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Press release from | No. 4/2017

Air quality 2016: Nitrogen dioxide still the top pollutant

traffic jam in the city

The air in Germany’s cities continued to have excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution in 2016. This is according to an evaluation of preliminary measurements made by the federal states and the German Environment Agency. The threshold value of 40 micrograms per cubic metre on a yearly average was exceeded at about 57 per cent of all the measuring stations located near major thoroughfares. read more

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Press release from | No. 03/2017

2015 greenhouse gas emissions indicate a slight decrease for second year in a row

Eine Solaranlage auf freien Feld, im Hintergrund drehen sich Windkrafträder

Germany recorded total emissions of 901.9 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents for 2015, which is 2.3 million tonnes (0.3%) less than in 2014 and 27.9% less than in 1990. This data is based on calculations which the German Environment Agency (UBA) has reported to the European Commission. The greatest reductions were achieved in the energy industries (11.8 million tonnes). read more

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Press release from | No. 02/2017

Convincing design, not short-lived disposable goods

Grafik mit grünem Hintergrund. Darauf ein weißer Papierflieger.

Waste screening systems for marine litter, breathing building facades or bionic partition walls in airplanes: The German Federal Ecodesign Award is once again looking for daring pioneers of design and inventors of sustainable products for the award in 2017. The deadline for submission of entries to the competition is 10 April. read more

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Press release from | No. 1/2017

Pace of environmentally harmful subsidies phase-out continues to falter

Euro bank notes

Environmentally harmful subsidies in Germany continue to be in effect at an excessively high level and now total 57 billion euros, says a recent report by the German Environment Agency (UBA). More than 90 percent of these subsidies are a burden on the climate – and are therefore thwarting Germany's implementation of the Paris Agreement. read more

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