Press release from | No. 62/2020

Coronavirus pandemic and stormy February lead to increase in share of renewable energies in electricity supply sector in Germany

Windkraftanlagen stehen im Meer

The share of renewable energies in gross electricity consumption will be around 46 percent for the full year 2020 – a good four percentage points higher than the figure for the full year 2019 (42%). The increase was due to an increase in electricity generation from renewable sources of about five per cent, but also to a decrease in electricity consumption in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. read more

Press release from | No. 61/2020

Climate impact of online retail and stationary trade depends on the product

A woman orders clothing online, sitting in front of her wardrobe.

Nearly three quarters of the greenhouse gas emissions in the life cycle of a product are generated as early as the production stage, says a study for the German Environment Agency (UBA) which focuses on the greenhouse gas emissions of online retail (“Greening E-Commerce”). The study reports that the share of retail and transport accounts for only one to ten percent of total emissions. read more

Press release from | No. 56/2020

Using coronavirus stimulus packages to enhance climate action

Die Erde aus dem All.

Stimulus packages amounting to billions of euros have been and are being launched worldwide to mitigate the economic and social impacts of the coronavirus crisis. The Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and the German Environment Agency (UBA) consider these programmes an opportunity to set the course towards a more sustainable society by planning a resilient and viable economic recovery. read more

Press release from | No. 55/2020

Packaging waste: Online marketplaces must be subject to better oversight

In verschiedene Kisten ordentlich sortierte Materialien wie Altpapier, Altglas und Plastikfalschen

The German Environment Agency (UBA) proposes to require operators of online marketplaces to ensure compliance with the Packaging Act on their platforms. "Digital marketplaces can also do more to protect the environment. We recommend that in future all online platforms check before selling goods whether sellers have complied with the obligation to be registered in the Packaging Register." read more

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