Tacke told the business daily that the price ...
  • German NGO urges progress on rulebook in Bangkok talks leading to COP24

    The climate talks in Bangkok must lead to tangible results that make this year’s COP24 UN climate conference in Poland a success, NGO Germanwatch says in a press release. “Robust rules for the Paris Climate Agreement, improved climate goals for countries ...
  • German solar industry examines Nigeria's vast solar power potential

    Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and largest economy, can cover a big share of its growing energy demand with solar power, the German industry lobby group BSW Solar says in a press release. In an in-depth analysis of Nigeria’s solar power potential ...
  • VW CEO says company managers should switch to staff cars with electric engines

    Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess has told employees that the company’s managers should swap their staff cars for e-cars, Nicolaus Doll writes in Welt Online. According to the article, Diess told VW managers that the company would not be able to convince ...
  • Government report to confirm Germany will widely miss 2020 climate target

    The government’s Climate Protection Report 2017 will confirm that Germany is set to miss its 2020 national climate target by a wide margin. A draft, seen by the Clean Energy Wire, says that the country will only reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32 ...
  • 08 Sep 2015

    In the media: Nuclear phase-out raises security concerns

    08 Sep 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Rundschau Nuclear decommissioning: Environmental activists worried about security An alliance of 76 environmental groups is demanding stricter security standards and more public consultation for the decommissioning and ...
  • “Liberal facts”

    The pro-business party FDP stands out at the ongoing Jamaica coalition talks for Germany’s next federal government with its “astonishing claims on climate and energy”, Malte Kreutzfeldt writes in left-wing newspaper Die Tageszeitung (taz). Remarks by FDP ...
  • “Traffic can be steered with money”

    Germany should not ponder diesel bans, e-car quotas, and other interventionist policies to achieve the transformation of its transport sector. Instead, it should consider how car traffic volumes can be reduced altogether, Martin Kesternich and Martin ...
  • 20 Jan 2015

    In the media: Energy minister rules out capacity markets; renewable growth falling short

    20 Jan 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt “Attack on coal” // Interview with Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy has "ended the debate over capacity payments to fossil-fuelled power plants," according to ...
  • NRW state premier Laschet will not mediate Hambach coal mine talks

    Armin Laschet, premier of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s largest federal state, is not willing to act as a mediator in the negotiations between environmental activists and the energy company RWE over the clearing of a forest near the Hambach ...
  • German government should annul coal exit commission’s mandate and decide for itself – opinion

    Due to its apparent lack of will to achieve a consensus, the mandate of Germany’s coal exit commission should be annulled and the government itself should find a consensus on how to end coal-fired power production in the country, Angela Hennersdorf writes ...
  • “Let’s do our homework before setting more ambitious climate goals“ – env min

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze backs  Chancellor Angela Merkel position on the European Commission’s proposal to raise the 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target. “We have set goals for 2020, which we will not reach. To then say ‘we will set ...
  • SPD accuses Green Party of pursuing reckless climate protection

    The leader of Germany’s junior government coalition partner SPD, Andrea Nahles, has attacked the Green Party, in parliamentary opposition, for pursuing a climate policy “that does not care about people in coal regions,” Veit Medick writes on Spiegel ...
  • Chinese carmaker Chery prepares for e-car production in Germany

    Chinese car producer Chery prepares for entering the European market with a purely electric car produced near Frankfurt in Germany, Hendrik Ankenbrand writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Chen Anning, CEO of the state-owned Chinese carmaker, said ...
  • Japan and China challenge German carmakers’ favourite e-car charging technology

    An agreement reached by Japan and China to set up a common standard for e-car charging technology could topple the Combined Charging System technology pushed for by German car companies, Welt Online reports. Japanese consortium Chademo and the China ...
  • Germany’s coal commission could extend negotiations well beyond schedule

    The commission tasked with planning Germany’s coal exit could extend its negotiations well into 2019, although it is scheduled to deliver ideas for quick emissions reduction and an end date for coal-fired power production by December this year. According ...
  • Germany lacks standard procedures to dispose of old wind turbines – report

    A “decommissioning wave” of old wind turbines, whose 20 years of guaranteed support payments are up could become an environmental problem, Niklas Zaboji writes for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “There are hints of building law violation, authorities ...
  • Environment minister Schulze reiterates opposition to coal mine expansion

    Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze has reiterated her opposition to the clearing of Hambach Forest for the expansion of a nearby lignite mine while the country’s coal exit commission discusses the end of the fossil fuel in Germany, the ...
  • RWE accuses anti-coal activists in Hambach Forest of “blackmail”

    The head of German energy company RWE’s workers’ council, Harald Louis, says activists in the embattled Hambach Forest who are trying to prevent the expansion of a nearby coal mine are “blackmailing” the company by using the country’s coal exit commission ...
  • “Why coal power is Merkel’s biggest climate challenge”

    Exiting coal-fired power production will be the litmus test of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate policy record, write Bloomberg’s Brian Parkin and William Wilkes. “Merkel will want a credible end date for coal to burnish her reputation as a ...
  • Ambitious EU car fleet CO2 emission limits are crucial for Germany’s 2030 transport climate targets – study

    Germany can only reach its 2030 climate targets for the transport sector with ambitious EU car emission limits and a host of additional measures, according to a study by the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) and the International Council on ...
  • German coal company RWE to expropriate owner asking 80 billion euros for his land

    A resident from the German coal mining state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) demands 80 billion euros for a piece of land that energy company RWE needs for lignite mining, arguing that the sum equals the revenues the company intends to make with the local ...
  • Government to approve composition of coal exit commission on 16 May

    The German government will have to decide in the coming days who will participate in the country’s coal exit commission because Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet is due to approve the composition on 16 May, report Silke Kersting and Klaus Stratmann in ...
  • 22 Jan 2015

    In the media: RWE power plants for sale

    22 Jan 2015 (All day) Wirtschaftswoche “RWE: shut down or sale?” RWE ’s deputy chairman of the executive board Rolf Martin Schmitz said that power stations hit by falling electricity prices could no longer turn a profit, forcing plants to shut down. “We ...
  • VW has “miles to go” in US to carry out transparency reforms – report

    Germany’s largest carmaker still has to invest a lot of effort in the US to regain the trust that it lost after it was revealed in 2015 that the company cheated on emissions tests on a large scale, Jack Ewing writes in the New York Times. A report ...
  • RWE would be wise to abandon logging plans for coal mine expansion - opinion

    Forest protection has played an important role in the history of Germany’s Energiewende, or energy transition, and the current developments at the Hambach Forest, which is under threat by the expansion of a lignite mine, could end up as another example in ...
  • City of Berlin urges to end coal quickly due to water pollution from nearby mines

    The city of Berlin has urged Germany’s coal exit commission to work towards a quick end of coal mining and power production in Lusatia, Jakob Schlandt writes in energy policy newsletter Tagesspiegel Background. In a letter to the commission’s leaders, ...
  • Wind power “threatens fairy tale forest” in Germany

    The construction of wind power plants in the German state of Hesse could upset fans of Grimms' fairy tales as one of their stories’ favourite locations, the Reinhardswald, could become a wind farm location, Güven Purtul writes on Worldcrunch. While ...
  • Slow German smart meter licensing could let country fall behind

    Developers of smart meters are complaining that the German state’s licensing of the technology is taking much too long due to security concerns and increasing the risk that the country will fall behind its European neighbours, many of which are much more ...
  • Germany must pull its weight in UN Security Council to address climate change – commentary

    Germany will have to actively lobby to make climate change and its security policy implications a key feature of its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Susanne Dröge writes in a commentary for the German Institute for ...
  • 25 years after Germany’s first Climate Action Report, environmentalists say little has been achieved

    A quarter century after Germany published its first Climate Action Report in 1993, environmental groups give the country bad marks on its efforts to follow through on the promises made in the seminal document, news agency dpa reports in an article carried ...
  • VW fined one billion euros by German prosecutors in diesel emissions scandal

    Car giant Volkswagen has been fined one billion euros by German prosecutors over diesel emissions cheating, reports the BBC. The carmaker said it did not plan to appeal the fine, which is one of the highest ever imposed by German authorities on a company, ...
  • Green Party leader says German government aware of Nord Stream 2's "political dimension"

    The German government no longer regards the pipeline project Nord Stream 2 as a purely private economic endeavour and is aware of the concerns in other EU countries regarding the German-Russian pipeline, Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock said. The ...
  • Air pollution levels exceed limit values in 116 German cities – NGO

    The concentration of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO 2) emissions are above the legal limit in 116 cities and municipalities in Germany, NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says in a press release. The NGO’s analysis included 41 cities that so far had not ...
  • German wind sector "slump" political failure, not companies’ fault – wind industry association

    The “market slump” in the German wind power sector, which continues to lead to job cuts at manufacturers and suppliers, is caused by government regulation, writes the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) in a press release. “On the one hand, the federal ...
  • Disputes over wind power land use in northern Germany

    The expansion of wind power generation in northern Germany is meeting resistance from politicians and environmental organisations alike, Welt Online reports in two separate articles. In north-eastern state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, politician Eckhardt ...
  • Optimistic German energy industry should better prepare for future - consultancy

    The German energy industry is optimistic and sees itself well prepared for the future, financial services company KPMG said in its Future Readiness Index 2018. While its future readiness is "solid", it is currently facing only the beginning of a ...
  • Germany heads for "spectacular" 2020 climate target miss- study

    07 Sep 2017 Germany must urgently step up its CO2 reduction efforts immediately after the upcoming elections if it wants to prevent a spectacular miss of its 2020 climate targets, according to think tank Agora Energiewende. Instead of reducing emissions ...
  • Ukrainian President says Russian-German gas pipeline will “feed the beast“ in Moscow

    Diverting part of European gas supply from Russia around Ukraine via the Nord Stream 2 offshore Baltic Sea pipeline would empower Moscow to “attack our common values” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko writes in a guest article in the Frankfurter ...
  • German env min Schulze says diesel cars need mechanical retrofit to avoid EU fines

    Manipulated diesel cars in Germany will need a mechanical engine retrofitting to ensure the European Union does not sue the country over exceeding emissions levels in transport for several years, environment minister Svenja Schulze says in an interview ...
  • German environment minister against mine expansion during coal commission’s mandate

    Germany’s environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has weighed in on the dispute between environmental groups and energy company RWE over the expansion of a lignite mine and the clearing of a nearby forest, tagesschau.de reports. “If we want to achieve a ...
  • High implementation rate of solar power auction upheld

    The high implementation rate of solar power projects awarded support in Germany’s renewables auctions is being upheld after the latest implementation period for open area solar arrays closed on 18 August, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) said in a ...
  • E-car pioneer predicts one million electric cars in Germany by 2022

    German e-car pioneer Günther Schuh, founder of the successful e-van company StreetScooter and inventor of the new compact e-car e.GO Life, says he is “optimistic” that there will be more than one million electric cars on the country’s roads by 2022, two ...
  • Merkel “not so happy” about EU Commission’s climate target proposal

    In an interview with public broadcaster ARD, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised the proposal for a more ambitious EU greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030 by Miguel Arias Cañete, commissioner for climate action and energy. “I am not so happy ...
  • 24 Jan 2017 |

    German energy minister to change office, takes stock of policies

    24 Jan 2017 (All day) Germany's economy and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel will not run for Chancellor in this year's federal election. Gabriel plans to step down from his current role to head the foreign office instead, various news outlets ...
  • Vattenfall plans job cuts in German hydro power division

    Vattenfall plans to cut up to 60 percent of its 420 full-time employees working in its German hydro power division, the company announced in a press release. “Due to the price development on the German electricity market and the regulatory framework for ...
  • Expected e-car boom puts focus on Germany’s biggest lithium reserve

    The expected boom in e-car production shifts Germany’s historical mining region in the Ore Mountains on the Czech-German border back into the focus of industry actors, Zacharias Zacharakis writes on Die Zeit Online. The Ore Mountains hold about 500,000 ...
  • Anti-coal mining area residents demand voice in coal exit commission

    A broad anti-coal alliance of local residents, church representatives, politicians, and doctors demand participation in Germany’s upcoming coal exit commission, reports Thorsten Knuf in Frankfurter Rundschau. “As residents of lignite mining areas in the ...
  • SPD criticises energy minister Altmaier’s grid-expansion field trip

    The Social Democratic Party (SPD), the junior partner in Germany's coalition government, has criticised Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), for failing to take action on ...
  • Germany must prepare for “wind turbine decommissioning wave”

    Many of Germany’s 28,000-odd onshore wind turbines will soon meet the end of their guaranteed 20-year feed-in tariff lifespan, meaning that the country can expect “a decommissioning wave” in the sector, Hinrich Neumann writes for Top Agrar. The Institute ...
  • Industry gives Germany bad grade on energy costs

    German industry rates energy costs among the worst of all business location factors, but the results have improved since 2014, according to a survey conducted by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). The improvement was due ...
  • Government will support hardware retrofitting for large municipal diesel vehicles

    The German government will support hardware retrofitting for large municipal diesel vehicles in certain polluted cities, such as garbage or street cleaning trucks, writes the transport ministry (BMVI) in a press release. This could affect at least 20,000 ...
  • Wind energy financing faces headwind

    Renewable energy financing by the Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank, a bank that provides refinancing for agriculture and rural areas, plummeted in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period last year, the bank said in a press release. “Changes in ...
  • Small gas motors could be used to secure power supply until storages developed – think tank head

    Germany will have to consider installing small new gas power plants in the 2020s to ensure power supply security as the country’s coal exit progresses, Patrick Graichen, head of the think tank Agora Energiewende*, told Georg Ehring in an interview with ...
  • Coalition between Conservatives and Greens in Bavaria possible

    According to the latest polls, the Green Party could be the second-largest party in the October state elections in Bavaria, which would make possible a conservative-green coalition with the Christian Social Union (CSU), writes Die Welt. The Green’s co-top ...
  • Daimler CEO: More e-cars good for climate, but not for company results

    Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche told the carmaker's shareholders investments in e-mobility will weigh on company results, reports the news agency dpa. “More electric cars are good for the CO₂ footprint, but not so good for our corporate earnings – at ...
  • Coal commission keeps out of lignite mine expansion dispute

    23 Aug 2018, 18:15 Germany’s coal commission will not give any recommendation regarding mining-owner RWE’s plans to continue clearing forest for the planned extension of the Hambach lignite mine in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The country's ...
  • Sustainability strategy for Germany’s 2024 European Football Championship bid

    The German Football Association (DFB) has published a sustainability concept for its bid to host the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship (UEFA Euro 2024), which includes a 100 percent renewable electricity goal, as well as the plan to develop ...
  • New emissions test might lead to higher vehicle tax

    Customers buying a new passenger car after September 2018 might have to pay a higher motor vehicle tax because of the switch to a new emissions test called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), writes the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • Port of Hamburg tests LNG powered container ships

    A pilot project in the city of Hamburg tests how container ship pollution in ports could be reduced by propelling them with electricity via mobile generators powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), reports the public broadcaster NDR. The LNG PowerPac, a ...
  • Battery cell production in Europe: VW CEO should not point fingers - opinion

    VW CEO Herbert Diess should not point his finger at other car suppliers when he calls for the start of e-vehicle battery cell production in Europe, writes Markus Fasse in an opinion piece in the Handelsblatt. Volkswagen itself also had a responsibility in ...
  • Approval of Climate Action Plan 2050 uncertain

    The approval of the government’s long-awaited Climate Action Plan 2050 in cabinet in the coming weeks remains uncertain, according to the environment ministry. “We would like to have a Climate Action Plan before the start of the COP 22 in Marrakesh, but ...
  • No need for coal commission, continue with existing mining plans – brown coal industry

    The German government’s ‘Commission on Growth, Structural Economic Change and Employment’ “must not become a coal exit commission, nor an uncritical trailblazer for a national climate protection act,” according to the Federal German Association for Brown ...
  • "Mammoth" energy transition key to German climate efforts- minister

    18 Mar 2016 (All day) Renewable energy sources already play a key role in keeping Germany's carbon emissions in check, the country's environment minster told an international conference on Friday in Berlin. However, completing the energy ...
  • Leading German industry group strongly opposes push to raise EU’s 2030 emissions reduction goal

    The European Commission’s proposal to raise the EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target from 40 percent to 45 percent relative to 1990 levels is misguided, Federation of German Industries (BDI) Deputy Director Holger Lösch says in a statement. ...
  • Drive to raise EU’s 2030 emissions reduction goal deserves support – commentary

    European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete’s proposal to raise the EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 45 percent from 40 percent relative to 1990 levels would catalyse action on the part of other ...
  • Bosch partners with fuel-cell group Ceres Power; VW CEO calls for European production of e-vehicle battery cells

    German automotive supplier Bosch will enter into partnership with United Kingdom-based Ceres Power to develop solid-oxide fuel-cell (SOFC) technology, which could be used in cities, data centres, and factories and as a power source for electric vehicle ...
  • German government supports gas pipelines to Europe from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan

    The German federal government supports the expansion of gas pipelines from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to Europe via Turkey, a government official said, the Handelsblatt reports. The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and Trans Adriatic Pipeline ...
  • LNG in shipping not much better for climate than heavy fuel oil – environmental group

    With just one exception, all cruise ships operating in Europe are powered by heavy fuel oil, “the dirtiest of all fuels,” according to a new ranking from Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), the organisation writes in a press release. Newly ...
  • Power consumers pay higher grid fees than required by law – think tank

    A combination of lack of transparency and denial of legal protection means that German power grid fees cannot be sufficiently checked by consumers, consumer organisations, or even politicians, according to a legal analysis published by the Regulatory ...
  • Germany can switch off half of its coal power plants by 2030 without risking supply security – network agency

    Germany can decommission half of its coal power plants by 2030 without endangering supply security, according to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). “But this hinges on the precondition that the necessary grid extensions are finished by then, and that ...
  • Germany “a dangerous role model” for energy transition

    Renewable energy sources are booming in Germany as much as anywhere else but the country’s simultaneous rise in coal use and carbon emissions nevertheless make it “a dangerous role model” for countries setting out to emulate the German energy transition, ...
  • RWE prepares clearing of Hambach Forest for coal mining despite calls for moratorium – report

    German energy company RWE has rejected calls for a moratorium on forest clearing as part of lignite mining during its negotiations with the country’s coal exit commission, and said it would continue mining operations at the controversial Hambach mine, the ...
  • Secure power generation capacity to decline across Europe – analysis

    Increasing the deployment of “volatile” renewable energies in Europe threatens power supply security across the continent, Klaus Stratmann writes in the Handelsblatt, citing an analysis from the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), ...
  • Finding compromises key to energy transition’s success – commentary

    The most important political decisions in Germany cannot be made by directives but must be earned by reconciling antagonist factions in society trough compromise and consideration, Thorsten Knuf writes in a commentary for the Frankfurter Rundschau. “This ...
  • For Germany, lowering costs most important goal in energy transition

    Lowering energy costs is one of the most important goals for Germans in the Energiewende, according to the “Stiebel Eltron Energie-Trendmonitor 2018” report, seen by the Clean Energy Wire. Seventy-two percent of the respondents in the representative ...
  • German coal commission‘s member list complete – report

    The list of members of Germany’s coal commission is complete, Spiegel Online reports. Gerda Hasselfeldt, the former parliamentary group leader of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU, will reportedly join the ...
  • Nord Stream 2 is more than a pipeline – commentary

    Nord Stream 2 is not just a natural gas pipeline – it is a controversial energy project that has significant geopolitical implications, Michael Stürmer writes in a commentary published in Die Welt. The pipeline divides the EU and the military alliance ...
  • World is finally awakening to reality of global warming – “hothouse Earth” study co-author

    This summer’s record-breaking temperatures and forest fires have demonstrated to the public the enormous threat climate change poses to humanity, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and co-author ...
  • 2018 drought unlikely to change Germany’s climate policy - opinion

    The debate between politicians and scientists in one of Germany’s most popular political talk shows – Anne Will – makes clear that this year’s heat wave and resulting draught is unlikely to fundamentally change Germany’s climate policy, writes Joachim ...
  • Daimler and Volkswagen encounter new dieselgate troubles

    German car manufacturers Daimler and Volkswagen are facing new headaches in the so-called dieselgate scandal: according to reports, the former has to recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the orders of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), ...
  • Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Germany criticises transmission grid deal

    After the German federal government decided on 27 July to buy a 20 percent stake in north-east German transmission grid operator 50Hertz in order to protect this critical infrastructure from being partially owned by Chinese grid operator SGCC, the head of ...
  • Renewables levy comes of age

    The average German household with an annual consumption of 4,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) has paid a total of about 2,200 euros renewables surcharge since the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was introduced in April 2000 with the aim of supporting wind, solar and ...
  • German government moves to restrict foreign investment in companies tied to national security

    Germany is seeking to limit China’s investment in sensitive firms, following revelations that state-owned China Southern Power Grid purchased a substantial share of a 1,650-kilometre natural gas distribution network and a 420-kilometre high- and medium ...
  • 16 Nov 2015

    More households cut off from power; 4°C world "un-insurable"

    16 Nov 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online “Grid Agency: About 350,000 households had their power cut off” The number of power cut-offs in Germany rose by two percent to a new record in 2014, reports Spiegel Online. According to the Federal Grid Agency’s ...
  • 2.3 million solar heating systems in Germany in 2017

    With about 78,000 new solar heaters in 2017, a total of about 2.3 million solar heating systems are now in operation in Germany, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW) and the Association of Heating Industry (BDH) say in a joint press release. Find ...
  • “Research for the energy transition”

    The German government spent 876 million euros on energy research last year, a slight increase over 2015, reports Dagmar Dehmer in Tagesspiegel. Two thirds of the money went into renewables and efficiency research, followed by nuclear fusion and nuclear ...
  • "Still a long way to go for decarbonisation"

    Germany’s Energiewende is faltering in areas like the heating and mobility sectors, according the half-yearly report of the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE).  The share of renewable energy in electricity, heating and transport edged up to 15.1 ...
  • “The Energiewende must not become a planned economy”

    Germany’s across-the-board taxes, levies and surcharges on power consumption limit flexibility and innovation in the energy sector, Fabian Reetz writes on Zeit Online. More than 80 percent of the German power price is made up of such fees imposed by the ...
  • 09 Jun 2016

    Gabriel rejects commission with coal exit focus / E.ON split approval

    09 Jun 2016 (All day) Federal government Gabriel rejects commission with exclusive focus on coal exit Germany's economy minister Sigmar Gabriel said he will not convene a commission with an exclusive focus on the phase-out of coal. Instead, a ...
  • EU Commission mulls antitrust proceedings against German grid operator TenneT

    The European Commission is considering antitrust proceedings against Germany’s largest transmission grid operator, TenneT, over suspicions that the company is creating artificial power bottlenecks on the Danish-German border, the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • Germany set to retire 20 GW of wind power by 2023 - Renewable Energy Federation head

    Due to the end of their 20-year life span of guaranteed support payments, about 20 gigawatt (GW) of wind power capacity in Germany will be retired by 2023 as their operation is no longer profitable, Simone Peter, head of Germany’s Renewable Energy ...
  • Slight increase in support rate in Germany’s latest onshore wind power auction

    The average support rate for new onshore wind power projects has slightly increased in Germany’s third auction in 2018, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) said in a press release. Average support climbed to 6.16 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), from 5.73 ...
  • Germany misses deadline to update legislation with new EU power plant emissions limits

    NGOs and Green Party politicians have criticised the environment ministry for failing to meet the deadline to adopt stricter EU limits on pollution from power plants into national law, Benjamin Dierks reports for Deutschlandfunk. Germany was among the ...
  • EU Commission sees lagging energy transition in Germany

    The European Commission attests Germany “serious deficits” in certain areas of the energy transition, writes Gerwin Klinger for energate messenger. In the 2018 country report on Germany, the Commission says that Germany is on track to meet its Europe2020 ...
  • Germany has depleted its natural resources for 2018 – report

    The natural resources Germany can use sustainably in 2018 have been consumed entirely as of 2 May, public broadcaster ARD reports, citing calculations by climate action organisation Global Footprint. The fact that the date was reached about one week later ...
  • Germany should cut coal power production by at least 5GW

    Germany can still reach its 2020 emissions reduction targets if it shuts down or throttles coal plants with a capacity of at least 5 gigawatt (GW), the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) says in a press release. The UBA says that “in the short run”, coal ...
  • Germany’s missed climate targets are a wake-up call for governments everywhere

    Germany’s failure to reach its 2020 climate targets “is an ominous signal for other nations struggling to reach their own targets,” write William Wilkes, Heyley Warren and Brian Parkin in an article for Bloomberg. “Other nations are looking at how Germany ...
  • Coal exit commission is “moment of reckoning” for Germany

    The decisions to be taken by Germany’s coal exit commission “could have ripple effects around the world,” writes Brad Plumer in the New York Times newsletter “Climate FWD:”. “It’s the biggest climate story no one is talking about,” said Justin Guay, ...
  • Germany launches next round of solar and wind power tenders

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has announced the next round of auctions for solar and wind power installations in Germany. In a press release, the agency said the auctions, with a capacity of 670 megawatts (MW) for wind and 182 MW for solar power, ...
  • VW software updates for diesel cars totally inadequate – environmental group

    The software updates offered by VW for diesel cars affected by emissions manipulation are completely inadequate to reduce the vehicles’ pollution levels to below legal limits, according to Environmental Action Germany (DUH). “We don’t need ‘Mickey-Mouse ...
  • Energy minister under pressure to present framework for future renewables growth

    T ravelling in the renewable- energy stronghold state of Lower Saxony, German energy minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) faced urgent calls to provide a secure framework for future wind power growth. Lower Saxony’s environment minister, Olaf Lies (SPD), said ...
  • German Finance Minister Altmaier says EU should support green investment

    Germany’s acting Finance Minister Peter Altmaier said that green finance should receive support at EU level to stimulate the growth of a business model of the future, the news agency dpa reports in an article carried by eu-info.de. Investments that ...
  • Germany’s “Power Grid Action Plan” vital for Energiewende – opinion

    German energy minister Peter Altmaier is “going all out” with his new “Power Grid Action Plan” to make the country’s grid fit for the growing volume of renewable energy sources – and rightfully so, because grid expansion has become the decisive bottleneck ...
  • Federal auditors say buyers’ premium for e-cars strongly influenced by carmakers

    German carmakers had undue influence on the birth and design of the country’s buyers’ premium for electric cars, according to Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors (Bundesrechnungshof). Investigations suggest the carmakers’ share of the subsidy “was often ...
  • Berlin start-up ubitricity wins New York City’s “Local Climate Action Tech Competition”

    Berlin start-up ubitricity, which upgrades existing street lights to electric car charging stations, has won New York’s Local Climate Action Tech Competition. Ubitricity’s technology could be instrumental in helping New York achieve its climate action ...
  • Germany’s wind turbines run out of steam in summer heat wave

    Germany's unusually hot summer has dealt a blow to the country’s wind power output, with the yield in July 2018 being 20 percent lower than in the same month last year, Jürgen Flauger and Kathrin Witsch write in Handelsblatt. While solar power plants ...
  • Number of renewable energy sources in Germany climbs to over 1.7 million

    The number of solar power plants, wind turbines and other renewable energy sources in Germany has risen to 1.74 million, with a combined capacity of almost 112 gigawatts (GW), energy company innogy says in a press release. The vast majority of ...
  • Fuel cell vehicles make sense as complement to battery electric cars – opinion

    There is no doubt electric vehicles are headed for mass-market success, but it would be premature to write-off fuel cells, Christoph M. Schwarzer writes in a commentary for electrive. Fuel cells require fewer raw materials than batteries, are more ...
  • EU grants financial aid for power line from Norway to Germany

    The EU will invest another 100 million euros in the planned power line Nordlink that is meant to exchange electricity between wind and hydro power plants in Germany and Norway, the European Commission says in a press release. The European Investment Bank ...
  • Energy minister wants to prioritise crucial grid projects – and meet critics in Berlin

    On a visit to communities affected by new grid development, German energy minister Peter Altmaier said the transition to an energy system based largely on renewables was a project for the whole community that couldn't be implemented by going over ...
  • Environment minister Schulze says German carmakers can afford diesel hardware retrofitting

    Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze says the carmakers implicated in the ongoing diesel emissions fraud scandal are capable of financing a hardware retrofitting of manipulated cars, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Spiegel Online ...
  • Support-free bids accepted again in Germany’s second offshore wind auction as average support surges

    More investors offered to build offshore wind farms without any financial support in Germany’s second offshore wind power auction, but the average support rate increased significantly compared to the previous auction, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) ...
  • 11 Nov 2014 |

    German minister warns against quick exit from coal power

    11 Nov 2014 (All day) Germany still needs electricity from coal while shifting to a green economy, Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said, reassuring utilities that a quick phase-out of the fossil fuel was not his plan. Germany's Minister for Energy and ...
  • Thousands to relocate due to expansion of German lignite mine

    More than a dozen villages are to be demolished and thousands of families relocated to make way for the expansion of Garzweiler opencast lignite mine, Stefanie Glinski reports for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Located in the German federal state of ...
  • Scepticism over adequacy of funds for post-coal clean-up raises concern

    Germany's Council of State Governments (Bundesrat) has expressed fears that lignite mine operators have not set aside enough money to cover the future costs of decommissioning, demolishing, and renaturing mined land, spurring more widespread concern, ...
  • Lignite mining company MIBRAG welcomes trainee No. 1,000

    As Germany’s coal exit commission uses the summer to devise a plan for the end of coal-fired power production in the country, eastern German lignite mining company MIBRAG has welcomed its 1,000th trainee since the company was formed in 1995. “We need ...
  • Reactions to Germany's official launch of coal exit task force

    07 Jun 2018 Germany has launched official talks to phase out coal power in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions that have remained stubbornly high despite the country’s shift to renewable power. The Clean Energy Wire collects reactions from environmental ...
  • “Man can't contribute much to climate change” – head of far-right AfD in summer interview

    In an interview with public TV station ZDF, head of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party Alexander Gauland said he wasn’t denying climate change but didn’t think mankind carried much responsibility.  He also said he doubted we could prevent ...
  • Offshore wind power boom revitalises coastal German communities

    The construction of new offshore wind farms is revitalising German communities on the North Sea coast, Stefan Reccius reports for Handelsblatt Global. Wind turbine technicians are filling hotels that had been suffering from a decline in tourism and ...
  • Some villages prefer overland power lines to underground cables

    Twenty municipalities along the planned route for HVDC (high-voltage direct current) transmission lines to carry wind power from northern Germany to industrial centres in the south, have requested they be constructed as overhead cables rather than buried ...
  • Tesla removed from list of e-cars eligible for subsidies in Germany

    Electric cars produced by US manufacturer Tesla have been removed from the list of e-cars eligible for subsidies in Germany because Tesla’s Model S was “too expensive” to qualify for the support, Business Insider reports on its website. A spokesman for ...
  • Transport minister opposes “blue badge” for old diesel cars

    German transport minister Andreas Scheuer reiterated his opposition to labelling older diesel cars with a sticker (“blue badge”) to better be able to enforce possible driving bans, reports news agency dpa. “I continue to reject the blue badge and thus ...
  • German economy and environment ministries wrestle over coal commission leadership

    The German ministries for economic affairs and energy (BMWi) and environment (BMU) compete for taking the lead in the planned commission that is tasked with preparing the country’s coal exit – dubbed "coal commission" –, Reuters news agency ...
  • Innogy stalls on E.ON deal with RWE over fairness doubts

    Innogy is holding off supporting a 4.9-billion-euro bid by German rival E.ON, arguing it was not clear if the far-reaching asset swap with its parent RWE was fair for workers or minority shareholders. “Irrespective of the offer price, we are extremely ...
  • “Synthetic fuel shall save the combustion engine”

    Chemist Robert Schlögl, from Germany’s Max-Planck-Research-Institute, wants to save combustion engine technology and its infrastructure from being gradually replaced with electric vehicles by developing synthetic fuel from hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO ...
  • Bavaria tries to maximise nuclear power use lifespan – report

    Bavaria's government wants to keep the nuclear plant Isar 2 running as long as possible, arguing that lagging grid development could leave the state short of power without it, Michael Bauchmüller writes for Süddeutsche Zeitung. The maximum amount of ...
  • “Energiewende, but honestly”

    Germany needs a four-pronged strategy to get its Energiewende on track to meet emissions and renewables targets, writes Felix Matthes, head of the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut), in an opinion piece for weekly newspaper Die Zeit. The country ...
  • Government has given up on coal exit task force timetable – report

    Even before the highly anticipated official launch of Germany’s coal exit task force, the government has given up on the commission’s timetable, Silke Kersting and Klaus Stratmann report for business daily Handelsblatt. During ongoing meetings on the ...
  • Nord Stream 2 would deepen Europe’s reliance on Russia – opinion

    Moving forward with Nord Stream 2, the controversial natural gas pipeline, would increase “European dependence on Russia’s goodwill,” Jean-Pierre Riou writes in an opinion piece in The European Scientist. “The strengthening of this dependence, in this ...
  • Environmentalists, mobility experts urge people to fly less

    Intra-German flights should be completely prohibited and per-person air traffic should be capped, according to environmental and mobility experts, Markus Decker writes in the Frankfurter Rundschau. Air traffic in Germany increased by 2.3 percent in the ...
  • Majority of Germans make connection between heat wave and climate change

    Sixty-eight percent of respondents to a survey for ZDF-Politbarometer believe the hot weather this summer was a result of climate change. The figure is up from 48 percent who replied to the same question in 2015. In 2018, 28 percent believed the hot ...
  • Germany 5th in global competitiveness ranking

    Germany remains the fifth most competitive economy in the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s latest Global Competitiveness Report. “The excellent performance of its innovation and business ecosystem is particularly noteworthy: Germany’s ...
  • Rhenish coal mining district prepares proposals for structural adjustment to coal phase-out

    The Rhenish lignite mining district plans to present in the coming weeks its programme for adjusting structurally to a phase-out of coal, according to a dpa article carried by Die Welt. The coal-exit commission, established by the federal government, has ...
  • Heatwave offers chance to get serious about battling climate change – opinion

    This summer’s heatwave should finally make people feel the meaning of global warming and understand that we urgently need to fight it, writes Maike Brülls in a commentary in taz newspaper. “Let’s see the summer 2018 as an opportunity. Let’s keep cool ...
  • Test track of electric truck catenary line enters critical construction phase

    The first German test track of an overhead power (catenary) line connected to electric trucks is almost complete, according to a dpa article carried by Frankfurter Neue Presse. The line is being built on a motorway between Frankfurt and Darmstadt with ...
  • Government worried short-term coal plant closures will trigger compensation claims – report

    The German government is concerned that short-term coal plant closures might lead to expensive compensation claims by operators, reports Klaus Stratmann in business daily Handelsblatt in a double-page article. A utility source said “we will see each other ...
  • Customers won’t readily trust “new diesel miracle” – opinion

    German auto supplier Bosch has every right to be proud of its improved diesel technology, which it says leads to far less nitrogen oxide emissions, but economic success depends on the reputation of diesel as a whole, writes Susanne Preuß in an opinion ...
  • Switch to new emissions test could cost German automakers dearly

    The conversion to a new emissions test called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) could cost German manufacturers billions of euros, Martin Seiwert writes in the WirtschaftsWoche. The German car industry has invested tens of ...
  • On Germany’s highest mountain, climate activists call for coal exit

    This summer's heatwave show that Germany must exit coal quickly, according to Greenpeace. The NGO said 10 of their activists ascended a glacier on Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, to unfold a banner saying “Summer 2018: heat, drought, ...
  • New wind farms send E.ON’s renewables profits higher

    Despite unfavourable wind conditions, the commissioning of new offshore and onshore wind farms increased sales and earnings from renewables at German utility E.ON in the first half of 2018, reports Bernd Radowitz in Recharge. Sales in the renewables ...
  • Fund should be created to finance urban climate adaptation efforts – interview

    A 2-billion-euro fund should be created to assist German cities in the adaptation to climate change, Annalena Baerbock, chairwoman of the Green Party, says in an interview with the Neue Ruhr Zeitung. This money could be used not only to make agriculture ...
  • Germany’s primary energy consumption to drop by one third by 2040 - report

    Primary energy consumption in Germany will be about one third lower in 2040 than it is today, US energy company Exxon Mobil says in a press release on its prognosis for the German energy demand. Exxon says increased efficiency and a change of energy ...
  • Plans to bulldoze German villages for lignite move forward

    Centuries-old villages across Germany are being bulldozed to make way for brown coal mines, Esme Nicholson reports for American broadcaster National Public Radio. Despite the country’s substantial investment in renewable energy deployment, coal still ...
  • Delivery of e-cars delayed by switch to new emissions test

    Bottlenecks in the delivery of electric cars are causing customers to have to wait up to a year for their new vehicles, according to an article published in Der Tagesspiegel. The delays stem from the conversion to a new emissions test called the Worldwide ...
  • Landscape aesthetics should be given higher priority when deploying renewable energies – project

    As Germany moves forward with renewable energy deployment, the country should both preserve nature and allow for the development of landscapes, according to a new project published by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. At present, landscape ...
  • Frankfurt an der Oder says goodbye to coal

    The electric utility of Frankfurt an der Oder, a city located on the German-Polish border and not to be confused with Germany's banking capital Frankfurt am Main, has joined its Cottbus counterpart and decided to replace its coal-fired cogeneration ...
  • Germany should put wind power expansion on halt - conservative energy politician

    Due to the slow progress made in modernising Germany’s power grid to cope with the large number of renewable energy installations, energy politician Jens Koeppen of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party says the country should stop wind power ...
  • Climate change denial is irrationality beating reason – opinion

    The extreme summer of 2018 in Germany and most of Europe has prompted climate change deniers to hastily announce that the exceptional heat and drought are merely normal weather phenomena and do not testify to the human effect on the global climate, ...
  • German finance minister shoots down environment ministry’s car emissions reduction plans

    Germany’s finance minister and vice chancellor Olaf Scholz has shot down a plan by environment minister Svenja Schulze to introduce ambitious emissions reduction standards across the EU in order to meet the climate targets agreed on in the Paris Agreement ...
  • 15 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 10: Merkel disappoints hopes for clear words on coal

    15 Nov 2017 German Chancellor calls on world to walk the talk, fails to deliver strong statement on German coal / Representatives from science, climate and environmental NGOs, and vulnerable small island states appealed to Merkel to meet the country’s ...
  • Tesla back on list of e-cars eligible for subsidies in Germany

    US carmaker Tesla is back on a list of e-cars that are eligible for subsidies in Germany, website bild.de reports. The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bafa) had argued that Tesla cars were too expensive to qualify for subsidies, ...
  • Diesel decline has negligible impact on attainment of CO2 emission standards

    The decline in diesel car sales does not put EU CO 2 emission targets out of reach for carmakers, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). “In fact, other technologies – efficiency improvements in gasoline engines as well as ...
  • “Climate protection: own goal?”

    A global surge of trade restrictions and protectionism could derail Germany’s efforts in climate protection, Heinz Jürgen Schürmann writes in a commentary for Handelsblatt. “Global interconnection is indispensable for a successful limitation of CO 2 ...
  • Gazprom exports to Germany increase significantly in first half of 2018

    Russian state-run Gazprom’s natural gas exports to Germany increased 12.2 percent (3.5 billion cubic metres- bcm) in the first half of 2018, compared to the same period in the previous year, Gazprom Export writes in a press release. Both 2016 and 2017 ...
  • German government proposes compensation scheme for nuclear power plants

    Angela Merkel’s cabinet has initiated an amendment to the German Nuclear Exit Act that ensures compensation payments to operators of nuclear power plants who had to shut down their reactors in 2011. The law must be amended because the German ...
  • “Special offshore offer”

    The offer by some bidders in Germany’s first offshore wind power auction to build their projects with zero financial support has raised a lot of questions, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Wind parks have been sponsored by the ...
  • 04 Nov 2015

    Government passes power market reform / More renewables in energy use

    04 Nov 2015 (All day) Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) “Gabriel: The basis for the power market of the future is established” The German government has approved wide-reaching reforms of the power market and agreements about the transferral ...
  • Employment minister suggests infrastructure projects for coal mining regions

    Federal employment minister Hubertus Heil has put forward a six-point plan to soften the effect of a coal phase-out in the three lignite (brown coal) mining districts in Germany. There should be a special plan for road, rail, and digital infrastructure ...
  • Lignite fund wrong way to deal with coal’s financial legacy – commentary

    A state-managed fund for dealing with the financial legacy of lignite mining in Germany is the wrong way to ensure that the extraction’s long-term effects are dealt with properly, Antje Höning writes in a commentary for the General Anzeiger Bonn. Contrary ...
  • Germany’s future mobility commission slow to get started

    While Germany’s coal exit commission has already started its work, the commission tasked with finding a concept for the future of mobility in the country still lies in a “summer slumber,” Kerstin Schwenn writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...
  • German authorities mull product recall due to toxic metal in e-cars

    The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) might order the recall of 124,000 electric cars due to the fact that some of their parts contain the toxic metal cadmium, Annina Reimann reports in the WirtschaftsWoche. Car industry supplier Kostal ...
  • German solar plant owners lavished with power from the sun

    The exceptionally sunny weather in Germany has brought solar plant owners an unusually high yield of power from the sun, energy company E.ON says in a press release. Between May and July, the German Meteorological Service (DWD) registered 817 hours of ...
  • Offshore wind capital Bremerhaven grapples with shrinking industry

    The German coastal city of Bremerhaven used to be a thriving centre for the offshore wind power but now struggles to hold on to the sector’s few remaining companies, Peter Hanuschke writes for the Weser Kurier. Bremerhaven once hosted about 3,000 jobs in ...
  • Germany’s largest state, NRW, trails in renewables expansion

    In spite of a record wind power expansion in the western German region of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the country’s largest federal state still trails in terms of renewables expansion, Welt Online reports. In 2017, the state added 312 wind turbines, ...
  • Gas plant to replace coal-fired facility in North Rhine-Westphalia

    A coal-fired power plant in Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia, is to be replaced by a gas-fired plant with turbines delivered from Siemens, Handelsblatt Online reports. Upon its completion, expected in four years, it will be one of Germany’s largest gas ...
  • Federal cabinet endorses law limiting marine geoengineering

    The German federal cabinet has decided on a draft law to restrict marine geoengineering, technology involving large-scale technical measures to artificially reduce the atmosphere’s CO 2 concentration, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature ...
  • Cities have an important role to play in fighting climate change – opinion

    Cities play a vital role in the implementation of the Paris climate accord, Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, writes in an opinion piece in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. By ...
  • Wind turbine manufacturer Enercon will reduce production in Germany

    Because orders from the German market are subsiding, wind turbine manufacturer Enercon, located in the German state of Lower Saxony, will focus more on international customers, Jens Heitmann writes in the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. This will cost ...
  • 12 Mar 2018 |

    Germany's car-loving transport minister faces clean mobility challenge

    12 Mar 2018 (All day) Car industry hub Germany is under increasing pressure to accelerate the shift to sustainable mobility in order to reach its climate targets and improve the quality of air in inner city areas. Against the backdrop of a looming ban on ...
  • Economy minister Altmaier calls for mobility transition push over coming four years

    The current legislative period must be used to significantly advance the transport transition in Germany, said economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier at the Tagesspiegel’s Future Mobility Summit in Berlin. “I believe that we have to bring the ...
  • New LNG terminal could weaken Trump's argument about German dependence on Russian gas – analysis

    Plans to open a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein could weaken arguments about the country's dependence on Russian gas- a key criticism of US President Donald Trump, Klaus Stratmann writes in the ...
  • 01 Aug 2018 |

    One year after German "diesel summit," air quality challenge remains

    01 Aug 2018, 17:31 With a national “diesel summit” in early August 2017, the German government tried to curb the fallout of the country’s emissions fraud scandal and avoid being sued by the European Commission over excessive air pollution. One year on, ...
  • “How homes will be heated in 2030: Five million heat pumps, the same amount of gas, much less oil”

    Heating systems in Germany will have to change substantially by 2030 if the country is to reach its climate targets for 2050, according to a study commissioned by energy think-tank Agora Energiewende*. While the share of natural gas used for heating will ...
  • E.ON and RWE lack proper strategy amid innogy split-up - analyst

    Contrary to many utilities in other European countries, Germany’s E.ON and RWE lack a proper strategy for dealing with the energy transition, Bloomberg analyst Elchin Mammadov says on Dow Jones Newswires. The split-up of RWE’s spin-off innogy between ...
  • Government weighs tax advantage for employees driving company electric cars

    To incentivise the uptake of electric vehicles, the German federal government is considering offering tax breaks to employees who use an electric company car for private purposes, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. According to the draft amendment to the ...
  • Environmentalists must campaign against internal combustion engine – commentary

    The environmental movement must fight the internal combustion engine just as hard as it does diesel, Martin Unfried, expert at the European Institute of Public Administration, writes in a commentary in the tageszeitung (taz). Unfortunately, the diesel ...
  • Cabinet decides on implementing EU ETS reform

    The federal government has today paved the way for implementing changes to the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The modifications will take effect in 2021. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has decided on a draft law – which will have to be ...
  • North Rhine-Westphalia lobbies for Tesla Gigafactory

    The government of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia has expressed interest in hosting the American car company Tesla’s electric vehicle and battery production facility, Handelsblatt reports. The state’s economy minister, Andreas Pinkwart, ...
  • Power grid in German state Hesse partly ready for full energy transition – study

    The power distribution grid of German federal state Hesse is in part ready for the transition to over 90 percent renewables in power production and heating that Germany strives to attain by 2050, according to a study by the Fraunhofer research institute ...
  • Farmers’ association calls for emergency aid due to heat wave and drought

    German Farmers’ Association President Joachim Rukwied is calling for government assistance totalling one billion euros to be distributed to farmers, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The aim of Rukwied’s proposal is to help farmers, whose ...
  • Germany must both mitigate and adapt to global warming – interview

    Extreme weather events like the heat wave currently gripping Germany are expected to become more frequent in the future, necessitating both meaningful climate protection and adaptation to the inevitable consequences of global warming, federal environment ...
  • E.ON completes voluntary public takeover offer to innogy minority shareholders

    German utility E.ON has successfully completed the voluntary public takeover offer to innogy minority shareholders, E.ON has announced in a press release. Including RWE’s 76.8 percent stake in innogy, E.ON will hold 86.2 percent of the company’s shares ...
  • German energy consumption falls in first half of 2018

    Energy consumption in Germany decreased by one percent in the first half of 2018, compared to the same period in the previous year, the energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen said on Tuesday. After the first three months, there had been a five ...
  • Support rate for German solar power cut as expansion runs ahead of schedule

    The German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has decided to reduce the support rate for new solar power installations as capacity expansion in the sector  exceeds the level determined  by the government, the agency says in a press release. The support rate ...
  • Another 20 years needed for responsible lignite exit – Saxony state premier

    The country’s lignite phase out needs another 20 years to avoid a “harsh structural break” for Germany’s coal regions – like it happened at the time of German reunification, Saxony’s state premier Michael Kretschmer told Leipziger Volkszeitung in an ...
  • German government to ease regulation for marine geoengineering research - report

    The German government plans to ease regulations for marine geoengineering research, which could be used to bind carbon dioxide emissions by injecting certain substances into the world’s oceans that boost algae growth, Christoph Seidler writes on Spiegel ...
  • German party leaders agree energy policy blueprint for coalition talks

    12 Jan 2018 (All day) The parties currently in talks to form Germany’s next government have agreed to speed up the roll-out of renewable energies and start the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. Contrary to a draft leaked earlier this week, the ...
  • Blockchain will upend German energy market – commentary

    Blockchain will revolutionise Germany’s energy market, potentially rendering major utilities redundant, Kathrin Witsch and Christine Coester write in a commentary for Handelsblatt Global. The digital ledger technology, which allows users to exchange money ...
  • Daimler launches new large battery storage facility

    Car manufacturer Daimler has opened its third large battery storage facility in Elverlingsen, southern Westphalia, the company writes in an announcement. Together with Mercedes-Benz Energy, GETEC Energie, and The Mobility House, Daimler will store battery ...
  • German battery production will require government support – interview

    Electric car batteries will be produced in Europe only if the continent’s governments invest significant sums in the technology, Elmar Degenhart, head of auto-parts supplier Continental, said in an interview with Handelsblatt. “In China, battery cell ...
  • Climate scientist says Merkel has failed on climate action

    Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has never really been a “climate chancellor,” the head of the Marine Meteorology Research Unit at Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Mojib Latif, said in an interview with Die Welt. “Whenever the ...
  • “Why offshore wind power becomes substantially cheaper”

    German offshore wind power costs are set to fall significantly, due to industrialisation of the sector, more efficient turbine construction, the switch from feed-in tariffs to auctions, and better coordination with grid operators, Olaf Preuß writes for ...
  • Successful energy transition requires annual investments of up to two percent of GDP

    Germany will have to invest between 30 billion and 60 billion euros per year over the next three decades if it is to achieve a near-complete decarbonisation of its energy system, technical academies Leopoldina, Acatech and Union say in a joint statement. ...
  • Germany buys temporary stake in grid operator 50Hertz to fend off Chinese

    The German government will acquire a temporary 20 percent stake in power transmission grid operator (TSO) 50Hertz from Belgian Elia “on national security grounds”, the economy ministry (BMWi) said in a press release. The ministry said the decision was ...
  • “Energiewende – the next wave”

    Getting the energy transition on track has been a difficult task with many setbacks, but conditions for “a second wave of Energiewende are pretty favourable,” Martin Brough writes in a new issue of Deutsche Bank Research’s magazine Konzept under the title ...
  • “We need a turnaround in transport policy”

    Carbon emissions in Germany will only be reduced if the country commits itself in earnest to “ a turnaround in transport policy ”, education minister Johanna Wanka told Frankfurter Rundschau in an interview. Wanka said she had made research on e-mobility ...
  • Green Party chairman Habeck says tax and levy reform needed to make renewables cheaper

    The co-chairman of Germany’s Green Party, Robert Habeck, says a sweeping reform of taxes and levies for renewables and other energy sources is needed to make clean energy production cheaper vis-à-vis carbon-intensive sources, the Lübecker Nachrichten ...
  • Greens want new rules on coal mining’s long-term liabilities

    Coal mining companies’ financial guarantees to remediate long-term damage from extracting the fossil fuel must be better secured, Green Party head Annalena Baerbock told news agency dpa. “Until now, the level of provisions has been based on calculations ...
  • Talks on Nord Stream 2 begin in Berlin

    Ministerial discussions between Ukraine, Russia, and the EU regarding the future delivery of Russian gas to Western Europe began yesterday in Berlin, Tagesspiegel reports. Economy minister Peter Altmaier is “optimistic” that a resolution to the dispute ...
  • German coal states demand more influence in coal-exit commission

    The four major German coal states demand a “stronger voice” in the planned commission tasked with preparing the end of coal-fired power production in the country, Andreas Mihm writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In a letter to Chancellor Angela ...
  • “E-cars on the radar”

    The German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies is to strengthen its position as a supplier of electric cars with the acquisition of US chip manufacturer Wolfspeed, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung. Among other things, the California-based company& ...
  • “Coal fuels heat wave” – Greenpeace

    With anti-coal protests in the state of Saxony, environmental NGO Greenpeace says that the German government’s policy on coal fuels weather extremes. “The current heat wave is a taste of what awaits us if the CO₂ emissions are not decreased fast,” said ...
  • Japan and Germany aim to press ahead with Paris Climate Agreement

    German foreign minister Heiko Maas and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono said they would aim to carry out the Paris Climate Agreement, from which the United States withdrew last year, promote free trade, and seek to address issues through multilateral ...
  • German power plants slow production due to heat wave

    Several German power plants have reduced production as the ongoing heat wave limits the amount of cooling water, writes Daniel Wetzel in an article in Die Welt. With air temperatures of more than 30 degrees across Germany, water in cooling towers becomes ...
  • Solar and wind industry oppose joint auctions

    The German Solar Industry Association BSW and the German Wind Energy Association BWE say joint auctions for solar and wind power capacity won’t achieve a well-balanced mix of renewables, Sandra Enkhardt reports for pv magazine. While prices are currently ...
  • E.ON posts profit jump after unveiling RWE deal to redraw Germany’s energy market

    German energy company E.ON posted an unexpectedly strong jump in quarterly operating profit, boosted by its retail unit that will form one of the energy group’s main pillars after a recently unveiled overhaul that involves breaking up rival innogy, ...
  • German industry’s ETS emissions fall by over 3 percent

    The German Environment Agency (UBA) says greenhouse gas emissions from the industries (excluding aviation) that take part in the European emissions trading system (ETS) fell by 3.4 percent last year – a steeper decline than Germany achieved in its overall ...
  • G20 resources dialogue in Berlin

    Representatives of the G20 nations are meeting in Berlin today to talk about resource efficiency. The resource dialogue came out of the G20 summit in Hamburg last summer and aims to find ways of using resources such as water and land more sustainably. ...
  • Mass-daily Bild says “Germany should be proud of the diesel”

    The diesel engine is far from dead because it is the most efficient and cleanest car engine available, according to a “manifesto” by mass-daily Bild entitled “Germany should be proud of the diesel!” In a list of “10 truths that many politicians don’t dare ...
  • German utilities could save 12 billion euros by retiring coal plants early – analysis

    Almost all coal plants in the EU will make losses by 2030, according to a Carbon Tracker analysis, Jess Shankleman and Rachel Morison report for Bloomberg. Because battery storage will increasingly provide power at times of peak demand, and because the EU ...
  • European Commission uncovers evidence of carmakers manipulating CO2 emissions tests

    Auto manufacturers may be inflating their vehicles’ officially-declared CO 2 emissions to lower the ambition of passengers cars’ and vans’ pollution reduction targets, according to an internal European Commission paper. The document, published by ...
  • German Association of Towns and Municipalities

    The German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB) represents the interests of German cities and municipalities at the state, federal and EU level. Through 17 member associations, 11,000 municipalities are organized and networked. The German ...
  • Dr. Constanze Haug

    Constanze Haug works at adelphi as a Senior Project Manager in the fields of Climate and Energy. The key focus of her work at adelphi is the international carbon market, and emissions trading in particular. She is currently the Head of the Secretariat of ...
  • Prof. Dr. Diana Hehenberger-Risse

    Professor Diana Hehenberger-Risse is a researcher focusing on efficient energy systems. She works at the University of Applied Sciences Landshut. haw-landshut.de +49 8531- 914044 0 info@technologiezentrum-energie.de Researcher ...
  • RWTH Aachen University

    RWTH Aachen University is a research university located in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. One of Germany’s largest technical universities, RWTH Aachen has a profile area in energy, chemical, and process engineering. This profile area addresses ...
  • Walter Kahlenborn

    Walter Kahlenborn is a co-founder and Managing Director of adelphi research and adelphi consult. The core topics of his research and consultancy work are sustainable economic development and climate and energy. He advises federal ministries, the European ...
  • Coal Importer Association

    The Coal Importer Association represents the political and commercial interests of, at present, 64 members (i.e. utilities, industrial users of coal, traders, and companies engaged in coal logistics). Its annual reports describe the current situation on ...
  • BVMW- German Association of Small and Medium-sized Businesses

    The BVMW represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses in politics, with administrative authorities, with trade unions and with major companies. It caters for all commercial branches and professions among its 270,000 member companies. www ...
  • IKEM- Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility

    IKEM is a German climate policy research institute, which analyses, evaluates and develops strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by taking into account the interactions between law, economics and politics. IKEM conducts research on behalf of ...
  • Berlin Clean Energy Wire Press Briefing: Poland ahead of COP24

    13 Sep 2018 Berlin In the lead-up to the upcoming COP24 climate change conference in Poland, the Clean Energy Wire is inviting Germany-based journalists to a media briefing on Polish energy and climate policy on 13 September 2018. Energy analysts and ...
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