Energy, Climate & Environment

Protecting climate and environment

Energy, Climate & Environment

Enhanced exchange and cooperation on climate and energy issues on all levels of government, economy, and society can be a powerful motor for transatlantic and broader global relations. So to build on the existing transatlantic relations between Germany, Canada and the United States, the German Foreign Office and the German Ministry for the Environment successfully launched the “Transatlantic Climate Bridge Initiative” at an international conference in Berlin in September 2008.  The Transatlantic Climate Bridge supports platforms and partnerships that help Americans, Canadians and Germans to develop joint solutions for the sustainable transformation of our economies. Over the last years, the initiative has organized fact finding missions for experts in Germany and the US and has provided numerous other opportunities for exchanges. Please check the Embassy´s latest news for current activities.

Germany is pursuing an ambitious energy and climate policy called the “Energiewende” (energy transition) in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Domestically, Germany has set itself the goal of effectively decarbonizing its economy by 2050. Energy efficiency and deployment of renewable energies are at the core of this endeavor.

Internationally, Germany was among the first nations to ratify the Paris Agreement in 2016 and is proud to host the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn. Germany is a major donor of climate finance through bilateral and multilateral programs, such as the Green Climate Fund.

Take a closer look at Germany's energy policies and partnerships

"Energy Transformation Now!"

Making Progress with the "Energiewende"

In German, the word "Energiewende" is used to describe the growing change in environmental policy, law and attitude within Germany. The emphasis is on renewables and the German Government has made huge steps towards a cleaner, safer, and more environmentally conscious energy policy.

Autonomous driving

Ethics Commission Creates World's First Initial Guidelines For Autonomous Vehicles

The ethics commission on automated and networked driving has developed initial guidelines for policymakers and legislators, permitting automated driving systems, but, with a view to safety, human dignity, personal freedom of choice and data autonomy, setting special requirements.