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BMU newsletter issue 19/2020 | December 17, 2020

Dear readers, with a total of 35 million euros, the Federal Environment Ministry is supporting partner countries in reducing the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on biological diversity and at the same time contributing to a sustainable economic recovery national and international climate protection initiative as well as a new project to link environmental protection and artificial intelligence. Have fun reading and stay healthy. Your public relations team at the BMU

COVID-19 impacts on biodiversity initiatives

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Prevent pandemics through global protection of biological diversity

The BMU supports two initiatives that are carried out within the framework of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP): The “Biodiversity Finance Initiative” will help to compensate for COVID-19-related funding gaps to protect biological diversity. The “Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Territories and Areas Global Support Initiative ”is funded to support the particularly endangered indigenous population in 45 partner countries in the fight against Corona and for more nature conservation. On the way to the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Conference on Biological Diversity (CBD) in the coming year, the Federal Government is thus underlining its commitment to preserving biological diversity and improving pandemic prevention.

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01.12.2020 | Climate protection BMU supports local small projects in developing countries

On December 1st the second call for an ideas competition of the “IKI Small Grants” started. The aim is to support creative ideas for the effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that are adapted to local needs. By 2025, more than 100 projects can be selected through an international competition and each can be funded with up to around 100,000 euros.

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01.12.2020 | New refrigeration and air conditioning directive comes into force

Since December 1st, companies, municipalities and organizations can apply for funding through the new refrigeration and air conditioning directive. Stationary refrigeration and air conditioning systems as well as vehicle air conditioning systems in buses and trains are supported if non-halogenated refrigerants are used in them.

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16.12.2020 | Waste managementSupermarkets should take back used electrical appliances

In the future, consumers should be able to hand in old cell phones, flashlights and other electronic devices at many food retailers. This provides for an amendment to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act, which the Federal Cabinet has decided. Small electrical appliances should be taken back in supermarkets regardless of whether they buy a new product. Larger old devices should be able to be handed in when a new item is purchased, for example as part of a campaign. With the extended take-back obligation for old electrical devices, the federal government wants to increase the collection rate and send more devices to high-quality recycling.

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11/26/2020 | Climate protection BMU honors ten municipalities for exemplary climate engagement

The Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter has awarded ten municipalities the winners of the nationwide competition “Climate Active Municipality 2020”. 176 entries were submitted in the categories “Resource and Energy Efficiency”, “Climate Adaptation”, “Participation Actions” and the special category “Community and Youth Together Climate Active”.


02.12.2020 | Stricter requirements for exhaust gases from large combustion and waste incineration plants

On December 2, the Federal Cabinet launched a new regulation that tightened the limit values ​​for mercury emissions and other pollutants for large combustion plants. With the draft ordinance, the Federal Government is also lowering the limit values ​​for methane emissions from gas-powered power plants and for nitrogen oxide emissions.


11/30/2020 | DigitizationUsing artificial intelligence to better understand the earth system

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze virtually handed over the funding notification for the “KI STrategie für Erdsystemdaten” (KISTE) project worth around 2.5 million euros. The aim of the project is to analyze, process and make publicly available data on the state of nature and the environment using artificial intelligence (AI).

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02.12.2020 | Nature conservation / biological diversity Auen in the Fichtelgebirge should become more species-rich

The new project “InseGdA” in the federal program for biological diversity promotes the valuable habitats of the floodplains and waters in the Fichtelgebirge and connects them better. Svenja Schulze: “This is a model showing how floodplains can be upgraded to species-rich habitats again in other regions of Germany.”

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