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26 07 2021 | 13:59

German energy demand possible through renewables alone in next 10-15 years

Germany’s entire energy demand can be met through renewable energies alone within the next ten to fifteen years, according to a new report by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin…

26 07 2021 | 00:51

Germany got flood preparations ‘badly wrong’ expert claims

The death toll from the floods topped 180 on Sunday when some 157 people were confirmed dead in Germany and 31 died in Belgium. The impact of floods in western Europe represents a “monumental…

24 07 2021 | 11:19

At least 58 dead in Germany as heavy rains bring catastrophic flooding.

Parts of Belgium, France and Netherlands also badly affected as unprecedented rainfall wreaks havoc. At least 58 people have died and dozens more are missing in Germany after much of western Europe…

17 07 2021 | 11:39

German Death Toll Exceeds 100 After Worst Floods in Decades

The death toll from the floods that devastated parts of western Germany rose to at least 103, with scores of people injured and many others unaccounted for after houses were swept away and roads and…

22 06 2021 | 09:53

Pressure on UK as Germany backs ending free carbon permits for airlines

Boris Johnson has pledged to give details of how UK will meet its climate targets before Cop26. The German government is backing an extension of EU carbon pricing that will end free carbon permits…

21 05 2021 | 11:08

Stronger German climate law makes fast coal phaseout ‘inevitable’.

Just two weeks after young environmental activists won a lawsuit over insufficient climate protection in Germany, an amended version of the country’s climate law has been passed, which could result…

14 05 2021 | 12:35

Ambitious German net-zero goal may require reliance on carbon capture, green hydrogen.

When Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany will aim to reach net-zero emissions by 2045, Frank Peter was surprised. His think tank, Agora Energiewende, had only a week before published an…

03 01 2021 | 09:02

Berlin confirms new renewables laws from 1 January.

New framework contains conditions for future expansion. The German Government has confirmed new renewables laws will come into force on 1 January.  The law amending the Renewable Energy Sources Act…

26 11 2020 | 16:06

German utility to test feasibility of transporting pure hydrogen in existing gas pipelines

European utilities company E.ON is converting a natural gas pipeline in Germany, which is part of the public supply system, to pure hydrogen. Part of its new research and development project “H2HoWi…

05 11 2020 | 08:22

Winners of the 2020 UN Global Climate Action Awards Announced.

Bonn, Germany - The recipients of the 2020 United Nations Global Climate Action Awards were announced today, shining a light on some of the best examples of what people across the globe are doing to…

05 11 2020 | 07:33

Germany's solar share to reach 10% for the first time in 2020.

Solar federation BSW warns of new hurdles to expansion being erected as part of amendment to country’s renewables legislation. Solar power this year for the first time will represent 10% of Germany’…

19 10 2020 | 07:39

How the old West-East German border will be transformed into a green oasis.

More than 30 years after the entire border zone ceased to exist, the federal government has decided the 870 mile-long scar will be designated a nature reserve, writes Christopher F. Schuetze One…

10 10 2020 | 08:58

State subsidies for company cars top €32bn in UK and EU

UK alone spends €5.7bn and Germany €12bn but analysis finds subsidies often go towards most polluting fleet vehicles UK and European governments give companies subsidies worth €32bn (£29bn) a year…

27 09 2020 | 08:37

Germany's New Climate Charter: What Will It Change?

The coronavirus pandemic has altered economic priorities for governments around the world. But as wildfires tear up the west coast of the United States and Europe reels after one of its hottest…

07 09 2020 | 11:22

Only one in 10 utility firms prioritise renewable electricity – global study.

Vast majority of world’s electricity companies remain heavily invested in fossil fuels. Only one in 10 of the world’s electric utility companies are prioritising investment in clean renewable energy…

07 09 2020 | 09:37

Germany's Groundwater Wells Are Running Dry Amid Climate Crisis.

Despite the lush, verdant nature that surrounds the German town of Ulrichstein, residents here — and in the region — suffer from acute water shortages. Ulrichstein Mayor Edwin Schneider, meanwhile,…

12 07 2020 | 08:29

German transmission operator 50Hertz begins planning for 100% renewable energy grid.

German transmission system operator 50Hertz has launched an economic and climate initiative aiming to draw 100 per cent of the electricity delivered from renewable sources by 2032. 50Hertz supplies…

08 07 2020 | 08:10

Who’s Insuring the Trans Mountain Pipeline?

Rainforest Action Network recently uncovered a document that lists the 11 companies that are currently insuring the controversial Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline in Canada.

08 07 2020 | 08:06

Germany Approves Coal Phaseout by 2038.

The Bundestag and Bundesrat — Germany's lower and upper houses of parliament — passed legislation on Friday that would phase out coal use in the country in less than two decades as part of a road map…

30 06 2020 | 08:51

German far right infiltrates green groups with call to protect the land.

Extremists exploit rural nostalgia and farmers’ anger at globalisation to smuggle in ideology. The poster advertising the evening of debate and organic canapés in Halle’s university district looked…