climate change

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

Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

Assessments of SDG Interactions in Transformation Pathways

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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

Water

Germany’s HELCOM Chairmanship 2020 – 2022

Logo von HELCOM

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

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 Health

Video lecture series on climate change and health

A sweaty man sits in his office in a shirt and tie, wiping his brow.

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

The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment