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Natural Hazards Triggering Technical Accidents (Natech)

Lightning and technical installation

Examples like the earthquake and tsunamis 2011 in Japan and the devastating hurricane Harvey 2017 in the USA, make aware that natural hazards not just cause destruction of private houses but also led to accidents at installations containing hazardous substances. They can cause releases of hazardous substances, fire, and explosions endangering people and significantly pollute the environment. read more

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Climate change has an impact on the safety of installations

Lightning and technical installation

Sources of natural hazards, such as heavy rainfall, flooding, winter storms or lightning, can cause major accidents. Climate change can change the intensity, frequency and local distribution of such sources of hazards. Operators of installations in which large quantities of hazardous substances are present and the authorities responsible for them must therefore adapt their risk management. read more



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 42.1 percent in 2019. The share in gross final energy consumption rose from 6.2 to 17.1 percent from 2004 to 2019.

The share of renewable energies in electricity consumption increased from 6.3 % to 42.1 % between 2000 and 2019.The share of renewables in gross final energy consumption increased from 6.2 % (2004) to 17.1 % (2019).The target value of 35 % for 2020 for gross electricity consumption was already achieved in 2017. For gross final energy consumption, it is possible to achieve the 2020 target.For the y... read more


Indicator: Greenhouse gas emissions in industry

A graph shows greenhouse gas emissions and gross value-added between 1995 and 2017. Greenhouse gas emissions fell from 238.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents in 1995 to 193.5 million tonnes in 2017. Gross value-added increased during that time.

Greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing industry fell by around 19 % between 1995 and 2017.Over the same period, productivity grew by about 39 % (not adjusted for price).Overall greenhouse gas emissions in Germany should fall by 95 % compared to 1990 by 2050. read more


Indicator: Global surface temperature

A graph shows the deviation of the global air temperature between 1850 and 2019 from the average global air temperature from 1961 to 1990, which is taken as the baseline period. 2019 was 0.74 degrees Celsius warmer than the baseline average.

2019 was the second warmest year worldwide since records began.The last five years have been the warmest years worldwide since 1850.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 2019. 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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