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Germany officially backs calls for new EU energy-efficiency target

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Country submits documents arguing binding goal would add impetus to efforts to boost EU's energy security

17 Jun 2014

Three lessons from Germany's Energiewende

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Professor Miranda Schreurs, key adviser to the German government's ambitious energy transition, reveals the key characteristics that have made it so successful

27 May 2014

Report: German renewables set new record as solar and wind meet two thirds of demand

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New figures suggest renewables met around 67 per cent of German power demand on Sunday afternoon

15 May 2014

Hollande deepens Franco-German renewable energy ties

French President reveals plans to bolster low carbon energy partnership as both countries seek to reduce their reliance on nuclear

16 Jan 2014

Delayed auto emissions targets to cost EU £21bn

Compromise deal agreed following heavy lobbying from Germany concerned about luxury car industry

03 Dec 2013

VW Group promises over €56bn of investment in green vehicle transition

Automotive giant announces two-thirds of its new investment will focus on the development of a more efficient and environmentally friendly fleet

25 Nov 2013

DONG Energy green lights £1.8bn North Sea offshore wind farm

But developer calls on German government to provide greater investor certainty beyond 2017

18 Nov 2013

RWE slashes jobs in face of German renewables boom

Utility aiming to save €1bn as it responds to shrinking demand for fossil fuel power

15 Nov 2013

Angela Merkel signals hope for carbon market fix

German Chancellor says a certain amount of backloading is required to ensure prices return to 'a sensible level'

17 Oct 2013

Speculation mounts over delay to EU auto emissions rules

Reports say UK is hoping to boost support for British bankers by helping Germany delay new car CO2 targets

14 Oct 2013

Could UK auto manufacturers suffer due to EU emissions target delay?

MEP calls on Nick Clegg to take a stand against David Cameron in order to ensure 95g CO2 target is passed

08 Oct 2013

RWE seeks to slash dividend in response to renewables boom

German utility proposes halving existing dividend and lowering future payouts in response to drop in conventional power output

20 Sep 2013

Report: UK support for nuclear has grown since Fukushima

Survey finds disaster has not affected public opinion on nuclear although technology remains less popular than green energy

19 Sep 2013

German wind sector set for surge in development

Government plans to curb incentives for the wind sector could create boom in second half of the year

29 Aug 2013

Berliners' co-op aims to take over and run electricity grid of city

Successful bid by Citizen Energy Berlin for Vattenfall network will boost renewables and plough back profits, says activists' group

29 Aug 2013

Volkswagen flicks switch on electric Golf with 190km range

e-Golf to debut at next month's Frankfurt motor-show along with e-up! mini-car as German manufacturer extends e-mobility push

28 Aug 2013

Conergy set to be saved thanks to Kawa deal

Acquisition of stricken solar company likely to be concluded next month

22 Jul 2013

Berlin completes Formula E electric Grand Prix calendar

German capital joins nine other cities including London, LA, Rio and Beijing to host all-electric races next year

12 Jul 2013

US joins elite 10GW solar club

United States joins Germany, China and Italy as only countries to exceed 10GW of photovoltaic capacity

11 Jul 2013

Reports: Solar firm Conergy files for bankruptcy

Solar PV market consolidates further as Conergy reportedly files for bankruptcy and Panasonic closes Hungary plant

05 Jul 2013

EU delays CO2 car targets after fierce lobbying from Germany

Irish presidency fails to endorse 95g CO2/km target in a move that has angered green groups and disappointed some automakers

28 Jun 2013

Germany seeks to block CO2 car limits for 2020

Sources say Angela Merkel wants discussion on 95g/km target taken off the agenda at today's EU meeting

27 Jun 2013

Belgium, Germany, USA and others pledge $200m climate aid

Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund back projects in Cameroon, Namibia, Haiti and the Andean region

24 Jun 2013

UK joins new Renewables Club with pledge to promote green energy

Politicians from 10 countries promise to highlight benefits of a transition to a low-carbon economy

03 Jun 2013

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