According to the Fraunhofer Institute, renewables accounted for 47.7 percent of Germany’s electricity production from January to June 2019, up 6.7 percent over the same period in 2018. In June, for the first time ever, solar power was Germany’s leading power source (19 percent), while renewables in general represented 51.9 percent of electricity generated.
Industries / Energy & Environment
It´s only logical that any serious agenda for fulfilling the Paris Climate Agreement will entail new jobs and new value chains in many regions and economic sectors. In Germany, phasing out coal is part of this agenda. The federal German government has specified that the phase-out must open up new opportunities for the people and the economies of coal-producing regions.
Electronics giant Bosch wants to lead the way in combatting climate change. This May company CEO Volkmar Denner made the surprise announcement that Bosch will try to go CO2-neutral by 2020.
April saw the opening of Arkona Wind Park, the largest such facility in the Baltic Sea, between the German island of Rügen and the Danish island of Bornholm.
Germany funds “practical laboratories” for hydrogen and green energy research.
Unusually high temperatures and low precipitation are becoming increasingly serious problems all over the world, including Germany. But the need to cope with that situation is driving innovation.
The German solar power industry recovered from a difficult period to post almost 70% growth in 2018 compared with 2017.
Telekom wants to do its bit to combat climate change.
Germany achieved a milestone in March 2019, when 54.4% of the electricity produced in the country came from renewable sources.
Germany and France are joining forces to develop the next generation of batteries for electric cars.