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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 6.2 percent in 2000 to 31.7 percent in 2016. The share in gross final energy consumption rose from 3.7 to 14.6 percent in the same period.

The share of renewable energies in electricity consumption increased from 6.2 % to 31.7 % between 2000 and 2016.The share of renewables in final energy consumption increased from 3.7 % (2000) to 14.6 % (2016).The Federal Government has set ambitious targets for the decades ahead.So far, the energy industry seems to be on track to reach the targets. Nevertheless, additional efforts, especially in t... read more


Indicator: Global surface temperature

A graph shows the deviation of the global air temperature between 1850 and 2016 from the average global air temperature from 1961 to 1990, which is taken as the baseline period. 2016 was 0.77 degrees Celsius warmer than the baseline average.

2016 was the warmest year since records began.The 20 warmest years worldwide since 1850 occurred after 1990.The Paris Climate Agreement stipulates that the increase in global temperature should be limited to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, and even to 1.5 °C. read more


Indicator: Hot days

A graph shows the number of hot days in the areal mean for 1951 to 2016. 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 and 2015.2016 also had above-average numbers of hot days.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

Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

Alpine Convention

A clear-water lake, surrounded by high mountains

The Alps are the largest natural and cultural space in Central Europe. The mountains shape the landscape and lifestyle of the population in eight different countries. In addition, holiday makers from all over the world are attracted to their fascinating beauty. The international Alpine Convention treaty was adopted to protect the region and its unique climatic, ecological and natural features. read more

News on Climate | Energy

Climate action: how to reduce emissions even before 2020

wind energy plants on a field

The international community resolved to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. The mitigation activities proposed by the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will not be enough to achieve that goal. An UBA report shows how the gap can be narrowed even before 2020, for example with more efficient electrical appliances and through renewable energy support. read more


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