The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action has launched a digital communications project called ‘Women Energize Women’, which is to attract women across the world to professions linked to the energy transition, and bring them together.Find out more
The Federal Climate Change Act sets out annual reduction rates for each sector’s emissions to ensure than Germany can become greenhouse gas neutral by 2045. The 2021 Climate Change Projection Report shows that there is great need for further action.Find out more
Quote of the week
“If we are to comply with the annual caps of emissions set out in the Federal Climate Change Act, we need to take additional sectors that will affect all sectors. The Immediate Climate Action Programme paves the way for all the necessary legislation and measures.”
Patrick Graichen, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
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Additional sites for offshore wind farms are to give the energy transition a strong boost. Three gigawatts of capacity could be added in newly designated areas in the North Sea. This was proposed by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in the ‘procedure to continue the site development plan for the further expansion of offshore wind energy’, which launched in late 2021. In the longer term, this additional offshore wind energy could supply almost three million households with electricity.
The latest draft of the scenario framework (2023-2027) drawn up by the transmission system operators prioritises the ambitious climate targets and is based on the assumption, in all three scenarios, that future electricity consumption will see a significant rise. This development will be driven by an increasing use of electric mobility, heat pumps, power2heat installations, electrolysis procedures (e.g. for hydrogen production) and by the decarbonisation of the industrial sector. Until 14 February 2022, the public is invited to comment on the scenario framework. If this framework is later approved by the Bundesnetzagentur (probably in the summer of 2022), it will serve as a binding starting point for the calculations for the next Network Development Plan.