Lukas Scheid

Circular economy 02-03-2021

EU plotting ban on internal combustion engine as of 2025: industry

The European Commission's proposed Euro 7 emission rules on cars, vans, trucks and buses would amount to "a ban through the back door" of internal combustion engines as of 2025, if implemented in their current form, industry has said, calling the proposal premature and "completely out of the question".

‘Our forests are sick,’ Germany’s agriculture minister says

The German agriculture minister presented on Wednesday (24 February) a worrying annual report on the condition of German forests, which again highlights the dramatic effects of climate change on the ecosystem.

NGOs call for stricter reporting requirements for European companies

By the end of March, the European Commission wants to present a revised version of the so-called non-financial reporting directive (NFRD). A coalition of European NGOs is calling for greater transparency and stricter reporting requirements for companies in sustainability matters. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Only fractions of global heavy industry are aligned with Paris climate goals

Only 14% of publicly listed companies in the steel, cement, aluminum, paper and mining sector are on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s 2°C climate target, according to a report by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), a global investor group supported by the UN. Still, some European companies offer hope, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Transport 12-02-2021

Climate protection in the automotive industry: ‘Innovation needs international standards’

How will the automotive industry cope with the challenges of the future? Decarbonisation, electrification, hydrogen strategy: in the end, all of these building blocks are part of a holistic and European view. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 11-02-2021

German lawmakers call for ending exports of banned pesticides

Pesticides that are currently banned in Europe may still be exported to foreign countries, an issue which highlights the EU's lack of coherence, according to the leftist Die Linke and the Greens. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 09-02-2021

New German insect protection legislation draws a sharp divide

Farmers always say that they care about the environment, while environmental protection organisations demand ever stricter regulations for the agricultural industry. With Germany's new insect protection law, the conflicts of interest between the two groups have reached a new peak. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 28-01-2021

Promoting sustainable tourism in the Alps requires a rethink, NGO director says

The Alps' magnificent mountain landscapes appear idyllic, calm and untouched - as long as you look at them from a certain angle. From another you are confronted by cleared forests for ski slopes, well-trodden paths and destroyed nature for hikers and mountain bikers.
Economy & Jobs 27-01-2021

Europe strongly impacted by extreme weather, says new Climate Risk Index

The Berlin-based think tank Germanwatch published its Climate Risk Index for this year just in time for the virtual Climate Adaption Summit (CAS2021). The Global South tends to suffer more from extreme weather than the North, but Germany is also been among the 20 most severely affected countries worldwide over the past 20 years.
Agrifood 25-01-2021

Berlin agriculture conference highlights world hunger, climate change

An international conference of agriculture ministers in Berlin on Friday (22 January) focused on finding solutions in times of crisis, like the current pandemic and the subsequent humanitarian catastrophe, and called for combatting world hunger, climate change, and potential new pandemics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 15-01-2021

CDU leadership election: What’s in store for Europe?

Germany's ruling conservative CDU will choose its new leader on Saturday. Whoever of the three candidates wins has the best chance of becoming the next chancellor - and thus one of the most powerful people in Europe. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 13-01-2021

Bundestag to make agroforestry funding a reality

The German federal parliament (Bundestag) is to decide whether agroforestry will be recognised as a form of land use in the future, which would make the practice eligible for funding in the national strategic plan under the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 13-01-2021

German environment ministry proposes a social contract for green agriculture

German environment minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) is hosting a virtual agricultural congress on Wednesday (13 January) to discuss sustainable agriculture and the agreement between food production, environment and climate. At the centre, however, is a social contract. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 04-01-2021

Amateur football club in German coal region plans to go climate neutral

SG Eintracht Peitz has set itself ambitious goals. Surrounded by some of Germany's worst polluting factories, it wants to become the first climate-neutral amateur club in Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Bundestag passes amendments to Germany’s renewable energy act

The German Bundestag passed an amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) on Thursday (17 December), without support from the opposition. The leftist Die Linke and Greens have called for higher green electricity production targets while the liberal FDP wants to allow "negative emission technologies." EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 16-12-2020

Germany to tighten rules on meat industry workers

After the COVID-19 pandemic shone a spotlight on working conditions in meat plants, Germany is moving to tighten rules in a bid to afford workers more job security, but this has been met with criticism by the meat industry.  EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 08-12-2020

How sustainable is German football?

There are currently no fans in the stadium. Sad for the fans, but good for the environment, because fans are a burden on the climate. Sooner or later, they will come back, and in the meantime, clubs can take care of their CO2 balance. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Germany launches funding programme for ‘green steel’

German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) has made €5 million available to Salzgitter AG at the start of the new support program for the "decarbonisation of industry." The group is to produce climate-friendly steel as part of the project. However, the opposition criticises a lack of industrial policy.

Power-to-X: Germany’s search for green fuels

Germany wants to take a leading role worldwide in the production, transport and use of green hydrogen as an energy source, also known as Power-to-X (PtX). Course-setting decisions on future funding are due in January, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 02-12-2020

Digitalisation in agriculture: Mission impossible?

The German Agriculture Ministry and the European Agricultural Research Initiative examined what politics and research can do to effectively tackle the problem of digitisation in agriculture at an online conference on Wednesday (2 December). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 02-12-2020

Germany defies WHO’s call against Remdesivir as COVID therapy

The German government has decided not to follow a recent recommendation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) against the use of Remdesivir, an antiviral drug shown to be effective in treating symptoms of COVID-19, government sources in Berlin told EURACTIV Germany.
Energy 19-11-2020

Germany and offshore wind: a slowing trailblazer

The European Commission will present its offshore wind strategy on Thursday (19 November), mirroring key elements of Germany's own plans. Will this be enough to drive the energy transition? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-11-2020

Structural weaknesses to be remedied in Germany’s rural areas, Klöckner promises

There is a backlog of demand in rural Germany, particularly in the area of digitalisation, according to a new report on the development of rural areas presented on Wednesday morning (11 November) by agriculture minister Julia Klöckner and interior minister Horst Seehofer. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 12-11-2020

East German agriculture still reeling, 30 years after reunification

The effects of Germany's 1990 reunification have been particularly felt by farmers in eastern Germany whose land was suddenly privatised and left to market forces. Some problems persist to this day, 30 years later, and new ones have since cropped up. EURACTIV Germany reports.