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Germany Subnational Best Practices

Regions/Provinces/States Thüringen—Thüringen is a state of some 2.2 million people located in central-east Germany. In 2012, the state produced 30% of its energy using renewable sources, and is aiming to increase this figure up to 5% by 2020. To do so it has largely scaled up its use of wind energy, with 25,000 operating wind...

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Germany Leaders and Opponents

Government Official Barbara Hendricks Minister of the Environment As a member of the Germany’s Social Democratic Party, Hendricks spearheaded Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050. Additionally, she has pushed strongly for greater standards in the Paris Agreement, firmly stating it was “not the end, but instead the beginning of a long journey.” Green Party delegates, however,...

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Germany Leading Research Study

Research Study:  “Wirkungsanalyse bestehender Klimaschutzmaßnahmen […] und Klimaschutzprogramms der Bundesregierung.” “An Analysis of the Effects of Existing National Climate Protection Efforts,” produced by Umweltbundesamt, February 2016 Multiple policies have been enacted by Germany’s executive branch in order to further its efforts in meeting energy efficiency. One study carried out by the Umweltbundesamt—a German environmental protection...

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Germany Emissions Reduction Policy

Germany: The Renewable Energy Act (EEG) and The Energiewende There are two leading policy documents that are shaping Germany’s environmental and climate targets. The first, the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), incorporates a series of laws which regulate the market and development for renewable sources. The EEG was put in practice in April of 2000 and...

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Germany Energy Production Trends

How The Energy System Is Structured As one of Europe’s most populous states and dominant economic players, Germany’s energy demand is the largest in the region. It is also a net exporter of energy, mainly supplying energy to markets in Austria and the Netherlands. Energy policy is governed by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs...

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Germany Emission Reduction Challenges

Leading Emission Reduction Challenges: (a) Rising consumer demand for energy-intensive products; (b) Dependence on fossil fuels as energy sources, especially coal   Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions rose by 0.7%, from 902 to 908 million tons of CO2 between 2014 to 2015, according to the Environmental Ministry. This means that, by virtue of their Climate Action...

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Germany Ratification Status

Possibility of Ratification by 2018: High The ratification of international treaties is ultimately at the hands of the Bundespräsident, Joachim Gauch. While Germany’s Basic Law allows the Bundesregierung (executive branch) to engage in international treaties, those which could affect the political relations of the State require the involvement of the Bundestag (lower parliamentary branch) by means of legislation. Once presented to...

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