EU sets the pace for the expansion of renewables

Under the EU Emergency Regulation adopted at the end of 2022, the expansion of renewable energy and the grid will now be easier and faster. Licensing procedures, for example for wind turbines, now take much less time.

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New heating systems to rely on renewable energy from 2024

With the aim of breaking Germany’s dependency on fossil fuel in the buildings sector, the coalition government has decided that from 2024 onwards, wherever possible, renewables are to provide 65% of energy for all newly installed heating systems.

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Photovoltaics summit: the photovoltaic strategy

At the first photovoltaics summit on 10 March, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, the Länder and the PV sector discussed accelerating the expansion of photovoltaic (PV) installations in Germany. The draft of a PV strategy that was presented there paves the way forward.

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What is the Social Climate Fund?

The expansion of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to include buildings and transport is regarded as a milestone for climate action. To offset the financial burden of carbon pricing for low income households, the EU has set up a Social Climate Fund.

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Climate control

Research for a secure and climate-neutral energy system

The 8th Energy Research Programme to be launched this summer picks up on the Federal Government’s goals and targets for transforming the heat and power sector and the ramp-up of the hydrogen economy. The consultation process will run until the end of March.

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Dr. Robert Habeck, Bundesminister für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz

Quote of the week

“In parallel to tackling the crisis, in the past year we have laid key foundations to renew prosperity, namely in a climate-neutral manner.”

Federal Minister Robert Habeck in March 2023 in Berlin

What the press say

This month in “What the press say”: the steps the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change deems urgently necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 °C and how Europe is progressing with the climate-friendly restructuring of its economy.

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direct reports

  • EU establishes clear rules for cutting energy consumption

    In revising the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), the Union has created a clear set of rules that includes targets and measures to cut the EU’s energy consumption by 2030. The amendment of the EED is a key component of the energy policy in the EU’s Fit for 55 package.

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