Environment & climate

There is no turning back on the road to the age of renewable energy
There is no turning back on the road to the age of renewable energy Frank Krahmer/Photographer‘s Choice

A pioneer in climate policy

Internationally, Germany leads the way in climate protection and is a pioneer in the development of renewable energies. The exit from nuclear power is already under way.
The United Nations’ Climate Secretariat in Bonn monitors the Framework Convention on Climate Change
The United Nations’ Climate Secretariat in Bonn monitors the Framework Convention on Climate Change Oliver Berg/dpa
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Germany plays an active role in international climate policy and advocates climate cooperation worldwide.

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million kilometres is the length of the German national grid. You could circumnavigate the globe at the Equator 45 times using the cables. The vast majority of the grid, namely a total of 1.44 million kilometres or 80 percent, is underground. Around 350,000 kilometres are power lines. The supra-regional high-voltage lines are 34,810 kilometres long. About 2,650 kilometres of new power lines are being planned as part of the Energy Reform.

Offshore wind farms in the North Sea are the main pillars of the Energy Reform
Offshore wind farms in the North Sea are the main pillars of the Energy Reform Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Germany has been promoting renewable energies since as long ago as the 1990s. The Energy Reform is intended to lead to the supply of electricity predominantly from regenerative sources.
Electromobility is one of the major topics the German automotive industry will address in the future
Electromobility is one of the major topics the German automotive industry will address in the future Uwe Anspach/dpa
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Environmental technology from Germany is in international demand. The sector is an important growth market.
Kleiner Arber
Kleiner Arber picture alliance/ZB
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16 national parks and 15 biosphere reserves between the North Sea and the Alps afford many rare animal and plant species special protection.
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Wild animals

For several years now, an increasing number of wild animals have been ­resettling in Germany. In more than 30 packs, an estimated total of 300 wolves are now roaming the eastern and northern federal states. Wild cats and lynxes are being sighted ever more frequently. The number of pairs of breeding sea ­eagles has reached unprecedented heights; otters are almost a familiar sight again. There have even been occasional sightings of elks and brown bears, which are wandering into ­Germany from neighbouring countries in the east.

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Largest onshore wind farm

Reussenköge in Schleswig-Holstein
Largest offshore wind farm

alpha ventus in the North Sea
Most powerful wind turbine

E126/7570 kW by Enercon
Largest solar park
Meuro/Schipkau
Biggest electricity exchange
EEX ­(European Energy Exchange) in Leipzig
Angelika Warmuth/dpa
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A short overview of further information about the environment, climate, the Energy Reform, plus associated links.
The cliché: your average German loves their car more than anything. But actually, they love their bicycles even more. Karl Freiherr von Drais designed a free-wheeling bicycle 200 years ago in southwestern Germany, his contribution to what would become the bicycle’s international success story.
«Towards a global Energiewende» – the motto of the “Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2016“ makes it very clear about where we are going in terms of energy supplies. The second international energy transition conference at the German Foreign Office in March saw politicians and businesspeople coming together to exchange experiences.
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