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02 06 2022 | 10:14

Sunak’s UK oil subsidy could have insulated 2m homes, says thinktank

Billions of pounds given away in a tax break for UK oil and gas exploitation could have permanently cut the energy bills of 2m homes by £342 a year if invested in insulation measures, according to a…

28 11 2021 | 08:09

Germany's Scholz seals deal to end Merkel era

Olaf Scholz will head a three-party coalition with broad plans for Germany's transition to a green economy, under a deal to end 16 years of government led by Angela Merkel. Almost two months after…

01 10 2021 | 12:47

Climate change to loom large in talks to form new German government

Strong results for green and liberal parties mean climate and energy policies are expected to feature heavily in upcoming coalition talks. Climate and energy policies are expected to loom large in…

28 09 2021 | 14:06

How German coalition wrangling could affect Cop26 mood

Analysis: after Germany’s climate election, UN summit delegates will be watching to see what is agreed on coal phase-out. It was called Germany’s climate election. After deadly floods in July…

03 09 2021 | 13:22

Germany ‘set for biggest rise in greenhouse gases for 30 years’

Increase means country will slip back from goal of cutting emissions by 40% from 1990 levels. Germany is forecast to record its biggest rise in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990 this year as the…

25 08 2021 | 12:53

Climate crisis made deadly German floods ‘up to nine times more likely’

Study reinforces the hard evidence that carbon emissions are the main cause of worsening extreme weather. The record-shattering rainfall that caused deadly flooding across Germany and Belgium in…

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…