COP28: A strong message for the global energy transition

In mid-December, the COP28 climate conference in Dubai ended with a historic declaration. For the first time ever, all participating states agreed to phase out energy from fossil sources and triple global renewables capacity.

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direct view

Looking back to 2023: Renewables have crossed the 50% mark

A record level of renewables in the energy mix, falling carbon dioxide emissions, a gas supply that remained stable and secure – these are the figures related to the energy transition in 2023.

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Electricity price package

Relief for manufacturing and energy-intensive companies

Electricity prices remain at a high level, harming the competitiveness of German companies. The ‘electricity price package’ presented by the Federal Government is to offer additional relief to energy-intensive and manufacturing companies. A brief overview of the key points.

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Climate neutrality

Electricity storage is being increasingly important

The role of electricity storage facilities is becoming increasingly important. The new Electricity Storage Strategy defines fields of action and stipulates measures for the further expansion of electricity storage facilities and their optimal integration into the electricity system.

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Sustainable products to be standard across the EU

In future, only durable, repairable and energy-efficient products manufactured in a resource-efficient way will be sold on the internal market. This is the essence of the new Ecodesign Regulation that was adopted by the EU Member States in late 2023.

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energy saving

Who’ll be the 2024 energy-saving champion?

On 14 June 2024, the best ideas for climate action projects in schools will be rewarded with an accolade. Federal Minister Habeck explains who can apply for the Energiesparmeister (energy saving champion) competition and wishes best of luck to all school students participating!

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Bundeswirtschaftsminister Robert Habeck zum Start der Agentur für kommunalen Klimaschutz

Quote of the week.

„The expansion of renewables safeguards jobs in Germany and creates new ones. In this way, the energy transition is making a key contribution to Germany’s prosperity and competitiveness.”

Federal Minister Robert Habeck commenting the rise in the number of employees working in the field of the energy transition

What the press say

This month in ‘What the press say’: Answers to the following questions: who can benefit from switching to a smart meter already? Why it is usually cheaper to use a heat pump than a gas-fired heating system? To what extent did the share of renewables in global electricity generation capacity increase in 2023?

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direct reports

  • 4th Convention on construction for the energy transition on 6 and 7 March 2024 (in German only)

    The 4th Convention on construction for the energy transition, which will take place in Frankfurt (Main) on 6 and 7 March 2024, will focus on ‘Innovation for a sustainable energy supply in buildings and neighbourhoods’. The Convention promises to give a comprehensive overview of research projects in the field of buildings and neighbourhood funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, and wants to be hands-on. For the first time, it will be held in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt.

  • Network for a strong industrial sector

    The ‘Energy in Industry and Commerce Research Network’ is known to be a useful platform for sharing ideas and views with experts from research, business and the political sphere. The video features Dr André Schlott from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) explaining why he considers participation in the network to be highly valuable.

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