Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2008
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Wind>Offshore, Multiple RE Sources>All, Multiple RE Sources>CHP, Multiple RE Sources>Heating, Multiple RE Sources>Power, Wind
Policy Sector:Electricity
Size of Plant Targeted:Large
Agency:Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Funding:2008: EUR 3.3 billion

Germany's lower house of parliament has approved a package of legislative proposals, tabled by the federal government in December last year, to drive energy efficiency and renewable energy use.

In December 2007, fourteen draft laws were passed addressing most of the priorities in an ambitious national climate and energy programme agreed on in August 2007. The integrated climate and energy programme aims to cut greenhouse emissions by 40 per cent to 2020 compared with 1990 levels. The package focuses strongly on the building sector.

In June 2008, a second package of measures was passed. The central element of the plan is to double electricity generated by combined heat and power technology (CHP) to 25 per cent. The share of renewable electricity will also be increased to 20 per cent, especially through subsidising off-shore wind farm development. Other elements include a requirement for all buildings built after 2008 to have a component of heating generated from renewable sources. The market for consumer energy consumption metering (smart meters) will also be liberalised. The package includes approval for the construction of an 850 km underground grid to transport offshore wind energy to the countrys south.

The first package included:

  1. Amendment to the Combined Heat and Power Act;
  2. Amendment to the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) on liberalised metering;
  3. Report and draft amendment to the Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV);
  4. Amendment to the 37th Ordinance on the Implementation of the Federal Emission Control Act (BlmSchV)--clean power plants;
  5. Guidelines on the procurement of energy-efficient products and services;
  6. Amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG);
  7. Renewable Energies Heat Act (EEWärmeG);
  8. Amendment to the Gas Grid Access Ordinance;
  9. Amendment to the Biofuel Quota Act;
  10. Sustainability Ordinance;
  11. Fuel Quality Ordinance;
  12. Hydrogenation Ordinance;
  13. Reform of Vehicle Tax to a pollutant and CO2 basis; and
  14. Chemicals Climate Protection Ordinance.

The second package included:

  1. Reform of the Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV);
  2. Reform of the Vehicle Tax to a pollutant and CO2 basis;
  3. Amendment to the Energy Industry Act to support expansion of the electricity grid;
  4. Amendment to the Passenger Car Energy Consumption Labelling Ordinance;
  5. Ordinance on the liberalisation of metering and implementation of the Energy Services Directive;
  6. Amendment to the Heating Costs Ordinance; and
  7. Amendment to the HGV Toll Ordinance.

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