The Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety is responsible for environmental affairs within the Federal Government of Germany. To understand its work better, please feel free to visit its official website:
In June 2016 the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel was honored as “Energy Municipality of the Month” by the Renewable Energies Agency. The town already reached its self-chosen climate and energy goals for 2020 this year.
Energy Municipality of the Month
Essen awarded "European Green Capital 2017"
The German city of Essen won the European Green Capital Award for 2017. Essen was singled out for its exemplary practices in protecting and enhancing nature and biodiversity, good management of its acoustic environment and efforts to reduce water consumption. The European Commission handed over the title of European Green Capital from the 2016 holder, Ljubljana, to the city of Essen on 21 January 2017. Find out more about this European Green Capital in the link below.
"Essen is green"
The first Government monitoring report entitled “Energy of the future” shows that Germany’s Energiewende – the transformation of its energy system – is on course.
As part of the “Energy of the future” monitoring process, the German Government takes stock of progress made with the Energiewende each year.
Energiewende in Germany
Germany plays a leading role in environmental protection
Germany is one of the few OECD countries that successfully decoupled economic growth from consumption of resources in past years. This is the positive result of the latest OECD's Environmental Performance Review of Germany. But the report suggests that challenges remain in areas like air and water quality, the protection of biodiversity, and de-carbonising energy production.
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Jühnde is a place with a lot of energy: the village with 800 inhabitants in Lower Saxony became Germany’s first bioenergy village in 2005. It is completely self-sufficient with its own supply of power and heating from biomass. The pioneering project awakened a great deal of worldwide interest. Delegations travelled from the USA and Japan to learn how energy is produced from liquid manure, maize and grain in a biogas plant.
The energy turnaround challenge