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German parliament approves billion-euro agreement to compensate coal plant operators

Angela Merkel

The German parliament approved the government’s billion-euro agreement to compensate coal plant operators on Wednesday evening. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor Under the agreement, operators receive compensation for shutting plants down early, as the country switches to cleaner energy. Germany’s largest power producer RWE is due to receive €2.6 billion ($3.16 billion), while the eastern German company Leag will receive €1.75 billion. ...

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Germany to reward farmers over environmental performance

Svenja Schulze

At the Agricultural Congress organised by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze presented concrete proposals as to how farmers in the country can be rewarded for valuable achievements in climate, environmental and nature conservation. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze The proposals serve to implement ...

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Germany advocates better biodiversity protection, joins conservation coalition

Angela Merkel

Germany has joined the “High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People”. Chancellor Angela Merkel announced this on Monday, January 11, 2021 at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor The international alliance is committed to the effective protection of at least 30 percent of the country and the world’s oceans by 2030. It was launched on the initiative of ...

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Germany updates waste prevention programme

Svenja Schulze

Germany has decided to update its waste prevention programme, which bundles the social efforts and goals of environmental policy to avoid waste in the country. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze The update aims at placing a stronger focus on public participation, in the light of the fact that as many citizens as possible as well as companies and organisations in ...

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Germany achieved 2020 climate goal thanks to pandemic, say experts

Svenja Schulze

Germany surpassed its goal for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in 2020, but as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and not policy changes, climate experts said. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze Europe’s largest economy pumped out 42.3 per cent fewer greenhouse gases in 2019 compared to 1990 levels, according to the Berlin-based Agora Energiewende think tank. The original ...

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Germany earmarks €4.9m to curb plastic waste pollution in Caribbean Sea

Plastic pollution

Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) says it is supporting the “Prevention of Marine Pollution in the Caribbean” (PROMAR) project with €4.9 million. Volunteers with Greenpeace Philippines clean up a heavily polluted beach in Manila. Photo credit: DW.com The project is said to be one of the first approvals of the BMU funding programme ...

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Germany bans plastic bags from January 1, 2022

Svenja Schulze

From January 1, 2022, there will be a ban on plastic bags in Germany. Following the approval of the Bundestag, the Bundesrat passed a corresponding amendment to the Packaging Act on Friday, December 18, 2020. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze In future, lightweight plastic bags with a wall thickness of 15 to 50 micrometers will no longer be allowed to ...

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Germany funded waste-to-energy project targeting municipal solid waste underway in Ghana

Waste-to-energy Ghana

As nations worldwide continue to embrace the concept of waste as a resource to cherish and not to discard, Ghana is also coming up with initiatives that will not only improve the sanitation situation, but also contribute to sustainable industrial development. Workers and project officials at the construction site of the novel 400Kw power hybrid waste to energy treatment facility ...

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German minister hands over EU Council Presidency to Portugal

Svenja Schulze

German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and the Portuguese Environment Minister João Pedro Matos Fernandes voted in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 on European environmental and climate policy in the run-up to the handover of the EU Council Presidency to Portugal. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze Portugal will take over the EU Council Presidency from Germany for six months ...

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Germany records highest COVID-19 death toll amid calls for lockdown

Coronavirus

The number of people who have died in Germany after catching the coronavirus surged to 590 on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 marking the highest daily death toll for the country in the pandemic. Coronavirus The figure, reported by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the national agency for disease control, beat the last record of 487 by more than 100. The ...

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