climate change

Climate | Energy

RESCUE: Main results

RESCUE shows that until 2050 greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by 95 to 97 percent (in comparison to 1990). Through the use of sustainable agriculture and forestry practices, even net-zero emissions can be reached. At the same time, primary raw materials consumption can be reduced by 56 to 70 percent. However, the transformation also results in additional demands for single raw materials. read more

Soil | Agriculture

Soil loss – any soil crumb counts

Photo of an extreme form of erosion.

When heavy rains or strong winds hit uncovered soil, soil material can be transported downslope or through the open landscape. Soil erodes and will be deposited elsewhere. The result is the degradation of fertile soil, which we need as a basis for life. Erosion limits the functions of soils, pollutes water bodies and damages infrastructures. read more

Soil | Agriculture

Soil loss by wind erosion

When strong winds hit bare or only poorly covered soil, soil material is stirred up and transported, sometimes over long distances, through the open landscape. The result is the stealthy loss of fertile soil. Neighboring sites and ecosystems can be affected. Also, for people dangerous situations are possible, for example due to impaired visibility. read more

News on Climate | Energy

Systematically perform climate risk assessments in municipalities

Luftbild über Berlin - Potsdamer Platz und Tiergarten

Municipalities are affected differently by climate change due to various factors. The German Environment Agency (UBA) therefore recommends the implementation of municipal climate risk assessments along three essential steps: preparation, implementation and communication of the results. To support this, a handout provides information on the methodological procedure in addition to ISO 14091. read more

Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

Assessments of SDG Interactions in Transformation Pathways

Poster with symbols for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

The “SDG pathways” project develops and applies a modeling approach for integrated sustainability assessments of ambitious resource- and climate policy transformation pathways for Germany. Applied evaluation criteria are given by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide an ambitious set of goals and targets for the environmental, social, and economic transformation until 2030. read more

Umwelt-Indikator

Indicator: Renewable energy

A graph shows the share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption and gross electricity consumption. The share in gross electricity consumption rose from 6.3 percent in 2000 to 41.1 percent in 2020. The share in gross final energy consumption rose from 6.2 to 19.7 percent between 2004 and 2021.

The share of renewable energies in electricity consumption increased from 6.3 % to 41.1 % between 2000 and 2021.The share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption increased from 6.2 % (2004) to 19.7 % (2021).The goal of increasing the share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption to 18 % by 2020 was achieved.The 2030 targets can only be achieved with considerable add... read more

Indicator: Greenhouse gas emissions in industry

A graph shows greenhouse gas emissions and gross value-added between 1995 and 2019. Greenhouse gas emissions fell from 238.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents in 1995 to 182.1 million tonnes in 2019. Gross value-added increased during that time.

Greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing industry fell by around 23.6 % between 1995 and 2019.Over the same period, productivity grew by about 37 % (adjusted for price).Overall greenhouse gas emissions in Germany should fall by 95 % compared to 1990 by 2050. read more

Indicator: Hot days

A graph shows the number of hot days in the areal mean for 1951 to 2021. Although the trend varies greatly, the increase is clearly visible. A trend line has also been plotted on the graph which shows a significant rise.

The highest number of hot days averaged across Germany were recorded in 2003, 2015 and 2018.Despite considerable fluctuations between individual years, the overall trend is rising significantly.More hot days are expected during summer months in the coming decades due to climate change. read more

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