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  • 29 Mar 2018 |

    The new German government and the energy transition

    Germany seeks to remain climate pioneer with a "clean, secure and affordable" Energiewende 29 Mar 2018 (All day) Re-elected chancellor Angela Merkel's grand coalition government of Conservatives and Social Democrats has been sworn in and ...
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  • 06 Dec 2019 |

    Merkel announces meeting with states to get renewables expansion back on track

    06 Dec 2019, 15:02 Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Government Clean Energy Wire The German government will meet with state representatives in January to discuss how to expand renewable energy installations at a pace that will raise the share of renewables in ...
  • New SPD leaders call for 'massive investments' in new energy system, say climate package needs revamp

    06 Dec 2019, 14:56 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire The new leaders of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), ...
  • 05 Dec 2019 |

    Industry warns new SPD leaders against tightening Germany's climate package

    05 Dec 2019, 13:08 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin ...
  • New SPD leaders put German governments future in doubt with climate demands

    02 Dec 2019, 13:45 The members of Germanys Social Democratic Party (SPD) have unexpectedly voted for a more left-leaning leadership, casting doubt on the future of the coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance. The ...
  • 29 Nov 2019 |

    Germanys climate law and national emissions trading system clear last legislative hurdle

    29 Nov 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Government Clean Energy Wire The council of federal state governments (Bundesrat) has greenlit  Germanys Climate Action Law  and the  planned ...
  • 15 Nov 2019 |

    Germany's parliament greenlights first major climate law

    15 Nov 2019, 15:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Government [Update adds opinion piece by Süddeutsche Zeitung] The German parliament (Bundestag) has decided the country's first major climate ...
  • 08 Nov 2019 |

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

    08 Nov 2019, 14:02 Expert ZEW- Centre for European Economic Research Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung Cost & Prices Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Clean Energy Wire A ...
  • 07 Nov 2019 |

    Saxony's state premier says climate package 'discriminates against people in Germany'

    07 Nov 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Focus Online The premier of the eastern German state of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, has criticised the federal government's ...
  • 07 Oct 2019 |

    German climate law draft assigns sectoral emissions budgets for 2020-2030

    07 Oct 2019, 16:41 The German government has presented a draft of Germanys first-ever major Climate Action Law, which assigns flexible annual greenhouse gas budgets to economic sectors for the years 2020-2030, but does not make long-term climate targets ...
  • 07 Oct 2019 |

    German economy ministry presents onshore wind power rescue plan

    07 Oct 2019, 14:34 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin ...
  • 17 Feb 2020 |

    Tracking progress of Germany's 2030 climate action package

    17 Feb 2020, 13:30 With its Climate Action Law and the Climate Action Programme 2030, Germany's government coalition has presented a far-reaching climate strategy that is aimed at putting the country on track towards reaching its climate targets. The ...
  • 26 Sep 2019 |

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

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

    Climate package faces headwind and legal uncertainty as Merkel addresses UN summit

    23 Sep 2019, 14:12 The future of Germany's much criticised climate strategy hangs in the balance as the Green Party vowed to amend the package, and experts warned legal hurdles threatened the government's concept for a CO2 price. Yet, Chancellor ...
  • 30 Aug 2019 |

    German government says new Rhine river engineering is adequate climate adaptation measure

    30 Aug 2019, 14:15 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Clean Energy Wire New barrages and sluices in the Rhine are a possible solution to keep Germany's most important waterway working ...
  • 28 Aug 2019 |

    German cabinet adopts draft law to strengthen mining regions during coal exit

    28 Aug 2019, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Edgar Meza Coal Government Clean Energy Wire Chancellor Angela Merkels cabinet on Wednesday adopted a draft law submitted by Germany's economy and energy minister Peter ...
  • 27 Aug 2019 |

    Leading from behind Germany's government sparks green finance to drive climate policy

    27 Aug 2019, 16:42 Addressing climate change and the pros and cons of renewable power have dominated German public debate for almost two decades, but the role of the finance sector in emissions reduction has taken a back seat. Many countries have already ...
  • 24 Jun 2019 |

    Merkel holds another car summit aimed at making German car industry future proof

    24 Jun 2019, 13:38 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Government Handelsblatt / Stuttgarter Nachrichten / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung After a series of meetings with high-profile car industry representatives ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

    Merkel says Germany must end 'easy-peasy' approach on climate policy, announces radical changes

    06 Jun 2019, 14:23 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Rheinische Post Germanys Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the country must stop its easy-peasy ("Pillepalle") approach ...
  • 03 Jun 2019 |

    Germanys SPD demands clear stance on coal exit from conservative partner as coalition wavers

    03 Jun 2019, 13:54 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Government Tagesspiegel The German Social Democrats (SPD) have demanded a clear stance on the countrys envisaged coal exit from their bigger partner in the ...
  • 03 Jun 2019 |

    EU election debacle lets Merkels CDU party wrangle over future climate policy approach

    03 Jun 2019, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung Germanys governing CDU party has become embroiled in a high-level dispute over the right ...
  • 20 May 2019 |

    Environment minister backs CCS as part of a German 2050 climate-neutrality bid

    20 May 2019, 13:08 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 16 Apr 2019 |

    Merkel opens Baltics largest offshore wind farm as industry warns against slow-down

    16 Apr 2019, 14:41 The opening of a new offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea gives Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel an opportunity to show her climate policy credentials and welcome the German-Norwegian project as a milestone for the energy ...
  • Germanys climate cabinet ready to discuss introduction of carbon price

    10 Apr 2019, 13:46 Germany's so-called climate cabinet- a round of ministers with key responsibilities touching climate issues- has decided to discuss options for a carbon price at its first meeting in Berlin today. Environment minister Svenja ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    German coal commission helpful example but no climate policy panacea analysis

    04 Apr 2019, 13:43 Expert E3G- Third generation enviromentalism European non profit organisation for policy transformation Climate & CO2 Finance Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Government Employing ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    Germany sees largest emissions drop since 2009 recession

    04 Apr 2019, 15:12 Germanys greenhouse gas emissions fell 4.5 percent in 2018 as warm weather and higher prices dampened the use of climate-damaging fossil fuels. The government called the largest drop since the 2009 recession the first notable ...
  • 01 Apr 2019 |

    SPD leader calls for swift implementation of coal exit proposal

    01 Apr 2019, 13:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Coal Government Rheinische Post The leader of Germanys governing Social Democrats (SPD), Andrea Nahles, has called for a quick implementation of the proposals made by ...
  • German government examines CO₂ price media reports

    02 Apr 2019, 09:50 The German government is examining the possibility of CO₂ pricing across economic sectors, according to media reports. Several newspapers report the chancellery has asked leading German research institutes to explore socially acceptable ...
  • German transport minister pledges to avoid bans, price hikes ahead of commissions final meeting

    25 Mar 2019, 14:51 After months of negotiations, the commission tasked with proposing measures to cut emissions from Germanys transport sector has come together for its final meeting. So far, the task force has made headlines mainly for fierce dispute ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    Germanys climate cabinet is sad declaration of bankruptcy opinion

    22 Mar 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Rheinische Post Germanys new climate cabinet is proof that policymakers can look ahead only as far ahead as the next election, and ...
  • German finance minister opts for emission fines rather than climate action- report

    21 Mar 2019, 12:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Efficiency Government Die Welt German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has opted to pay expensive fines for failing to meet emissions targets rather than ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    Climate cabinet to ensure Climate Action Law comes before end of year Merkel

    21 Mar 2019, 12:22 The new 'climate cabinet' consisting of ministers responsible for Germany's emissions reduction record will help to make sure that the country introduces its much-awaited Climate Action Law still in 2019, Chancellor ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    Germanys environment minister Schulze reiterates call for carbon price

    19 Mar 2019, 13:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Tagesspiegel German environment minister Svenja Schulze has renewed her call for a price on CO2 emissions, arguing it would be one of ...
  • Missing EU emissions reduction targets could cost Germany up to 300 million euros by 2020- report

    19 Mar 2019, 13:48 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government International Tagesspiegel Background Germany could face fines of up to 300 million euros payable over three years for its failure to ...
  • 18 Mar 2019 |

    German env minister optimistic cabinet colleagues will subscribe to climate law plans

    18 Mar 2019, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Tageszeitung / Frankfurter Rundschau Germanys environment minister Svenja Schulze is confident that the ministries relevant to the ...
  • 15 Mar 2019 |

    Germany installs climate cabinet to coordinate action across ministries

    15 Mar 2019, 13:32 The German government has agreed to install a climate cabinet to coordinate emissions reduction efforts across various ministries to reach the country's 2030 climate targets. Environment minister Svenja Schulze said the climate ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

    Bad marks for Germanys climate-relevant ministries after first year in office

    14 Mar 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Tagesspiegel The ministries responsible for implementing climate policy in Germany get bad marks from newspaper Tagesspiegel in an ...
  • Merkel summons transport commission leaders to ensure progress on climate goals

    14 Mar 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cars Government Süddeutsche Zeitung / Handelsblatt Germanys Chancellor Angela Merkel summoned the leaders of the countrys transport commission ...
  • 11 Mar 2019 |

    German homeowners unhappy with progress in heating sector transition

    11 Mar 2019, 13:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Efficiency Government Clean Energy Wire Most homeowners in Germany support the countrys transition towards a low-carbon economy but are unhappy with the projects ...
  • Merkel encourages school strikes for climate, upsetting her own party

    04 Mar 2019, 12:01 The school student protests for rapid climate action make headlines in Germany as well as in other countries, putting pressure on politicians to take a stance. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said this weekend she strongly welcomes ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

    Senior Conservative says proposed Climate Action Law would paralyse Germany

    28 Feb 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Tageszeitung The Climate Action Law proposed by Germanys environment ministry is a planned economy approach that could paralyse the ...
  • 26 Feb 2019 |

    Climate Action Law has the right aim but relies on inadequate instruments op-ed

    26 Feb 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Government Handelsblatt In an op-ed in Handelsblatt, Klaus Stratmann argues that the draft Climate Action Laws rigid sector targets dont allow ...
  • 25 Feb 2019 |

    Germany's government coalition divided over draft Climate Action Law

    25 Feb 2019, 14:17 The first draft of Germanys Climate Action Law, presented last week, has laid bare conflicting views within the German coalition government over how the country should meet its climate targets. The proposal has drawn criticism from ...
  • German climate law put off as disagreements weigh on governing coalition

    18 Feb 2019, 13:24 A dispute over what is supposed to be its most important climate policy is adding to the woes of Germanys governing coalition. Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance and their centre-left coalition partner SPD are ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    German economy minister should not call for climate action but rather deliver it- opinion

    18 Dec 2018, 13:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Government COP24 COP24 reactions from Germany: A victory for multilateralism Zeit Online Energy minister Peter Altmaier correctly said that Germany ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    Merkel leaves long list of unsolved energy policy tasks to her successor

    10 Dec 2018, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Government Bloomberg Germanys long-time Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will leave her successor a long list of unsolved tasks once she ...
  • 03 Dec 2018 |

    Germany tops up clean air programme with one billion euros to prevent diesel bans

    03 Dec 2018, 14:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Government Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German government has vowed to provide an additional one billion euros to the ...
  • Climate Chancellor Merkel has failed opinion

    30 Nov 2018, 15:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics Government WirtschaftsWoche German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government have failed on climate protection ...
  • Industry criticises German government for delayed introduction of smart meters

    29 Nov 2018, 16:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Digitalisation Government Security Handelsblatt The Association of Energy Market Innovators (BNE), a lobby group of grid-independent energy ...
  • Kramp-Karrenbauer sets herself apart from other CDU leadership candidates on climate action

    29 Nov 2018, 16:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel ...
  • Prospect of state support reignites German companies interest in battery production

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

    Coal commission delay shows crucial questions are on the table opinion

    29 Nov 2018, 15:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Government Dow Jones Newswire The decision to extend the work of Germanys coal exit commission shows that we have reached a point ...
  • NGOs and citizens file lawsuit with Germanys highest court to enforce climate protection

    29 Nov 2018, 15:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Government WDR A group of German citizens and NGOs has filed a lawsuit with the countrys constitutional court to oblige ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    State ministers criticise Germany's energy transition policy

    29 Nov 2018, 15:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Government WirtschaftsWoche / BMWi The Green Partys energy minister in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Franz Untersteller, has lamented a ...
  • Coal commission can finish fast if finance min puts money up RWE CEO

    29 Nov 2018, 15:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Government Clean Energy Wire Germanys coal commission can conclude its work soon if the countrys finance ...
  • No tightening of building efficiency standards planned in Germany

    29 Nov 2018, 15:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Efficiency Government Tagesspiegel The new draft law on the energy efficiency of  buildings, proposed by Germanys interior (BMI) ...
  • Protests in France highlight why a CO2 price must be socially fair- German minister

    27 Nov 2018, 15:07 Germany will ultimately need a price on greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors that does not overburden citizens with lower incomes in order to complete its energy transition, the countrys environment minister, Svenja Schulze, ...
  • Environmental NGOs should leave coal commission if government insists on postponement commentary

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

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

    The coal commission delay shows that the government is taking the work of the commission seriously because otherwise this spectacular intervention would have been unnecessary, writes Andreas Mihm in a commentary in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. But ...
  • German government denies media report on latest coal exit commission draft

    The German government denies a report by news website Spiegel Online that the country's coal exit commission will propose to initiate the fossil fuel's phase-out in the west of the country and favours to finish it by 2035. Germanys economy and ...
  • Eastern German states reject coal commissions proposals, renew 60 billion euro-demand

    The governments of Germanys eastern coal mining states have criticised a draft proposal by the countrys coal exit commission for focusing too much on emissions reduction and too little on the economic prospects of people living in mining regions, the ...
  • Germany needs more climate-friendly livestock farming minister

    Germanys agriculture ministry plans to boost sustainable forestry and sees the need for more climate-friendly livestock farming in order to achieve the agricultural sectors emission reduction targets, federal agriculture minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) ...
  • Green Party head says dieselgate crisis is threat for democracy in Germany

    The slow and cumbersome handling of Germanys diesel emissions crisis is becoming a threat to our democracy, Green Party co-head Annalena Baerbock told the newspaper WirtschaftsWoche. She said the federal transport ministry has not had the courage to ...
  • SPD climate and energy politician Miersch says 2019 will be year of key challenges

    Energy and climate policy must be key policy areas for Germanys government in 2019 in order to significantly reduce carbon emissions and make a substantial contribution to limiting climate change, Social Democratic (SPD) energy and climate politician ...
  • Germanys lignite mining regions have received nearly 14 billion euros in support since 2013

    Lignite mining regions in Germany received at least 13.8 billion euros in state support between 2013 and 2017 to help them cope with the challenges of structural economic change, the German government says in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry initiated ...
  • CO₂ price politically dead opinion

    It was tactically unwise for social democratic environment minister Svenja Schulze not to coordinate her initiative for a price on CO₂ emissions better with finance minister and party colleague Olaf Scholz, writes Jan Drebes in an opinion piece in ...
  • SPD at odds with itself over level of ambition in climate policy to regain ground

    The German Social Democrats (SPD) have made climate policy one of the key topics during a special conference ("debate camp") following defeats in two state elections in which the federal government coalition party suffered major voter losses, ...
  • Finance ministry: no plans to introduce a CO₂ price, environment ministry says no priority

    Germanys finance ministry, led by Social Democrat (SPD) Olaf Scholz, has rejected environment minister Svenja Schulzes (also SPD) plan to work on a national price on CO₂ emissions in Germany, which would include sectors such as heating and transport. ...
  • Merkel's preparation for departure heralds turbulent times in German politics - commentators

    German newspaper editorials focus on Chancellor Angela Merkels shock move to prepare for departure. The Merkel era draws to a close, comments Süddeutsche Zeitung. The CDUs renewal and reformation may begin [] This injects a new dynamism into German ...
  • German conservatives say coalition partner SPD must accept difficulties of renewables expansion

    Germanys ruling conservative CDU party says its coalition partner Social Democrats (SPD) have to acknowledge that the expansion of Germanys renewable energy capacity will be more difficult than initially thought, Focus Online reports. So far, the SPD ...
  • 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 Bavarias state elections, while the Greens have become the second largest political force there, writes Deutsche ...
  • 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 countrys ongoing talks about a coal phase-out, sources told the Rheinische Post. In addition, he suggested ...
  • Without full attention on quick coal exit, Merkels 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 ...
  • Germans want more climate action from their government

    A majority of Germans want the federal government to do more for climate protection, according to a representative survey by public broadcaster ARD, conducted by Infratest dimap. 74 percent of respondents said the government should do more, 22 percent ...
  • Court's halt to forest clearing fans talk of easier German coal exit

    08 Oct 2018, 16:58 Anti-coal activists in Germany and beyond experienced a sudden change in fortune on 5 October, when a court ruling boosted their cause and provisionally stopped plans of energy company RWE to cut down the embattled Hambach Forest in ...
  • Germanys grand coalition government fails on climate - opinion

    Environment and climate policy do not take place in Germany under the current grand coalition government of German Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), writes Michael Bauchmüller in an opinion piece ...
  • 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 countrys ...
  • 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 ...
  • Diesel deal is big bluff - opinion

    The governments 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 countrys largest health and ...
  • Germany agrees to coal plant retrofits to fulfil EU emission limits

    The German government has agreed to implement a decision by the European Commission on emission limits for power plants and industry facilities by 2021, meaning that many coal plants will have to undergo costly retrofitting, Jakob Schlandt writes in ...
  • Quarrels in coal commission further undermine Germanys energy transition reputation opinion

    The quarrels in Germanys coal exit commission over a proposed end date for coal-fired power production in 2038 will continue to weigh on the countrys reputation as a progressive energy transition advocate, Thorsten Preuschgas, CEO at solar power project ...
  • Additional auctions for wind and solar power come too late for Germany opinion

    Germanys additional auctions for wind and solar power have been planned too late to have a meaningful impact on the countrys 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 governments diesel deal will not tame the anger of diesel drivers because only one in 10 are likely to be offered incentives to trade in their old car against a more recent model, writes Holger Steltzner in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...
  • German 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 ...
  • German government reluctant to find position on e-fuels

    Synthetic fuels generated with electricity are a viable option to improve the climate record of Germanys 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Renewables and energy industry lobby groups criticise German energy policy

    Germanys 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 government to set up efficient building commission to cut heating emissions

    The German government is preparing the launch of a commission tasked with finding measures to make buildings more energy efficient and bring down carbon emissions in the heating sector, Susanne Ehlerding writes in the energy policy newsletter Tagesspiegel ...
  • 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 ...
  • Energy industry gives German government miserable rating after first six months report

    The German energy industry is utterly unsatisfied with the governments energy policy track record after the first six months in office, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Were lacking someone to set the pace in policymaking, says ...
  • German energy ministry investigates CCS options to meet climate targets

    The German economy and energy ministry (BMWi) has commissioned a study of the countrys options for capturing and storing carbon dioxide emissions to lower its carbon footprint, Manuel Berkel writes on Spiegel Online. According to the article, energy ...
  • Global Climate Action Summit adds pressure on Germany and EU to act NGO

    The non-governmental Global Climate Action Summit in California brings together representatives of private companies and cities from around the world and adds pressure on the German government and the European Union to step up their efforts to comply with ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rising EU emissions allowance price fills Germanys climate action fund

    The rising price for CO 2 emissions in the EUs Emissions Trading System (ETS) has created windfall gains for Germanys energy and climate funds, the latest monthly report by Germanys Federal Environment Agency (UBA) reveals. According to the July 2018 ...
  • German government should annul coal exit commissions mandate and decide for itself opinion

    Due to its apparent lack of will to achieve a consensus, the mandate of Germanys 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 ...
  • Lets do our homework before setting more ambitious climate goals env min

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze backs  Chancellor Angela Merkel position on the European Commissions 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 Germanys 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 ...
  • Germanys coal commission could extend negotiations well beyond schedule

    The commission tasked with planning Germanys 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Environment minister Schulze reiterates opposition to coal mine expansion

    Germanys environment minister Svenja Schulze has reiterated her opposition to the clearing of Hambach Forest for the expansion of a nearby lignite mine while the countrys coal exit commission discusses the end of the fossil fuel in Germany, the ...
  • Why coal power is Merkels biggest climate challenge

    Exiting coal-fired power production will be the litmus test of German Chancellor Angela Merkels climate policy record, write Bloombergs Brian Parkin and William Wilkes. Merkel will want a credible end date for coal to burnish her reputation as a ...
  • Germany is doing nothing to reach its climate targets opinion

    Contrary to the German governments promise to close the gap towards reaching the countrys 2020 climate target as much as possible and take steps towards reaching the 2030 target, it is doing nothing," Malte Kreutzfeldt writes in an opinion piece ...
  • German government misses deadline to gauge CO2-savings by stand-by coal plants

    The German government has failed to report the carbon emissions savings achieved by putting several coal plants into a security stand-by mode reserved for supply bottlenecks, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. An assessment scheduled for the ...
  • 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 NGOs analysis included 41 cities that so far had not ...
  • German environment minister against mine expansion during coal commissions mandate

    Germanys 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 ...
  • Merkel not so happy about EU Commissions 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 ...
  • Contested forest and loud criticism cloud 3rd coal commission session

    23 Aug 2018, 11:30 The German coal exit commission has set out on a tight schedule to devise a plan for phasing out the fossil power source but shortly before its third official meeting federal states and opposition politicians have complained about a ...
  • All ministries must present steps towards climate goals by end of 2018 environment minister

    Each federal ministry must come up with a plan to help achieve the countrys 2030 climate goals by the end of 2018, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze writes in a guest article for Tagesspiegel Background. The federal governments climate protection law, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Minister promises stability for troubled German wind power sector

    16 Aug 2018, 16:59 While touring critical power grid projects in northern Germany, energy minister Peter Altmaier also faced a troubled wind industry that fears its golden years in the country are over. Under pressure from workers and local politicians, ...
  • SPD criticises energy minister Altmaiers 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 ...
  • 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 Saxonys environment minister, Olaf Lies (SPD), said ...
  • 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 ...
  • Government must increase support for e-car charging stations report

    The rollout of additional electric vehicle charging stations is a chicken-and-egg problem, according to a new report published by the German Economic Institute (IW). Before purchasing an e-car, potential buyers want to be assured that there are enough ...
  • German finance minister shoots down environment ministrys car emissions reduction plans

    Germanys 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 ...
  • Politics rather than economics responsible for German wind power companies trouble BWE

    Political restrictions on wind power expansion rather than cost pressure in the sector are responsible for the current troubles of many wind power companies in Germany, Hermann Albers, head of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), says in a press ...
  • 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 countrys emissions fraud scandal and avoid being sued by the European Commission over excessive air pollution. One year on, ...
  • 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 Rukwieds proposal is to help farmers, whose ...
  • Reaching 2030 climate target will be very, very challenging" - Merkel

    The German government will introduce a climate protection law to ensure the country reaches its 2030 climate targets, but achieving these goals will be very, very challenging, said Chancellor Angela Merkel during her annual summer press conference. The ...
  • Closing 2020 climate gap increasingly difficult, says German environment minister

    In an interview with Silke Kersting and Klaus Stratmann of financial daily Handelsblatt, German environment minister Svenja Schulze warns that the country is facing an uphill battle to achieve its climate protection goals. We have already lost too much ...
  • Merkels conservatives call on coal commission to prioritise thoroughness over speed

    The parliamentary group of German Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU party has welcomed the first session of the commission tasked with planning the countrys coal exit, but stressed that thoroughness must come before speed in the groups ...
  • Outsourcing of German coal question to commission is coward energy policy opinion

    Solving a complex social problem like the phasing-out of coal- Germanys traditional and still most important energy source  - is a core task of policymakers, and to outsource this task to an external commission amounts to cowardice and refusal to ...
  • Energy transition needs higher political priority head of Energiewende expert commission

    Germany will likely miss several of its key energy transition goals, according to leading experts commissioned by the German economy ministry (BMWi) to monitor the progress of the countrys energy transition. Among the three elements of the government& ...
  • Heavy industry employers association criticises German government for inaction in energy policy

    The German government currently administers past achievements and fails to set new impulses in economic and energy policy to ensure that the current economic upswing can be sustained, Rainer Dulger, head of the heavy industry employers association ...
  • German environment minister puts pressure on industry to reduce emissions

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze has called on the countrys energy-intensive industries to present plans to reduce their carbon emissions, Handelsblatt reports. At a meeting in early July, the Social Democrat (SPD) will meet representatives of ...
  • Far right triggers feud within conservative govt, which could shift energy policy for good

    The far-right party Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) may be largely focusing on immigration and not playing a direct role in German federal policy, but its influence can be seen even in energy and climate policy, writes ...
  • Internal party struggles keep Germanys conservative ministers from doing their jobs

    A fight over immigration policy between Germanys 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 ...
  • Germany on track to widely miss 2020 climate target government

    13 Jun 2018 (All day) The German government has conceded that the country is on course to widely miss its 2020 climate target. The economic boom, the pressure of immigration, and high emissions in transport mean that the energy transition pioneer is ...
  • No need for coal commission, continue with existing mining plans brown coal industry

    The German governments 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 ...
  • Coal commission mandate nowhere near enough Green Party

    The coal commissions mandate is nowhere near enough, according to Green Party co-leader Annalena Baerbock. The commission now has the difficult task of outgrowing this mandate. Neither the climate, nor the regions affected residents can afford a ...
  • Left Party says coal commission lacks eastern German representatives

    The planned commission that will prepare the end of coal-fired power production in Germany does not include enough representatives from eastern Germany, the Left Party was quoted as saying in an article written by the news agency dpa and carried by the ...
  • Germany holds all the cards for sustainable development, must step up game govt advisors

    Germany is prepared as much as any other country to steer its own and the global communitys development onto a more sustainable path, but it has to increase its ambitions and efforts to tap into this potential, government advisors affiliated with the ...
  • German coal commissions member list complete report

    The list of members of Germanys coal commission is complete, Spiegel Online reports. Gerda Hasselfeldt, the former parliamentary group leader of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU, will reportedly join the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Administrative difficulties in processing emissions regulation force Porsche to limit car sales

    German luxury car brand Porsche has halted sales of custom-made new cars as it struggles to comply with new emissions regulations for petrol engines, Holger Appel writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The new WLTP emissions norm introduced by the ...
  • 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 ...
  • No progress at all with German coal commission opinion

    The German coalition government loves to talk about sustainability, but has shifted all responsibility for the nitty-gritty of climate action onto a commission tasked with managing the countrys coal phaseout, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche ...
  • Efficiency proponents urge government to fulfil promise to support building modernisation

    A broad alliance of actors that includes environmental NGOs, trade unions, and the efficiency industry has urged the German government to honour its coalition pledge to support measures to lower the energy consumption of buildings. The alliance says it is ...
  • NRW state premier says coal exit by 2030 is impossible

    An end to coal-fired power generation in Germany by 2030 is impossible, according to Armin Laschet, the state premier of coal mining state North Rhine-Westphalia, and a member of Angela Merkels Conservatives (CDU). Wind and solar power will not be able ...
  • Reform of renewables law delayed again

    The reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was postponed for the third week in a row on Wednesday. The changes proposed to Germanys renewables law, which enabled the rapid growth of solar, wind and biogas generated power, are subject to disagreements ...
  • New coal commission delay shows government doesnt care about the climate opinion

    The new delay of Germanys official coal exit commission launch shows that large parts of the new government do not care about climate protection, writes Malte Kreutzfeld in a commentary for Tageszeitung (taz). The fresh delay does not bear witness to ...
  • Merkel calls for honouring Paris deal as German climate action falters

    29 May 2018 (All day) In a plea for global cooperation and the rule of law in international relations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the signatories of the Paris Climate Agreement to honour their commitment and implement the agreed emissions ...
  • Coal commission strategy paper lowers ambition on 2030 coal emissions report

    The commission tasked with managing Germanys coal power phase-out has softened its stance on reducing coal emissions, Silke Kersting and Klaus Stratmann write for Handelsblatt Online. An earlier version of the strategy paper said Germany must reduce coal ...
  • Clear timetable and binding goals essential for socially just coal exit report

    Germany needs to clearly spell out the steps it will take to phase out coal, and ensure binding commitments by all relevant levels of government, NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) and the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation say in a press release. Following ...
  • Coal commission strategy paper puts the economy first

    The upcoming commission tasked with the management of Germanys coal exit will prioritise jobs and economic stability over climate protection, a strategy paper seen by the Clean Energy Wire suggests. Federal government policy aims to create full ...
  • Lignite exit should follow example of hard coal phase-out Merkel

    The highly anticipated task force on phasing out coal power which will also tackle the phase-out of lignite mining should follow the example of Germanys hard coal exit, Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament. The last German hard coal mine closed ...
  • Opposition and environmental NGOs outraged over coal exit commission leadership

    The Green Party and environmental NGOs have strongly criticised the governments choice of leadership for the coal exit commission, Thorsten Knuf reports for Frankfurter Rundschau. The nomination of the former mining state premiers Matthias Platzeck, a ...
  • Mining state economy minister warns against coal exit at all costs

    Germany must not enter a coal exit at the expense of power supply security and industrial competitiveness, according to Andreas Pinkwart, economy minister for the west German coal mining state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), and member of the pro ...
  • Government has given up on coal exit task force timetable report

    Even before the highly anticipated official launch of Germanys coal exit task force, the government has given up on the commissions timetable, Silke Kersting and Klaus Stratmann report for business daily Handelsblatt. During ongoing meetings on the ...
  • Environment minister Schulze says Germany has done too little for the climate for many years

    Germanys new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has said the country has had a deficit in climate action for many years and urged that we have to change course to meet emissions reduction ambitions. In her speech at the regional industry event ...
  • German government coalition disagrees on CO₂ price

    The grand coalition of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) disagree on the possible introduction of a price on CO₂ emissions in sectors not covered by the European Union Emissions Trading System (ETS), write Jakob ...
  • Germanys nuclear plant operators may get one billion euro in compensation for 2011 policy change

    The German government plans to compensate operators of the countrys nuclear power plants with about one billion euros for the nuclear policy U-turn in 2011, Malte Kreutzfeldt writes in the tageszeitung (taz). The nuclear power companies had sued because ...
  • 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 ...
  • Cabinet decides reform programme 2018 report

    The federal government has published its National Reform Programme 2018, a report to be sent to the European Commission, in which Germany explains its policy reform plans. The section on energy and climate largely contains the provisions that Angela ...
  • Economy ministry to amend several energy laws - report

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is working on draft amendments to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the Combined Heat and Power Act (CHP), and other energy laws, writes Hendrik Köstens for Tagesspiegel Background. The ...
  • Government needs to rethink its energy and climate policy joint commentary

    Radical changes in global energy supply require a change of historical dimensions in Germanys climate and energy policy, comparable to the social welfare policies of Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of the German Empire between 1871 and 1890, ...
  • Federal government examines ways to let municipalities benefit from nearby wind farms

    Germanys grand coalition government is considering ways to enable municipalities located near wind farms to share in the profits of the turbines, reports Daniel Wetzel in Welt am Sonntag. The economy ministry has invited experts to discuss several ...
  • German environment minister open to national carbon price

    Germanys new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has indicated support for a national price on carbon emissions. I find the idea very plausible, the Social Democrat told the daily energy and climate newsletter Tagesspiegel Background. She said that a ...
  • Germanys Court of Auditors says it is still in the dark over Energiewende costs

    Germanys Federal Court of Auditors (BRH) has renewed its criticism of the governments lacking overview of energy transition costs, a court spokesperson told the Clean Energy Wire. Website Spiegel Online originally reported that the court asked the ...
  • Climate action must not be elite project German environment minister Schulze

    Germanys new environment minister Svenja Schulze says acting on climate change must not be a project for the elites. At the German governments 4 th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), Schulze said policymakers had to ensure that the necessary ...
  • Financial support for renewables could end in a few years time

    The renewable energy sector will be competitive without financial support within the next four to five years, Germanys Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier said on the sidelines of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. As an example, ...
  • Government parties are hindering the modernisation of the car industry Green MP

    Germanys automobile industry has had a lot of false friends in the government in recent years, Green Party politician and head of the parliamentary commission on transport and digitalisation Cem Özdemir told Ansgar Graw at Die Welt in an interview. ...
  • Economy ministry rejects NGO demand for moratorium on coal plant approvals

    The approval processes for coal plants and mine expansions will not be halted while the upcoming multi-stakeholder commission on Germanys coal exit the so-called coal commission discusses the countrys phase-out-path, indicates the economy ministry ...
  • Government sticks to goal of having 1 million e-cars on the road by 2020

    The new German government sticks to the target of bringing one million electric cars onto the roads by 2020. In a reply to a parliamentary enquiry by the Green Party, the government says both industry and government will have to continue their efforts, ...
  • Four ministries will jointly work in coal commission

    Four German ministers will jointly work in the countrys coal commission tasked with finding a phase-out compromise said chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) at a press conference after a two-day cabinet retreat in Meseberg near Berlin. Economy minister ...
  • Electric trucks to be exempted from motorway toll

    The German federal government wants to support electric vehicle adoption in the trucking industry, reports Markus Balser in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. From 1 January 2019, electric trucks will be exempt from the motorway toll for trucks. This is a big ...
  • Coal commission should be headed by ministry for economics and energy Merkel

    Germanys Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the countrys coal commission tasked with finding a phase-out compromise should be headed by the ministry for economics and energy. After a cabinet meeting, she also said in addition to economy minister Peter ...
  • 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 Tagesspiegels Future Mobility Summit in Berlin. I believe that we have to bring the ...
  • In defense of Germanys energy and climate policies - opinion

    Germany, which is deservedly famous for its Energiewende, has so far failed in honouring its commitment to the EUs short-term climate targets, but this does not mean that the country has strayed from the EUs, or its own, climate agenda, writes ...
  • German government funds diesel plaintiff DUH

    Since 2010, the German government has donated around 7 million euros to NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH), which recently gained international attention over its lawsuits against German municipal administrations which opened the door to diesel ...
  • Transport minister criticises European air quality measuring

    Germanys new transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has criticised European air quality measuring standards. In an interview with the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Scheuer said that while EU agreements must of course be abided by, the methods used to ...
  • Germany falling behind on sustainability Deutsche Börse

    Germany is increasingly lagging behind other countries on sustainability, the head of group sustainability at stock exchange operator Deutsche Börse, Kristina Jeromin, told financial daily Börsen-Zeitung in an interview. Germany has long since lost its ...
  • Environment minister wants to prevent diesel driving bans

    Germanys new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, is against driving bans for diesel cars, website bild.de reports. Schulze said driving bans, aimed at curbing air pollution in inner cities, would not make old diesel cars any cleaner. Instead, she ...
  • Germanys new coalition government falls short on climate and energy E3G

    The new coalition treaty of CDU/CSU and SPD falls short on climate and energy policy, write Alexander Reitzenstein and Sabrina Schulz in a background briefing for E3G. They analyse treaty provisions and look at key political events since the swearing-in ...
  • All sectors must contribute to CO₂ reduction environment minister

    New German environment minister Svenja Schulze has asked relevant ministers for proposals on how each sector can do its part to reach the countrys greenhouse gas reduction targets. Weve agreed on firm climate targets together, so everybody must ...
  • New government gets little credit in quest to regain climate lead

    29 Mar 2018 (All day) A new government with fresh faces for environment, energy, and transport policy is supposed to bring Germany's dented reputation as a climate policy pioneer back on track. Critics point out that apart from ambitious ...
  • Germany will reach its 2030 climate targets if it gets to work now, and will use coal for many years economy minister

    Germanys new economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier said that the country will reach its 2030 climate targets if it starts to work towards them without delay. Addressing a joint press conference with North Rhine-Westphalias (NRW) state premier Armin ...
  • 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 countrys coal exit dubbed "coal commission" , Reuters news agency ...
  • Environmental groups want guaranteed coal exit path before joining commission

    Several German environmental organisations say they want to have a range of assurances from the German government before they participate in the so-called coal commission meant to prepare the end of coal-fired power production in the country, the news ...
  • New environment minister stroke of luck for coal exit commentary

    New environment minister Svenja Schulze might be a stroke of luck for Germanys climate policy, because she could narrow the gap between the political camps regarding the countrys coal exit, writes Kurt Stukenberg, co-chief editor of Greenpeace ...
  • Energy minister pledges focus on power grid extension

    Germanys new economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has pledged to maximise focus on the extension of the countrys power grid as a priority of his work. The Energiewende will succeed if we get ahead with the grid extension, Altmaier told ...
  • Carmakers CO2 emissions fraud costs Germany over ten billion euros in lost tax revenue NGO

    The manipulation of exhaust emissions values by German carmakers has cost the German state in excess of ten billion euros in lost tax revenue, the NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says in a press release. Many carmakers have misled their customers ...
  • Nuclear power fills German ministrys pension funds

    The German interior ministry (BMI) has invested dozens of millions of euros in funds profiting from nuclear power plants abroad, Jakob Schlandt writes in Der Tagesspiegel. Around 100 million euros are currently invested in foreign nuclear plants, ...
  • Merkel says fixing diesel crisis tantamount to "squaring the circle"

    Fixing the ongoing diesel crisis ranks among the top priorities of the new German government with the goal to avoid large-scale driving bans, Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament in her first speech of the new legislative period. The federal ...
  • Companies welcome econ min Altmaiers lower power price promise

    Representatives of German businesses have welcomed the announcement by new economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier to work towards lower power prices for companies, Donata Riedel writes in WirtschaftsWoche. Christian Vietmeyer, CEO at the Association ...
  • Climate and environment only side issue for Germanys new grand coalition report

    In their third grand coalition, Germanys governing parties CDU/CSU and SPD are showing less interest in environmental protection than ever before, Veit Medick, Ralf Neukirch, Michael Sauga and Gerald Traufetter write in Der Spiegel. The coalition ...
  • New econ min Altmaier wants lower power prices for small businesses

    Germanys new minister for the economy and energy, Peter Altmaier, wants to lower power prices for small and middle-sized companies. In an interview with Handelsblatt, Altmaier says companies that do not benefit from rebates for energy-intensive ...
  • New German environment minister Schulze vows introduction of Climate Protection Act

    Svenja Schulze has been sworn in as Germanys new environment minister and vowed to introduce a Climate Protection Act during the current legislative period to ensure  the country will meet its 2030 emissions reduction goal, the Federal Environment ...
  • Energiewende is a major project the economy ministry must design new econ min

    New German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier said the energy transition is one of his ministrys major projects, speaking as he took over the helm of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Friday. The project Energiewende ...
  • Merkel: Clean air in cities one of new governments first tasks

    Concrete measures to improve air quality in Germanys most polluted cities are one of her new governments first tasks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Klaus Kleber in an interview with broadcaster ZDF. The new transport minister but I myself will ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jochen Flasbarth to remain state secretary in the environment ministry

    Incoming environment minister Svenja Schulze will keep Jochen Flasbarth on as state secretary, Flasbarth confirmed to the tageszeitung (taz). The 55-year old Social Democrat is central to German environment policy, well-connected in the EU and UN, and ...
  • Merkel re-elected as German chancellor

    The German federal parliament, the Bundestag, has elected Chancellor Angela Merkel to a fourth term in office. Merkel, who will head a renewed grand coalition between her conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democratic Party (SPD), was elected ...
  • Government partners sign coalition treaty

    Acting German Chancellor and Christian Democrat (CDU) Angela Merkel and the leaders of her future coalition government partners the Christian Social Union (CSU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD) have signed the coalition treaty for the coming legislative ...
  • Climate policy in the coalition treaty: Three steps forward, four steps back

    The German government's coalition agreement is a major missed opportunity to realign German climate policy with the Paris Agreement, Niklas Höhne writes in a blog for the New Climate Institute, translated to English for Climate Home. In scrapping the ...
  • CDUs Thomas Bareiß to become state secretary in energy ministry

    Thomas Bareiß, member of the German parliament and energy policy representative of the conservative CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, will become parliamentary state secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), reports Frankfurter ...
  • Next government needs emergency programme for climate protection The Greens

    Germanys next government must introduce an Emergency Programme for Climate Protection to reach the goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2020, write several Green Party and Green parliamentary group members in a paper seen by the Clean ...
  • 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 ...
  • Svenja Schulze to become Germanys next environment minister

    Germanys new minister for the environment and nuclear safety will be Svenja Schulze from the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The 49-year old, from the countrys most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), will be an excellent minister who supports ...
  • Environment minister Hendricks will not be part of next government

    Germanys environment minister Barbara Hendricks will leave her position once the countrys new government starts its work, Eva Quadbeck writes in the Rheinische Post. I will not be part of the new federal government, Hendricks told the newspaper, ...
  • Ramped up renewables expansion will aggravate existing Energiewende problems opinion

    Germanys new coalition agreement means a visible increase in ambition for expanding renewable energy sources, Hubertus Bardt and Benjamin Tischler write in a guest commentary for Handelsblatt. However, goals like these are easily made but hard to ...
  • Chancellery official Horstmann could replace Baake as state secretary for energy

    The energy policy official of the German Chancellery, Winfried Horstmann, will likely succeed Rainer Baake as state secretary for energy in the economy ministry, the Rheinische Post reports. Horstmann is said to be a capable civil servant who is unlikely ...
  • German Chancellery favours buyers premium over diesel retrofitting

    The German Chancellery and the transport ministry favour providing incentives to buy new and cleaner cars over retrofitting older diesel cars to comply with emissions limits in inner cities, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. According to sources ...
  • Conservatives economic council issues list of demands for energy and climate policy

    In a document named Energy Agenda 2030, the Economic Council of German Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU has issued a list of demands for designated economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier. A readjustment of Germanys energy and climate ...
  • Energy state secretary quits, criticising new governments energy and climate plans

    Energy state secretary Rainer Baake has quit after four years in charge of Germanys flagship Energiewende policy at the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Baake, a Green Party politician whose appointment by then economy minister Sigmar ...
  • To help protect the climate, SPD members should vote for grand coalition - opinion

    To help protect the climate, members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) should vote in favour of a grand coalition government with Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance, writes Benjamin von Brackel in an opinion piece for klimaretter.info. A ...
  • Coalition agreement lacks energy taxes & levies reform, detail opinion

    It is surprising that the would-be government coalition partners of Angela Merkels CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) did not agree to push for a fundamental reform of Germanys energy taxes and levies system in the coalition talks, because ...
  • Coalition plans to boost renewables expansion render grid plans obsolete report

    The aim of Germanys emerging coalition government to speed up the expansion of renewable energy sources could render the current scenarios for expanding the countrys power grid obsolete, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The ...
  • Germanys new 2030 goal of 65 percent renewables to make power prices more volatile

    The provision in Germanys coalition agreement that the country will source 65 percent of its power consumption from renewables by 2030 is likely to make power prices more volatile and lower than previously thought, Aurora Energy Research says in an ...
  • Coalition agreement abandoning 2020 climate target boosts RWEs shares

    German utility RWE could turn out as one of the winners of the expected grand coalition between the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), Maximilian Völkl writes in the business magazine Der Aktionär. Researchers like Manuel ...
  • German energy policy is stuck in limbo

    Germany may have led the way in rhetoric on energy in the European Union [] but has not managed to match deeds to words, Nick Butler, visiting professor and chair of the Kings Policy Institute at Kings College London writes in an op-ed for the ...
  • Diesel plaintiff DUH sceptical of government efforts ahead of crucial verdict

    NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says its sceptical of government efforts to prevent driving bans on diesel cars in inner cities, as well as a lawsuit by the European Union over excessive air pollution. With a crucial verdict by Germanys Federal ...
  • Quick German coal exit feasible, say energy politicians of Bavarias CSU

    A energy transition working group of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of German Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU party, has published a paper saying that the effects of an end to coal-fired power production in Germany are far less damaging ...
  • Coalition agreement fragmented and incoherent on climate and energy policy consultancy

    Swiss consultancy Prognos has published a detailed and highly sceptical assessment of the coalition agreement between the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), including analyses of the effects on climate, energy, transport and ...
  • Germanys coalition agreement could boost production of e-vans

    A provision on financial support of commercially used electric vehicles in Germanys coalition agreement could boost the production of e-vans, Jürgen Pander writes on Spiegel Online. In the treaty that still hinges on the approval of the Social Democrats ...
  • 09 Feb 2018 |

    2030 renewables goal "not difficult"-CDU energy politician Pfeiffer

    09 Feb 2018 (All day) The coalition agreement by Germany's would-be coalition parties CDU/CSU and SPD is a step towards "realistic" Energiewende policy, says CDU energy policy spokesperson Joachim Pfeiffer. He argues a coal exit date for ...
  • Coalition treaty grasps challenges, lacks detail- Energiewende expert

    09 Feb 2018 (All day) The provisions on climate, energy, and transport in the coalition treaty agreed by Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) recognise the big challenges of Germanys energy transition project, but ...
  • Coalition treaty: New promises for the fourth time in a row - opinion

    The coalition treaty agreed by Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) is filled with promises and vaguely worded provisions on climate, energy and transport and it remains to be seen if 2030 climate targets will ...
  • CDUs new economy ministry is the wooden spoon opinion

    The German economy ministry (BMWi) has visibly lost influence under three consecutive coalition governments led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, Heike Goebel writes in a commentary for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. But Merkel's CDU party now claims ...
  • The grand coalition continues its active policy against climate protection opinion

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