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BMU newsletter issue 15/2020 | 07.10.2020

Dear Readers, Last week the EU Environment Ministers met in Berlin for an informal meeting. Among other things, they discussed how the EU climate target for 2030 can be raised. They also discussed the possible social, economic and ecological consequences of an increase. You can read more news about the investigation of population groups for their exposure to pollutants and the search for a repository for nuclear waste in this newsletter.

Have fun reading and stay healthy, your BMU public relations team

EU environment ministers meeting

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Discussed raising the climate target for the EU

At an informal meeting, the EU environment ministers discussed a higher climate target for 2030. Among other things, they talked about the social, economic and ecological effects of an increase. Svenja Schulze: “The great challenges of our time, climate change, the extinction of species and the corona crisis can only be solved hand in hand: together, across borders and in solidarity. We are in agreement on this in the European Union and with many of our partners. We discussed the new EU climate target intensively. The common understanding grows. “

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09/28/2020 | Interim report on possible areas for the final disposal of nuclear waste submitted

The interim report of the Federal Association for Final Storage (BGE) sets out which areas have favorable geological conditions for the final storage of nuclear waste and which do not. The report does not yet make a decision for or against a location. The public will be involved in the selection of the location from October 2020 to mid-2021. Subsequently, the BGE will further limit the sub-areas and develop recommendations.


09/29/2020 | Klimaschutz22 municipalities honored for their outstanding commitment to climate protection

As part of the “Master Plan 100 Percent Climate Protection” funding program of the National Climate Protection Initiative (NKI), the Federal Environment Ministry honored 22 municipalities for their exemplary commitment to climate protection. They all have the goal of reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent by 2050 compared to 1990 and halving their final energy consumption in the same period. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter: “The master plan municipalities are role models for how climate protection can be successful on site. After four years of start-up financing, almost all master plan municipalities have firmly integrated climate protection management into their administration. “

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09/23/2020 | New financial support for climate-friendly urban development

The new “City Climate Finance Gap Fund” aims to support cities in developing and emerging countries to become more climate-friendly. The Gap Fund is an initiative of the governments of Germany and Luxembourg together with the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (Global Covenant of Mayors, GCoM) and aims for a volume of at least 100 million euros.


09/23/2020 | Climate protection key points for fuel emissions trading resolved

The federal government has decided on key points that should ensure the competitiveness of German industrial companies. Companies that suffer disadvantages in international competition as a result of CO2 pricing should in future be able to apply for financial compensation through the Carbon Leakage Regulation. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze: “We are protecting the climate and industry. At the same time, we ensure that the companies invest the aid in climate protection and thus become more innovative and climate-friendly. “


02.10.2020 | Health and Environment Svenja Schulze for an expansion of human biomonitoring on a European level

At the “Human Biomonitoring for Science and Chemical Policy” conference, Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze spoke out in favor of expanding human biomonitoring on a European level. Population groups are to be examined for their exposure to pollutants from the environment and from other sources. The results provide information as to whether measures should be taken to reduce exposure or how existing measures have affected.


09/25/2020 | Nature Conservation / Biodiversity UN Summit on Conservation of Biodiversity

At the virtual summit of the United Nations, measures were initiated to preserve biodiversity. The highlight in the run-up to the summit was the “Leaders Event for Nature and People”, at which countries like Germany made an official declaration that they committed to ambitious biodiversity protection.

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09/21/2020 | Nature Conservation / Biological Diversity 30 Years of German Unity: Protection of the Green Belt

To mark the 30th anniversary of German unity, the federal and state governments have made a joint declaration that they will permanently protect and develop the Green Belt. Federal Environment Minister Schulze: “One of the outstanding natural treasures that the peaceful revolution gave us is the Green Belt on the former inner-German border strip. The Green Belt is not only an important place of remembrance culture, but also a valuable piece of nature in Germany that connects people, landscapes and biotopes. “

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09/29/2020 | First Federal Environment and Building Prize awarded

The BMU and the Federal Environment Agency have honored four sustainable and innovative construction projects. Parliamentary State Secretary Florian Pronold: “The award-winning projects represent a broad spectrum of what is already possible today in terms of sustainable building. Be it the new school wing of a grammar school or the listed, energetic renovation of a barn into a residential building. “

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