Research and technology
Germany wants to increase the percentage of its electricity supply that comes from solar, wind and other renewable energy sources to between 40 and 45 percent by 2025 and then to between 55 and 60 percent by 2035. By the same token, this should enable CO2 emissions to be reduced by 40 percent by 2020.
Parameters for energy and climate policy
Kuwaits signs International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Statute
On 19 June 2009 the Ambassador of Kuwait in Germany, H.E. Abdulhamid Abdullah M.H. Al-Awadhi, signed the Statute of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Berlin in the presence of Thomas Meister, Head of Division for International Energy Policy at the German Federal Foreign Office. With the Founding Conference of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on 26 January 2009, an important step towards a sustainable and clean energy future has been taken. The main goal of IRENA is to accelerate progress in the extensive and sustainable use of renewable energy world wide. Kuwait became the 101st signatory, even more States are expected to sign in the near future.
Today, research and development-intensive industries account for more than half of all industrial production in Germany. Here you will find information about the major German research institutions.
Good news from Germany on climate protection
Germany has good news to report on climate protection! In 2007 greenhouse gas emissions were down 21.3% in comparison with 1990 levels. Germany is thus well on its way to achieving the target set in implementation of the Kyoto Protocol of an average reduction of 21% over the years to 2012.
Environmental awareness in Germany
What is now a consensus view in Germany had its origins in the protests mounted by various groups against environmental pollution and especially radiation hazards associated with nuclear power stations. As early as 1978 the "Blue Angel" label was introduced for particularly environmentally compatible products, followed soon afterwards by the "Green Dot" label for recyclable packaging. The Germans soon became world champions in sorting and separating their household waste. The installation of catalytic convertors in motor vehicle engines was also made mandatory at a relatively early date and comparatively strict emission standards were introduced together with regular statutory exhaust tests to monitor compliance ("ASU-Plakette").