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  • Germany gets serious about decarbonising its prized heavy industry

    17 Jun 2020, 11:28 In its pursuit of climate-neutrality by mid-century, Germany has set its sights on extending the energy transition to its famed heavy industry. Sectors such as steel, cement and chemicals are some of the Energiewende's toughest ...
  • Preview 2020: Germany’s targets under scrutiny in year of global climate action

    03 Feb 2020, 14:53 2020 will be a year of global climate action as countries are called upon to ratchet up ambitions under the Paris Agreement. The shaky German government will be in the midst of what many hope to be a European diplomatic effort to ...
  • German industry embraces Energiewende transformation challenge

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

    The energy transition and climate change 16 Dec 2016 As the home country of the Energiewende, Germany is considered a pioneer in the fight against man-made climate change. But despite a spectacular rise in power generation from renewables, the country’s ...
  • 01 Aug 2014 |

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

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

    Energiewende effects on power prices, costs and industry

    German industry and its competitive edge in times of the Energiewende 06 Aug 2015 Industrial competitiveness in times of an energy transition: few issues have been watched as closely as this. So far, German manufacturers have kept their competitive edge, ...
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  • 24 Feb 2020 |

    German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp funded climate sceptic – report

    24 Feb 2020, 13:53 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Industry AFP / RP Online / taz German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp was one of several companies that funded influential Dutch climate change sceptic Frits Böttcher, according to a major new ...
  • Thyssenkrupp tests use of hydrogen in steel production to bring down emissions

    12 Nov 2019, 12:47 Julian Wettengel Gas Hydrogen Business & Jobs Technology Clean Energy Wire Germany’s largest steelmaker thyssenkrupp has launched a series of tests into the use of hydrogen in a working blast furnace aimed at reducing CO2 emissions ...
  • German steelmaker thyssenkrupp aims to be climate neutral by 2050

    03 Jul 2019, 14:05 Freja Eriksen Hydrogen Business & Jobs Technology Clean Energy Wire Germany’s largest steelmaker thyssenkrupp has set itself the target of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. “Thyssenkrupp aims to be climate ...
  • 28 Aug 2020 |

    German economy minister says willing to support climate-friendly steel production

    28 Aug 2020, 13:22 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Hydrogen Industry Westdeutsche ...
  • 10 Feb 2020 |

    Germany's steel industry needs political support to cope with CO2-reduction – opinion

    10 Feb 2020, 13:38 Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen Industry Handelsblatt The German steel industry accounts for about one third of the country's total industry emissions, meaning that becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 comes with particular challenges to the ...
  • 01 Jul 2020 |

    Hydrogen alliance between E.ON and Thyssenkrupp announced

    01 Jul 2020, 13:18 Expert E.ON Utility Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Kerstine ...
  • German steel firm starts world’s first carbon-to-methanol production from steel mill gases

    German steel company thyssenkrupp has started production of the synthetic fuel methanol from CO₂ and other emissions in steel production, the company says in a press release. The fuel production from side products of steel smelting is part of the so ...
  • Thyssenkrupp to switch to hydrogen-based steel production by 2050

    22 Jan 2019, 13:33 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Hydrogen Technology Handelsblatt German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp plans to phase out CO₂-intensive coke-based steel production and replace it with a hydrogen-based process by 2050, ...
  • “E-cars need a lot of steel, too”

    The auto sector will remain one of the steel industry's biggest customers, because the switch to e-mobility demands large quantities of steel for component parts, charging stations, power grids and power stations, Helmut Bünder writes for Frankfurter ...
  • “Thyssen-Krupp wants to use steel mill gases as a resource”

    German steel manufacturer Thyssen-Krupp launched a research project on using steel mill gases like nitrogen, methane or hydrogen oxide as resources for chemical materials, writes Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The project, dubbed Carbon2Chem, showed how ...
  • 29 Apr 2020 |

    Europe’s steel industry must invest 100 billion euros for climate neutrality by 2050 – study

    29 Apr 2020, 13:09 Julian Wettengel Hydrogen Industry Clean Energy Wire At least 100 billion euros of investments are necessary to make European steel production climate neutral by 2050, according to a study by Munich-based consultancy Roland Berger. ...
  • innogy CEO starts pro-Europe initiative

    Peter Terium, CEO of German renewable energies company innogy, started a pro-EU initiative, ‘We4Europe’, and calls for unified energy policy in an interview with Handelsblatt. “Europe is the foundation on which we build our business” and it was in innogy ...
  • Thyssenkrupp bets on e-cars – and warns the Greens”

    German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp’s CEO Heinrich Hiesinger said that a strict combustion engine ban could cost the auto industry a lot of money because of the long-term planning of affected companies, writes Carsten Dierig for Welt Online. “The immediate ...
  • 07 Jul 2020 |

    E.ON calls for green gas quota and tackles hydrogen network

    07 Jul 2020, 13:24 Expert E.ON Utility Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities David Reay Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Hydrogen Clean Energy Wire German energy company E.ON has called for a green gas quota to help to reduce the share of fossil gas ...
  • 05 Feb 2020 |

    Green hydrogen “elixir of life” of future-proof steel industry – env min

    05 Feb 2020, 13:20 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel Hydrogen Industry Clean Energy Wire ...
  • German heavy industry powerhouse NRW launches initiative to curb industry emissions

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

    German corporations see 'enormous savings potential' in reducing business trips

    27 Jul 2020, 13:03 Edgar Meza Business & Jobs Society dpa / WirtschaftsWoche / Clean Energy Wire The COVID-19 pandemic is leading German companies to rethink the need for business trips and promote video conferencing instead, according to a report by ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

    Rebates save German industry eight billion euros in power costs in 2017

    08 Feb 2019, 13:24 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Spiegel Online Preferential treatment of energy-intensive industries in Germany  cost households and non-privileged companies up to eight billion euros in 2017, Stefan Schultz ...
  • 04 Oct 2019 |

    State premier of Saarland calls for billions in support to turn steel industry climate neutral

    04 Oct 2019, 13:42 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Hydrogen Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German steel industry should receive billions in ...
  • “New company alliance wants to produce battery cells in Germany”

    A consortium of German companies has made a fresh attempt to establish battery cell production in the country, Alfons Frese writes in Tagesspiegel. Plant manufacturers Thyssen-Krupp, M+W and Manz have teamed up with cell producers Litarion, ...
  • “Save the world, a little bit”

    Think tank Agora Energiewende* will present proposals to take better account of industry needs in the German energy transition, Angela Hennersdorf and Christian Schlesiger write in WirtschaftsWoche. In its "Charter for Energiewende Industrial Policy ...
  • 15 Jan 2016

    Renewables a 'massive opportunity' / More investment into efficiency

    15 Jan 2016 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Rundschau “Full wind speed ahead” The reason why payments for renewables have increased to 24.1 billion euros in 2015 is to be found in their success, writes Frank-Thomas Wenzel in a Q&A ...
  • Europe vies with China for clean hydrogen superpower status

    24 Jul 2020, 10:40 The rivalry between Europe and China in emission-free hydrogen technologies could become one of the defining business stories in the global effort to stop climate change. Scarred by its painful experience in solar PV manufacturing, ...
  • 15 Jan 2020 |

    Adani coal mine row with climate activists backfires on Siemens CEO Kaeser – media commentaries

    15 Jan 2020, 14:06 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Society Handelsblatt / WirtschaftsWoche / Focus Online The row over German industrial heavyweight Siemens's involvement in the controversial Adani coal mine project in ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    Industry leaders say can cope with coal exit in debate ahead of commission report

    23 Jan 2019, 10:55 Power prices are less of a concern for some industry sectors and coal-heavyweight RWE has long been about “much more than coal” – industry representatives offered an unusual take on the German coal exit debate in a panel discussion ...
  • Hydrogen start-up Sunfire reports rising demand from cosmetics industry

    04 Apr 2019, 13:51 Sören Amelang Gas Business Hydrogen Start-ups Technology Clean Energy Wire The cosmetics industry is increasingly interested in using renewable hydrogen, according to German electrolysis start-up sunfire. Hydrogen made with renewable ...
  • “A pact between government and industry on clean energy policy and industry policy”

    In its “Future Pact Energiewende Industrial Policy”, think tank Agora Energiewende and consultancy Roland Berger have presented proposals on how to reconcile the competitiveness of the country’s industry with Germany’s energy transition after the federal ...
  • Major German companies back position paper calling for climate neutrality

    09 Sep 2019, 13:41 Expert Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) German CEOs for climate protection Business & Jobs Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Germany should aim for greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050, a position paper ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    German wind industry worries about public resistance as installations slump

    29 Jan 2019, 15:02 Following a sharp drop in new onshore wind power installations in Germany in 2018, the industry warns that mounting resistance against new turbines endangers a sufficient supply of renewable energy demanded by industry and national ...
  • Energy-intensive companies call for 'aggressive' renewables roll-out

    29 Nov 2019, 14:00 Expert E.ON Utility Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Sören Amelang Renewables Hydrogen ...
  • Steelmaker Salzgitter expects policymakers to help fund massive decarbonisation project

    04 Apr 2019, 14:09 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Gas Hydrogen Technology Clean Energy Wire German steelmaker Salzgitter has expressed confidence that policymakers will provide the support necessary to realise a large-scale hydrogen project to ...
  • 10 Jun 2020 |

    German hydrogen strategy aims for global leadership in energy transition

    10 Jun 2020, 16:10 Germany places a large bet on hydrogen produced using renewable energy in its highly anticipated national hydrogen strategy that serves to underpin the country's ambitions to become a global leader in the technology. The strategy ...
  • German steelworkers fight EU plans for emissions trading

    11 Apr 2016 With backing from economy minister Sigmar Gabriel, thousands of German steelworkers rallied against EU reform plans for the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) on Monday. Gabriel said there must be no contradiction between climate ...
  • German industry needs policy trigger for deep emission cuts

    24 Jan 2020, 12:12 Pressure is rising fast on industry to join the great decarbonisation race. Many energy-intensive German companies, like chemical giant BASF or steelmaker thyssenkrupp, already have detailed plans for drastic emission cuts, but lack ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    Can Salzgitter cut Germany's CO2 emissions with low-carbon steel project?

    22 May 2019, 11:33 Volker Hille’s passion project could cut Germany’s entire CO2 output by almost one percent. He is head of corporate technology at Salzgitter Group, one of Europe’s largest steelmakers, which currently emits around eight million tonnes ...
  • 07 Jan 2016

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

    07 Jan 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Rundschau “No climate protection without an energy transition in transport” Transport is absolutely crucial to decarbonising the economy and Germany should embrace a leading role ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

    EU plans 'completely change outlook' for global hydrogen economy- BloombergNEF

    23 Jul 2020, 12:30 The EU's and Germany's plans to push the use of green hydrogen to decarbonise the economy are likely to trigger a competitive race with China that will be crucial for a global breakthrough of the technology, says Kobad ...
  • 08 Jul 2020 |

    EU wants to become market leader in hydrogen technologies, create 1 million jobs

    08 Jul 2020, 13:14 The European Union wants to establish itself as the world leader in hydrogen technologies and will focus on ramping up electrolyser capacities in the next four years. According to the European Commission's hydrogen strategy, the ...
  • 27 Jul 2020 |

    Europe must take ambitious lead in green hydrogen – German govt advisor

    27 Jul 2020, 09:50 Europe's economy is well placed to benefit from the fledgling global hydrogen economy and should decisively follow through with its hydrogen strategies, says Veronika Grimm, a member of Germany's council of economic experts, ...
  • Without innovation leaps, Germany will fail on climate action – conservative German MP

    16 Dec 2019, 10:24 Germany will miss its climate targets without leaps in technological innovation, even taking into account the recently agreed climate package, says Georg Nüßlein, deputy parliamentary group head of chancellor Angela Merkel’s ...
  • 27 Oct 2015

    A world of solar power and batteries / Vattenfall phases out 1GW of lignite

    27 Oct 2015 CORRECTION- Vattenfall's underlying operating profit was 3,388 million SEK in the third quarter of 2015, not 3,388 billion. Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Vattenfall 3rd quarter results / Two 500 MW lignite units will be ...
  • Merkel endorses proposal to raise 2030 EU emission reduction target

    28 Apr 2020, 18:30 German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she welcomes the proposal by the European Commission to raise the bloc’s greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030 to between 50 and 55 percent. In her speech at the 11th Petersberg Climate ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog- Germany drops in climate performance

    10 Dec 2018, 09:03 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for the CO2 ...
  • 27 Apr 2020 |

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

    27 Apr 2020, 14:17 Top politicians from Germany and more than 60 large companies have warned that the climate crisis must continue to be a top priority, even as the world economies grapple with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Ahead of this week’s ...
  • 07 Oct 2015

    In the media: Greenpeace enters race for Vattenfall's coal operations

    07 Oct 2015 Sören Amelang Sven Egenter Ruby Russell Clean Energy Wire CLEW Bloomberg Business, Greenpeace, Süddeutsche Zeitung “Greenpeace says can find cash to buy Vattenfall coal assets” Bloomberg Business reports that Greenpeace has registered its ...
  • 04 Sep 2020 |

    Germany faces packed election year as voters weigh climate against pandemic recovery

    04 Sep 2020, 15:15 The era of Chancellor Angela Merkel will come to an end when Germans head to the polls next autumn after what looks set to become an unusually dramatic run-up to the federal elections. With no clear front-runner for her succession in ...
  • Merkel: Need to develop a certain passion and joy for the Energiewende

    24 Apr 2017 Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans to go beyond a rational take on the Energiewende and develop “a certain passion and joy” for the country’s generational project. Speaking at an event by her conservative CDU/CSU group in the federal ...
  • 05 Apr 2016

    Industry emissions almost unchanged / Wind-powered lamps

    05 Apr 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Federal Environment Agency “Emissions trading: industry’s emissions almost unchanged in 2015” The CO₂ emissions of German energy intensive industry remained virtually unchanged for the second year ...
  • Germany bets on green hydrogen in quest for climate neutrality

    27 Apr 2020, 13:10 In the fight against climate change, hydrogen made with renewable electricity is increasingly seen as a silver bullet for sectors with particularly stubborn emissions, such as heavy industry and aviation. As a result, the emission-free ...
  • 03 Dec 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: Next innovation wave in economy will be “green"

    03 Dec 2015 The final negotiations for a global climate treaty have kicked off in Paris. What is the German perspective on an international climate agreement and what has the energy transition (Energiewende) got to do with it? The Clean Energy Wire talks ...
  • 20 Mar 2020 |

    High-profile advisory group lays out proposals for Germany's sustainable finance push

    20 Mar 2020, 17:00 Germany's government aims to make the country the leading location for a sustainable financial system. In order to establish a coherent strategy for aligning public and private investment decisions in the country with international ...
  • COP23- See the energy transition in Germany's industrial centre

    30 Oct 2017 Germany’s coal mining state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) hosts the United Nations’ COP23 climate summit in Bonn. The epicentre of Germany’s industrialisation, this region is responsible for almost one percent of global CO2 emissions, and is ...
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  • 29 Mar 2019 |

    A tectonic shift: Reporting on the business upheaval triggered by the energy transition

    29 Mar 2019, 15:01 Sören Amelang Business Technology Stepping up Clean Energy Wire's coverage of the business upheaval triggered by the energy transition, and our upcoming Global Energy Transition Journalism conference #GETJO19, led me to reflect on ...
  • At the heart of the energy-intensive industry: The ThyssenKrupp steel mill in Duisburg

    Thyssen Krupp's business area 'Steel Europe' is one of the world’s leading suppliers of carbon steel flat products. With around 27,000 employees and highly efficient facilities, the company produces over 13 million tonnes of crude steel per ...
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