About: Barbara Hendricks

Electric cars 02-08-2017

German environment minister: Better transport can keep people in rural areas

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks called for a fundamental change in policy in order to promote emissions-free mobility. In interview with EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel she also warned about competition from China.

Climate change 10-07-2017

German diplomats assess China’s climate leadership promise

The international community is asking itself whether China really has what it takes to lead global climate policy now the United States has yielded that mantle. German diplomats in Beijing have attempted to broach the issue, in a paper seen by EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel.

Oil and Industry 07-07-2017

Berlin invested in Belgian nuclear plants despite safety concerns

Germany’s federal government is invested to the tune of €6.4m in Belgium's ailing nuclear plants, despite Berlin recently advocating for their closure. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Energy 26-06-2017

Massive human chain protests ageing Belgian nuclear reactors

50,000 people from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands formed a cross-border 90 km-long human chain on Sunday (25 June) to protest against the controversial Tihange nuclear power plant. Micro-cracks were recently discovered in one of the facility’s reactors.

Automated vehicles 14-04-2017

Germans ready to ditch cars in favour of buses, trains and bikes

German motorists are ready, in theory at least, to abandon their cars in favour of buses, trains and bikes, according to a new study. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Energy 20-12-2016

Germany compromises on Belgian reactor fears

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has failed in her bid to get the ageing Belgian nuclear reactors of Doel 3 and Tihange 2 shut down permanently. Instead, Berlin and Brussels have agreed to a better exchange of information on all things atomic. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Climate change 20-12-2016

EU countries stall over carbon market reform

After more than a year of negotiations, EU member states have come up short in their efforts to find common ground on a carbon market reform seen as necessary if the ambitions of the Paris Agreement on climate change are to be met. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 16-11-2016

Germany positive about 2050 climate targets, 2020 looks less promising

Environmentalists have praised Germany for its ambitious 2050 emissions targets, where it is aiming for a 95% reduction in comparison to 1990 levels. But things are less rosy when it comes to its 2020 targets. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Climate change 09-11-2016

Germany heads to COP22 without a plan

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks will have to travel to Marrakesh without a climate plan to present to the COP22 summit, after Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel blocked it last night (8 November). EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Climate change 03-11-2016

Merkel rebuffs German minister’s call to step into climate dispute

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (2 November) rejected a call from her environment minister to intervene in a dispute over how to curb CO2 emissions that has prompted her cabinet to delay approving a climate action plan.

Climate change 28-09-2016

Germany’s ‘horror catalogue’ 2050 climate plan criticised from all sides

Environmental groups have criticised Germany's divisive 2050 climate protection plan for being too lax, whereas the country's ruling coalition think it is too stringent. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Energy 02-05-2016

Germany’s nuclear providers set to be hit with massive atomic phase out bill

German energy companies should pay €23.34 billion into a state fund to finance the country's phase out of nuclear power. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Climate change 25-04-2016

Germany urged to rethink climate goals

German environmental groups have called upon the government to up national climate protection targets and have called a recent amendment to the country's Renewable Energy Act (EEG) "counterproductive". EURACTIV Germany reports.

Energy 20-04-2016

Germany tells Belgium to take two nuclear reactors offline

Germany has called upon the Belgian government to take two of its nuclear reactors temporarily offline, as there are "open safety concerns", according to its environment minister. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Energy 11-03-2016

EU’s ageing nuclear reactors pose significant safety risks

It isn't just far-off Ukraine that has its worries about nuclear power. 128 nuclear power plants in the EU with an average age of 30.6 years provide food for thought that is much closer to home. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Agrifood 07-03-2016

Overwhelming majority of Germans contaminated by glyphosate

The herbicide glyphosate can enter the body through food or drinking water. A new study has shown that the majority of Germans have been contaminated by the compound. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Energy 03-02-2016

Environmentalist: Belgium ignoring lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Germany's Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has conducted talks with the Belgian government on extending the lifespan of its two nuclear power stations. They agreed to strengthen cooperation on nuclear safety. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Energy 15-01-2016

Berlin seeks to spark e-mobility with €5,000 incentive

The German government has floated the idea of providing incentives for people to buy electric cars. Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel has proposed the initiative so that companies warm to the idea of buying electric car fleets. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Energy 15-12-2015

Germany’s faltering coal-exit ambitions

How and when Germany will say goodbye to fossil fuels remains ambiguous. Berlin intends to present its 2050 climate protection strategy before summer 2016. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Energy 03-12-2015

Dependence on coal jeopardises climate targets

Decarbonisation is the name of the game in this day and age; now a new study has shown how it should actually be implemented. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Energy 20-11-2015

German 2020 climate targets in danger

The 40% target of German climate policy teeters on the edge. A new report has concluded that if the government continues on its current course, the goal will not be reached. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Climate change 26-10-2015

Voluntary efforts not enough to meet two degree climate target, study warns

A report issued by an international research team warns that efforts made by the international community are not enough to prevent a 2 degree temperature rise, but good foundations have been laid. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Climate change 23-10-2015

German checkouts to charge for plastic bags

Germany is set to tackle the excessive consumption of plastic carrier bags, after a trade association submitted an attractive proposal. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 02-07-2015

German states draft bill for nationwide GMO ban

Five state governments in Germany are putting pressure on Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt, introducing a bill for a nationwide ban on GMOs instead of his “patchwork” proposal. EURACTIV Germany reports.