Focus on renewable energy

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The finite supply of fossil fuels makes their use unsustainable. Recognizing this fact and its inevitable consequences, the German government has developed ambitious plans for its future energy use and supply, shaping a policy that incresasingly embraces the use of renewable energy. Current scenarios show that in just ten years, renewables can cover 40 percent of Germany's electricity supply.

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Renewable Energy: an Overview

The world needs renewable energies. Wind and solar energy, hydro power, geothermal energy and bioenergy are available in almost limitless supply. In contrast to energy sources such as oil, coal, uranium and natural gas, the use of renewable energies protects the climate and environment, is safe, resource-efficient and environmentally friendly. The German government has ambitious goals for use of renewable energy; find out more about renewables and their future in Germany.

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Report accents Germany's pioneering role in climate protection

Germany's Federal Statistics office recently published a report evaluating how far the nation has come to meeting its sustainable development targets. Marks are high: greenhouse gas emissions targets for 2010 were met in 2008 and the share of renewable energy in overall energy consumption was already over the half-way mark for the 2020 target. The report covered 21 different sectors.

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Renewables - Made in Germany

It is the official aim of the German Government to pay a significant contribution to international climate protection. To that end, the Government has actively been supporting the worldwide dissemination of cutting-edge German renewable energy technology and know-how since 2002. The transfer of renewable energy know-how, the promotion of foreign trade and the facilitation of international development cooperation are part of the "renewables - Made in Germany" initiative.

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German Energy Agency

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The German Energy Agency, or Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) is the centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. dena's mission is to generate economic growth and maintain prosperity with ever lower energy inputs. It is developing energy efficiency and renewable energy markets in cooperation with stakeholders from the worlds of politics, business and from society at large. dena works not only on consumption-side issues such as buildings, power and mobility, but also on issues of generation, networking and storage.