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Understanding Germany: Environmental

This is a Germany guide

At A Glance


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German love their meat – from the bratwurst sausage to schnitzel and salami  -- the total per capita meat consumption in Germany amounted to nearly 60 kilograms in 2019. Find out the environmental costs of this delicacy.

Wind power now dominates Germany's electricity sector, however, the country also still burns millions of tonnes of coal every year. Find out more in this video.


This section explores the environmental aspects in Germany.

Germany needs wind power if it is going to meet its climate targets and successfully transition from nuclear and coal power to renewable energy. However, the construction of wind turbines has been stalling. Find out what needs to happen and the role wind power needs to play.



Known as the Coal Compromise, the government, mining, and energy companies, and unions have all agreed to phase out the industry by 2038 in return for a $60bn injection of government funds. Find out more about the controversy of the pact.

Germany rolled out the world's first hydrogen-powered train to challenge the polluting diesel trains with a costlier but more eco-friendly technology.

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