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  • 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. ...
  • 17 Apr 2020 |

    Stimulus plans spark hope for climate-friendly economic recovery

    Climate policy after the coronavirus crisis 17 Apr 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 Feb 2020 |

    Preview 2020: Germanys targets under scrutiny in year of global climate action

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

    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 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire The German Social Democrats (SPD) will make the transformation towards a more ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Aug 2020 |

    Germany paves way for faster wind power expansion licenses

    12 Aug 2020, 13:48 Kerstine Appunn Wind Transport Freight Clean Energy Wire Germanys government has set out to accelerate planning procedures for infrastructure projects linked to the energy transition. Angela Merkels cabinet today approved the draft ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Aug 2020 |

    Possible 'entrance fee' for offshore projects irks Germany's wind power industry

    10 Aug 2020, 13:46 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind 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 writes in ...
  • 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 Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government dpa / Weser Kurier The ...
  • 04 Aug 2020 |

    Coal power pushed aside at high speed as coronavirus slashes German energy demand

    04 Aug 2020, 14:56 An abrupt halt to economic activity and greatly reduced mobility in reaction to the coronavirus outbreak have let Germany's energy consumption plummet in the first half of 2020. While all fossil fuels and especially coal ...
  • 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 Renewables Fossil fuels 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 Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables 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 Elections & Politics Policy 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 Business & Jobs Renewables Wind Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Business & Jobs NDR / Recharge News Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex might be seeking help from the German government to cover losses in earnings due to ...
  • 29 Jul 2020 |

    Russia ponders adding hydrogen to Nord Stream 2 gas deliveries to Germany

    29 Jul 2020, 13:29 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Hydrogen Handelsblatt / TASS The Russian government is urging the country's leading energy companies to quickly expand their hydrogen production capacities and is considering using the controversial offshore ...
  • 28 Jul 2020 |

    Calls grow for improving industrial battery recycling in Germany

    28 Jul 2020, 12:44 Edgar Meza Technology Tagesspiegel Background The German governments recently published draft amendment to the countrys battery law aimed at improving battery recycling in the country does not go far enough for waste management ...
  • 28 Jul 2020 |

    TenneT records offshore wind power growth of more than 20 percent in North Sea

    28 Jul 2020, 12:23 Expert TenneT Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Edgar Meza Wind Clean Energy Wire Dutch transmission grid operator TenneT recorded a more than 21 percent increase in offshore wind energy transmission from the North Sea to ...
  • 28 Jul 2020 |

    Environmental groups welcome Deutsche Banks coal exit plan but call for greater strides

    28 Jul 2020, 12:21 Edgar Meza Coal Finance Clean Energy Wire Environmental groups and campaigners have welcomed Deutsche Banks move to end its global business activities in coal mining by 2025 at the latest, and while some see a positive signal heralding ...
  • 27 Jul 2020 |

    Germany's energy-efficient renovation support programmes in high demand also amid pandemic

    27 Jul 2020, 13:11 Expert KfW Bank KfW- government-owned financing institution Fossil fuels Finance Efficiency Benjamin Wehrmann Heating Clean Energy Wire The demand for energy-efficient building renovation programmes offered by Germany's government ...
  • 27 Jul 2020 |

    BMW says hydrogen fuel cells remain important technology option for passenger cars

    27 Jul 2020, 13:09 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law ...
  • Cleaning up supply chains feasible task for Germany's companies env agency

    27 Jul 2020, 13:07 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Benjamin Wehrmann Business & Jobs International Clean Energy Wire Ensuring compliance with a possible supply chain act that makes certain ...
  • 27 Jul 2020 |

    Telsa will also manufacture battery cells at its new Berlin factory, Elon Musk says

    27 Jul 2020, 13:05 Edgar Meza Storage Cars manager magazin US electric car manufacturer Tesla will be manufacturing battery cells along with electric vehicles at its planned German factory in Grünheide near Berlin, manager magazine  reported citing ...
  • 27 Jul 2020 |

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

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

    Siemens faces international criticism for supplying new Indonesian coal-fired plant

    27 Jul 2020, 13:01 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Edgar Meza Coal Business Tagesspiegel Siemens Energy has signed a supply contract with South Korean plant manufacturer Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction for a planned coal-fired power plant on ...
  • 24 Jul 2020 |

    US halts German Security Council push for UN climate conflict monitoring

    24 Jul 2020, 14:50 Expert Federal Foreign Office Auswärtiges Amt International Security Alex Dziadosz Climate & CO2 Security dpa / n-tv The United States has, for the moment, put a halt to Germanys ambitions to set up a system to monitor climate ...
  • 24 Jul 2020 |

    Test by Germany's motoring asscociation reveals e-cars use more power than dashboards show

    24 Jul 2020, 14:38 Alex Dziadosz Storage Cars Clean Energy Wire A test of power consumption in electric cars shows that they consume between 10 and 25 percent more electricity than their on-board computers show, largely due to charging station losses, car ...
  • 24 Jul 2020 |

    German customs office uncovers tax evasion scheme with Chinese solar imports

    24 Jul 2020, 14:34 Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Solar Clean Energy Wire Customs investigators in Bavaria have revealed the smuggling of solar modules from China sold at dumping prices in Germany worth at least 33 million euros. The customs office said it ...
  • 24 Jul 2020 |

    German government says pumped hydro power capacity to grow by 1.4 GW by 2030

    24 Jul 2020, 14:30 Benjamin Wehrmann Storage Clean Energy Wire The capacity of pumped storage hydro power stations available to the German energy system is expected to grow by about 1.4 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, with roughly one third of the capacity being ...
  • 24 Jul 2020 |

    Fridays for Future announces new mass protests in Germany in September

    24 Jul 2020, 14:27 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The climate activist movement Fridays for Future (FfF) has announced a new "global climate action day" on 25 September on which it will hold protest events in ...
  • Merkel must use Council presidency to help make EU future-proof opinion

    09 Jul 2020, 13:26 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics tageszeitung (taz) Chancellor Angela Merkel must now walk the walk when it comes to making sure climate action tops the German EU Council presidency agenda and ensuring that ...
  • 27 Jul 2020 |

    Europe must take ambitious lead in green hydrogen German govt advisor

    27 Jul 2020, 09:50 Europe's economy is well placed to benefit from the fledgling global hydrogen economy and should decisively follow through with its hydrogen strategies, says Veronika Grimm, a member of Germany's council of economic experts, ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

    Swiss solar firm looks to revive Germanys 'Solar Valley'

    23 Jul 2020, 14:20 Alex Dziadosz Solar International Die Zeit A Swiss solar energy company is looking to revive eastern Germanys Solar Valley, write Barbara Achermann and Martin Nejezchleba in Zeit Schweiz. The solar park, covering 160 hectares in the ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

    New plant in Hamburg produces biogas from sewage treatment

    23 Jul 2020, 14:14 Alex Dziadosz Bioenergy Cities Die Welt A biogas plant has started operation in Hamburg which can supply around 5,700 households with energy by producing methane from the citys largest sewage treatment facility, Julia Witte writes in ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

    Germany to lose biogas capacity amid struggle to achieve 2030 renewables target

    23 Jul 2020, 13:50 Expert German Biogas Association Fachverband Biogas e.V. Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Kerstine Appunn Bioenergy Clean Energy Wire The number of biogas plants installed in Germany is set to fall ...
  • Europe vies with China for clean hydrogen superpower status

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

    E-mobility could boost Germany's post-pandemic recovery consultancy

    23 Jul 2020, 13:44 Expert PwC Electricity market Transport Cars Business & Jobs Efficiency Heating Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Clean Energy Wire The increasing demand for electric vehicles in Germany could become an important pillar of the country's ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

    German transport minister calls for EU-wide road toll for passenger cars

    23 Jul 2020, 13:37 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Cars ARD The German transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has proposed the introduction of a road toll for passenger cars in the whole European Union, public broadcaster ARD reports in its daily news programme ...
  • 22 Jul 2020 |

    Hydrogen and pandemic prevention key areas for EU research cooperation, Germany says

    22 Jul 2020, 13:52 Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen International Clean Energy Wire The production of green hydrogen and prevention of pandemics are prime examples for promising research cooperation in the EU, German education minister Anja Karliczek said on ...
  • 22 Jul 2020 |

    Volkswagen warns that US battery row could disrupt supplies

    22 Jul 2020, 13:32 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Alex Dziadosz Cars International manager magazin / Reuters Car-makers Volkswagen and Ford say that a legal battle between two South Korean battery manufacturers in the United States could hamper the ...
  • 22 Jul 2020 |

    Germany grapples with drought and dying forests despite more rain

    22 Jul 2020, 13:22 Expert UFZ- Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung- UFZ Climate & CO2 Renewables Society Alex Dziadosz Climate & CO2 Focus Online / Rheinische Post Despite recent increases in rainfall, ...
  • 'Potential to implement Paris Agreement'- German reactions to climate aspects of EU deal

    22 Jul 2020, 13:48 After four days of negotiations, the EU member states have agreed on an unprecedented funding package to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and secure the bloc's budget until 2027. The 27 governments greenlighted a ...
  • 21 Jul 2020 |

    Majority of Germans say climate action a priority despite coronavirus challenge

    21 Jul 2020, 13:41 Expert RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Utilities Cost & Prices Electricity market Business & Jobs Expert ZEW- Centre for European Economic ...
  • 21 Jul 2020 |

    Utility ENBW trialing floating wind power turbines to expand usable area

    21 Jul 2020, 13:34 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities David Reay Wind Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German energy company Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) is running trials of a floating ...
  • 21 Jul 2020 |

    German startup close to increasing biogas yields by turning leaves into fuel

    21 Jul 2020, 13:28 David Reay Bioenergy Berliner Zeitung A German startup reportedly is on the verge of industrialising a process that can increase biogas energy yields by 40 percent and even turn leaves into fuel, the Berliner Zeitung reports. LXP, ...
  • 20 Jul 2020 |

    Germany to fund green post-corona projects in developing countries

    20 Jul 2020, 14:13 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy David Reay Government International Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 20 Jul 2020 |

    New cars in Germany becoming greener, but not green enough

    20 Jul 2020, 14:08 Expert Federal Motor Transport Authority Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt Cars Transport David Reay Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung New vehicles in Germany are getting greener: average CO2 emissions of cars registered in the first half of 2020 ...
  • 20 Jul 2020 |

    BlackRock says 'fundamental change' to sustainability will sweep financial markets

    20 Jul 2020, 14:04 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Sustainability aspects are gaining in importance at a very quick pace and are poised to bring about "fundamental change" to the way financial market actors operate, ...
  • 20 Jul 2020 |

    Worries about water needs of Tesla's Berlin factory not ebbing away

    20 Jul 2020, 14:00 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars rbb24 US carmaker Teslas planned gigafactory near Berlin continues to cause worries about the production site's water consumption, public broadcaster rbb24 reports. The local water supplier in the ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

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

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

    Volkswagen expects e-mobility boost after pandemic

    17 Jul 2020, 14:12 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Alex Dziadosz Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Volkswagen does not expect the pandemic to slow the introduction of its flagship e-car model ID.3, Carsten Germis writes in the Frankfurter ...
  • 17 Jul 2020 |

    LNG price drop dampens enthusiasm for import terminals in Germany

    17 Jul 2020, 13:49 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Alex Dziadosz Gas International Handelsblatt Tumbling prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) due to the coronavirus pandemic are worsening conditions for planned gas import terminals in Germany, ...
  • 17 Jul 2020 |

    Climate activists protest in Frankfurt against ECB's monetary policy during pandemic

    17 Jul 2020, 13:39 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Society Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Supporters of different climate action organisations have protested in Frankfurt against the European Central Bank's (ECB) monetary policy during the coronavirus ...
  • 17 Jul 2020 |

    German industry warns Nord Stream 2 sanctions by US mean 'serious stress' for transatlantic partnership

    17 Jul 2020, 13:31 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Security Clean Energy Wire / Reuters The Federation of German Industries (BDI) has ...
  • 17 Jul 2020 |

    Onshore wind power expansion in Germany slowly picking up again

    17 Jul 2020, 13:28 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Technology Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Wind dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung The number of newly installed wind power ...
  • 16 Jul 2020 |

    German govt to decide on energy emergency communication after MP's vote

    16 Jul 2020, 13:58 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Grid Security Clean Energy Wire German energy industry lobby ...
  • 16 Jul 2020 |

    Volkswagen and Bosch CEOs clash over future use of hydrogen in cars

    16 Jul 2020, 13:52 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Hydrogen Die Welt German car industry heavyweights Volkswagen and Bosch are at odds over the use of hydrogen in mobility, with the world's largest carmaker clinging to a ...
  • 16 Jul 2020 |

    Joint venture with Russia's Nornickel threatens EU battery alliance's sustainability credentials

    16 Jul 2020, 13:50 Expert BASF Business & Jobs Fossil fuels Benjamin Wehrmann Cars International Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung A cooperation with Russian resource company Nornickel could stain the sustainability credentials of Europe's planned ...
  • 16 Jul 2020 |

    Deutsche Bahn buys new trains for 1 billion euros but Germany still trails neighbours in investments

    16 Jul 2020, 13:44 Expert Deutsche Bahn German railway operator Business & Jobs Transport Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Clean Energy Wire Germany's railway service Deutsche Bahn has  inked an order  worth one billion euros for new ICE high speed ...
  • 15 Jul 2020 |

    Germany must trigger 'paradigm shift' in water management to cope with droughts

    15 Jul 2020, 13:44 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The increasing risk of prolonged droughts in central Europe warrants a "paradigm shift" in Germany's water management in order to avoid supply bottlenecks, the ...
  • 15 Jul 2020 |

    Particulate matter in atmosphere impacts on Europe's solar power generation researchers

    15 Jul 2020, 13:43 Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Clean Energy Wire The output of Europe's solar power panels is influenced by particulate matter in the atmosphere that can partly block sunlight from reaching the earth's surface, researchers from the ...
  • 15 Jul 2020 |

    German government's 'steel strategy' aims to secure climate-friendly production

    15 Jul 2020, 13:41 Expert German Steel Federation Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Fossil fuels Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen Industry Clean Energy Wire A new " steel strategy " for establishing low-carbon ...
  • Germany mulls introduction of supply chain act to clean up production abroad

    15 Jul 2020, 13:38 Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire The German government is preparing legislation that will hold companies operating in the country to account for ensuring that social and environmental minimum standards ...
  • 14 Jul 2020 |

    EU Council presidency events will be made climate neutral German government

    14 Jul 2020, 14:38 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy David Reay Government International Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 14 Jul 2020 |

    Germanys use of renewables in transport failed to rise in 2019- study

    14 Jul 2020, 14:31 Expert Renewable Energies Agency Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien Citizens' energy Renewables Technology David Reay Cars Clean Energy Wire The share of renewable energies used in Germanys transport sector stagnated at 5.6% in 2019 ...
  • 14 Jul 2020 |

    Industry could reduce emissions by nearly 90 percent with modern technology VDMA

    14 Jul 2020, 14:15 Expert VDMA- German Engineering Federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Industry The use of new low-emission technology across all sectors ...
  • 14 Jul 2020 |

    Germany's biggest state NRW 'enters new dimension' in CO2 reduction but struggles on transport

    14 Jul 2020, 14:11 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany's most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has exceeded its own emissions reductions goal, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by the ...
  • 14 Jul 2020 |

    BlackRock's ESG shift mounts sustainability pressure on Germany's energy-hungry companies

    14 Jul 2020, 13:54 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Business & Jobs Finance Handelsblatt The strategic shift of US investment management firm BlackRock to align its financial operations with sustainability criteria starts having an impact on ...
  • 13 Jul 2020 |

    Germanys solar industry hopeful pandemic and EU Green Deal will bolster upswing

    13 Jul 2020, 14:12 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables David Reay Solar Die Welt Germanys hollowed-out solar industry is hoping that the coronavirus ...
  • 13 Jul 2020 |

    German construction company Hochtief doubles down on Australian coal

    13 Jul 2020, 14:04 David Reay Coal International Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German-based construction group Hochtief is enjoying a coal boom in Australia despite growing criticism of mining in its home country, write Jonas Jansen and Christoph ...
  • 13 Jul 2020 |

    Former German state secretary Baake heads new climate policy foundation

    13 Jul 2020, 13:59 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Politics Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Background More than two years after quitting his job due to differences with the new government at the time, Rainer Baake, former German state secretary in ...
  • Austria calls for carbon border tax after Germany launches EU Presidency

    13 Jul 2020, 13:57 Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices International Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung The European Union should introduce a carbon border tax on imports as a source of income to finance the bloc's coronavirus recovery programmes ...
  • 13 Jul 2020 |

    Germany's green energy account slips into the red as power prices tumble

    13 Jul 2020, 13:51 Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire / Energate Messenger Germany's green energy fund has slipped into the red for the first time since 2013,  data  compiled by the country's transmission grid ...
  • 10 Jul 2020 |

    Austrian and German researchers to develop solar rooftops for highways

    10 Jul 2020, 12:52 Expert Fraunhofer ISE Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme Renewables Julian Wettengel Solar Clean Energy Wire Research institutions in Austria and Germany have launched a joint project aiming to develop a solar rooftop ...
  • 10 Jul 2020 |

    German economic stimulus needs climate impact assessment- govt advisors

    10 Jul 2020, 12:50 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire Germanys coronavirus crisis economic stimulus package must undergo a climate impact assessment to ensure ...
  • 10 Jul 2020 |

    Audi says will continue to massively invest in combustion engines

    10 Jul 2020, 12:48 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Sören Amelang Cars Automobilwoche German premium carmaker Audi, a VW subsidiary, will continue to invest heavily in the development of combustion engines. According to CEO Markus Duesmann, combustion ...
  • 10 Jul 2020 |
    Gas

    German NGOs call for European gas infrastructure moratorium- media report

    10 Jul 2020, 12:41 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Expert E3G- Third generation enviromentalism ...
  • 09 Jul 2020 |

    New Siemens Energy closes doors on coal technology

    09 Jul 2020, 13:35 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Industry Clean Energy Wire Newly formed technology company Siemens Energy wants to phase-out any operations to do with coal-fired power production, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said at an extraordinary ...
  • 09 Jul 2020 |

    Associations propose revival of German railway tracks totalling 4000 km

    09 Jul 2020, 13:25 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Freight Clean Energy Wire In Germany, 238 railway connections with a total length of 4,016 kilometres could be reactivated, the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) and the Pro ...
  • Germanys billion-euro nuclear fund weathers crisis relatively unscathed so far

    08 Jul 2020, 13:51 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Nuclear phase-out Cost & Prices Reuters The state-run fund created to pay for the intermediate and final storage of  nuclear power station waste  in Germany has so far coped well throughout the ...
  • 08 Jul 2020 |

    European energy system has to be 100% renewable by 2040 researchers

    08 Jul 2020, 13:50 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & ...
  • 08 Jul 2020 |

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

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

    Recycling body attacks lack of government help in stimulus package

    07 Jul 2020, 13:25 David Reay Clean Energy Wire CLEW Green stimulus Die Welt The head of Germanys waste management association BDE has criticised the German government for ignoring recycling in its massive post-coronavirus stimulus package. In an ...
  • 07 Jul 2020 |

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

    07 Jul 2020, 13:24 Expert E.ON Utility Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities David Reay Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Hydrogen Clean Energy Wire German energy company E.ON has called for a green gas quota to help to reduce the share of fossil gas ...
  • Renewables levy could be reduced to zero by 2021 German Energy Agency (dena)

    07 Jul 2020, 13:22 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire German households ...
  • 06 Jul 2020 |

    German states call for renewables reform and greenlight removal of solar support cap

    06 Jul 2020, 12:25 Julian Wettengel Renewables Solar Clean Energy Wire The council of German state governments has called for a speedy and comprehensive reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) to ensure the country reaches its 2030 target of expanding ...
  • 06 Jul 2020 |

    Government blackmailed over coal-power phaseout bill media reactions

    06 Jul 2020, 12:23 David Reay Coal Spiegel / Süddeutsche Zeitung / DW / NDR Following the German parliaments vote on Friday in favour of a law ending all coal power production by 2038, the countrys media has been reacting to the controversial bill. As ...
  • 06 Jul 2020 |

    Natural gas still a bargain for German households report

    06 Jul 2020, 12:22 David Reay Gas Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Germans still get a relatively good deal on gas prices, and will continue to do so even after the introduction of a CO2 price in transport and buildings next year, a report by price ...
  • 03 Jul 2020 |

    Bumpy conclusion of Germany's landmark coal act clears way to next energy transition chapters

    03 Jul 2020, 12:48 In a vote that has been hailed as "historic", Germany's parliament has adopted a law that will ensure the phase-out of coal power by no later than 2038. The decision follows two years of intense debate about the country& ...
  • 03 Jul 2020 |

    German new car registrations hit 30-year low though e-car sales rise

    03 Jul 2020, 12:37 Expert VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Edgar Meza Cars Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Background New car registrations in Germany fell 35 percent in the first half of 2020 to 1.21 million cars, reaching ...
  • Germany subsidises fossil fuel sector with 37.5 billion euros a year media report

    03 Jul 2020, 12:35 Edgar Meza Fossil fuels Cost & Prices Investigate Europe / Tagesspiegel Background While the EU aims to tackle the climate crisis with its Green Deal, member states, including Germany, continue to subsidise fossil fuels to the tune ...
  • 02 Jul 2020 |
    Gas

    German gas network to grow by 1746 kilometres, hydrogen grid is the future

    02 Jul 2020, 13:03 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Clean Energy ...
  • 02 Jul 2020 |

    Rebound effect undoing decade of Germany's home efficiency investments- housing companies

    02 Jul 2020, 13:01 Kerstine Appunn Efficiency Clean Energy Wire / Welt Online / Handelsblatt German housing companies have invested over 340 billion euros in energy modernisation since 2010 but household energy consumption is stagnating regardless, the ...
  • 02 Jul 2020 |

    Government must put acceptance at centre of energy policy- think tank

    02 Jul 2020, 13:00 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Kerstine Appunn Society Clean Energy Wire The government must make acceptance issues a key focus of its energy ...
  • 02 Jul 2020 |

    Germany's wind power records conceal sector's woes, industry group BWE says

    02 Jul 2020, 12:57 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Technology Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Expert VDMA- German Engineering Federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau Business ...
  • 01 Jul 2020 |

    Hydrogen alliance between E.ON and Thyssenkrupp announced

    01 Jul 2020, 13:18 Expert E.ON Utility Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Kerstine ...
  • 01 Jul 2020 |

    Solar power expansion revival advances unperturbed in Germany

    01 Jul 2020, 13:17 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Solar pv magazine The expansion of solar power in ...
  • 01 Jul 2020 |

    U.S. Nord Stream 2 sanctions encroachment on EU sovereignty German officials, experts

    01 Jul 2020, 13:15 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas International Security Clean Energy Wire German government officials, MPs and experts have criticised U.S. plans to tighten sanctions on the contentious natural gas pipeline project Nord ...
  • 30 Jun 2020 |

    Germany to invest 3 billion euros annually in railway expansion

    30 Jun 2020, 13:44 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Expert Deutsche Bahn German railway operator Business & Jobs Transport David Reay Clean Energy ...
  • Merkel and Macron urge introduction of EU carbon border tax

    30 Jun 2020, 13:41 Expert German-French Office for the Energiewende Office franco-allemand pour la transition énergétique Energiewende Renewables David Reay Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Germany and France have ...
  • 30 Jun 2020 |

    Germany bankrolls battery producer VARTA with 300 million euros

    30 Jun 2020, 13:38 Expert BASF Business & Jobs Fossil fuels Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Kerstine Appunn Clean ...
  • 01 Jul 2020 |

    Germany irons out last coal exit law hurdles with conversion options for younger plants

    01 Jul 2020, 13:15 Germany's government has removed the last hurdles to finalising the country's much-anticipated coal exit law, clearing the way for a passage of the bill in parliament at the end of the week. The draft agreement grants ...
  • 29 Jun 2020 |

    German power grid planning shows little ambition media

    29 Jun 2020, 13:07 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy ...
  • 29 Jun 2020 |

    Heavy industry needs support for transition to climate neutrality- opinion

    29 Jun 2020, 13:06 David Reay Industry Handelsblatt Politicians must urgently implement EU-wide mechanisms that help Germanys heavy industry to continue to be successful while transitioning to greenhouse gas neutrality, says Klaus Stratmann in ...
  • 29 Jun 2020 |

    EU funds could be tied to CO2 reduction German environment minister

    29 Jun 2020, 13:05 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 EU tageszeitung (taz) ...
  • 29 Jun 2020 |

    Renewables cover over half of German electricity use- preliminary data

    29 Jun 2020, 12:53 Renewables covered more than half of Germanys power consumption in the first six months of 2020, according to a first estimate  by think tank Agora Energiewende*. As coal use dropped and demand was low due to the coronavirus crisis and ...
  • 26 Jun 2020 |

    Bosch CEO says car industry must prevent plug-in hybridgate emissions scandal

    26 Jun 2020, 12:15 Sören Amelang Cars WirtschaftsWoche German car industry association VDA will launch a working group to look into the sustainability of plug-in hybrid cars because these are often driven in combustion engine mode rather than using the ...
  • 26 Jun 2020 |

    German lignite exit contract lacks transparency on compensation think tank

    26 Jun 2020, 12:12 Expert FÖS- Green Budget Germany Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft Energiewende Cost & Prices Julian Wettengel Coal Tagesspiegel Background Experts have criticised the lack of transparency in the contract between lignite ...
  • 26 Jun 2020 |

    State must ensure more climate-friendly Lufthansa future after bailout opinion

    26 Jun 2020, 12:11 Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Tagesschau / Frankfurter Rundschau Shareholders of Germany's Lufthansa have accepted the conditions of a multi-billion euro bailout which gives the government a stake in the company and according ...
  • 25 Jun 2020 |

    German auctions show investors keen on solar, but still shun wind power

    25 Jun 2020, 13:28 Expert VDMA- German Engineering Federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Julian Wettengel Solar Wind Clean Energy Wire / pv magazine Germany's latest renewable auctions have ...
  • 25 Jun 2020 |

    German governments lignite contract offers possibility for earlier coal exit opinion

    25 Jun 2020, 13:26 Julian Wettengel Coal tageszeitung (taz) / Tagesspiegel Background / Rheinische Post German media commentators have said that the draft contract between the state and lignite operators presented by the cabinet on 24 June keeps open the ...
  • 25 Jun 2020 |
    EU

    German EU Council presidency programme much too vague on climate Germanwatch

    25 Jun 2020, 13:24 Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel EU Clean Energy Wire The German government cabinet has approved the programme for its EU Council presidency one week before the start of its six-month tenure next week (1 July) with ...
  • 24 Jun 2020 |

    Germany takes next coal exit step with contract for company compensation

    24 Jun 2020, 17:30 Germany is one step closer to finalising legislation on the planned coal exit by 2038 at the latest, as the government approved a draft contract between the state and companies to flesh out the countrys farewell to lignite. Among other ...
  • 24 Jun 2020 |

    Negative emissions not part of countries and companies climate strategies yet WEC

    24 Jun 2020, 14:20 Expert World Energy Council Germany Weltenergierat Electricity market Fossil fuels Kerstine Appunn Technology EU Clean Energy Wire More and more countries and businesses have set the goal of becoming climate neutral but few of them have ...
  • 23 Jun 2020 |
    EU

    German lobbying culture threatens climate-protection progress during EU presidency NGOs

    23 Jun 2020, 13:52 David Reay EU Clean Energy Wire A group of non-governmental organisations warns in a report that corporate interests could push for and achieve climate-damaging EU legislation during the countrys upcoming EU Council presidency. ...
  • 23 Jun 2020 |

    Grid operator Amprion opposes German state investing in competitor TenneT

    23 Jun 2020, 13:48 Expert Amprion Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert ...
  • 23 Jun 2020 |

    EU climate plans near top of Germanys "coronavirus presidency"

    23 Jun 2020, 15:13 Tough talks on how to make the European Union climate neutral by 2050 are a major challenge for Germanys 6-month EU Council presidency in the second half of 2020. The negotiations for a European economic recovery programme will be a ...
  • 22 Jun 2020 |

    Northern Germany pushes for greater hydrogen use with pilot project cluster

    22 Jun 2020, 12:40 Edgar Meza Hydrogen dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung Germanys push for greater hydrogen use is gaining momentum. Some 50 representatives from business, science and government have come together to promote 25 projects in northern Germany that ...
  • 22 Jun 2020 |

    Electricity watchdog challenges Germany's local e-car charging monopolies

    22 Jun 2020, 12:39 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Edgar Meza Cars Der Spiegel Local electricity monopolies have so far prevented ...
  • 22 Jun 2020 |

    Scientists sketch path to EU climate neutrality ahead of German Council presidency

    22 Jun 2020, 12:33 Edgar Meza Climate & CO2 EU Leopoldina / Acatech / Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities In a joint statement, leading German scientific institutions, including the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, ...
  • 23 Jun 2020 |
    EU

    Recovery package first test for German EU Council presidency policy analyst

    23 Jun 2020, 14:00 Helping European Union member states find a compromise on a coronavirus recovery package in July will be a first test for the German EU Council presidency in the second half of 2020, says Sophie Pornschlegel, senior policy analyst at ...
  • 19 Jun 2020 |

    'Grey energy' from reusing building materials could significantly reduce waste, study says

    19 Jun 2020, 14:46 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Benjamin Wehrmann Efficiency Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung A Swiss study has shed light on the efficiency gains of so-called grey energy ...
  • New controversial nuclear waste shipments from Germany to Russia approved

    19 Jun 2020, 14:17 Alex Dziadosz Nuclear phase-out International Tageszeitung (taz) Thousands of tons of nuclear waste will be transported from Germany to Russia through the Netherlands next year after getting approval from Dutch nuclear safety ...
  • 19 Jun 2020 |

    Researchers doubt Germany's new building energy act is breakthrough for heating transition

    19 Jun 2020, 14:14 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert IKEM- Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and ...
  • 19 Jun 2020 |

    Renewables could cover nearly six months of Germany's annual power demand E.ON

    19 Jun 2020, 14:04 Expert E.ON Utility Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Clean Energy Wire The amount of electricity produced with renewable energy sources in Germany within one year could theoretically power ...
  • 19 Jun 2020 |

    German industry and govt must enter into 'hydrogen pact' sustainability council

    19 Jun 2020, 14:01 Expert RNE- German Council for Sustainable Development Rat für nachhaltige Entwicklung Society Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen Clean Energy Wire Germanys government and industry should enter into a "hydrogen pact" to make the gas ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    German parliament passes contentious wind turbine distance rule and removes solar cap

    18 Jun 2020, 15:16 Alex Dziadosz Solar Wind Clean Energy Wire / Handelsblatt Germanys parliament is preparing to pass regulation about the minimum distance of wind turbines and support payments for solar power, resolving two major points of contention ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    New VW brand chief downplays thrust of carmaker's electric transition

    18 Jun 2020, 14:47 Alex Dziadosz Cars dpa / Focus Online / Auto Motor und Sport The new brand chief of VW, Ralf Brandstätter, has appeared to play down the groups transition to a full focus on electric vehicles, news agency dpa reports in an article ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    Every party in German parliament says US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 inacceptable

    18 Jun 2020, 14:32 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Security Clean Energy Wire All of the parties represented in the German parliament reject the economic sanctions threatened by the United States over the construction of the controversial ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    Germany says green finance criteria not a guiding principle in EU stability mechanism

    18 Jun 2020, 14:29 Expert Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany Finance Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Finance EU Clean Energy Wire The German government has said green and sustainable finance criteria will not influence investment ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    'Renovation wave' must be priority in German EU Presidency- industry and NGOs

    18 Jun 2020, 14:23 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency Deutsche ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    Most German cities are wasting vast solar potential on their rooftops analysis

    18 Jun 2020, 14:16 Expert LichtBlick Green power provider Electricity market Renewables Technology Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Solar Cities Clean Energy Wire Many of Germany's biggest cities are squandering vast renewable energy ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    Expectations for German EU Council presidency high, climate a priority Merkel

    18 Jun 2020, 14:04 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Policy EU Clean Energy Wire Germany will focus its upcoming EU Council presidency on the dual challenges of overcoming the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and making the continent more ...
  • 17 Jun 2020 |

    German premium carmakers book above-average sales of plug-in hybrids report

    17 Jun 2020, 15:16 Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire German carmakers BMW, Mercedes, and Audi have recorded above-average sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles this year, according to a report by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM). While these ...
  • 17 Jun 2020 |

    Long-term renovation strategy to gear up Germany for reducing buildings emissions

    17 Jun 2020, 15:14 Benjamin Wehrmann Efficiency Heating Clean Energy Wire Germany is seeking to make progress on greenhouse gas reduction in the building sector with a new long-term renovation strategy. The strategy is meant to help with implementation of ...
  • 17 Jun 2020 |

    External mobility costs for German society amount to 149 billion euros per year NGO

    17 Jun 2020, 15:11 Benjamin Wehrmann Mobility Clean Energy Wire The external costs caused by traffic and other mobility activities in Germany are in the range of 149 billion euros per year, transport NGO Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD) has stated in a ...
  • 17 Jun 2020 |

    Coronavirus shows little effect on German industry's climate plans so far NGO

    17 Jun 2020, 15:06 Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Handelsblatt The economic downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic has had little effect on many German companies' plans to invest in emissions reduction measures so far, Steffen Ermisch writes in ...
  • 16 Jun 2020

    Swap German Building Energy Act for tougher efficiency measures, says environment group

    16 Jun 2020, 15:06 David Reay Clean Energy Wire The German governments proposed Building Energy Act is lightweight and should be scrapped in favour of laws that enshrine climate neutrality in all new construction and renovation projects, an environmental ...
  • 16 Jun 2020 |

    Germany launches competition for green mobility projects as pandemic takes toll on public transport

    16 Jun 2020, 15:03 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy David Reay Transport Clean Energy Wire Germanys ...
  • 16 Jun 2020 |
    Gas

    Gas price plunge resuscitates hopes for fossil fuel's role in German energy transition

    16 Jun 2020, 14:59 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Clean Energy Wire / Spiegel Online CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this article, the authors's name was misspelled as "Heckling". The correct name is &quot ...
  • 16 Jun 2020 |

    Germany and six allies push for key hydrogen role in Europe's energy future

    16 Jun 2020, 14:57 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen International Clean Energy Wire A group of ...
  • 16 Jun 2020 |

    Solar cap removal not enough to bring clean energy to scale- German renewables industry

    16 Jun 2020, 14:53 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & ...
  • 16 Jun 2020 |

    Coal state pushes for finalising disputed German phase-out law

    16 Jun 2020, 14:50 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal MDR / Clean Energy Wire The German coal exit law should be finalised quickly and get parliamentary approval before the summer break ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    Hopes for EU-China climate deal centre on green recovery

    18 Jun 2020, 12:00 A joint push by the EU and China remains the best hope to drive global climate action and build momentum ahead of next years UN climate talks, researchers and NGOs say. The coronavirus pandemic has shifted national priorities, raised ...
  • 15 Jun 2020 |

    Geothermal lithium mining project cause for controversy in southern Germany

    15 Jun 2020, 15:11 Expert BGR- Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe Climate & CO2 Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Heating Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Spiegel Online A model ...
  • 15 Jun 2020 |

    Germany's car industry warns of bankruptcies due to coronavirus and climate policies

    15 Jun 2020, 14:47 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars The German car sector may face a "series of bankruptcies, leading industry representatives have warned. This is due to an almost unprecedented drop in demand caused by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, ...
  • 15 Jun 2020 |

    Vehicle tax for high-emission cars to rise in Germany by 2021

    15 Jun 2020, 14:43 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Clean Energy Wire Newly registered cars in Germany with high CO2 emissions will be charged an increased tax by 2021 in order to "align the ...
  • 15 Jun 2020 |

    Germany must step up climate ambitions for EU Green Deal govt advisors

    15 Jun 2020, 08:46 The independent expert commission in charge of monitoring Germany's energy transition says the European Green Deal requires the country to do more to fight climate change. The government advisors say a quicker-than-planned coal ...
  • 12 Jun 2020 |

    Most wind turbines' output could be boosted by changing rotational direction- study

    12 Jun 2020, 13:42 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Wind Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel The energy output of most wind turbines around the world could be increased by changing their direction of rotation from clockwise to anti-clockwise, a study ...
  • 12 Jun 2020 |

    Digitalisation boost from pandemic can advance climate protection analysis

    12 Jun 2020, 13:37 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Mobility Digitalisation Clean Energy Wire The coronavirus pandemic has boosted digitalisation because it forced many people to do without business trips, work remotely and shop online, which offers ...
  • 12 Jun 2020 |

    Energy markets recovering from corona shock, but coal faces 'toxic mix' experts

    12 Jun 2020, 13:31 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Electricity market Tagesspiegel Background Energy markets have largely recovered from the  upheaval caused by the coronavirus, and most experts expect few lasting consequences except that coal ...
  • 11 Jun 2020 |

    Local authorities' interest in climate change adaptation rises sharply in Germany

    11 Jun 2020, 14:20 Expert UFZ- Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung- UFZ Climate & CO2 Renewables Society Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Der Spiegel Following two extremely hot and ...
  • 11 Jun 2020 |

    German towns launch trial to shed coal and gas from energy supply

    11 Jun 2020, 14:15 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Technology dpa / Clean Energy Wire Three Western German towns are launching a trial to run the local energy supply without coal and gas, reports the newswire dpa in an  article  carried by the ...
  • 11 Jun 2020 |

    Car comparison websites say new govt support pushes up e-car demand

    11 Jun 2020, 14:11 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Der Spiegel The doubling of government subsidies for electric cars agreed last week as part of Germany's economic stimulus programme has considerably boosted interest for such vehicles on ...
  • 10 Jun 2020 |

    German govt approves long-delayed 10-year national energy and climate plan

    10 Jun 2020, 13:45 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Germanys ...
  • 10 Jun 2020 |

    Minister calls hydrogen strategy quantum leap, but NGOs fear dead end

    10 Jun 2020, 13:34 Sören Amelang Hydrogen Industry Clean Energy Wire Germany's hydrogen strategy is a "quantum leap" that will lift the energy transition and climate protection to a "new qualitative level," according to the ...
  • 10 Jun 2020 |

    Solar power storage systems double in two years in Germany

    10 Jun 2020, 13:03 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Freja Eriksen Solar Storage Clean Energy Wire The number of solar power storage devices installed ...
  • 10 Jun 2020 |

    A fifth of Germans would buy an electric car, one third a conventional model survey

    10 Jun 2020, 13:01 Freja Eriksen Cars Focus Online / RND Twenty-one percent of Germans would opt for an electric model when buying a new car after the German government has announced it will double the existing buyer's premium for electric vehicles ...
  • 10 Jun 2020 |

    Recurring droughts will change German forests forever- researcher

    10 Jun 2020, 12:15 Extreme droughts and prolonged heat waves have significantly raised awareness of climate change dangers in Germany in the past years. And the changing weather patterns are also having a huge impact on the country's environment, as ...
  • 10 Jun 2020 |

    German hydrogen strategy aims for global leadership in energy transition

    10 Jun 2020, 16:10 Germany places a large bet on hydrogen produced using renewable energy in its highly anticipated national hydrogen strategy that serves to underpin the country's ambitions to become a global leader in the technology. The strategy ...
  • 09 Jun 2020 |

    Germany's planned renewable heat bonus fails to boost green district heating utilities

    09 Jun 2020, 13:15 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert VKU- German Association of Local Utilities Verband ...
  • 09 Jun 2020 |

    Germany must push green recovery during EU Council presidency NGOs

    09 Jun 2020, 12:55 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Expert NABU- Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Der Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) e.V. Climate ...
  • 09 Jun 2020 |

    Interest in sustainable investments picking up in Germany

    09 Jun 2020, 12:51 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire The volume of financial investments classified as sustainable increased by nearly one quarter in Germany last year, according to the latest figures published by the financial industry ...
  • 09 Jun 2020 |

    Fewer German cities breaking diesel pollution limit

    09 Jun 2020, 12:48 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 ...
  • 08 Jun 2020 |

    Germany denounces further US sanctions planned against Nord Stream 2

    08 Jun 2020, 13:14 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Freja Eriksen Gas Security Handelsblatt German officials have ...
  • 08 Jun 2020 |

    German solar industry files complaint against persisting support cap

    08 Jun 2020, 13:13 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Freja Eriksen Solar Clean Energy Wire Representatives of the German solar industry have lodged a ...
  • 08 Jun 2020 |

    Germany drafts action plan for competitive climate-neutral steel production

    08 Jun 2020, 13:11 Freja Eriksen Industry Rheinische Post The German government is working on an action plan to support the country's steel industry in becoming more competitive and climate friendly,  writes Antje Höning in the Rheinische Post. ...
  • 08 Jun 2020 |

    Coronavirus-induced power price drop prompts calls for extending Germany's renewables support

    08 Jun 2020, 13:09 Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Clean Energy Wire The  price drop on electricity markets  due to the coronavirus pandemic has led to calls for extending Germany's renewable energy support for wind turbines that are poised to fall out ...
  • 15 Jun 2020 |

    Germanys geothermal sector is struggling to take off

    15 Jun 2020, 09:20 While geothermal energy is a viable alternative to curb emissions for heating and cooling, fears and high costs have limited its expansion. But Bavaria and now Baden Wurttemberg are forging ahead. The potential of geothermal energy, ...
  • 05 Jun 2020 |

    German stimulus plan watershed moment in relations to car industry- media

    05 Jun 2020, 13:22 Sven Egenter Cars Green stimulus Tageszeitung (taz) / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Süddeutsche Zeitung The German governments decision to focus its 130 billion euro economic stimulus programme on future, more climate-friendly ...
  • 05 Jun 2020 |

    German, Austrian and Swiss presidents urge green recovery

    05 Jun 2020, 13:07 Sören Amelang Green stimulus Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The heads of state of Germany, Austria and Switzerland have warned against neglecting climate protection during the pandemic and urged an economic restart with investments in ...
  • 05 Jun 2020 |

    Plug-in hybrids unlikely to lower transport emissions- Greenpeace report

    05 Jun 2020, 13:06 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Edgar Meza Cars Clean Energy Wire [CORRECTION: Greenpeace corrected its press release clarifying that currently available plug-in hybrids in Germany have the average ...
  • 05 Jun 2020 |

    Reactions to Germany's stimulus programme and its climate effects

    05 Jun 2020, 15:13 The German government coalition has decided to reboot Europe's largest economy with a 130 billion euros stimulus package that contains many steps to further the country's landmark energy transition. The Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 04 Jun 2020 |

    Germany gives energy transition mild boost with economic stimulus programme

    04 Jun 2020, 14:06 The German government coalition has decided to reboot Europe's largest economy with a 130 billion euros stimulus package that contains steps to further the country's landmark energy transition. Aside from comprehensive actions ...
  • 03 Jun 2020 |

    German coal exit 'overtaken by reality,' country must prepare for earlier phase-out NGO

    03 Jun 2020, 13:25 Expert E3G- Third generation enviromentalism European non profit organisation for policy transformation Climate & CO2 Finance Policy Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Clean Energy Wire The sharp decline of coal use in ...
  • 03 Jun 2020 |

    Pandemic fails to slow Germany's rollout of solar PV- report

    03 Jun 2020, 13:23 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Solar pv magazine The coronavirus crisis ...
  • 03 Jun 2020 |

    Germany raises offshore wind power target to 40 GW by 2040

    03 Jun 2020, 13:15 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert NABU- Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Der ...
  • 02 Jun 2020 |

    Germany to launch 80 billion euro-stimulus programme for 'innovation and sustainability'

    02 Jun 2020, 13:34 Benjamin Wehrmann Green stimulus Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German government's coronavirus recovery programme will likely mobilise funds of about 80 billion to 100 billion euros, Kerstin Schwenn reports in newspaper ...
  • 02 Jun 2020 |

    German metal-processing industry calls for common European industry power price

    02 Jun 2020, 13:26 Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Freja Eriksen Industry Handelsblatt The German industry federation for metal-processing companies, WVMetalle, is calling for an ...
  • 02 Jun 2020 |

    Purchase premium scheme for all vehicles would cause rise in CO2 emissions study

    02 Jun 2020, 13:23 Expert ICCT- International Council on Clean Transportation Transport Expert ifo- Institute for Economic Research Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (ifo) Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Electricity market David ...
  • 29 May 2020 |

    Spring 2020 in Germany extremely sunny and much too dry weather service

    29 May 2020, 13:11 Expert DWD- Germany's National Meteorological Service Deutscher Wetterdienst Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire This years spring in Germany was extremely sunny, quite warm and much too dry, ...
  • 29 May 2020 |

    Opposition to new car buyers premiums within German government coalition

    29 May 2020, 13:09 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Julian Wettengel Cars Green stimulus Süddeutsche Zeitung There is significant opposition among Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative ...
  • 29 May 2020 |

    Massive offshore wind expansion could solve German hydrogen strategy gridlock

    29 May 2020, 13:01 The German government is set to make the large-scale use of offshore wind power to produce emission-free hydrogen a cornerstone of its long-anticipated national hydrogen strategy, reports Tagesspiegel Background. With additional ...
  • 29 May 2020 |

    Corona crisis shakes up shift to sustainable urban mobility

    29 May 2020, 10:31 The corona pandemic has upended the transition to sustainable urban mobility around the world. While the fear of infection has put people off public transport and vehicle sharing schemes, it has boosted private cars, cycling and walking ...
  • 28 May 2020 |

    Strong signal from Brussels German reactions to EU recovery proposal

    28 May 2020, 12:34 German industry and energy sector associations have welcomed the coronavirus recovery proposal presented by the European Commission. Lobby group BDI said the funds should focus on sustainability not only in regard to climate and ...
  • Slowing economy causes sizable German energy use decrease in first quarter 2020

    28 May 2020, 17:30 A slowing economy and mild weather lowered Germany's energy demand significantly in the first quarter of 2020. Latest data also confirmed that renewable energy sources accounted for more than half of the electricity fed into ...
  • 28 May 2020 |
    Gas

    German Social Democrats say EU hydrogen production ideal case for coronavirus recovery project

    28 May 2020, 12:29 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Clean Energy Wire A coordinated European green hydrogen production infrastructure is a prime example for possible EU ...
  • 27 May 2020 |

    German media divided on Lufthansa rescue package

    27 May 2020, 13:44 Julian Wettengel Transport Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire While some media commentators welcome the deal to rescue Germanys national airline Lufthansa and say a lack of concrete sustainability criteria is justified, others write that ...
  • 27 May 2020 |

    High energy industry investments, but uncertainty for 2020/21 report

    27 May 2020, 13:38 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Julian Wettengel Business & Jobs Utilities Clean Energy ...
  • 27 May 2020 |

    German government to push green recovery in EU Council presidency

    27 May 2020, 13:35 Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire Dealing with the coronavirus crisis will be the main priority of the German EU Council presidency in the second half of 2020, chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of the European ...
  • 27 May 2020 |

    Costs of stabilising German power grid fall again in 2019

    27 May 2020, 13:32 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Freja Eriksen Grid Clean Energy Wire Costs of stabilising the German power ...
  • 26 May 2020 |

    Emissions fraud compensation ruling marks black day for Volkswagen- German media

    26 May 2020, 12:45 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport David Reay Cars Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine / NZZ / Mitteldeutsche Zeitung Volkswagen lost a key legal battle in the long-running Dieselgate scandal on 25 May when a court ordered that a ...
  • 26 May 2020 |

    CO₂ removal necessary to reach EU climate neutrality 2050 study

    26 May 2020, 12:43 Expert SWP- German Institute for International and Security Affairs Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik G20 International Policy Security Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire An active removal of several hundred million ...
  • German government should use coronavirus stimulus funds to reduce renewables levy think tank

    26 May 2020, 12:40 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Julian Wettengel EEG2016 | Law Cost & Prices Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire Germanys power customers ...
  • Lufthansa rescue deal must set example for green recovery conditions opinion

    26 May 2020, 12:38 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Left Party Die Linke EEG 2.0 | Law Policy David Reay Business ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    Experts criticise proposed German coal exit law for deviating from commission compromise

    25 May 2020, 14:58 Experts have criticised the German government's draft coal exit law for deviating from the compromise found by the coal commission in early 2019. At a parliamentary committee hearing, representatives from industry, research ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    German environment ministry study says local authorities key to green recovery

    25 May 2020, 12:41 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    Consumer association calls for more transparency on grid fees

    25 May 2020, 12:40 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Expert VZBV- Federation of German Consumer Organisations Verbraucherzentrale ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    German solar and wind could supply three times todays power demand by 2040 study

    25 May 2020, 12:38 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Julian Wettengel Solar Wind Clean Energy Wire Solar and wind power in Germany could supply three times the ...
  • 22 May 2020 |

    Energy-intensive industry warns against additional burdens from short-term coronavirus recovery measures

    22 May 2020, 14:11 Expert VCI- German Chemicals Industry Association Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. Cost & Prices Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire / Die Welt Energy-intensive industry groups short ...
  • 22 May 2020 |

    Soaring renewables output could save villages threatened by German coal mine expansion

    22 May 2020, 14:07 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland ...
  • 22 May 2020 |

    Hard coal alliance proposes runtime extension for 'reserve' under Germany's phase-out- report

    22 May 2020, 14:04 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland An alliance of hard coal plant operators plans to achieve an expansion of the runtime of Germany's seven most modern hard coal plants by ...
  • Number of German energy workers rises by more than 10,000 in a decade

    22 May 2020, 14:02 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Business & Jobs Clean ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    German government adopts higher CO2 starting price of 25 euros per tonne for transport and heating

    20 May 2020, 13:55 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    Researchers weigh in on scope and scale of hydrogen use ahead of Germany's national strategy launch

    20 May 2020, 13:44 Expert Climate-Alliance Germany Klima-Allianz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert EWI- Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universität zu Köln Business & Jobs Cost &amp ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    Germany to buy stake in Dutch grid operator TenneT as part of broader energy cooperation

    20 May 2020, 13:38 Expert TenneT Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Benjamin Wehrmann Grid International Clean Energy Wire The German government is preparing to buy a stake in Dutch transmission grid operator (TSO) TenneT as part of a ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    'Bee power' contracts seek to make Germany's bioenergy crops more sustainable

    20 May 2020, 13:36 Benjamin Wehrmann Bioenergy Agriculture Tageszeitung (taz) Power suppliers in Germany have begun offering "bee power" contracts that charge customers one additional cent per kilowatt hour to help preserve the industrious ...
  • Stimulus debates add fresh drive as energy transition efforts restart after coronavirus break

    20 May 2020, 13:50 Months of dispute within the government coalition and the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have significantly slowed down progress on a number of important German energy transition projects. The coal exit law has yet to be adopted by ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    Pandemic turns rush hour into public transport's ultimate problem mobility researcher

    20 May 2020, 12:30 Implementing social distancing in trams, buses and underground trains at peak times creates massive problems for urban public transport, says Barbara Lenz, who heads the Institute of Transport Research at the German Aerospace Centre DLR ...
  • 19 May 2020 |

    Controversial new coal plant Datteln 4 test runs disrupt German power prices

    19 May 2020, 14:38 Edgar Meza Coal Renewables Tageszeitung (taz) Germany's controversial new Datteln 4 coal plant in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is running at full capacity in test operation despite the low demand for electricity on the ...
  • 19 May 2020 |

    Industry associations release 4-point plan to green Germany's municipal heating

    19 May 2020, 14:23 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & ...
  • 19 May 2020 |

    Rebuff of environment advisors' report shows Merkel party's disdain of science opinion

    19 May 2020, 14:17 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government The governing conservative CDU/CSU alliance has shrugged off concerns by the German Advisory Council on the ...
  • 19 May 2020 |

    Public transport plunge due to coronavirus could inflate Germany's transport emissions NGO

    19 May 2020, 14:12 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire A drop in the use of public transport due to passengers coronavirus fears could increase Germany's transport ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    German government coalition agreement removes key hurdles to renewables rollout

    18 May 2020, 18:14 The German government has agreed to remove key hurdles to the rollout of renewable energies that had begun to slow the country's landmark energy transition. The deal between chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    Merkel's coalition partner pushes for ambitious green hydrogen production

    18 May 2020, 14:16 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Sören Amelang Gas Renewables Clean Energy Wire Germany should aim to build up large capacities of hydrogen production from renewables as ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    Germany weighs higher e-car support payments as local carmakers drag feet

    18 May 2020, 14:13 Edgar Meza Cars Business & Jobs Der Spiegel The German government is weighing an 11,000 euro subsidy for electric cars in a bid to help the countrys hard-hit auto industry in the coronavirus crisis, even though the sector is having ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    Critics blast German parliament's approval of toll-free transport for LNG-powered trucks

    18 May 2020, 14:08 Expert ICCT- International Council on Clean Transportation Transport Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Edgar Meza Gas Cars Focus Online / Öko-Institut Despite ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    Germany leads globally in energy security levels, thanks to renewables- study

    18 May 2020, 14:06 Edgar Meza Renewables Security Germany boasts the highest energy security level in the world, due in large part to the wide spread use of renewable energy sources in the country, according to a study by Abdelrahman Azzuni and Christian ...
  • Germany and France say climate action must be cornerstone of EU coronavirus recovery

    18 May 2020, 14:02 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert German-French Office for the Energiewende Office franco-allemand pour la transition énergétique ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    German railway service Deutsche Bahn hit hard by COVID-19 crisis

    15 May 2020, 14:21 Expert Deutsche Bahn German railway operator Business & Jobs Transport Edgar Meza Transport Der Spiegel Largely due to the coronavirus crisis, German railway service Deutsche Bahn (DB) has an 11-billion-euro hole in its budget, ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    German economy at risk from climate change impacts abroad- study

    15 May 2020, 14:20 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Edgar Meza Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The effects of climate change outside of Europe pose a much larger risk to Germany's ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    German MPs critical of setting up domestic LNG import infrastructure

    15 May 2020, 14:17 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Julian Wettengel Gas Security Clean Energy Wire Several German parliamentarians have criticised government plans to set up a domestic infrastructure ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    Germany on course to widely miss EU emission targets think tank

    15 May 2020, 14:07 Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Germany is on track to widely miss its EU obligations to reduce CO2 emissions ...
  • 15 May 2020 |
    Gas

    Unravelling the climate footprint of U.S. liquefied natural gas

    15 May 2020, 16:34 The U.S. administration is aggressively promoting the countrys liquefied natural gas (LNG) to European partners, portraying it both as a supply that would help them diversify away from Russian gas and as a way to reduce greenhouse gas ...
  • 14 May 2020 |

    Driverless trucks could shift transport from rails to road report

    14 May 2020, 14:17 Edgar Meza Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Freight Clean Energy Wire The introduction of automated heavy trucks could further shift transport from rail to road, according to a report by Germanys Aerospace Center (DLR) on the ...
  • 14 May 2020 |

    Unions, utilities and activists call for speeding up heating transition

    14 May 2020, 14:15 Edgar Meza Heating Clean Energy Wire A broad coalition comprising unions, utilities, and climate protection organisations in Germany is pushing for new momentum in the countrys lagging efforts to lower emissions from heating. The ...
  • 14 May 2020 |

    Government advisors say Germany should base climate policy on CO2 budget

    14 May 2020, 14:07 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Policy Germany should base its climate policy on a CO2 budget in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, which would require fast-tracking efforts to reach climate neutrality, ...
  • 14 May 2020 |
    Gas

    Germany's gas grid operators present concept for 2030 green hydrogen grid

    14 May 2020, 14:03 Sören Amelang Gas Clean Energy Wire Germany can establish an initial grid for transporting green hydrogen made with renewables by 2030 at limited costs, according to the country's gas transmission grid operator umbrella ...
  • 13 May 2020 |

    Number of rail passengers in Germany drops 40 percent in March

    13 May 2020, 13:39 Sören Amelang Transport Clean Energy Wire The total number of rail passengers on Germany&