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The German Climate Protection Programme 2030 (III): the building and transport sectors

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The CO2 reduction targets and the CO2-pricing system in the transport and heat sectors have been considered in the previous two parts of this series. The third and last part examines the sectoral measures. The support programmes for private individuals and companies in the buildings and transport sectors are being elucidated on in the following.


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The German Climate Protection Programme 2030 (II): CO2-price and the energy sector

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The issue of an additional CO2-pricing scheme and the measures for the energy sector are discussed in the second part of the analysis of the German Climate Protection Programme 2030. From 2021, a CO2-price of 10 EUR/ton will apply to the German transport and buildings sectors. The price will rise to 35 EUR/ton until 2025. New regulations also apply to the expansion of renewable energies.


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The German Climate Protection Programme 2030 (I): Objectives and measures of the climate package

Figure 1: Germany's reduction targets by 2030 according to the Climate Action Plan 2050 (Source: Federal Environment Agency)
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On Friday, 20 September, the Climate Cabinet agreed on the guidelines for German climate policy for the coming decade. The core topic was additional CO2-pricing in the mobility and heating sectors. In the following three blogposts we analyse the climate protection programme 2030. This first bogpost deals with the reduction targets, the structure and the general measures of the climate package. In two following blogposts we will examine the programme in detail.


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Germany: Trends PV-PPAS – Looking for the “Fair Value”

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After photovoltaic (PV) PPAs have already established themselves in Southern Europe in recent years, the ball is rolling in Germany as well. While current market conditions indicate that PV PPAs will play an increasingly important role in the course of the energy transition, the question of “fair value” – the price that is fair to all sides – is increasingly being asked. It quickly becomes clear that consistent, long term electricity market scenarios are indispensable when assessing key performance indicators.


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EU Energy Outlook 2050 – how will Europe evolve over the next 30 years?

With the current “EU Energy Outlook 2050” Energy Brainpool shows long-term trends in Europe. Climate change and aging power plants are forcing the European Union and many countries to change their energy policies. In addition, there are market changes. What do these developments mean for electricity prices, revenue potential and risks for photovoltaics and wind?


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Options for additional CO2-pricing in Germany: overview and analysis

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In September 2019, the German government wants to present a new package of climate protection measures. The pricing of CO2-emissions in the sectors not covered by the EU-ETS will play a major role here. But what are the basic CO2-pricing options in the transport and heating sectors? What are the differences between the political options discussed and what are the respective advantages and disadvantages?


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Is there enough Cobalt to meet the need for batteries?

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The German automotive industry is currently regarded as a prime example of an industry in upheaval: carmakers are investing billions in the design of new electric cars and the construction of their production facilities. As part of this strategy, a major German carmaker announced its intention to produce 22 million so-called Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) over the next ten years.Will the global cobalt reserves be sufficient to keep pace with the ambitious plans?


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What does the BP Stats Review 2019 say about the global hunger for energy?

While renewables were the largest source of new electricity generation on a global level, rising use of gas, oil and coal led to CO2-emissions being two percent higher in 2018 than in 2017. The disquieting truth about the global energy system: growing energy hunger outpaces renewable expansion. The increasing demand of 2.8 percent was primarily met by fossil fuels. This process puts climate goals to risk with the fastest growth of carbon emission in seven years.


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