climate change

Umwelt-Indikator

Indicator: Greenhouse gas emissions in industry

A graph shows greenhouse gas emissions and gross value-added between 1995 and 2018. Greenhouse gas emissions fell from 238.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents in 1995 to 187.5 million tonnes in 2018. Gross value-added increased during that time.

Greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing industry fell by around 22 % between 1995 and 2018.Over the same period, productivity grew by about 37 % (not adjusted for price).Overall greenhouse gas emissions in Germany should fall by 95 % compared to 1990 by 2050. 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 45.4 percent in 2020. The share in gross final energy consumption rose from 6.2 to 19.6 percent from 2004 to 2020.

The share of renewable energies in electricity consumption increased from 6.3 % to 45.4 % between 2000 and 2020.Therefore, the target range of 40 to 45 % for the year 2025 was already exceeded in 2020.The share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption increased from 6.2 % (2004) to 19.6 % (2020).According to preliminary calculations, the goal of increasing the share of renewable ene... read more

Indicator: Global surface temperature

A graph shows the deviation of the global air temperature between 1850 and 2020 from the average global air temperature from 1850 to 1900, which is taken as the baseline period. 2020 was 1.2 degrees Celsius warmer than the baseline average.

2020 was the second warmest year worldwide since records began, with a very slight distance to the warmest year to date, 2016.The last six 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. Due to historical data availability, the... read more

Water

Germany’s HELCOM Chairmanship 2020 – 2022

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On 1 July 2020, Germany took over the chairmanship of the Helsinki Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea for two years. Selected pressures, the protection of species / habitats and climate change are among Germany's priority topics. The focus is on the revision of the Baltic Sea Action Plan, which will be adopted by a ministerial conference in October 2021. read more

Climate | Energy

Fluorinated greenhouse gases and fully halogenated CFCs

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Substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) which deplete the ozone layer have long been subject to an international phase-down on their production and use. In 2016 the international community took its first steps to phase down another group of substances that are particularly damaging to the climate – hydrofluorocarbons (HFC). read more

Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

Alpine Convention

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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 Health

Video lecture series on climate change and health

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How do climate change and environmental degradation affect human health? What can people in the health professions do to promote climate protection and adaptation to climate change? This and much more is covered by experts in 15 video lectures, many of which are recorded online. UBA provided support for the lecture series from the funding programme for associations (Verbändeförderung). read more

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The transnational impacts of global climate change

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Climate change will affect the frequency, intensity and regional occurrence of extreme weather events and lead to gradual climatic changes. Although impacts appear locally at first, they spread beyond political borders due to the global physical and economic interconnectedness. A new UBA report provides an overview of the potential impact chains of global climate change on the German economy. read more

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