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What exactly are the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs)?

What do the EU’s National Energy and Climate Plans and school essays have in common? Well, whether it’s a class of 28 pupils or 28 EU Member States – the task is to tackle one specific subject. Ultimately, 28 different answers to the same question are put on the table and are subjected to close scrutiny. Find out more

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Renewable energy

Renewables see a strong increase in 2018

The share of renewables in gross electricity generation is continuing to rise. According to figures published by the working group on renewable energy statistics, it reached 38 per cent in 2018. Find out more

Andreas Feicht, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Quote of the week

"Companies that take part in energy efficiency networks usually reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions by more than they have planned, whilst at the same time showcasing the German economy’s ability to perform and innovate."

State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Andreas Feicht, as he presented awards to successful energy efficiency networks at the 2019 Hannover Messe.

direkt reports

  • Solar Decathlon to be held in Germany for the first time

    In 2021, the energy in buildings competition for international students will take place in Germany for the first time. The competition focuses on buildings as a key element of urban transformation. University teams have until October 2019 to apply and receive up to 150,000 euros in seed capital for their ideas. The participants will be selected in December 2019 and then have almost two years to design innovative, energy-efficient homes and implement their designs.

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