Policy matters


‘CompA RE’: Baden Württemberg’s cleantech sector guide
To guide potential cleantech investors through the diverse environmental technology sector in southwestern Germany, the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector of the German region of Baden-Württemberg introduced in 2011 an online ‘Competence Atlas’ ( This has...
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...
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. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has outlined a ten-...
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. Reduction of nitrogen oxide and particle emissions from diesel vehicles has been a major problem....
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. In January 2009, 120 government delegations and 75 signatory countries – developing and industrialised...
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. The waste hierarchy presented in the 2008 EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD) sets waste prevention as the top...
Pay as you glow!
Three German towns are cutting energy costs and carbon emissions with street lights on demand. Thanks to Dial4Light, residents can turn the lights on as and when they are needed. In an effort to reduce their lighting bills and CO2 emissions, the local authorities of Dörentrup, Lemgo and Rahden...