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Press release from | No. 11/2020

2019 greenhouse gas emissions in Germany declined by 6.3 percent

in einer futuristisch anmutenden Szenerie mit blauem Licht stehen Solarpanels auf einer Wasserfläche, im Hintergrund Windkraftanlagen und Strommasten

Germany generated some 805 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 – 54 million tonnes (6.3%) less than in 2018. These are the results of a preliminary inventory of greenhouse gas emissions taken by the German Environment Agency (UBA), which continues the positive course of development of the previous year. With the exception of the global crisis year 2009, emissions reductions in 2019. read more

Press release from | No. 10/2020

Slight decline in Germany's air pollutant emissions

Dicker, schwarzer Rauch kommt aus dem Schornstein.

The trend in Germany's air pollutant emissions continues on a slight decline, says the annual report by the German Environment Agency (UBA) submitted to the European Commission. In 2018, sulphur (SO2) compounds decreased by nearly 4.2 percent compared to 2017, bringing levels to 95 percent below 1990. read more

Press release from | No. 09/2020

Speed limits on motorways clearly cut down CO2 emissions

Eine Autobahn

A general speed limit on German federal motorways would allow reductions of greenhouse gas emissions ranging between 1.9 and 5.4 million tonnes annually, depending on the actual limit imposed. These are the results of new calculations by the German Environment Agency (UBA). read more

Press release from | No. 08/2020

German environmental industry remains strong

Windräder bei Nacht

Enironmental protection continues to be an important factor in the German economy. Yet, Germany’s international competitiveness has declined markedly in the past ten years. This is the result of two recent reports by the German Environment Agency (UBA) on production, sales, foreign trade and on research and patent applications in the environmental industry. read more

Press release from | No. 07/2020

Art and the environment “Zero Waste” exhibition in Leipzig

Ein Frauengesicht mit Plastikstücken

Waste is everywhere: be it in the form of a gigantic gyre in the Pacific, particulate matter in the air or microplastics in the food chain. The “Zero Waste” group exhibition showcases some of the international positions of contemporary art which point to the urgency of conserving resources, consuming less and living more sustainably. read more

Press release from | No. 06/2020

Many bisphenol A alternatives may be endocrine disruptive

Reagenzkolben mit Flüssigkeit

A research project by the German Environment Agency (UBA) tested 44 potential substitutes for bisphenol A (BPA) for a number of different applications and products. The result: 43 of these substances are not recommended for use, either because they have a hormone-mimicking effect or a lack of data has not conclusively disproved evidence of such an effect. read more

Press release from | No. 05/2020

Air quality 2019: Trend in NO2 decline continues

Eine Straße, in der sich Autos stauen.

Measured concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in 2019 exceeded the annual mean limit of 40 µg/m³ of air at nearly 20 percent of measuring stations located near road traffic, compared to 42 percent in 2018. Nitrogen dioxide pollution overall continues to decline throughout Germany. read more

Press release from | No. 04/2020

Youth study: Climate action and environmental protection are popular among young people

junge Frauen am Laptop

Protecting the environment and climate action are hot topics for young people in Germany. A clear majority of the young population is interested in politics, willing to take action and places their trust in democracy. They expect policy makers to do more for the climate and environment and to be mindful of social justice. They also perceive potential in each and every person to do more. read more


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