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Climate action Sustainable Finance Committee takes up work
The German government created a Sustainable Finance Committee on 6 June 2019. The Committee’s purpose is to advise the German government as it drafts and implements a sustainable finance strategy, as well as to pool existing expertise and foster dialogue between the relevant players.
Taxation Energy Duty Act (Energiesteuergesetz)
The Energy Duty Act (Energiesteuergesetz) sets out the legal provisions for the duty charged on various forms of energy in Germany. The Act implements the EU Council Directive on the taxation of energy products and electricity (Council Directive 2003/96/EC).
Taxation Electricity Duty Act (Stromsteuergesetz)
The Electricity Duty Act (Stromsteuergesetz) sets out the legal provisions on the duty charged on electricity in Germany. The Act was introduced as part of the Ecological Tax Reform, which was initiated in 1999.
Climate action Sound financing for effective and socially equitable climate action
Today the federal cabinet has approved the draft supplementary federal budget for 2020 and the draft budget for the Energy and Climate Fund for 2020. Today’s decision has created the budgetary conditions for rapid implementation of the Climate Action Programme agreed by the German government on 25 September 2019.
Climate action Clear and socially equitable incentives for climate-friendly behaviour
Today the German government adopted draft legislation to implement the Climate Action Programme 2030 in tax law and to amend the Aviation Tax Act.
Climate action German cabinet adopts legislation on phasing out coal
The German cabinet today adopted the Act on the Reduction and Termination of Coal-Fired Electricity Generation and Amending Further Acts (Gesetz zur Reduzierung und zur Beendigung der Kohleverstromung und zur Änderung weiterer Gesetze).
Climate action Germany to issue Green German Federal Securities from 2020
The Federal Republic of Germany is publishing its first framework for Green German Federal Securities today. The aim of these securities is to make Germany’s “green” budget spending transparent while also strengthening the country’s position in the area of sustainable finance. As a benchmark issuer for the euro area, the German federal government will offer different maturities, establish a …
Climate action European Sustainable Finance Summit
As the European Sustainable Finance Summit gets underway, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Environment Minister Svenja Schulze are calling on European companies to invest more in sustainable economic activities. The first survey, published today, on applying the EU taxonomy shows that just 2% of companies’ activities by revenue meet the taxonomy’s level of ambition for climate action and …
Climate action Federal government publishes first allocation report for Green Federal securities
On 20 April 2021, the German government published the first allocation report for its Green Federal securities issued in 2020. The “Green Bond Allocation Report 2020” provides investors with transparent and binding information on expenditures from the federal government’s environmental and climate protection programmes. It lists expenditures recognised as “green” in the 2019 federal budget and …
Climate action German Sustainable Finance Strategy
The federal cabinet adopted the first German Sustainable Finance Strategy on 5 May 2021. The goal of the strategy is to mobilise investments that are urgently needed for climate action and sustainability while also addressing the climate risks that are increasingly relevant to the financial system.