Solar power from the roof of a truck

Cars, vans and trucks with integrated solar cells can make transport more climate-friendly. A team of scientists has now developed an electric truck powered by solar energy from its own roof.

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How can we get away from gas?

40 per cent of the natural gas consumed in the EU comes from Russia. The figure for Germany is as high as 55 per cent. Plans for measures to move away from Russian gas already exist both at European and at German level. Ein overview:

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IPCC Report: we are running short of time

Roughly every seven years, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change publishes a comprehensive report on the impact of the climate crisis. The second part of the current report appeared at the end of February and calls urgently for swift and resolute action.

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What is serial retrofitting?

Costs down, comfort up, all the tradespeople under one roof, and the work gets done more quickly. Not possible? Yes, it can be done: with an innovative idea for the retrofitting of buildings which can even make distinguished old beams great at saving energy.

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Dr. Robert Habeck, Bundesminister für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz

Quote of the week

“We need to overcome our dependence on Russian imports of fossil fuels. The expansion of renewable energy is a matter of national and European security.”

Minister Habeck on German energy policy with in the light of the war against Ukraine

What the press say

In “What the press say”: flying over the Alps with solar fuel, cutting costs at home by saving energy, and what to do with old solar modules

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  • Greenhouse gas emissions increased by 4.5 per cent in 2022

    Following a significant decline in 2020, GHG emissions figures for Germany have recently risen again. In 2021, around 762 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents were released – around 33 million tonnes or 4.5 per cent more than in 2020. Overall, this means that emissions in Germany have fallen by 38.7 per cent since 1990. The increase last year was particularly marked in the energy sector, which counted an increase of 27 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents. The figures are based on current calculations by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action has announced an extensive immediate action programme to support climate change mitigation.

  • Congress on energy efficiency research for industry and commerce

    From 17 to 18 May 2022, a congress on energy efficiency research for industry and commerce will be held at Tagungswerk Berlin to show how new innovations and trends emerge as a result of research projects on energy efficiency. The event will include lectures, discussions, workshops and networking opportunities with representatives from government, research and business. Parts of the event will be broadcast online and participation is free of charge.

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