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  • 24 Sep 2020 |

    Vote21- German elections set the scene for key decade of energy transition

    Climate and COVID define campaigns as Merkel's era comes to an end 24 Sep 2020, 12:00 In autumn 2021, Germany will head to the ballots to elect a new federal parliament. Since the previous election on 24 September 2017, climate and energy have ...
  • 11 Sep 2020 |

    Hydrogen push ignites next stage of Germany's energy transition

    11 Sep 2020, 10:42 Hydrogen made with renewable electricity has emerged as a key stepping stone to reach net-zero climate targets. The climate-neutral gas now looks set to become the technology of choice to decarbonise sectors where emission reductions ...
  • 15 Jun 2020 |

    Cutting emissions from Germany's living rooms

    The Wärmewende Germanys heat transition 15 Jun 2020, 08:34 German homes are fossil energy guzzlers a big hurdle on the path to greenhouse gas neutrality. Nearly two thirds still heat with fossil fuels, and most of them also need to be modernised to ...
  • 28 Jun 2020 |
    Gas

    U.S. LNG showcases transatlantic rift on climate and energy

    28 Jun 2020, 17:00 Natural gas has a special role in the debate about the global transition to a decarbonised energy system to combat climate change thanks to its reputation as the greenest of fossil fuels. Pushed by the recent oil and gas boom, the U.S. ...
  • 23 Sep 2020 |

    Stimulus plans spark hope for climate-friendly economic recovery

    Climate policy after the coronavirus crisis 23 Sep 2020, 17:00 The coronavirus outbreak has led to an unprecedented drop in economic activity in many countries around the world, leading to concerns that climate action and other environmental policies ...
  • 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 ...
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  • 19 Oct 2020 |

    Leadership candidates of Germany's CDU all call for rigorous climate action

    19 Oct 2020, 12:56 The three candidates for future leadership of Germanys conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, have all called for rigorous efforts to protect the climate at a debate organised by the partys ...
  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    German Greens plan clear focus on e-mobility to lower transport emissions

    16 Oct 2020, 13:36 Sören Amelang Cars Elections & Politics Handelsblatt The German Greens propose a transport policy with a clear focus on electric mobility that restricts the use of hydrogen on the road to heavy-duty trucks, reports Daniel Delhaes in ...
  • 26 Oct 2020 |

    Consumers and politicians share blame for slow climate action, Germans say

    26 Oct 2020, 13:57 Expert E.ON Utility Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Sören Amelang Society Clean Energy Wire People in Germany believe that politicians and consumers share equal blame for slow progress in climate action. In a survey ...
  • 26 Oct 2020 |

    Daimler and BMW mulling partial sale of jointly run mobility services reports

    26 Oct 2020, 13:53 Sören Amelang Mobility electrive / manager magazine A partial sale of BMW and Daimler's mobility service joint ventures looks increasingly likely, reports Sebastian Schaal for specialist website electrive. "Most recently, ...
  • 26 Oct 2020 |

    World's first electric pusher tugboat to start trial operations in Germany

    26 Oct 2020, 13:48 Sören Amelang Transport Technology Welt am Sonntag German researchers and companies are about to test the world's first emission-free pusher towboat on the rivers and canals between Hamburg and the capital Berlin, reports Stefan ...
  • 23 Oct 2020 |

    Researchers develop lightweight battery pack for electric vehicles

    23 Oct 2020, 11:58 Julian Wettengel Cars Technology Clean Energy Wire Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) have developed a lightweight battery pack to reduce the overall weight of e-car batteries. ...
  • Renewables law proposal not ambitious enough Lower Saxony state premier

    23 Oct 2020, 11:57 Julian Wettengel Renewable Energy Act | EEG Handelsblatt The German governments draft update of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) is not ambitious enough, as it fails to take into account developments that increase the need for renewable ...
  • 23 Oct 2020 |
    EU

    EU ministers agree on climate law, postpone decision on 2030 emissions target

    23 Oct 2020, 11:56 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel EU Clean Energy Wire European Union ...
  • 22 Oct 2020 |

    12 minutes per year: Germany has shortest time of power black-outs ever

    22 Oct 2020, 13:47 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Kerstine Appunn Grid Clean Energy Wire Interruptions in Germanys electricity ...
  • 22 Oct 2020 |

    Think tanks call for second 'Economic Miracle' to reach climate neutrality by 2050

    22 Oct 2020, 13:09 One year ago, the German government decided that the country should become climate-neutral by the middle of the century. What was lacking so far, however, was a plan how to achieve this. In order to fill this gap, three think tanks ...
  • 22 Oct 2020 |

    Volkswagen continues fight with German car lobby group over future use of fuels

    22 Oct 2020, 12:51 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Hydrogen Süddeutsche Zeitung The German car industry lobby group VDA and its biggest member, Volkswagen, are continuing their internal argument over whether combustion engines in passenger cars still have a future ...
  • 22 Oct 2020 |

    Oil price crash could pull plug on new domestic production projects in Germany

    22 Oct 2020, 12:49 Benjamin Wehrmann Fossil fuels Tagesspiegel Background The price crash on international oil markets caused by the coronavirus pandemic is having a heavy impact on Germany's domestic oil industry, with companies cancelling ...
  • 21 Oct 2020 |

    Government aims to make Germany climate resilient as average temperature rises

    21 Oct 2020, 12:22 The average air temperature in Germany has risen by about 1.6°C from pre-industrial times and the effects of global warming are becoming increasingly felt in the central European country. The governments progress report on its climate ...
  • 21 Oct 2020 |

    EU Council votes for climate measures in future farming subsidies, critics say effects will be minimal

    21 Oct 2020, 13:41 The EUs 27 agriculture ministers have found a compromise on how the 387 billion euros in farming subsidies should be spent in the years until 2027, agreeing to make certain environmental and climate standards mandatory and earmarking a ...
  • 20 Oct 2020 |

    EU must include global warming in security policy Munich Security Conference head

    20 Oct 2020, 13:39 Benjamin Wehrmann Security Tagesspiegel Background The coronavirus pandemic shows that Europe needs to broaden its security policy focus to include non-military or terrorist threats such as infectious disease and global warming, former ...
  • 20 Oct 2020 |

    Public's interest flags in participation in Germany's nuclear waste disposal search

    20 Oct 2020, 12:36 Alex Dziadosz Nuclear phase-out Tageszeitung (taz) An event aimed at boosting public participation in Germanys search for a nuclear waste disposal site has drawn less interest than its organisers expected, Malte Kreutzfeldt writes in ...
  • 20 Oct 2020 |

    German transmission grid operator 50Hertz calls for more Baltic offshore wind power

    20 Oct 2020, 12:34 Expert 50Hertz Transmission Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Alex Dziadosz Wind Handelsblatt German electricity transmission grid operator 50Hertz wants to see a more aggressive expansion of wind power in the Baltic Sea ...
  • 19 Oct 2020 |

    SUVs profit from Germanys e-car premium, observers cry foul

    19 Oct 2020, 13:02 Kerstine Appunn Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung / Handelsblatt Germanys recent e-car boom a  record number  of electric vehicles were registered in September 2020 is partly thanks to generous government incentives but ...
  • 19 Oct 2020 |

    EU chief wants new vision for European buildings

    19 Oct 2020, 12:59 Kerstine Appunn Efficiency Heating EU Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Europe needs a new way of using resources and should bring together design and sustainability, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen writes in an op-ed ...
  • 19 Oct 2020 |

    German consumers to pay more for gas in 2021

    19 Oct 2020, 12:57 Kerstine Appunn Gas Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Higher costs for gas infrastructure and the new CO2 price in the heating sector are set to increase gas costs for German households in 2021, consumer comparison site Verivox has ...
  • No more Autobahn: Germany's Greens call for halt of new highway construction

    05 Oct 2020, 13:57 Sören Amelang Mobility Cars Elections & Politics Süddeutsche Zeitung / Guardian One year before Germany's general election, the country's Green Party is calling for a radical rethink of transport policy by putting a ...
  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    Germany's environment ministry defends its no-food, no-palm oil policy for future biofuels

    16 Oct 2020, 13:44 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Kerstine Appunn Bioenergy Cars Clean Energy Wire Germany ...
  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    Natural gas provides half of German industry's power generation

    16 Oct 2020, 13:32 Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt Energiewende Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Industry Clean Energy Wire Natural gas has become by far the most important energy source for power generation of Germany's ...
  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    Tesla forced to halt construction at Berlin factory after failing to pay its water bill

    16 Oct 2020, 13:30 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars rbb24 / Der Spiegel US carmaker Tesla has been forced to halt construction works at its planned e-car and battery factory near Berlin after failing to pay a water bill to the local supply company, which then ...
  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    High willingness among EU member states for 55%-climate target Merkel

    16 Oct 2020, 13:23 Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 EU Clean Energy Wire The European Union's heads of state and government have agreed to decide on a more ambitious 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target at the ...
  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    Germany must push 2030 renewables target to 75 or even 80 percent env min

    16 Oct 2020, 13:17 Germany's environment minister has called for a sharp increase in the country's renewables targets. Svenja Schulze said the country will have to increase renewables' share in power use to "at least 75 percent, maybe ...
  • 15 Oct 2020 |

    Lack of e-car charging price transparency continues to irk German consumer groups

    15 Oct 2020, 13:56 Expert VZBV- Federation of German Consumer Organisations Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Prices at electric car charging points in Germany are not ...
  • 15 Oct 2020 |

    Germany's renewables surcharge capped at 6.5 cents in 2021 but benefit for customers uncertain

    15 Oct 2020, 13:52 Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices Government Clean Energy Wire The surcharge on German power customers' bills to support the expansion of renewable energy sources will fall from currently 6.75 to 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) ...
  • 15 Oct 2020 |

    Synthetic fuels ready for serial use in passenger cars by 2030 Porsche CEO

    15 Oct 2020, 13:45 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars dpa / WirtschaftsWoche The serial use of synthetic fuels in passenger vehicles could become a reality in about ten years' time, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has said. At an industry meeting near Stuttgart, Blume ...
  • 15 Oct 2020 |

    German industry welcomes EU buildings renovation wave but houseowners lament high costs

    15 Oct 2020, 13:42 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband ...
  • 15 Oct 2020 |
    EU

    Most EU states on track for 2030 climate goals, but higher targets on horizon

    15 Oct 2020, 11:29 EU countries largely make good progress towards reaching their existing energy and climate targets for 2030, said the European Commission in a series of reports. But the assessment of national plans comes at a time when the union is in ...
  • 01 Oct 2020 |

    Activists aim to unite small parties under one climate roof to gain seats in next German parliament

    01 Oct 2020, 13:42 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics Die Welt Climate activists want to get small and niche parties in Germany to unite as one political party to overcome the five percent threshold to gain seats in parliament after the 2021 ...
  • 14 Oct 2020 |

    Fridays for Future study on net-zero 2035 lacks plausible pathways energy agency

    14 Oct 2020, 15:14 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Grid Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Technology Efficiency Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Expert Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy Wuppertal ...
  • 14 Oct 2020 |

    Germany aims at becoming "pioneer" in CO2-neutral aviation

    14 Oct 2020, 15:10 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Transport Technology Sören Amelang Transport Technology Clean Energy Wire Germany wants to extend its landmark energy transition (Energiewende) to the skies ...
  • 14 Oct 2020 |

    Germans convinced transport must change but doubt e-cars are the solution- survey

    14 Oct 2020, 15:05 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire Most people in Germany regard the mobility sector as a great threat to the country's climate targets and call for measures to reduce the impact of transport on greenhouse gas ...
  • Germany's old wind turbines will be given new lifelines at end of 20-year support

    14 Oct 2020, 14:44 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Renewable Energy Act | EEG Clean Energy Wire Germany will try to retain most of its wind power capacity that will lose its guaranteed remuneration after dropping out of the 20-year feed-in tariff support scheme ...
  • 13 Oct 2020 |

    Polish coal mine could pollute German water supply- Greenpeace

    13 Oct 2020, 13:58 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Alex Dziadosz Coal EU Clean Energy Wire The Polish state-owned PGE energy companys plans to expand the Turów opencast mine threaten to pollute German water supplies, ...
  • Germany's solar industry slams renewables act reform, cites possible EU law violation

    13 Oct 2020, 13:54 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Citizens' energy ...
  • 13 Oct 2020 |

    Germany's SMEs worry EU sustainable finance regulation might overstretch their capacities

    13 Oct 2020, 13:21 Expert Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Finance EU Clean Energy Wire Many smaller companies in Germany are worried that the EUs ...
  • 12 Oct 2020 |

    Current EU plans for farming subsidies would not benefit climate NGO

    12 Oct 2020, 13:43 If the European Union doesn't include stricter rules for climate friendly farming in its main subsidy scheme (CAP), the farming sector will not achieve any emission reductions in the next ten years, a new report finds. Expert ...
  • 12 Oct 2020 |

    Outdoor heater producers see record demand as Germany's restaurants prepare for pandemic winter

    12 Oct 2020, 13:40 Benjamin Wehrmann Heating Society Süddeutsche Zeitung The outdoor heater industry in Germany is almost being overwhelmed by a surge in demand due to restaurant and bar owners scrambling to find ways of  continuing their business ...
  • 12 Oct 2020 |

    Consumer groups say German climate plan only works with lower power prices

    12 Oct 2020, 13:37 Expert VZBV- Federation of German Consumer Organisations Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices Government Clean Energy Wire The German Climate Action Programme 2030 will only become ...
  • 12 Oct 2020 |

    Germany's power use returns to pre-pandemic levels

    12 Oct 2020, 13:33 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Industry Frankfurter ...
  • 12 Oct 2020 |

    Maritime trade picking up again unexpectedly strong Hapag-Lloyd

    12 Oct 2020, 13:07 Benjamin Wehrmann Freight Business & Jobs manager magazin Shipping company Hapag-Lloyd says a recovery of international maritime trade after the slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic is helping the company to regain its strength ...
  • 28 Sep 2020 |

    Green party wins several big city mayor posts in Germanys most populous state

    28 Sep 2020, 13:42 The Green party crowned a recent surge in local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germanys most populous federal state, with wins in mayoral run-offs in several big cities, including Bonn, the seat of the UNs climate body, the ...
  • 09 Oct 2020 |

    German parliament approves CO2 starting price of 25 euros per tonne

    09 Oct 2020, 13:59 Kerstine Appunn Policy Clean Energy Wire / dpa / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German parliament has voted in favour of a higher starting price for the countrys new CO2 reduction scheme in the heating and transport sectors, dpa ...
  • Europe and Germany urgently need a strategy for carbon sinks Energy agency

    09 Oct 2020, 13:49 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Technology EU Zeit Online / Tagesspiegel Background Europe and Germany both need a strategy for carbon sinks and storage, argue Andreas Kuhlmann, head of Germany's energy agency (dena), and Oliver ...
  • 09 Oct 2020 |

    Holcim says demand for climate-neutral concrete rising in Germany

    09 Oct 2020, 13:43 Sören Amelang Industry Hamburger Abendblatt Swiss-based building materials company Holcim is registering rising demand for climate-neutral concrete. "We register big interest from many companies in climate-neutral construction who ...
  • 09 Oct 2020 |

    Electric cars and plug-in hybrids set to outsell diesels in Germany soon survey

    09 Oct 2020, 13:38 Sören Amelang Cars dpa / Die Welt / Clean Energy Wire People in Germany are set to buy more pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids than diesel cars soon, a survey commissioned by price comparison website Verivox shows, news agency dpa ...
  • Fridays for Future movement gears up for German election year with protest

    25 Sep 2020, 14:04 With numerous protests across Germany, the Fridays for Future youth movement has taken aim at pushing climate action to the very top of the political agenda in the run-up to the country's general elections next year. The activists ...
  • 08 Oct 2020 |

    Germany carves out national water strategy to cope with increasing droughts

    08 Oct 2020, 14:24 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Germany's government together with researchers, water industry representatives and local authorities is working on a national water strategy aimed at coping with recurring ...
  • 08 Oct 2020 |

    German lignite state to greenlight resettlement of villages to expand mine- media report

    08 Oct 2020, 14:21 Sören Amelang Coal Policy dpa / Zeit Online The controversial resettlement of five villages in the Rhenish lignite mining area in Western Germany to expand an opencast mine is set to continue, reports news agency dpa in an  article ...
  • 08 Oct 2020 |

    Daimler works council opposes pure focus on e-mobility

    08 Oct 2020, 14:19 Expert Daimler AG Transport Cars Business & Jobs Sören Amelang Cars Automobilwoche / dpa /Handelsblatt The Daimler works council has warned the carmaker against focusing solely on electric mobility. "Electric mobility is ...
  • 08 Oct 2020 |

    Older Germans more concerned about climate and environment than young survey

    08 Oct 2020, 14:13 Sören Amelang Society Clean Energy Wire Older people in Germany are more likely to consider climate and environmental protection an important topic than younger adults, a  poll  by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) has revealed. &quot ...
  • 08 Oct 2020 |

    German state of Lower Saxony against nuclear power plant in bordering Netherlands

    08 Oct 2020, 14:10 Kerstine Appunn Nuclear phase-out NWZ Online The northern German state of Lower Saxony has been rattled by Dutch plans to assess the construction of up to  10 new  nuclear power plants, one of which could be  located near  the German ...
  • 07 Oct 2020 |

    Extinction Rebellion occupies lignite industry lobby offices in Berlin

    07 Oct 2020, 13:47 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Society Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Activists of the environmental action group Extinction Rebellion (XR) occupied the headquarters of Germany's lignite mining industry association, DEBRIV, in Berlin in ...
  • 07 Oct 2020 |

    Merkel's chancellery comes last in NGO's ministry buildings' efficiency survey

    07 Oct 2020, 13:41 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Sören Amelang Efficiency Heating Clean Energy Wire German government buildings are much too inefficient to contribute to the country's climate ...
  • 07 Oct 2020 |

    German utility EnBW pledges to become climate neutral by 2035

    07 Oct 2020, 13:39 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Sören Amelang Coal Utilities Clean Energy Wire German power company EnBW has committed to becoming climate-neutral within 15 years. "The ...
  • 06 Oct 2020 |

    Germany says green hydrogen imports should not harm environment in partner countries

    06 Oct 2020, 13:30 Expert Left Party Die Linke EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Alex Dziadosz Hydrogen International Clean Energy Wire The German government says green hydrogen production projects with partner countries should not come at the expense of local ...
  • 06 Oct 2020 |

    Industry heavyweight Viessmann pushes for controversial hydrogen use in heating

    06 Oct 2020, 13:16 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Alex Dziadosz Hydrogen Heating Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 06 Oct 2020 |

    Germany's e-car subsidies cause 'economic damage' as pandemic strains budget researchers

    06 Oct 2020, 13:09 Expert IfW- Kiel Institute for the World Economy Institut für Weltwirtschaft Kiel Society International Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Support payments for electric mobility are part of &quot ...
  • 06 Oct 2020 |

    German military needs to adapt to momentous climate change challenges defence minister

    06 Oct 2020, 13:03 Benjamin Wehrmann International Security Clean Energy Wire German defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has said the country's military needs to better adapt to the challenges posed by climate change and improve its equipment ...
  • 05 Oct 2020 |

    Germany registers more than 20,000 pure electric cars in a month for first time

    05 Oct 2020, 13:45 Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire A record number of car buyers in Germany have opted for electric vehicles in September. The number of new purely electric vehicles rose to 21,188 last month, an increase of 260 percent compared to a ...
  • 05 Oct 2020 |

    EU climate target of-55% would mean near-exit from coal in 2030 experts

    05 Oct 2020, 10:45 Stepping up the 2030 EU climate target to an emission reduction of at least 55 percent as proposed by the European Commission would very likely require the bloc to phase out coal almost entirely by that date, according to experts. The ...
  • 02 Oct 2020 |
    Gas

    Gas plant in Bavaria comes back online thanks to low gas and high CO2 prices

    02 Oct 2020, 14:23 Expert Ministry of Economic Affairs, State Development and Energy, State of Bavaria Staatsministerium für Wirtschaftm Landesentwicklung und Energie Bayern EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Kerstine Appunn Gas ...
  • 02 Oct 2020 |

    Costs rise in Vattenfall lawsuit over German governments nuclear phase-out

    02 Oct 2020, 14:16 Expert Vattenfall Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Kerstine Appunn Nuclear phase-out Clean Energy Wire Costs are mounting for the German governments legal defence in a six-billion-euro lawsuit initiated by Swedish ...
  • 17 Oct 2020 |

    Tracking climate and energy in Germany's election year

    17 Oct 2020, 15:00 Germany is set to vote for a new government in autumn 2021. After 16 years at the helm of Europe's largest economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel will make room for a successor who will shape the country's energy and climate policy ...
  • 01 Oct 2020 |
    EU

    EU solidarity is key for more ambitious 2030 climate target German env min

    01 Oct 2020, 16:41 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel EU Clean Energy Wire EU member states ...
  • 17 Sep 2020 |

    Germany's right-wing AfD calls for end to all climate action efforts

    17 Sep 2020, 13:16 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire The right-wing nationalist AfD party has called for an end to all major climate action efforts Germany has committed itself to and wants to  abandon ...
  • 01 Oct 2020 |

    German government squabbles over CO2 label for cars

    01 Oct 2020, 13:39 Sören Amelang Cars Süddeutsche Zeitung A bitter dispute has flared up within Germany's government about which new cars are to receive a green label indicating relatively low CO2 emissions to potential buyers, report Michael ...
  • 01 Oct 2020 |

    Solar, storage hybrid projects win majority of Germany's new innovation auctions

    01 Oct 2020, 13:25 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband ...
  • 01 Oct 2020 |

    German energy ministry wants to launch talks about CCS

    01 Oct 2020, 13:16 Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Tagesspiegel Background Germanys energy and economy ministry will launch a new round of debates on using carbon capture and storage (CCS), an idea that was deemed dead after a 2012 law allowed states ...
  • 30 Sep 2020 |

    Shell turns German operations into test case for global sustainability transformation

    30 Sep 2020, 13:18 Sören Amelang Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Shell plans to make Germany a test case in its global ambition to become a net-zero emission company. The British-Dutch oil major, one of the world's largest companies by revenues ...
  • 30 Sep 2020 |

    German heating emissions cut almost entirely down to warmer weather study

    30 Sep 2020, 13:15 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Kerstine Appunn Heating CO2 emissions from ...
  • 30 Sep 2020 |

    Merkel wants to rally EU member states behind 55% climate target

    30 Sep 2020, 12:23 German Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her weight behind the European Commissions proposal to increase the blocs climate target to a 55 percent greenhouse gas reduction by 2030. Speaking in federal parliament, she said the country ...
  • 29 Sep 2020 |

    Siemens Energy listing sparks criticism of fossil fuel operations

    29 Sep 2020, 13:07 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Alex Dziadosz Industry taz / ARD Industrial giant Siemens has listed its power plant division on the stock exchange, leading to scrutiny and criticism of its activities in the fossil fuel sector, ...
  • 29 Sep 2020 |

    Public transport loses ground to private cars in pandemic survey

    29 Sep 2020, 13:04 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Transport Technology Alex Dziadosz Transport Clean Energy Wire The coronavirus pandemic is causing public transport to lose ground to individual transport ...
  • 29 Sep 2020 |

    Glyphosate is a means to making agriculture climate-neutral Bayer board member

    29 Sep 2020, 13:01 Expert BMEL- Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture Agriculture Expert NABU- Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Der Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) e.V. Climate & CO2 Expert WBAE- Scientific Advisory Board on ...
  • 29 Sep 2020 |

    Making intelligent vehicles will be bigger challenge than electric cars VW brand chief

    29 Sep 2020, 13:00 Expert VW- Volkswagen Transport Cars Kerstine Appunn Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The transformation of the car industry will pose a challenge for German car manufacturer VW in the decades to come, brand chief Ralf Brandstätter ...
  • Econ min's historic climate consensus ideas met with surprise and suspicion in Germany

    14 Sep 2020, 13:52 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire The proposal for a " historic consensus " in German society on the need for climate action and the goal of greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050 by economy ...
  • 14 Sep 2020 |

    CDU wins local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia as Greens surge on climate concerns

    14 Sep 2020, 13:49 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics WDR The conservative CDU has emerged as the strongest party in municipal elections in Germany's most populous federal state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), public broadcaster WDR  reports. ...
  • 28 Sep 2020 |

    German govt says push for climate neutrality is major opportunity for financial sector

    28 Sep 2020, 14:12 Sören Amelang Finance Clean Energy Wire The German government is urging Europe's financial sector to see the shift to a more sustainable economy as a major business opportunity. "Transforming the economy towards greater ...
  • 28 Sep 2020 |

    Building e-car requires same labour as combustion engine car BCG study

    28 Sep 2020, 13:44 Julian Wettengel Cars Handelsblatt A study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) says that there is little difference in the amount of personnel and work involved in building an electric car and a vehicle with a combustion engine, reports ...
  • 28 Sep 2020 |

    US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 no clear breach of international law German parliament research service

    28 Sep 2020, 13:41 Julian Wettengel Security FAZ / Tagesspiegel Background The German national parliaments (Bundestag) research service does not regard US sanctions against German companies in connection with the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline as a ...
  • 28 Sep 2020 |

    Germany takes first small step towards finding nuclear waste resting place

    28 Sep 2020, 13:18 Germany has made the first step in finding a final resting place for its nuclear waste in what will be an intricate, drawn-out process over the coming decade. An initial report by the Federal Company for Radioactive Waste Disposal ...
  • German economy minister calls for 'historic' consensus on climate neutrality

    11 Sep 2020, 14:36 One year before Germany's next general election, economy minister Peter Altmaier calls for a "historic consensus" between all democratic parties, businesses and civil society to ensure that climate action and the ...
  • 11 Sep 2020 |

    German Greens hope for early 2021 boost in municipal state elections

    11 Sep 2020, 14:29 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics WDR The Green Party is hoping to make huge gains in the upcoming municipal elections on 13 September in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany's most populous federal state, Tobias Zacher ...
  • 25 Sep 2020 |

    German econ min warns Nord Stream 2 stop could damage trust in large-scale projects

    25 Sep 2020, 13:43 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 Gas Security Handelsblatt German economy minister ...
  • Renewables cover almost half of German electricity use in first 9 months 2020 preliminary data

    25 Sep 2020, 13:41 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden ...
  • 25 Sep 2020 |

    German NGOs call for coherent EU sustainable finance approach to support Green Deal

    25 Sep 2020, 13:39 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire The German environmental umbrella organisation DNR is calling for a comprehensive restructuring of financial market regulation to pave the way for an effective implementation of the European ...
  • 25 Sep 2020 |

    German government aims to support E.ON and RWEs cause in European court

    25 Sep 2020, 13:37 Expert E.ON Utility Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Julian Wettengel Utilities Handelsblatt The German government has requested permission to support ...
  • 25 Sep 2020 |

    German car industry says California's 2035 conventional car ban is inappropriate

    25 Sep 2020, 13:34 Expert VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Wall Street Journal The German car industry has criticised California's decision to ban ...
  • 24 Sep 2020 |

    After carbon-neutrality pledge, China must now walk the talk opinion

    24 Sep 2020, 12:47 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 EU Handelsblatt / Zeit Online / FAZ German media commentators have cautiously welcomed the announcement by Chinese President Xi Jinping that his country aims for carbon neutrality by 2060. Chinas ...
  • 24 Sep 2020 |

    Germany must prepare for more frequent and intensive extreme weather- meteorologists

    24 Sep 2020, 12:46 Expert DWD- Germany's National Meteorological Service Deutscher Wetterdienst Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Germanys national weather service has said that the country should prepare for ...
  • Germany ceases to allocate budget for possible EU climate target miss

    24 Sep 2020, 12:44 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit ...
  • 24 Sep 2020 |

    Critics of Tesla's Berlin gigafactory object to construction without licenses

    24 Sep 2020, 12:43 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Society rbb24 / Clean Energy Wire Tesla's planned e-car factory near Berlin continues to draw criticism from local residents who take issue with the fact that work already began despite pending licenses, ...
  • 24 Sep 2020 |

    Lack of incentives biggest hurdle for climate-neutral gases German energy industry

    24 Sep 2020, 12:42 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Julian Wettengel Hydrogen Clean Energy Wire The lack of ...
  • German cabinet approves renewables reform, but parliamentarians eye changes

    23 Sep 2020, 15:30 Germany's government has agreed on an overhaul of the country's Renewable Energy Act, the core legislation for its landmark energy transition, to enable a share of 65 percent renewables in 2030 power consumption and a ...
  • 23 Sep 2020 |

    Germany set to partly reimburse energy-intensive companies for new CO₂ price

    23 Sep 2020, 13:30 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The ...
  • 23 Sep 2020 |

    A quarter of German wind turbines at risk of going offline as fixed remuneration expires study

    23 Sep 2020, 13:28 Julian Wettengel Wind Clean Energy Wire Almost a quarter of Germanys wind turbines require a new business model when fixed payments under the countrys Renewable Energy Act (EEG) expire after their 20-year guaranteed support period, ...
  • 23 Sep 2020 |

    German municipal utilities' finances continuing to stabilise consultancy

    23 Sep 2020, 13:26 Expert PwC Electricity market Transport Cars Business & Jobs Efficiency Heating Julian Wettengel Utilities Clean Energy Wire The long-term stabilisation trend of German utilities' financial situation continues, writes ...
  • 24 Sep 2020 |

    Europe welcomes Chinas pledge to carbon neutrality as part of joint climate drive

    24 Sep 2020, 09:24 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel ...
  • 22 Sep 2020 |

    Germany turns former East-West border strip into national natural monument

    22 Sep 2020, 14:00 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt ...
  • 22 Sep 2020 |

    Germanys competitors pushing ahead with green hydrogen plans- study

    22 Sep 2020, 13:52 Expert World Energy Council Germany Weltenergierat Electricity market Fossil fuels Alex Dziadosz Hydrogen Clean Energy Wire / Handelsblatt Twenty countries have already decided on national hydrogen strategies or are planning to adopt ...
  • 22 Sep 2020 |

    German draft budget shows climate and energy spending tripling Tagesspiegel Background

    22 Sep 2020, 13:49 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Alex Dziadosz Climate & CO2 Tagesspiegel Background Germanys federal budget draft shows spending on the Energy and Climate Fund (EKF) tripling in 2021 ...
  • 22 Sep 2020 |

    Germanys transport minister pushes for European high-speed train system

    22 Sep 2020, 13:47 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Alex Dziadosz Transport EU Clean Energy Wire / Der Spiegel / dpa Germanys transport minister ...
  • 22 Sep 2020 |

    EU agriculture reform not ambitious enough for new 2050 climate target- NGO

    22 Sep 2020, 13:45 Expert BMEL- Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture Agriculture Kerstine Appunn Agriculture EU Clean Energy Wire The final meeting before the decision on the next funding period for farmers under the EUs Common Agriculture Policy ...
  • 22 Sep 2020 |

    Most banks in Germany expect huge climate impact within next decade

    22 Sep 2020, 13:25 Expert Association of German Banks Bundesverband der deutschen Banken Finance Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire The vast majority of banks in Germany expect climate change and the political reactions to slow it will have a ...
  • Germanys CO2 pricing part of 'irreversible' path SPD chancellor candidate Scholz

    07 Sep 2020, 14:27 Kerstine Appunn Cost & Prices Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germanys achievements in the field of climate and energy policy mustnt mean that the country becomes complacent now, Olaf Scholz, finance minister and the ...
  • 21 Sep 2020 |

    VW CEO says diesel too cheap for more ambitious transport climate targets

    21 Sep 2020, 14:00 Expert VW- Volkswagen Transport Cars Sören Amelang Cars Cost & Prices Welt am Sonntag Diesel must become more expensive to allow a faster transformation of the car industry to comply with more ambitious climate targets proposed by ...
  • 21 Sep 2020 |

    German Social Democrats in government push for CO2 price contribution by landlords

    21 Sep 2020, 13:58 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit ...
  • 21 Sep 2020 |

    13 billion euros in German taxpayers money invested in high-emissions companies analysis

    21 Sep 2020, 13:57 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire Billions of euros in German taxpayers' money are still flowing into stock transactions that contribute to a global warming trajectory far above that agreed on in the Paris Climate ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 Sep 2020 |

    Germans spend average share of income for power despite high costs

    18 Sep 2020, 14:24 Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices Der Spiegel German household power costs are moderate as a share of GDP per capita when compared to other European countries, despite being among the highest in absolute terms, an analysis by price ...
  • 18 Sep 2020 |
    Gas

    Majority of Germans oppose halt to Nord Stream 2

    18 Sep 2020, 13:30 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Bild / dpa / ZDF A large majority of Germans and the country's eastern states oppose an exit from the controversial Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 following the poisoning of ...
  • 18 Sep 2020 |

    Germany raises tax on high-emission cars, but critics call reform 'cosmetics'

    18 Sep 2020, 13:27 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Clean Energy Wire The German federal parliament has agreed to a reform of the motor vehicle tax that will take into account CO2 emissions, but critics said the changes will do far too little for ...
  • 18 Sep 2020 |

    Number of support-free solar parks rises in Germany

    18 Sep 2020, 13:20 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Solar dpa Solar parks built without relying on financial support are becoming increasingly common in Germany, reports Claus Haffert for newswire dpa. Consultancy Energy Brainpool estimates ...
  • 17 Sep 2020 |

    HeidelbergCement pulls forward emission reduction target

    17 Sep 2020, 13:13 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Industry Clean Energy Wire HeidelbergCement, one of the world's largest cement makers, has stepped up its climate ambitions. The German company  said  it would reduce CO2 emissions per tonne by ...
  • 17 Sep 2020 |

    Germans particularly keen on environmentally-friendly policies- survey

    17 Sep 2020, 13:08 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Society Clean Energy Wire Germans have particularly strong aspirations for their country to become more environmentally friendly when compared to people in many other countries,  a survey by the ...
  • 16 Sep 2020 |

    German company powering turbines with kites eyes expansion

    16 Sep 2020, 13:05 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Wind Technology NDR After a two-year trial period in the town of Klixbüll in northern Germany, renewables company SkySails Power is looking to build more of its turbines powered by large kites ...
  • 16 Sep 2020 |

    Germans don't believe EU will manage to become climate-neutral by 2050- survey

    16 Sep 2020, 12:58 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Society EU Der Spiegel A large majority of Germans harbours little hope that the EU can reach its target of becoming the globe's first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Only 17 percent of ...
  • 16 Sep 2020 |

    Pandemic offers municipalities chance to speed up transport transition study

    16 Sep 2020, 12:49 Expert Agora Verkehrswende Think tank on energy transition in the transport sector Transport Cars Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Clean Energy Wire Germany'smunicipalities, as well as its states and federal ...
  • 15 Sep 2020 |

    East German coal workers worried about uncertain future

    15 Sep 2020, 14:34 Alex Dziadosz Coal Die Zeit Coal workers in the mining region of Lusatia in eastern Germany are preparing for an uncertain future as the countrys coal exit moves forward, writes Anna Saraste in Die Zeit. With a variety of operations in ...
  • 15 Sep 2020 |

    Controversial petition for CO2 food labels heard by German parliament committee

    15 Sep 2020, 14:29 Alex Dziadosz Agriculture Wirtschaftswoche / Clean Energy Wire A petition to put greenhouse gas emissions labelling on food was heard by the German parliaments petition committee after it was signed by nearly 60,000 people, writes ...
  • German electricity sector should be climate neutral by 2040s- Renewable Energy Act reform

    15 Sep 2020, 14:27 Kerstine Appunn Renewable Energy Act | EEG energate messenger / Tagesspiegel Background The latest version of amendments to Germanys Renewable Energy Act (EEG) includes a tougher climate goal for the electricity sector, which should ...
  • 15 Sep 2020 |

    German wind industry hopeful amid expansion recovery but laments regional imbalance

    15 Sep 2020, 14:25 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Technology Kerstine Appunn Wind Clean Energy Wire Over 2,000 megawatts (MW) of onshore wind installations ...
  • 16 Sep 2020 |
    EU

    New EU climate target proposal concern for German industry and NGOs

    16 Sep 2020, 12:50 German industry, politicians and environmental NGOs have criticised first details of the European Commission proposal for a more ambitious 2030 climate target. Plans for more stringent passenger car emission rules and the inclusion of ...
  • 14 Sep 2020 |

    Climate crisis takes heavy toll on mental health, psychotherapists' association says

    14 Sep 2020, 13:50 Benjamin Wehrmann Society dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung Climate change is having a hard impact on many people's mental health, Sabine Maur, president of the German Psychotherapist Association (DPtV) in federal state Rhineland ...
  • Must accelerate climate action over coming years Germanys Merkel

    28 Aug 2020, 13:21 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germany has made decisive steps in regards to the climate challenge in past years, but efforts have to increase, Chancellor Angela Merkel told journalists ...
  • 11 Sep 2020 |

    A quarter of new cars in Europe electric by 2025, Germany scoops up half of production study

    11 Sep 2020, 14:32 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Clean Energy Wire One in four cars produced in Europe in 2025 will be fully electric, a  study  by the Chemnitz Automotive Institute (CATI) has predicted. The researchers say factories across Europe will churn out ...
  • 11 Sep 2020 |

    Food supplement for cows could reduce methane emissions by nearly 40 percent, company says

    11 Sep 2020, 14:27 Benjamin Wehrmann Agriculture Frankfurter Rundschau A German entrepreneur is offering a supplement for cow fodder that could reduce the animals methane emissions by up to almost 40 percent. The Switzerland-based company Mootral, which ...
  • 10 Sep 2020 |

    Most cruise ship operators don't have real climate strategy NABU

    10 Sep 2020, 13:59 Expert NABU- Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Der Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) e.V. Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Clean Energy Wire The majority of cruise ship operators in Europe lack a real strategy for ...
  • 10 Sep 2020 |

    Villagers fearing resettlement file constitutional complaint against RWE coal mine

    10 Sep 2020, 13:56 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Society Clean Energy Wire A group of villagers that reject a resettlement due to the expansion of the Garzweiler lignite mine in German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia have  said  they filed a constitutional ...
  • 10 Sep 2020 |

    Future of German offshore wind auction design contested in parliamentary hearing

    10 Sep 2020, 13:55 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Energy market experts have debated the future design of offshore wind power auctions in Germany in a  parliamentary hearing. Many have railed  against the government's idea ...
  • 10 Sep 2020 |

    Majority in Germany and other EU countries reject Mercosur agreement on climate grounds

    10 Sep 2020, 13:52 Benjamin Wehrmann Society International Clean Energy Wire A clear majority of people in major European countries are in favour of halting talks over the Mercosur agreement between the EU and South American states if it contributes to a ...
  • 09 Sep 2020 |

    Initiative calls for regular prime-time show on climate crisis in German TV

    09 Sep 2020, 14:37 Benjamin Wehrmann Society Clean Energy Wire Campaigners in Germany are calling for a regular prime-time show about climate change on public television, in order to draw more attention to the topic and educate the public on the necessity ...
  • 09 Sep 2020 |

    German env min backs tighter EU climate target as industry reiterates warnings

    09 Sep 2020, 14:35 Benjamin Wehrmann Julian Wettengel Industry EU Clean Energy Wire / Handelsblatt / EurActiv The expected call by the EU Commission for an increased 2030 emissions reduction target has been welcomed by German environment minister Svenja ...
  • 09 Sep 2020 |

    City of Berlin wrangles over clean mobility concept including combustion engine ban

    09 Sep 2020, 14:31 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities rbb24 The government coalition in the City of Berlin has failed to reach an agreement on a new climate action package that would include a ban on cars with fossil-fuelled combustion engines within the next ...
  • 09 Sep 2020 |

    German rail operator adds hundreds of electro-diesel hybrid locomotives to fleet

    09 Sep 2020, 14:29 Expert Deutsche Bahn German railway operator Transport Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Clean Energy Wire Deutsche Bahn (DB) has ordered up to 400 electro-diesel hybrid locomotives from Siemens for its cargo fleet in a ...
  • 09 Sep 2020 |

    Germany examines further options for supporting troubled car industry

    09 Sep 2020, 14:27 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire The German government is examining additional options for supporting the country's car industry amid the twin challenges of a COVID-19 related drop in sales and the ...
  • Splits as Fridays for Future activists run for parliament

    25 Aug 2020, 13:29 David Reay Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics taz/ Süddeutsche Zeitung Several members of Fridays for Future (FfF) Germany have declared their intention to run for federal parliament, exposing divisions within the non-partisan ...
  • Lower Saxony premier supports ending Germany's renewables surcharge

    08 Sep 2020, 14:31 Alex Dziadosz Renewable Energy Act | EEG Cost & Prices dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung The state premier of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil, has expressed support for scrapping the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) surcharge, dpa reports in an ...
  • 08 Sep 2020 |

    Potential shutdown of modern coal plant sparks debate over Hamburg's electricity supply

    08 Sep 2020, 14:21 Alex Dziadosz Coal Hamburger Abendblatt The possibility that energy company Vattenfall could close down its newest and largest coal-fired power station in Germany has sparked a debate about whether that would negatively affect local ...
  • 08 Sep 2020 |

    Germany eyes green hydrogen production with new dam project on the Congo River

    08 Sep 2020, 14:11 Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen International Süddeutsche Zeitung The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Germany could soon enter an energy partnership that would see the central African country provide hydropower capacity to produce ...
  • 08 Sep 2020 |

    Europe must continue to set pace for clean maritime transport- German transport min

    08 Sep 2020, 13:58 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Benjamin Wehrmann Transport EU Clean Energy Wire The European Union has to "support and ...
  • 08 Sep 2020 |

    Germany's econ min sceptical about Nord Stream 2 sanctions in reaction to Navalny poisoning

    08 Sep 2020, 13:53 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Security ARD / Der Spiegel / Deutschlandfunk ...
  • 08 Sep 2020 |

    Legal opinions over legitimacy of Germany's lignite compensation vary widely

    08 Sep 2020, 13:49 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches ...
  • 07 Sep 2020 |

    France plans hydrogen alliance with Germany

    07 Sep 2020, 14:21 Sören Amelang Hydrogen EU dpa / finanzen.net The French government is planning to cooperate with Germany in the development of hydrogen technologies,  reports  newsagency dpa in article carried by finanzen.net. French economy minister ...
  • 07 Sep 2020 |

    Grid agency initiates fine proceedings after 2019 power grid strains

    07 Sep 2020, 14:19 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Julian Wettengel Grid Clean Energy Wire Germanys Federal Network Agency ...
  • 07 Sep 2020 |

    Germany's new agriculture commission aims to reconcile climate, environment and farming

    07 Sep 2020, 14:16 Expert BMEL- Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture Agriculture Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & ...
  • 07 Sep 2020 |

    Tighter EU climate targets a challenge for German industry- DIHK

    07 Sep 2020, 14:06 Expert Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Industry EU Clean Energy Wire A tightening of the EU's 2030 climate target would come ...
  • 07 Sep 2020 |

    Calls grow for state aid to support embattled German car industry

    07 Sep 2020, 13:58 Expert German Economic Institute (IW) Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Cars t-online / Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung / dpa / Clean Energy Wire Labour unions and political parties in ...
  • 07 Sep 2020 |

    Merkel does not rule out impact of Navalny poisoning on Nord Stream 2

    07 Sep 2020, 13:55 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert Left Party Die Linke EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Gas ...
  • 04 Sep 2020 |

    Electric car registrations climb to new record high in Germany

    04 Sep 2020, 14:03 Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire The share of new electric vehicle registrations in Germany reached a new record in August. The number of new purely electric vehicles (BEV) rose 220 percent from last year, to 16,076 vehicles. Their ...
  • 04 Sep 2020 |

    German transport minister calls for uniform Europe-wide e-car charging infrastructure

    04 Sep 2020, 14:00 Kerstine Appunn Cars Focus Online German transport minister Andreas Scheuer has called for a well-developed and cross-border network of [charging] stations in Europe which guarantees uncomplicated and fast recharging for electric and ...
  • 04 Sep 2020 |

    Increasing interest in power from old solar PV installations

    04 Sep 2020, 13:59 Kerstine Appunn Solar pv magazine A growing number of regional utility companies are showing interest in buying electricity generated from solar PV installations that are more than 20 years old and will cease to receive feed-in payments ...
  • 04 Sep 2020 |

    Vattenfall wants to shut down its largest coal power station in Germany

    04 Sep 2020, 16:24 Swedish utility Vattenfall wants to shut down its youngest and most efficient coal-fired power plant in Germany because it is unprofitable. After participating in the first hard coal phase-out tender, CEO Magnus Hall said that if his ...
  • 03 Sep 2020 |

    Global aviation accounts for 3.5 percent of human climate impact- aeronautics researchers

    03 Sep 2020, 13:50 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Transport Technology Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Clean Energy Wire Global aviation is responsible for 3.5 percent of human-made climate ...
  • 03 Sep 2020 |

    German politicians call to halt Nord Stream 2 following Navalny poisoning

    03 Sep 2020, 13:49 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Julian Wettengel Gas Security ...
  • 03 Sep 2020 |

    One in ten Germans plan to buy an e-car survey

    03 Sep 2020, 13:41 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Kerstine Appunn Cars Clean Energy Wire A growing number of ...
  • 03 Sep 2020 |

    Pandemic adds trouble for Germany's energy transition McKinsey

    03 Sep 2020, 13:37 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Policy Clean Energy Wire The coronavirus pandemic has created new problems for Germanys energy transition, according to management consultancy McKinsey. The pandemic had particularly slowed the ...
  • 02 Sep 2020 |

    Pandemic could slow German energy transition as households reconsider investments KfW

    02 Sep 2020, 13:05 Expert KfW Bank KfW- government-owned financing institution Fossil fuels Finance Efficiency Sören Amelang Policy Society Clean Energy Wire The economic effects of the corona pandemic could slow the energy transition in Germany as ...
  • 02 Sep 2020 |

    Greenpeace Energy launches complaint against hard coal tenders

    02 Sep 2020, 13:03 Expert Greenpeace Energy Green energy provider Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Renewables Utilities Kerstine Appunn Coal Renewables Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Background Power supplier Greenpeace Energy has launched a ...
  • Ministry plans renewables expansion push to reach Germany's 2030 target

    02 Sep 2020, 12:55 A faster deployment of more renewable installations that run into less problems with citizens and are able to quickly survive in the market without government support are at the centre of a renewables law reform proposal by Germanys ...
  • 01 Sep 2020 |

    Coal company LEAG starts demolition of eastern German mining town

    01 Sep 2020, 12:48 Alex Dziadosz Coal Clean Energy Wire / dpa / Der Spiegel Coal company LEAG says it is dismantling buildings in the Sorbian town of Mühlrose in the eastern Lausitz region as part of the plan to relocate the towns residents. The town is ...
  • 01 Sep 2020 |

    Hydrogen prices to rise sharply without electrification of heating, transport Aurora

    01 Sep 2020, 12:47 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Alex Dziadosz Hydrogen Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The price of green hydrogen will be significantly ...
  • 01 Sep 2020 |

    Operators bid for compensation in first German hard coal phaseout auction

    01 Sep 2020, 12:46 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Alex Dziadosz Coal Die Welt Germanys first coal phase-out auction aimed at ...
  • 31 Aug 2020 |

    German-Russian resources forum discusses joint hydrogen economy

    31 Aug 2020, 13:51 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Hydrogen Security Clean Energy Wire Business and government representatives and researchers from Russia and Germany want to establish a bilateral cooperation on hydrogen, the  German-Russian ...
  • 31 Aug 2020 |

    Coal mine protests in Germany and Poland highlight phase-out challenges

    31 Aug 2020, 13:50 David Reay Coal Die Zeit / Süddeutsche Zeitung More than one thousand climate protesters, including activists from the Fridays for Future movement, Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion, occupied the site of a planned opencast coal mine ...
  • 31 Aug 2020 |

    German plan to make server farms climate-neutral sparks industry backlash

    31 Aug 2020, 13:48 David Reay Clean Energy Wire CLEW Digitalisation Handelsblatt Germanys government wants to make server farms climate neutral by 2030, sparking concern in the industry, Handelsblatt reports. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze ...
  • 31 Aug 2020 |

    Germany needs power market overhaul to reach renewables targets- industry group

    31 Aug 2020, 13:42 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Citizens' ...
  • 31 Aug 2020 |

    State electricity payments to unemployed wont cover bills in 2021- report

    31 Aug 2020, 13:17 David Reay Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Electricity payments provided as part of Germanys basic unemployment benefit will leave recipient households out of pocket by up to 197 euros next year, price comparison website Verivox ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Aug 2020 |

    Major German cold cuts company sells more substitutes than meat for first time

    28 Aug 2020, 11:53 Julian Wettengel Agriculture Handelsblatt / Clean Energy Wire Revenues from vegetarian and vegan substitutes at the German cold cuts company Rügenwalder were higher than those from regular meat for the first time in July 2020, reports ...
  • 28 Aug 2020 |

    German government and states seal coal exit support deal for mining regions

    28 Aug 2020, 10:02 German coal regions will finally be able to use state support funds from the landmark phase-out agreement to help with their transition away from the fossil fuel. Federal and state governments signed a deal in Berlin to make official ...
  • 27 Aug 2020 |

    Ukraine and Germany ink energy partnership to 'modernise' Ukraine's energy sector

    27 Aug 2020, 11:49 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Security Clean ...
  • 27 Aug 2020 |

    Little progress in talks about German stake in Dutch TenneT media report

    27 Aug 2020, 11:48 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert TenneT Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Julian ...
  • Chancellor candidate Scholz says rapid transformation towards sustainability is key election topic

    11 Aug 2020, 12:22 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire The German Social Democrats (SPD) will make the transformation ...
  • 26 Aug 2020 |

    AI can advance energy transition, but must be sustainable energy agency

    26 Aug 2020, 12:26 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Grid Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Technology Efficiency Sören Amelang Digitalisation Clean Energy Wire Artificial intelligence (AI) has started to arrive in some areas ...
  • 26 Aug 2020 |

    German government advisors call for binding climate label for food products

    26 Aug 2020, 12:26 Expert WBAE- Scientific Advisory Board on Agricultural Policy, Food and Consumer Health Protection Agriculture Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Agriculture Clean Energy Wire Germany is a laggard when it comes to sustainability in its ...
  • 26 Aug 2020 |

    Coronavirus crisis accelerates investments in sustainability RWE CEO

    26 Aug 2020, 12:24 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Julian Wettengel Renewables Utilities Handelsblatt The coronavirus crisis is accelerating investments in sustainability rather than pushing aside climate change as a ...
  • First details of planned renewables reform leave German energy market innovators unfazed

    26 Aug 2020, 12:23 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert bne- Association of Energy Market Innovators Bundesverband Neue ...
  • SPD nomination of finance minister Scholz as chancellor candidate kicks off Germany's election year

    10 Aug 2020, 14:15 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) have nominated current ...
  • 25 Aug 2020 |

    New emission test leads to higher average motor vehicle tax in Germany

    25 Aug 2020, 13:35 David Reay Cars Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) The implementation of new emissions tests for cars has led to a large increase in average vehicle tax for newly registered vehicles in Germany, the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND ...
  • Business puts pressure on Merkel to back controversial EU-Mercosur pact

    25 Aug 2020, 13:31 Expert Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag Business & Jobs Expert VDMA- German Engineering Federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau Business & Jobs Cost ...
  • Energy industry calls for fixing ambitious expansion path in reform of Germany's renewables act

    25 Aug 2020, 13:26 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Julian Wettengel Renewables Renewable Energy Act | EEG ...
  • 24 Aug 2020 |

    Germany to emit green twin bond in bid to jolt sustainable finance market

    24 Aug 2020, 13:52 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit ...
  • 24 Aug 2020 |

    Germany considers paying land owners tree premium for emissions reduction

    24 Aug 2020, 12:49 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy David Reay Climate & CO2 tageszeitung (taz) Germany ...
  • 24 Aug 2020 |
    EU

    EU-Africa strategy must focus on energy transition German development minister

    24 Aug 2020, 12:45 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices David Reay EU WirtschaftsWoche Germany and the EU ...
  • 24 Aug 2020 |

    State minister warns end of German renewables support could lead to wind power slump

    24 Aug 2020, 12:29 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Technology Expert Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Construction and Climate Protection, State of ...
  • Conservative climate MPs call for bold renewables reform

    24 Aug 2020, 12:23 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Julian Wettengel Renewables ...
  • 21 Aug 2020 |

    German restaurant owners demand return of outdoor heaters amid pandemic

    21 Aug 2020, 14:29 Edgar Meza Clean Energy Wire CLEW Heating Society ntv German restaurant and bar owners fear customers may avoid indoor dining due to the pandemic as warm weather turns to cold and call for a return of climate-damaging outdoor heaters, ...
  • 21 Aug 2020 |

    German farmers should think about growing figs and olives- Munich Re

    21 Aug 2020, 14:14 Edgar Meza Clean Energy Wire CLEW Agriculture Tagesspiegel Background German farmers should consider switching to more heat resistant crops, Ernst Rauch, chief climate scientist at reinsurance group Munich Re, told Heike Jahberg in an ...
  • 21 Aug 2020 |
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    German municipal gas pipe leaks cause more than 1 mio t CO2 emissions

    21 Aug 2020, 13:59 Edgar Meza Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Der Spiegel Methane leaks in municipal gas pipe systems produce an estimated 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents annually in Germany, according to Der Spiegel, which cites a new study by an ...
  • 20 Aug 2020 |

    Thunberg, other activists tell Merkel during meeting to 'abandon fossil industry contracts'

    20 Aug 2020, 14:54 Greta Thunberg and fellow activists have met German Chancellor Angela Merkel to exchange views on the fight against climate change. The campaigners said the 90 minute meeting's atmosphere was friendly, but also added that " we ...
  • 20 Aug 2020 |

    Germanys gypsum supply threatened by coal exit- report

    20 Aug 2020, 13:39 Edgar Meza Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Tagespiegel Background Germanys coal exit is threatening the countrys supply of gypsum, Steven Hanke reports in Tagesspiegel Background. More than half of the gypsum used in Germany is derived ...
  • 20 Aug 2020 |

    German commuters return to public transport as operators implement health measures

    20 Aug 2020, 13:28 Edgar Meza Clean Energy Wire CLEW Mobility German commuters are slowly returning to public transport following the coronavirus lockdown. The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) said the positive trend is evident in the ...
  • 20 Aug 2020 |

    Home office could significantly reduce commuting emissions- study

    20 Aug 2020, 13:10 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Edgar Meza Clean Energy Wire CLEW Mobility Clean Energy Wire The increase of remote working triggered by the coronavirus pandemic can contribute significantly to ...
  • 20 Aug 2020 |

    German power costs prevent domestic green hydrogen projects- startup Sunfire

    20 Aug 2020, 13:01 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Hydrogen Clean Energy Wire / Focus Online The relatively high costs of renewable electricity in Germany prevent innovative projects green hydrogen in the country, according to hydrogen start-up ...
  • 19 Aug 2020 |

    Germany's RWE auctions off massive coal digger

    19 Aug 2020, 14:03 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Alex Dziadosz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal WirtschaftsWoche The energy firm RWE is auctioning off a mammoth coal digger known as a bucket wheel excavator,  ...
  • 19 Aug 2020 |

    German farmers blame climate change for third year of poor harvest

    19 Aug 2020, 13:56 Expert DBV- German Farmers Association Deutscher Bauernverband Agriculture Alex Dziadosz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Agriculture Der Spiegel Poor weather conditions are hurting German farmers harvests for the third year ...
  • 19 Aug 2020 |

    Climate change remains big public concern despite pandemic- survey

    19 Aug 2020, 13:52 Expert Vattenfall Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Alex Dziadosz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Society Clean Energy Wire Climate change is still perceived as the top problem facing humanity, a survey  carried out in seven ...
  • 19 Aug 2020 |

    Germany would not reach 2020 climate target without pandemic govt report

    19 Aug 2020, 13:50 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Alex Dziadosz Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean ...
  • Green Party pushes for more trees and plants in Germany's inner cities

    03 Aug 2020, 13:17 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Cities Elections & Politics Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland The Green Party has called for an investment programme worth 800 million euros to make ...
  • 18 Aug 2020 |

    Covid-19 offers lessons for climate policy- report

    18 Aug 2020, 14:16 Alex Dziadosz Policy Society Clean Energy Wire The Covid-19 pandemic can offer insights into how to cope with the climate change crisis in terms of risk management and policy reaction,  a Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research ...
  • 18 Aug 2020 |

    Decentralised European power systems could offer better public participation study

    18 Aug 2020, 14:15 Expert IASS- Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Think tank on sustainable development Climate & CO2 Policy Alex Dziadosz Renewables Clean Energy Wire / pv magazine A decentralised model for European renewable power ...
  • 18 Aug 2020 |

    E-mobility and hydrogen compel Germany to boost renewables expansion- utilities

    18 Aug 2020, 14:13 Alex Dziadosz Renewables Hydrogen Energate Messenger The roll-out of electric cars and the production of synthetic hydrogen-based fuels will push up Germany's demand for electricity in the years to come, resulting in a need to ...
  • 18 Aug 2020 |

    Germany's env min proposes national water strategy to cope with drought

    18 Aug 2020, 14:12 Alex Dziadosz Climate & CO2 Rheinische Post / RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland / Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten Persistent drought has led Germanys Environment Minister Svenja Schulze to propose a national water strategy, setting ...
  • 15 Jun 2020 |

    The heat is on to make German buildings 'nearly' climate-neutral

    15 Jun 2020, 10:30 A mainly fossil energy guzzler, heating in Germany has taken a back seat to the Energiewende's poster child, the power sector. But the Wärmewende, or heating transition, has significant potential to curb emissions and is ...
  • 17 Aug 2020 |

    Most Germans say economic growth no justification for neglecting environment

    17 Aug 2020, 13:43 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Society Clean Energy Wire A clear majority of people in Germany say that the environment must not be damaged in order to increase economic growth, a major survey by the country's ...
  • 17 Aug 2020 |

    Merkel meeting with Thunberg must be more than symbolic act- activists

    17 Aug 2020, 13:40 Alex Dziadosz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Society dpa / die Welt / taz Germanys Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with climate activists including Greta Thunberg and Luisa Neubauer on Thursday (20 August) to discuss climate policy,  dpa ...
  • 17 Aug 2020 |

    German e-car subsidies weigh on second hand market

    17 Aug 2020, 13:35 Alex Dziadosz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars WirtschaftsWoche Most used electric cars are proving difficult to sell in Germany because increasing subsidies and rapidly improving technology are quickly putting older models out of date and ...
  • 14 Aug 2020 |

    German utilities' renewables transformation is gathering pace

    14 Aug 2020, 14:27 Alex Dziadosz Utilities Tagesspiegel Background Major German energy companies are making rapid progress with their green energy transition thanks to renewables becoming clear profit-makers that are attractive to investors,  Jakob ...
  • 14 Aug 2020 |

    Heating remains energy transition's 'forgotten sector' commentary

    14 Aug 2020, 14:12 Alex Dziadosz Heating While renewables now account for a significant portion of electricity consumption in Germany, energy used for heating and cooling is lagging far behind,  Kathrin Witsch writes in Handelsblatt. About half of total ...
  • 14 Aug 2020 |

    Car supplier Bosch expands green power supply in carbon neutral push

    14 Aug 2020, 13:56 Alex Dziadosz Renewables Industry industrie.de Engineering and technology firm Bosch is expanding its use of renewable electricity, with the goal of reaching climate neutrality at its 400 worldwide locations by the end of the year. ...
  • 14 Aug 2020 |

    Germany set to reach original 2020 climate target due to pandemic researchers

    14 Aug 2020, 15:45 Germany will likely reach its original target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the end of this year, compared to 1990, estimates by researchers from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate ...
  • 13 Aug 2020 |

    German industry fears higher power bills due to COVID-19 production slump

    13 Aug 2020, 13:25 Kerstine Appunn Cost & Prices Handelsblatt Pandemic-related decreases in production and sales could hit some German companies even harder if they are faced with higher power bills due to losing their exemption from paying the ...
  • 13 Aug 2020 |

    RWE lignite electricity production drops sharply report

    13 Aug 2020, 12:33 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Alex Dziadosz Utilities Clean Energy Wire/Focus Online/Rheinische Post Utility RWEs production from lignite coal fell sharply over the first half of 2020, even before ...
  • 12 Aug 2020 |

    Nord Stream 2 pipeline could be delayed or fail, Uniper risk report says

    12 Aug 2020, 13:55 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Alex Dziadosz Gas Security Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Süddeutsche Zeitung Utility Uniper says there could be further delays to the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, or possibly ...
  • 12 Aug 2020 |

    Large renewable power battery to start operating in Brandenburg

    12 Aug 2020, 13:52 Alex Dziadosz Storage Tagesspiegel Online A large electric battery unit in the German town of Schwarze Pumpe, in the state of Brandenburg, will soon help stabilise the grid as renewable energy sources make up a larger portion of power ...
  • 12 Aug 2020 |

    Government announces members of new expert council on climate issues

    12 Aug 2020, 13:50 Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Policy Clean Energy Wire Germanys federal government has appointed the members of the Expert Council on Climate Issues, an independent body that is to advice the government on the implementation of ...
  • 13 Aug 2020 |

    Germany paves way for faster wind power expansion licenses

    13 Aug 2020, 13:48 Germanys government has set out to accelerate planning procedures for infrastructure projects linked to the energy transition with a focus on speeding up onshore wind power expansion in particular. Utilities welcomed the streamlining ...
  • 11 Aug 2020 |

    Pilot programmes for overhead line truck systems could offer climate action solutions study

    11 Aug 2020, 11:43 Expert ifeu- Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Climate & CO2 Renewables Transport Edgar Meza Transport Freight Clean Energy Wire Germanys Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg (ifeu) has published ...
  • 11 Aug 2020 |

    German industry may have to initially pay twice for emissions with new CO₂ price

    11 Aug 2020, 11:42 Edgar Meza Industry Cost & Prices Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Germanys new CO₂ price on transport and heating fuels, which goes into effect on 1 January 2021, could mean some companies initially pay twice for their emissions, ...
  • 11 Aug 2020 |

    Germanys green energy account deeper in the red

    11 Aug 2020, 11:40 Expert 50Hertz Transmission Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Expert Amprion Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Expert TenneT Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Expert TransnetBW Grid operator ...
  • 10 Aug 2020 |

    Water shortages in German towns foreshadow climate change's impact on entire country- opinion

    10 Aug 2020, 14:03 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society dpa / n-tv / Tageszeitung An intense heat wave and lack of rain is causing severe water shortages in German municipalities that could foreshadow global warming's impact on the country as ...
  • Possible 'entrance fee' for offshore projects irks Germany's wind power industry

    10 Aug 2020, 13:46 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Hydrogen Cost & Prices Handelsblatt The German economy ministry is mulling a law amendment that could force offshore wind energy investors to pay a fee before building installations at sea, Klaus Stratmann ...
  • 10 Aug 2020 |

    German automakers appear to be finally waking up to climate neutrality- op-ed

    10 Aug 2020, 13:30 David Reay Cars Frankfurter Rundschau The reality of having to shift to climate-neutral production and products has finally hit German automakers, writes Rolf Obertreis in an opinion piece in the Frankfurter Rundschau. A combination of ...
  • 10 Aug 2020 |

    Climate activists occupy two German coal power plants, demand closure of "climate killers"

    10 Aug 2020, 13:25 David Reay Coal Society n-tv Climate activists demanding an end to coal power occupied two German coal-fired powered stations over the weekend, news website n-tv reports. Around 20 members of Direkte Aktion Berlin, which campaigns for ...
  • 07 Aug 2020 |

    Green hydrogen pilot plant for chemicals production opens in Saxony-Anhalt

    07 Aug 2020, 15:11 Alex Dziadosz Hydrogen Industry Clean Energy Wire A pilot plant for producing green hydrogen energy for low-emission production of chemicals and fuel has opened in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, the Fraunhofer Centre for Chemical ...
  • 07 Aug 2020 |

    British energy transition cheaper, more effective than Germanys op-ed

    07 Aug 2020, 15:05 Alex Dziadosz Coal Cost & Prices Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The British green energy transition has proven cheaper and more effective than Germanys because of factors including its use of market mechanisms and its embrace of ...
  • 07 Aug 2020 |

    German North Sea outpost Heligoland hopes for green hydrogen boom

    07 Aug 2020, 14:51 Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen Business & Jobs dpa / RTL Online Germany's remote North Sea island Heligoland is hoping for a rapid increase in green hydrogen production with offshore wind power, news agency dpa reports in an ...
  • 07 Aug 2020 |

    Indigenous group in Norway fears impact of German investor's wind power project

    07 Aug 2020, 14:47 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind International Tageszeitung (taz) German energy traders are buying more electricity produced with renewable energy installations in Norway, aiming to fulfilling green energy requirements in Germany, a practice that ...
  • 07 Aug 2020 |

    Outrage in Germany as US senators threaten "crushing" sanctions on port over Nord Stream 2

    07 Aug 2020, 14:42 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Security Die Welt / WirtschaftsWoche / Tagesspiegel Three Republican senators have threatened the US will impose "crushing legal and economic sanctions" on the port of Sassnitz on the German Baltic Sea ...
  • 06 Aug 2020 |

    Economists of Germany's largest public bank warn against carbon border tax costs

    06 Aug 2020, 14:15 Alex Dziadosz Finance International Clean Energy Wire Economists at Sparkasse, Germanys largest public bank, have criticised a planned carbon border tax, saying that a study of potential effects on the European economys openness and ...
  • 06 Aug 2020 |

    Environmental NGO sues to stop Nord Stream 2 over methane leakage concerns

    06 Aug 2020, 14:13 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Alex Dziadosz Gas International Clean Energy Wire The environmental group Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says it is suing to stop the ...
  • 06 Aug 2020 |

    Climate change's role in German media growing constantly

    06 Aug 2020, 14:10 Expert German Economic Institute (IW) Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The role of global warming and climate action in German media has grown ...
  • 06 Aug 2020 |

    Germany's CDU Economic Council rejects ECB role in climate action as "pure industrial policy"

    06 Aug 2020, 14:08 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance International Handelsblatt The German business association CDU Economic Council, associated with Angela Merkels Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, opposes plans by the European Central Bank (ECB) to make ...
  • Germany faces setbacks in international arbitration cases over energy transition

    05 Aug 2020, 14:32 Alex Dziadosz Business & Jobs International Tagesspiegel Background Germany has faced multiple setbacks over the last month in two separate cases over its energy transition plans before an international arbitration court, Christian ...
  • 05 Aug 2020 |

    EU emissions trading rules pose hurdle to Germany's hydrogen plans, report says

    05 Aug 2020, 14:30 Alex Dziadosz Hydrogen Industry Handelsblatt Despite the much-anticipated release of its National Hydrogen Strategy this summer, uncertainty still surrounds Germanys green hydrogen plans, making the path forward unclear despite the ...
  • 05 Aug 2020 |

    German start-up offers programme to gauge residual value of e-car batteries

    05 Aug 2020, 14:21 Benjamin Wehrmann Storage Start-ups Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung A start-up from Munich has developed a programme that could help e-car producers to massively improve their assessment of the residual value of used car batteries, ...
  • 05 Aug 2020 |

    Germany's econ min admits climate policy mistakes, says decarbonisation must be made "irreversible"

    05 Aug 2020, 14:14 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government dpa / Weser Kurier The ...
  • 04 Aug 2020 |

    Germany launches tenders to phase out hard coal plants

    04 Aug 2020, 14:50 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Edgar Meza Coal Clean Energy Wire Germanys Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) ...
  • 04 Aug 2020 |

    Applications for German government's e-car buyer's premium soar to record level

    04 Aug 2020, 14:38 Expert BAFA- Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle Fossil fuels Renewables Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und ...
  • 04 Aug 2020 |

    US's Nord Stream 2 threats pose 'difficult gray area' for German diplomats- legal expert

    04 Aug 2020, 14:24 Edgar Meza Gas Security Die Welt The US government's threat of sanctions against companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project has led to angry calls of defiance by government officials and business leaders in ...
  • 03 Aug 2020 |

    There will be no big comeback for the German solar industry- opinion

    03 Aug 2020, 13:52 Edgar Meza Solar Business & Jobs Handelsblatt Despite plans by a major solar energy company from Switzerland to revive solar pv manufacturing in Germany, there is no chance that a large-scale industry will return under current ...
  • 03 Aug 2020 |

    German government officials increased domestic air travel in 2019

    03 Aug 2020, 13:46 Edgar Meza Transport Government Welt am Sonntag German government employees last year took 27,216 more individual flights than in 2018, with a particular increase in short inland flights that are considered to be particularly harmful to ...
  • 03 Aug 2020 |

    Villagers plan constitutional complaint to save homes from German coal industry

    03 Aug 2020, 13:23 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Society dpa / Rheinische Post / Clean Energy Wire A group of villagers living in towns threatened by coal mine expansion in western Germany plan ...
  • 31 Jul 2020 |

    Steag coal compensation lawsuit legitimate but politically explosive opinions

    31 Jul 2020, 12:22 Expert STEAG Electricity generator Fossil fuels Utilities Alex Dziadosz Coal Handelsblatt / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Hard coal power station operator Steags petition to the German Federal Constitutional Court to improve ...
  • 31 Jul 2020 |

    Large amounts of methane leak into North Sea from abandoned oil and gas wells study

    31 Jul 2020, 12:20 Expert GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel Climate & CO2 Technology Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Alex Dziadosz Climate & CO2 Gas Clean Energy Wire Large amounts of methane, a ...
  • 31 Jul 2020 |

    Germany's solar power industry marks steepest climb in business climate on record

    31 Jul 2020, 12:19 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) ...
  • 30 Jul 2020 |

    Modest wind power expansion recovery in Germany fails to allay industry fears

    30 Jul 2020, 13:37 The construction of new wind turbines in Germany picked up slightly again in the first six months of 2020, but expansion figures are still far too low to bolster an industry that suffered two years of steeply declining growth. As the ...
  • 30 Jul 2020 |

    Nord Stream 2 companies seek political help against US sanctions threat

    30 Jul 2020, 13:34 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Alex Dziadosz Gas Security Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Clean Energy Wire The companies involved in the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, which connects Germany with ...
  • 30 Jul 2020 |

    German state makes PV panels obligatory for new non-residential buildings

    30 Jul 2020, 13:31 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy ...
  • 30 Jul 2020 |

    German hard coal company suing for better phase-out compensation

    30 Jul 2020, 13:30 Expert STEAG Electricity generator Fossil fuels Utilities Alex Dziadosz Coal Handelsblatt Hard coal power station operator Steag is suing to get better compensation for the shutdown of its plants under Germanys coal exit plan, writes ...
  • 29 Jul 2020 |

    Germany marks progress on grid expansion to bring wind energy from north to south

    29 Jul 2020, 13:47 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Alex Dziadosz Grid dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany is making modest progess ...
  • 29 Jul 2020 |

    Germany generates enough power to meet e-car growth, government says

    29 Jul 2020, 13:43 Alex Dziadosz Grid Cars Clean Energy Wire Germanys federal government believes the country has sufficient power generation capacity to accommodate a major expansion in the number of electric cars, according to a parliamentary report. ...
  • 29 Jul 2020 |

    German wind turbine producer Nordex seeks state support report

    29 Jul 2020, 13:31 Expert Nordex Renewables