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Press release from | No. 26/2019

Plenty of sun and wind sets electricity records in Germany

Photovoltaikanlage auf dem Dach des Umweltbundesamtes in Dessau-Roßlau

In the first half of 2019 electricity produced from renewable energies made notable gains over the same period in the previous year. During the first six months of the year production was around 129 billion kilowatt hours, about 10 percent more than the same period in 2018 (+ 12 billion kWh). But the rate of new build of wind energy turbines has slowed in 2019. read more

Press release from | No. 24/2019

Healthy all summer long

That's good against heat: a cooling water bag

Summer, sun, holiday time and bathing fun: summer is the most wonderful time of the year for many people. However, the recent hot summer of 2018 showed that good health is as important as fun and relaxation. A new publication by the German Meteorological Service (DWD) and German Environment Agency (UBA) talks about how to handle the "shadow side" of summer. read more

Press release from | No. 23/2019

More environmental protection in e-commerce

eine Frau bestellt vor ihrem Kleiderschrank mit ihrem Smartphone Kleidung

Round-the-clock shopping and (from) anywhere at all – e-commerce makes it all possible. As a result, much of the goods traded are often returned and all too often destroyed. read more

Press release from | No. 20/2019

Digitalisation can make consumption more sustainable

A computer keybord with a green button with a shopping cart.

Personalised advertisement, instant delivery, virtual shopping assistants and contactless payment show that consumption and digitalisation have become closely linked. A new report from the German Environment Agency (UBA) says it is not yet known whether this link will lead to greater pollution. The current analysis is that digitalisation offers good opportunities to use resources more efficiently. read more

Press release from | No. 19/2019

Plastics in the environment

Plastic waste on a beach.

New UBA study: Numbers, background information, research needs, and measures to combat the plastic flood. read more


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