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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 6.3 percent in 2000 to 36.2 percent in 2017. The share in gross final energy consumption rose from 6.4 to 14.8 percent from 2004 to 2016.

The share of renewable energies in electricity consumption increased from 6.3 % to 36.2 % between 2000 and 2017.The share of renewables in final energy consumption increased from 6.4 % (2004) to 14.8 % (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

News on Transport | Noise

Climate action: Transport sector must do an immediate about-face

Hybrid-Pkw an einer Stromladesäule

If Germany wants to live up to the requirements of the Paris Climate Agreement, its transport sector must quickly and drastically cut its greenhouse gas emissions. A recently published paper commissioned by the German Environment Agency confirms this conclusion and proposes concrete measures by which emissions can be reduced significantly and ensure that the climate action goals are achieved. read more

Climate | Energy

Ten country reports on ambitious climate policy

The sum of greenhouse gas emission reductions from Parties to the UNFCCC is not enough to limit the level of global temperature rise to below either the 1.5°C or 2°C target. All Parties are therefore compelled to strengthen their reduction targets. The German Environment Agency (UBA) has commissioned an analysis of the institutional set up and challenges in ten selected countries. 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


The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment