renewable energies

Climate | Energy

Guarantees of origin for renewable energy sources

The market share of green electricity has increased dramatically in recent years in Germany. Electricity consumers need to be confident that the green electricity they pay for does in fact come from renewable sources. Guarantees of origin (GO) prove the origin of renewable energy in a transparent way and provide electricity consumers the necessary reliability. read more

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Climate | Energy

Renewable energies

Eine Solaranlage auf freien Feld, im Hintergrund drehen sich Windkrafträder

What is renewable energies’ share in electricity production? How can we use biomass sustainably? How do the European mechanisms to promote renewable electricity generation work? What do we need to bear in mind when we burn wood on open fires or in stoves? read more

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Climate | Energy

Renewable energies in figures

The diagram shows how the shares of renewable energies for electricity, heat and transport are developing. While electricity has shown a continuous positive development, the development for heating and transport has stagnated for several years. The share of renewables in electricity reached 42.1 percent in 2019, 14.5 percent in heating and 5.6 percent in transport.

Up-to-date and quality controlled data on the development of renewable energies in Germany is an important basis for the evaluation of Germany's energy transition. The Working Group on Renewable Energy Statistics (AGEE-Stat) provides this data for international reporting obligations as well as for the interested public. read more

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News on Climate | Energy and Economy | Consumption

New EU Innovation Fund: how can it support climate protection?

industrial plant

A research report commissioned by the UBA has analysed a range of options for designing the EU Innovation Fund (IF), a financing instrument created under the EU Emissions Trading System to support demonstration projects for low-carbon innovation in the power sector and industry. From 2019 onwards, this fund will use revenues from auctioning emissions trading allowances for this purpose. read more

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News on Climate | Energy

Who is doing what in the Energiewende?

eine Frau und ein Mann mit blauen Bau-Schutzhelmen stehen mit einem Tablet und Papierunterlagen in der Hand auf einer Wiese und zeigen auf eine Windkraftanlage

Germany's Energiewende is a complex, large-scale project. The tasks and measures by which to achieve it are manifold and diverse, as reflected by the many active players in Germany. The publication "Who is who of the Energiewende in Germany – Contact Partners in Politics, Industry and Society", published by the Foreign Office in German and English, provides an overview. read more

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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 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

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Indicator: GHG emissions avoided through the use of renewables

A graph shows the trend for greenhouse gas emissions avoided through the use of renewables for power, heat and transport. 27.8 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents were avoided in 1990, and 203,4 million tonnes in 2019.

Renewables are increasingly replacing fossil fuels in the fields of electricity generation, heat production and transport.As a result, avoided GHG emissions today are more than seven times higher than in 1990.The Federal Government intends to considerably expand the share of renewables to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. read more

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