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ADAM'S BLOG: German Green Power

Colleagues

After a session on renewable energy laws in the German Parliament, I caught up with some Greens MPs who have been at the forefront of driving the country's transition to renewable energy economy.

Renata Kunast (r) now leads a party that includes members such as Herman Ott (l) and Hans-Josef Fell, an author of the country's "feed-in tariff" laws, central to Germany's 'energy transformation'.

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ADAM'S BLOG: Electric Mobility

little car

This probably isn't the future of electric mobility. At least, I hope not.

But we're going to have think much more seriously about how we'll get around in a zero emissions world. For me, we need to do at least three things in our cities.

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ADAM'S BLOG: Lest We Forget

ANZAC DayThe mind gets focused on the consequences of war when you're in the repeatedly ravaged city of Berlin, a city that headquartered a former foe, now with a huge Turkish population, attending an Anzac service.

If ever there were pause to think about the deathly consequences of decisions made by politicians to send other people off to war, it's Gallipoli.

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ADAM'S BLOG: The Grid

This polar bear is looking pretty satisfied with itself. It's probably heard what one of the country's biggest energy companies told us today about new laws here. If you build, say, a wind farm, the operator of the state energy grid is obliged to connect you, so that you can feed your energy into the system.

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ADAM'S BLOG: The lift

In such a highly regulated country, I'm amazed that the thing shown in this photo exists. It surely breaks every OHS law ever created. It's a constantly moving doorless two person lift, that you jump into and out of as it arrives at each floor.

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ADAM'S BLOG: Renewable energy creates jobs

jobs from renewables

Renewable energy creates jobs. To see how many, just have a look at this slide from today's presentation from the German Environment Department.

The horizontal bars show the impressive level of investment in renewables in Germany (22.9 billion Euros) but its the vertical bars that show a spectacular story. There are now 382,000 people employed in renewables in this country.

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ADAM'S BLOG: Biking in Berlin

Berlin Bikes

With half a day to spend before the 'energy transformation' tour kicks off here in Berlin, I've been wandering around the backstreets of Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg, two gentrified inner-city suburbs dotted with big blocks of old-style concrete highrise apartments & social housing. Think Fitzroy or Kensington.

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ADAM'S BLOG: Clean Energy Germany here I come

I will visit Germany next week to examine the transformations in energy jobs across the country. My visit is being hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office and includes meetings with government and ministry officials, business, NGOs and media outlets. The trip is fully funded by the German government and comes at no cost to the Australian taxpayer.

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Bandt to visit Germany on energy policy

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP will visit Germany next week to examine the transformations in energy jobs across the country.

Mr Bandt's visit is being hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office and includes meetings with government and ministry officials, business, NGOs and media outlets. The trip is fully funded by the German government and comes at no cost to the Australian taxpayer.

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