Shore-to-ship electricity supply

Despite the positive benefits of the intensive Baltic Sea shipping industry both economic and in terms of tourism the burden on the environment remains a pressing, unsolved problem. High levels of pollution were the motivation for the Lübeck-led EU project, “New Hansa“. In Lübeck-Travemünde, 95 % of SO2 , 75 % of NOx and 50 % of CO2 emissions were found to originate from ships. The solution: the supply of the vessel with power from a shore-based source via a plug-in connection:


Low emission zones in Germany – the example of Berlin

Only low-emission vehicles are allowed into Berlin’s environmental zone in order to reduce air pollution caused by diesel soot (particulate matter) and nitrogen oxides. These vehicles must be identified by a green sticker. Vehicles with high pollutant emissions are not permitted to drive or park within the low emission zone.


Joint Forces for clean air in the city of bonn

In the city of Bonn at some high frequented streets the limit values for nitrogen dioxide are exceeded. Consequently the district government in Cologne disposed the elaboration of an air quality plan. The air quality plan includes extensive measures to reduce the high nitrogen dioxide and equally the particulate matter pollution in the city of Bonn. An environmental zone has been established, the number of job-ticket users increased and the traffic flow improved. Furthermore, climate protection, renewable energy and sustainable traffic related measures have been outlined und will be implemented gradually. It is noteworthy that the whole contributions for “Clean Air in Bonn” are provided by numerous partners, even though there has not been consensus about all measures.


No diesel without filter / soot-free for the climate campaign

In the campaign “Soot-free for the Climate” and the EU LIFE-Project Clean Air German environmental NGOs Deutsche Umwelthilfe, Verkehrsclub Deutschland, BUND and NABU cooperate with European partner NGOs. Their goal is to equip all diesel vehicles and machines with diesel particle filters. Avoiding emissions of diesel soot helps human health and protects the climate.

Fact and Figures

Did you know that in Germany:

  • In 2011 more than 42 million cars were registered in Germany, which means 517 cars per 1,000 inhabitants
  • Greenhouse gas emissions in Germany declined from 1200 million tonnes CO2 equivalent in 1991 to 937 million tonnes CO2 equivalent in 2012
  • Pollutant emissions from transport were reduced in the last 20 years: carbon monoxide 90 %, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons 90 %, benzene by 95 %, nitrogen oxides 90 %

The world‘s first hydrogen fuel cell powered waste collection vehicle is used in Berlin


Advanced vehicle electrification products help improve the marketability of electrified vehicles


Cargotram in dresden – how tramcars do avoid truck transfers


Urban hub „bentobox“ fosters more sustainable urban freight delivery in Berlin


Introducing fuel cell-hybrid buses in the Rhineland


Exhaust-gas after treatment