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  • German resource efficiency programme aims to build a sustainable society

    22/04/14

    German resource efficiency programme aims to build a sustainable society
    The German federal government adopted its resource efficiency programme - termed a “master plan for sustainable growth” by the then environment minister Norbert Röttgen - in 2012. The aim of the programme is to progressively decouple resource use from economic growth and to make a major step in the direction of a sustainable society. The overall goal is for Germany to become the most resource-efficient economy in the world by 2020.

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  • Cleaning up on off-road diesels

    28/07/11

    Cleaning up on off-road diesels
    A diesel particulate filter technology developed in a German project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is set to clean up emissions from off-road construction vehicles.

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  • IRENA gives international voice to renewable energy

    28/07/11

    IRENA gives international voice to renewable energy
    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has been established to promote a global shift towards renewable energy and marks a milestone on the road to a future-oriented energy supply.

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  • German energy roadmap drives increase in renewable energy

    28/07/11

    German energy roadmap drives increase in renewable energy
    Germany has published its 2009 energy policy roadmap, which aims to boost energy sustainability. The hope is that renewable energy will contribute 30% of German electricity by 2020.

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  • Laying the foundations for a German national waste-prevention plan

    28/07/11

    Laying the foundations for a German national waste-prevention plan
    The German Federal Environment Agency has developed a database of measures for waste prevention and published recommendations for drawing up the national waste-prevention programme.

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