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Climate | Energy

Guarantees of origin for renewable energy sources

The market share of green electricity has increased dramatically in recent years in Germany. Electricity consumers need to be confident that the green electricity they pay for does in fact come from renewable sources. Guarantees of origin (GO) prove the origin of renewable energy in a transparent way and provide electricity consumers the necessary reliability. read more

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Climate | Energy

Renewable energies - the figures

What is the share of renewable energies in final energy consumption?Renewable energies have undergone rapid growth in Germany. Their share in final energy consumption reached 13.7 per cent in 2014. The electricity sector is the main driver behind this development with renewables already providing 27.4 per cent of electricity consumption (2014).More information on renewables is available from the w... read more

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News on Climate | Energy

Who is doing what in the Energiewende?

eine Frau und ein Mann mit blauen Bau-Schutzhelmen stehen mit einem Tablet und Papierunterlagen in der Hand auf einer Wiese und zeigen auf eine Windkraftanlage

Germany's Energiewende is a complex, large-scale project. The tasks and measures by which to achieve it are manifold and diverse, as reflected by the many active players in Germany. The publication "Who is who of the Energiewende in Germany – Contact Partners in Politics, Industry and Society", published by the Foreign Office in German and English, provides an overview. read more

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Economy | Consumption

Heat pumps

Heat pumps are coming into increasing use for heating of buildings and hot water production, as well as for commercial applications. Heat pumps can provide a broad range of heat outputs. The use of fluorinated refrigerants in heat pumps can potentially cause leakage and have a climate impact, whereby natural refrigerants are a more environmentally friendly alternative. read more

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Climate | Energy

Renewable energies

Eine Solaranlage auf freien Feld, im Hintergrund drehen sich Windkrafträder

What is renewable energies’ share in electricity production? How can we use biomass sustainably? How do the European mechanisms to promote renewable electricity generation work? What do we need to bear in mind when we burn wood on open fires or in stoves? read more

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