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Berlin conference brings together key stakeholders in the global energy transition

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 marzo 2021

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen are opening the seventh Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) today. Ministers and high-level delegations from more than 50 countries will hold discussions with representatives from the business community, academia and civil society at the conference, which is entitled “Towards Climate Neutrality”. The focus is on strategies for the intelligent transformation of energy systems around the world with a view to continuing to pursue the energy transition with all due resolve. The new US Administration’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm will be joining the BETD for the first time. Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier, US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson will sound out opportunities for a new transatlantic cooperative partnership in the energy transition in a joint panel. Shortly after President Joe Biden took office, the US rejoined the Paris climate agreement and proclaimed its goal of achieving a CO2-free electricity supply by 2035.Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: “The energy transition must succeed in order for our planet to have a future. Support for this has never been greater around the world. The US is back on board in the area of climate policy. China, South Korea and Japan have also committed to achieving climate neutrality. We must seize this momentum. With the energy transition and the end of the fossil fuel era, which is drawing nearer, the world will change dramatically in the coming decades. We must adapt to this situation. New dynamics will emerge that will also give rise to tensions. That is why we need a forward-looking external energy policy that can promote cooperation while preventing conflicts.”Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier: “The energy transition and climate protection, if we approach them intelligently, do not stand in the way of prosperity or the competitiveness of our economies. On the contrary, they have the potential to be a driver of innovation and sustainable growth. The constantly growing alliance of countries committed to climate neutrality by 2050 increases our scope for tackling this Herculean task together in close cooperation at the international level.”President of the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) Dr Simone Peter: “Renewable technologies are ready to meet national and international energy needs across the board in all sectors. Thanks to massive cost reductions, they are now, in many cases, more cost-effective than conventional energy sources and are therefore the key to a sustainable, clean and secure energy system. In terms of the nexus between climate protection and industry and trade, these technologies are also providing an enormous economic stimulus in the coronavirus crisis. The priority now is to continue to drive forward their expansion globally and align energy systems to 100 percent renewable sources.”In keeping with the BETD’s tradition as a global forum for the energy transition, this year’s event will once again feature speeches and discussions with Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Francesco La Camera and Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Fatih Birol.Since 2015, the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue has been hosted by the Federal Government and co-organised with the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar), the German Energy Agency (dena) and the consultancy firm eclareon. A total of more than 2700 guests almost 100 countries are expected to join the BETD over a two-day period.The latest version of the programme for the conference and the supporting programme are available at

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Berlin Brands Group launches acquisition initiative among online retailers

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 dicembre 2020

Berlin Brands Group Holding GmbH (BBG) has acquired the internet brand Sleepwise from Hamburg-based e-commerce company GmbH. With its first acquisition, BBG is launching an ambitious acquisition initiative among FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) merchants and independent online shop operators. Entrepreneurs with a turnover of 500,000 to 30 million euros will be given the opportunity to sell their company or their online brand to a strategic partner who can ensure significantly faster growth based on established international sales channels. Transactions are expected to be completed in less than 40 days. When working with BBG, retailers continue to benefit from the company’s financial strength, infrastructure, logistics processes, multi-channel distribution in 28 countries and the associated growth prospects after the sale. BBG, one of the pioneers in the direct-to-consumer business, also has its own toolbox for successful brand building, as 14 own brands, developed in-house with over 2,500 products, demonstrate. For the year 2020, the Berlin-based hidden champion is expecting sales of over 300 million euros. Peter Chaljawski, founder and BBG CEO: “Working closely with founder Fabian Gluschke, we will successively introduce the Sleepwise brand to additional markets and channels. We will also expand the product range together with our teams and our supplier network.” BBG is currently about to sign contracts with ten further brands. “It helps us, to know from our own experience how much heart and soul goes into building a company and a brand. We always meet with entrepreneurs as equals.”The team develops direct-to-consumer brands and markets them via online marketplaces such as Amazon and its own web shops. Fabian Gluschke, Managing Director of “With this sale, we achieve access to customers in all European countries and the US for the Sleepwise brand, which includes high-quality bed linen and duvets. We can take our brand to the next level. It was an easy decision for us to choose BBG because of the attractive terms and the opportunity to benefit from accelerated growth even after the sale.” Dominik Brichta, co-founder of BBG: “The transaction terms are customised to the interests of the online merchant. After a short transition period, the latter can retire with his money, enjoy life or build up something new. Or, at his own request, he can remain part of the business’s development as a consultant and continue to contribute. In any case, following the transfer of his business, he will benefit financially from an earn-up arrangement for additional revenue that BBG can realise by means of scaling through its global e-commerce platform.”

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Berlin through the Eyes of Modern Artists

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 ottobre 2020

Until to 12 November, showcases 27 works on paper and prints created by artists that spans from the early 1900s through to the 1960s. Featured artists include Otto Dix, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Jeanne Mammen, an artist who until recently, was largely unknown outside of Germany, and Heinrich Zille. The sale is highlighted by a group of eight watercolours by Mammen that range from £7,000-50,000 and Die guten Jahre (circa 1920, estimate: £160,000-210,000, illustrated above, left) by George Grosz.During the early 1920s George Grosz began to step away from the more provocative, politically charged subjects that had dominated his work in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, and instead trained his eye on the lives of ordinary people, capturing the banality, hypocrisies and darkness that often lay behind the facade of polite society. In Die guten Jahre the artist takes aim at the amorous liaisons of a middle-aged couple. Capturing the dynamic between the two characters, Grosz slyly emphasises that “The Good Years” suggested by the title have passed the couple by.Jeanne Mammen’s artistic intent was similarly to chronicle the febrile world of Weimar Germany with a vivid clarity. From 1919 until 1933, she documented the profound social changes brought about by the First World War in Berlin life. By the late 1920s, Mammen was gaining recognition for her watercolours reflecting the cold hedonism of the Weimar Republic from a female perspective. In Bierseidelbetrachtung II (1929, estimate: £50,000-70,000, illustrated above, right), two men leer at the bar as an overworked waitress in tight heels distains their predatory gaze, while girls gripped firm by drunken men gaze coldly out Kaschemme (1929, estimate: £50,000-70,000.

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Berlin Packaging conclude l’acquisizione di Novio Packaging

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 dicembre 2019

CHICAGO. Berlin Packaging ha annunciato oggi di aver completato l’acquisizione di Novio Packaging Group B.V., un fornitore di packaging in plastica con sede nei Paesi Bassi, specializzato nei segmenti della cura personale, della farmaceutica, dei prodotti alimentari e dell’alimentazione sportiva. Con l’ingresso di Novio Packaging nel novero delle compagnie europee di Berlin Packaging, che comprendono Bruni Glass, leader nei contenitori speciali in vetro, Bruni Erben, fornitore di spicco nell’ambito delle chiusure, e altre quattro aziende acquisite nel 2019, il gruppo si afferma come il primo fornitore di packaging del continente per tutti i mercati e i settori. Berlin Packaging ha annunciato l’accordo definitivo per l’acquisizione di Novio Packaging il 29 ottobre 2019.
Con l’acquisizione, le aziende chiuderanno il 2019 con un fatturato annuo di oltre 1,5 miliardi di dollari, oltre 130 tra punti vendita e magazzini in Nordamerica e in Europa e un portfolio di oltre 40.000 contenitori e chiusure in vetro, plastica e metallo.
I clienti di Novio ora potranno avvalersi dell’esperienza nei contenitori speciali in vetro di Berlin Packaging, dei suoi servizi per l’incremento del fatturato e dei suoi eccellenti centri di design dislocati in due continenti, mentre i clienti di Berlin Packaging potranno contare sulla forte presenza di Novio Packaging nel Nord dell’Europa, sulla sua ampia offerta di prodotti in plastica e sulla sua significativa esperienza in segmenti chiave del mercato. “Avendo alle spalle quattro acquisizioni europee e quattro integrazioni portate a termine con successo nel 2019, siamo certi che l’acquisizione di Novio Packaging porterà nuovi vantaggi per i clienti, i fornitori e i dipendenti”, ha affermato Paolo Recrosio, Amministratore delegato di Bruni Glass, a Berlin Packaging Company. “Ci sono tantissime sinergie tra le nostre splendide aziende, e sappiamo che il processo di integrazione avverrà senza intoppi”.“Proprio come per la nostra società, le ottime performance di Novio Packaging testimoniano la creatività delle loro soluzioni, l’efficacia della loro filiera e la centralità di un eccezionale servizio clienti”, ha dichiarato Michael Grebe, Presidente esecutivo del Consiglio di amministrazione di Berlin Packaging. “Unendo le forze delle nostre aziende, questa acquisizione ci aiuta a raggiungere i nostri ambiziosi obiettivi di crescita e consolida la nostra posizione di principale fornitore di packaging rigido in due continenti in grado di vantare l’offerta più ampia e la maggiore attenzione al cliente.”.“Siamo entusiasti di entrare a far parte della famiglia Berlin Packaging e di collaborare con i nostri nuovi colleghi. Siamo fieri di ciò che abbiamo costruito, e sappiamo che questa nuova partnership offrirà numerose nuove opportunità ai clienti, ai fornitori e ai dipendenti”, hanno commentato Erik Trum e Marck Jansen, fondatori e direttori generali di Novio Packaging.
Tutti i dipendenti e tutte le strutture resteranno operativi. La dirigenza di Novio Packaging, compresi Jansen e Trum, rimarrà in carica.

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Zoovu Continues Global Expansion with New Office in Berlin

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 novembre 2019

Zoovu, the AI Conversational Search Platform, today announced the opening of its new office in Berlin, fueled by major new client wins and double-digit growth in its workforce. This news comes on the heels of several major announcements, including a $14 million Series B funding round led by Target Global and Beringea. Zoovu also tripled its customer base in just over one year and expanded its product offering to deliver a first-of-its-kind, AI-powered platform that solves the “choice paralysis” phenomenon through AI conversational search to engage, understand, convert and delight.The Berlin office opening will allow Zoovu to better serve its growing customer base in the region and foster closer partnerships. This opening is the latest as Zoovu continues its exponential growth, with other new offices and expansions including London, Boston, New York, Sao Paulo, and Vienna.Zoovu is hiring exceptional talent to support growth in the region. Candidates who are ready to shape the future of Conversational Search are welcome to apply.

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Anniversaire de la Chute du Mur de Berlin

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 novembre 2019

L’Histoire s’écrit en majuscule lorsqu’elle nous surprend. « Je n’aurais jamais prévu ce soulèvement populaire », reconnaît Jacques Delors, alors président de la Commission européenne, au lendemain de la chute du Mur de Berlin. « C’est comme en 1848 ou en 1789, le peuple qui fait l’Histoire», compare-t-il sur TF1, prenant déjà la mesure de l’événement. Celui-ci nous interroge encore trente ans plus tard. Sur les frontières soudain élargies de l’Union européenne, qu’invite à définir Thierry Chopin, conseiller spécial de l’IJD. Sur les parts effacées et persistantes du clivage Est-Ouest, que relève le professeur Jacques Rupnik pour l’IJD. Et plus largement sur la fin de la guerre froide et son éventuelle émergence nouvelle, qu’analyse Joachim Bitterlich, ancien conseiller d’Helmut Kohl et membre de notre conseil d’administration.
Le 9 novembre 1989: à l’Ouest comme à l’Est, cette date a symbolisé l’échec de l’entreprise totalitaire. L’Union européenne a réussi avec la réunification Est-Ouest une des plus belles réalisations de son histoire : elle a permis de fédérer l’Europe autour de la liberté. Célébrer la chute du Mur de Berlin, c’est d’abord rappeler ce glorieux héritage de la construction européenne qui a réalisé la pacification et la réconciliation des pays européens. La «fin de l’histoire» prédite s’est pourtant accompagnée d’évolutions inquiétantes : à l’Est, le passage du narratif du «retour à la famille européenne » de Havel au narratif nationaliste, autoritaire et illibéral d’Orbán; à l’Ouest, la montée en puissance des forces politiques radicales, populistes, voire extrémistes, à gauche comme à droite de l’échiquier politique. Dans les deux cas, ce sont la démocratie libérale et les valeurs d’ouverture sur lesquelles elle repose qui sont mises en cause.

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Overcoming weak governance will take decades with implications for climate adaptation: study

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 novembre 2019

Berlin – Governance in climate vulnerable countries will take decades to improve, substantially impeding the ability of nations to adapt to climate change and affecting billions of people globally, according to new research published in Nature Sustainability.
The study quantifies – for the first time – different governance pathways at the national level over the 21th century, using scenarios of socio-economic development (Shared Socio-economic Pathways) widely used in climate change research. The authors have relied on the World Governance Indicators provided by the World Bank, which take into account multiple dimensions of governance such as political stability, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law and control of corruption.Even under the most optimistic development scenarios, it will take until around 2050 to overcome weak governance globally, the study finds. Under pessimistic scenarios characterised by regional rivalry, more than three billion people would still be living in countries with weak governance conditions well beyond mid-century.The numerous interventions a government can make to adapt to climate change – such as prioritising policies, mobilising resources, coordinating efforts and decision making – are processes often contingent on the efficacy of institutional mechanisms. The level of corruption within a government, for instance, will impact on its ability to deal with a climate-related disaster.The results not only have far-reaching implications for sustainable development, but they also link directly to the immediate need to adapt to the impacts of climate change, in particular in the most vulnerable countries. This new understanding of the possible pathways of governance and the resulting adaptive capacity will contribute to more realistic assessments of how the world may be able to cope with the impacts of climate change in the future. “We tend to treat climate change adaptation as something that we can just switch on and then we’re fine. But our study shows that it is more complicated than that and that building adaptive capacity in many regions of the world will take a long time,” said Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, of Climate Analytics and Humboldt University, a co-author of the study.On the upside, the study shows that countries characterised by very weak governance have a near-term rate of improvement of up to five times faster under the most optimistic scenarios than they do under the worst. “There is a window of opportunity to eradicate the lowest levels of governance in the near term and get the world on a pathway towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” said Jesus Crespo Cuaresma from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, Austria, who also contributed to the study.“This is of paramount importance also to enable those nations, many of which are located in climate vulnerable regions, to adapt to climate change.”

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RSG Group takes its headquarters and exclusive concept to the Kurfürstendamm

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 aprile 2019

Berlin. After a decade of being based in Berlin and more than 20 years of company history, the RSG Group and the staff it employs there will be moving from Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg to Charlottenburg in 2021. For Rainer Schaller, founder and CEO of the RSG Group, this represents a huge step in the Group’s history: “Over the past twelve years, we have grown from five to around 300 employees at our Berlin location, and in the process our office has become like a second home. In these times when work is becoming ever less tied to particular locations and hours, I believe that pleasant spaces in which to spend time represent the primary factor for success when it comes to successful office planning, so that all staff feel at ease and teams are formed organically.” With the Kudamm Eck on the Kurfürstendamm/corner of Joachimsthaler Straße and RFR Holding GmbH as a partner by its side, the RSG Group believes it has found just the right location for its new company headquarters in a Berlin building that is steeped in tradition. As early as the 1970s, the building’s illuminated billboard measuring 300 m², which was enormous for the time, represented a huge draw and was a worthy imitation of those that inspired it in New York’s Times Square.
With almost two million customers, RSG Group GmbH is the world’s innovation leader in the areas of fitness and lifestyle. We are now active at around 300 locations in 48 countries. Among others, our strong brands and future-oriented concepts include McFIT, High5, the JOHN REED family (JOHN REED Fitness Music Club, JOHN REED Women’s Club, JOHN’S BOOTCAMP, THE REED), CYBEROBICS, LOOX, Qi², McFIT Models, Steven Baker, THE MIRAI and our artist management agency TIGERPOOL. With our varied portfolio, we ensure we remain a key component of our customers’ active everyday lives.
First of all, state-of-the-art office environments are to take shape over eleven floors and 19,500 square meters, with all of these designed specifically to meet the needs of the RSG Group. There will therefore no longer be small, individual offices, and instead intelligent software will control sharing concepts as well as the distribution of flexible workspaces. Wood, concrete, marble and plants will shape the appearance of the new company headquarters. On top of this, there will also be several individually adaptable rooms, which can be adjusted in terms of light and sound in line with the relevant content of meetings or personal moods, and which will enhance the corporate culture and the values system of the RSG Group.
On top of all this, it is also here that the RSG Group will be opening its first – and for now, at least in Germany, its only – premium concept. “At the end of 2019 we will enter the American market and launch our first Fitness & Social Club in Los Angeles. I am thoroughly convinced that this high-level brand is the perfect fit for Berlin’s City West and for this location in particular”, Schaller continues. The facilities will include not only fitness and wellness, with cold chambers and a driving range for golf players, but also premium gastronomy, impressive hotel suites, a spectacular panoramic roof terrace, and an exclusive design and ambiance that has never been seen before. The building is being let by the RFR Holding GmbH, whose portfolio includes the Chrysler Building in New York, for example, as well as the CENTRUM Group. When selecting their tenants, it was particularly important to the Group to choose a concept that would really get people talking about the Kudamm Eck once again. “We believe our visions will be realized in the best way possible with the RSG Group”, says Dr. Alexander Koblischek, Managing Director of RFR Management. “For this very prominent location in particular, we deliberately sought a suitably strong partner. The RSG Group stands for progress, and as the world’s leading innovation leader in the areas of fitness and lifestyle, it is set to realize an extraordinary concept here in Berlin”, adds Dr. Alexander Koblischek. The renovation work will begin in 2020, with the opening scheduled for 2021.

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Brilliant Collection Jewelry Launched in Berlin

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 febbraio 2018

During the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, Blue Flame Jewelry and the Berlin International Film Festival jointly launched the Brilliant collection jewelry on 17th February, 2018.The launch party was held at the Grand Hyatt hotel. It is the tenth year that Blue Flame has been designated as the official jeweler of the Berlin Film Festival and the Brilliant collection was designed to celebrate this big event. Mr. Shen Dongjun, president of Leysen1855, and ten movie stars (Matilda De Angelis, Alba August, Eili Harboe, Matteo Simoni, Jonas Smulders, Luna Wedler, Michaela Coel, Franz Rogowski, Irakli Kvirikadze, Réka Tenk) attended the launch party.
At the launch party, Mr. Shen Dongjun shared the “heart” concept of Blue Flame. Blue Flame is in pursuit of infusing “true love” into the design of fine jewelry. Each of the ten movie stars collected a Brilliant diamond pendant on the scene.The Brilliant collection of Blue Flame, which was specially designed for the Berlin International Film Festival, took deep inspiration from film, art and culture. It is a fine jewelry composed of five heart-shaped components, which presents incredible geometric beauty.Blue Flame originated from the Belgian royal jewelry supplier Leysen1855. Applying the heart-shaped elements in the jewelry design, Blue Flame utilizes infinite creativity to define all sincere love. It has not only been favored by the Belgian royal family, but also has been the official jeweler of the Berlin International Film Festival for ten years.

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Berlin and Beijing united on climate in the age of Trump

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 Maggio 2017

berlinoBerlin. German Environmental Minister Barbara Hendricks and Chinese Special Climate Envoy Xie Zhenhua jointly held a press conference at the opening of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, where the two ministers stressed the importance of implementing the Paris commitments and urged the US to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement.
Karsten Smid of Greenpeace Germany said:“It is a positive signal that China and Germany want to step up to the plate in taking shared leadership in accelerating international climate action. In order to make this a really convincing initiative, both countries must accelerate their transition away from coal to renewable energy. ”Li Shuo, Climate Policy Advisor Greenpeace East Asia said: “There is no better way of reflecting the zeitgeist of international climate action than strong cooperation between China and Germany. Through their collective efforts of building new leadership and moving towards renewable energy, the two countries can highlight to the world the direction of travel. In committing to the Paris spirit, a new coalition of willing is taking up the mantle of climate leadership.”

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Catella makes first EUR 41 million acquisition in Berlin for its pan-European student housing fund

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 marzo 2017

catella LichtenbergThe residential team of investment manager Catella Real Estate has made the first purchase for its Catella European Student Housing Fund. The student housing property was acquired for EUR 41 million from the Homepoint group, and consists of a development scheme for 425 residential units in Berlin.The pan-European student housing fund was launched in 2013, and Catella took over the management in mid-December 2016.“We are pleased to have acquired this building from the Homepoint group, at a good location in Berlin, for our new student fund. Being invested in Berlin means we are further expanding our fund volume in our main target market, Germany. There are some 2.7 million students in Germany, the highest number in all of Europe. Considering the continued large inflow prediction for young academics to be enrolled here in coming years, the demand for affordable student housing in Berlin will remain high,” says Xavier Jongen, Head of Residential Funds at Catella.The property, in the district of Lichtenberg, offers a good location for surrounding educational facilities and excellent connections to public transport. The building is currently under construction and will be completed in winter 2017/2018.With this acquisition in Berlin the fund now has a volume of EUR 269 million, invested in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Catella is currently analysing a pipeline of investment opportunities for this fund, of EUR 93 million, in the Netherlands, Spain and Austria.“With this swift acquisition for the recently acquired fund we are able to continue the successful implementation of the fund’s strategy in one of the most dynamic real estate markets in Europe,” explains Christin Schöder, Portfolio Manager at Catella. (photo: catella Lichtenberg)

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New EWG study: Germany falls behind on its climate targets Zero-carbon economy needed to meet Paris Agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 novembre 2016

berlinoBerlin – Germany’s current climate targets are too weak and fall short of meeting the Paris Climate Agreement. Meanwhile, the German government is on track to missing even these weak climate targets, a new study by the Energy Watch Group and the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) Germany shows.The Paris Agreement is entering into force today. Yet, the former climate leader Germany is most likely to take off to the world climate conference COP22 in Marrakesh without a Climate Action Plan in place – and is turning into a climate sinner.“The federal government needs to completely rewrite its Energy Concept and climate targets. The greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 80-95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels is inadequate to meet the Paris targets”, Hans-Josef Fell, co-author of the study, President of the Energy Watch Group, and Member of the German Parliament 1998-2013 says.
“Current climate protection measures do not bring about any significant emissions reduction. Global temperature is increasing at unprecedented speed. Given the consequences we already observe today, any further increase of global temperatures – 1.5°C or less – should be unacceptable. The target should be a cooling to preindustrial levels”, Fell adds.
The new study ‘German Climate Policy – From Leader to Laggard’ proves that the emissions reduction pathway in Germany has been surpassed every year since 2010. Especially the transport, electricity and agricultural sectors have contributed to this transgression. According to the government projections, in its most ambitious scenario, the transport sector for example will exceed the set 2035 targets by a striking 91%.“The emissions reduction pathway from 2010 was already exceeded years ago. With the new more ambitious targets of the Paris Agreement in place, additional and stronger measures are now needed. The aim should be a zero-carbon economy by 2030”, Jörn Schwarz, author of the study and chairman of ASPO Germany says.
A global zero-carbon economy should go hand in hand with the creation of effective carbon sinks and requires a range of measures on the policy and technical level. The study shows that 100% renewable energy as well as a functioning circular economy is essential. The study authors recommend including climate protection into the constitution; creating incentives for private investments into climate change protection; and promoting research and education in this field.
“This study clearly shows that the current German energy policy removes any possibility to meet the Paris climate targets. Compared to the ambitious measures of other countries, Germany is increasingly lagging behind on its climate protection action. The federal government is jeopardizing the livelihoods of current and future generations, and the competitive advantage of the country“, Dr. Volker Quaschning, Professor for regenerative energy systems at HTW Berlin, and peer reviewer of the study says. The study is currently only available in German. You can find it here.

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Alliander AG launcht 450MHz-Kommunikationsnetz in Deutschland

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 settembre 2016

berlinoBerlin. Die Alliander AG gab heute bekannt, dass sie den 450MHz- Funknetzbetreiber Inquam Deutschland GmbH übernommen hat. Als 450connect GmbH wird diese gemeinsam mit Partnern aus der Energiewirtschaft den Ausbau eines flächendeckenden 450MHz-Kommunikationsnetzes in Deutschland vorantreiben.”Als erfahrener Netzbetreiber und Energiedienstleister kennen wir die Bedürfnisse und die sehr hohen Anforderungen der Branche an ein sicheres und zuverlässiges Kommunikationsnetz. Mit der Übernahme der 450MHz-Funkfrequenzen stellen wir der deutschen Energiewirtschaft in Hinblick auf Verfügbarkeit, Stabilität und Funktionalität die passende Plattform für eine digitalisierte Infrastruktur zur Verfügung und erfüllen eine wesentliche Voraussetzung für die erfolgreiche Umsetzung der Energiewende”, sagt Frank Zeeb, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Alliander AG. „Mit einem erfahrenen Team aus Energie- und Telekommunikationsexperten in Verbindung mit unseren kommunalen Wurzeln sind wir für den flächendeckenden Ausbau der Funknetze bestens aufgestellt. Außerdem können wir auf die Erfahrung unseres Mutterkonzerns in den Niederlanden zurückgreifen, der dort bereits 450MHz-Funknetze erfolgreich aufgebaut hat und betreibt.”Im Vergleich zu anderen Funknetzen bietet die 450MHz-Technologie eine größere Reichweite und eine wesentlich bessere Gebäudedurchdringung. Entlegene Regionen und sonst nur schwer zugängliche Bereiche können per Funk sicher und zuverlässig erreicht werden. Auch benötigen 450MHz-Funknetze wesentlich weniger Sendeanlagen und verursachen damit niedrigere Kosten für den Aufbau und Betrieb des Funknetzes. Für die Kommunikationsanforderungen der zunehmend dezentral und erneuerbar ausgerichteten Energiewirtschaft bieten 450MHz-Funknetze die ideale Lösung. Zukünftig müssen Millionen dezentraler Anlagen sicher, flächendeckend und günstig miteinander kommunizieren. Außerdem muss eine immer größer werdende Anzahl von Energieerzeugern, -verbrauchern und -einheiten ins System integriert und zuverlässig gesteuert werden. Um dies zu gewährleisten, bietet 450connect kommunalen und privaten Unternehmen mit kritischen Infrastrukturen die Möglichkeit des Aufbaus eines privaten Funknetzes an.Zu den ersten Kunden der 450connect GmbH gehören der Stromnetzbetreiber EWE NETZ GmbH und die Netzgesellschaft Düsseldorf mbH. „Für uns bietet 450connect eine zuverlässige und zukunftsweisende Technologie, mit der die Einbindung aller dezentralen Erzeuger, Verbraucher und Steuereinheiten in die veränderte Netzlandschaft der Energiewende sicher, gleichzeitig und nachhaltig gewährleistet werden kann,“ so Torsten Maus, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung der EWE NETZ GmbH.
Die 450connect GmbH ist ein Tochterunternehmen der Alliander AG, einem kommunal geprägten Technologie-Unternehmen und Innovationsführer auf dem Gebiet der digitalen Energieinfrastruktur. Mit der Übernahme und dem Betrieb von 450MHz-Funknetzen in Deutschland stellt die 450connect GmbH der Energiewirtschaft ein sicheres und zuverlässiges Kommunikationsnetz zur erfolgreichen Umsetzung der Energiewende zur Verfügung. Ziel ist es, gemeinsam mit Partnern, die bisher fehlende Kommunikationsinfrastruktur für eine zunehmend dezentral geprägte Energielandschaft flächendeckend aufzubauen. Die 450connect GmbH wird ihre 450MHz-Funknetze zukünftig auch Unternehmen und Organisationen mit kritischen Infrastrukturen außerhalb der Energiewirtschaft bereitstellen.
Die Alliander AG ist ein kommunal geprägtes Technologie-Unternehmen und Innovationsführer auf dem Gebiet der digitalen Energieinfrastruktur. Die Alliander AG übernimmt als Dienstleister und Partner von Netzbetreibern, Städten und Kommunen die Planung, Installation und Betriebsführung von Infrastrukturen im Bereich Energie, Verkehr und Telekommunikation.

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International conference with leading China scholars

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 giugno 2016

berlinoBerlin. From June 24 to 25 June in Berlin, MERICS will host an international conference with leading China scholars to discuss changes in Chinese leadership style, structures and processes since 2013. Since Xi Jinping took the reins of the Chinese Communist Party and as President of the People’s Republic of China, the country’s domestic and foreign politics have undergone considerable changes. China has become more assertive as an international actor. It has launched new diplomatic initiatives centring on large infrastructure projects, while at the same time contributing to tense relations with many of its neighbouring countries. At home, several pieces of security-related legislation have further constrained the activities of both domestic as well as foreign civil actors.Participating scholars’ expertise covers a wide variety of issue areas, ranging from economic policy making to cyberspace politics, and from societal control to military modernization. The conference participants will share their expertise in the form of concise essays, which MERICS will publish as an essay collection: the MERICS Paper on China No. 1 – “China’s core executive: leadership styles, structures and processes under Xi Jinping”.This essay collection offers the most comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date account of the changes to China’s core executive under Xi Jinping through its analysis of developments in different policy areas. One observation is dominant – China has moved in further in the direction of top-down, autocratic policy making. The authors – among them renowned experts such as Roderick Mac Farquhar, Barry Naughton, Joseph Fewsmith, You Ji, Victor Shih, and Anthony Saich – discuss the effects of this on current policymaking and policy outcomes, as well as offering a thought-provoking look into the future. What happens if Xi Jinping fails with his overall reform agenda? What if he succeeds in strengthening the control of the party and in restructuring the Chinese economy? Will China’s IT-backed authoritarianism act as a model and spread to other countries, challenging Western democratic modes of governance? Whatever the future holds, such developments will have implications not only for China, but for all its close economic and political partners. (Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich Director of Communications MERICS, Berlin)

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EU promotes aquaculture at Green Week in Berlin

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 febbraio 2016

berlinoDid you know that aquaculture products make up a quarter of seafood consumed in the EU? Or that the EU is the 8th largest aquaculture producer in the world – even if its share is only 1.53%?
If not, you’re not alone: many people in Europe know very little about aquaculture. The European Commission is trying to change this. An important step: bringing aquaculture into schools to raise awareness among children and teenagers, Europe’s future consumers of fish and seafood.
The Commission has developed a handy school kit for teachers, providing material to raise awareness of aquaculture among schoolchildren aged 12 to 18. The booklet contains information on how to integrate aquaculture into lessons and encourage pupils to learn more about aquaculture in their community. Pupils are encouraged to meet a local fish farmer or researcher and develop a project showing what they have learnt: in videos, cookbooks, experiments, webpages…
On Monday, 18 January, the Commission organised an event at the International Green Week in Berlin to promote this booklet, part of the Commission’s “Farmed in the EU” aquaculture campaign, among German aquaculture stakeholders and educators.
Two German schools took part in testing the school kit in 2015 and used the event to share their – largely positive – experiences. In addition participants learned about aquaculture in Germany and the EU, and about future areas of research.
Both educators and aquaculture experts proved enthusiastic about using the “Farmed in the EU” school kit to introduce young people to aquaculture. But they also agreed that more needed to be done to encourage networking between the education and aquaculture communities and to match schools with aquaculture experts from the region. Gaining further support from both sides will be crucial to disseminate the school kit across Europe and make sure a maximum of schools benefit.
Visitors at the International Green Week still have the chance to find out more about the “Farmed in the EU” campaign, the school kit and European aquaculture in general at the European Commission stand themed “From Farm to Fork” in the ErlebnisBauernhof Hall (Hall 3.2.). There, they can not only learn about European agriculture and food safety, but also about fish farming, how it benefits the environment and human health, and how it contributes to a sustainable supply of fisheries products in the EU. A quiz and other games for visitors of all ages introduce fish farming to a wider audience. (photo: Karmenu Vella)

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Greenpeace experts at G7 summit

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 giugno 2015

berlinoBerlin, Ahead of the G7 summit this Sunday in Elmau, where climate change will be high on the agenda, Greenpeace head of international climate politics, Martin Kaiser said:“If Angela Merkel does not want to go down in history as the ‘Coal Chancellor’, she has to use this opportunity to make the first step in the phase-out of coal in Germany ahead of the summit. This would enable her to convince Obama, together with his G7 colleagues, to make the transition to 100% renewable energy by mid-century.”The G7 meeting in Elmau is six months ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris, where nations have set a deadline for a global agreement.

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Global Female Leaders 2015

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 aprile 2015

berlinoBerlin. “If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.“ The author of this quotation, the Nobel Prize winner in Literature Saul Bellow, would have been a welcomed guest at the international conference “Global Female Leaders Summit 2015”. According to the motto “Connect. Explore. Co-Create“ female decision makers from all over the world meet at the economic summit mainly targeted at female managers in order to expand their international contacts, build new networks, exchange experiences and also to function as role models for young women. Thus, the conference organised by the Management Circle AG sends a clear message at the time when women are still underrepresented in executive positions throughout the world.
During the two and a half day summit from 20 to 22 April 2015 high-calibre expert panel as well as keynote speakers will discuss topics that are equally relevant to female and male managers.

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High-tech “Made in Berlin” chosen to monitor UK solar farm

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 novembre 2014

solar farmBerlin, Germany, skytron® energy has successfully commissioned its monitoring, control and supervision system installed in one of UK’s largest ground-mounted photovoltaic power plants, the Kencot Hill Solar Farm. The monitoring technology of the Berlin-based company ensures trouble-free operation and enhanced performance of the solar power plant in Oxfordshire. With a total capacity of 37 MWp and an annual power generation of 36 Mio. kWh, the Kencot Hill Solar Farm will provide clean energy for more than 10.000 UK households.
Conergy UK Ltd was responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the plant and is responsible for its ongoing operation and maintenance (O&M). For this Conergy relies on the complete and proven monitoring, control and supervision system of skytron energy. With its modular design, including intelligent combiner boxes for DC distribution, weather condition monitoring and a special on-site server, the system is able to monitor and record all performance characteristics of the plant and store the data in local data loggers.
“Conergy will be handling the management of the Kencot plant as part of our international O&M business, and we were looking for a high-performance monitoring technology. We were attracted both by skytron energy’s precision string current measurement system, and the quality of their components which are built to last”, says Robert Goss, Managing Director of Conergy UK.
Kencot Hill Solar Farm was constructed on a former RAF airfield in only five months. Pre-commissioning and on-site commissioning of the complete monitoring system was carried out by skytron energy’s own commissioning engineers and successfully completed recently.
“At skytron energy we are committed to provide customers with best possible O&M solutions because we know plant owners value high-quality data”, says Stefan Degener, Managing Director of skytron energy. “We are constantly working on improving our technology, so our customers can be ahead of coming changes and developments. In this context, we recently launched a new tool that ensures optimized performance and enhanced market integration of solar plants specifically under the new Contracts-for-Difference (CfD) trading scheme in the UK.”

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World Jewish Congress to meet in Berlin in wake of sharp rise of anti-Semitism across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 settembre 2014

berlinoNEW YORK/BRUSSELS – A sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks and the growing hostility towards Israel will be among the subjects to be discussed at a meeting of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) in Berlin, which will take place from 14 to 16 September 2014. The WJC Governing Board will be chaired by David de Rothschild and attended by 150 heads of Jewish communities, delegates and young Jewish diplomats from around the world. Among the guest speakers will be Germany’s Economics Minister, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.In tribute to his lifetime efforts for reconciliation between Germans and Jews, and between Germany and Israel, the WJC’s Theodor Herzl Award will be bestowed posthumously on the late publisher Axel Springer, whose widow Friede Springer will receive it at a dinner at Berlin’s Jewish Museum on Monday, 15 September 2014.The participants will also take part in the rally against anti-Semitism organized by the Central Council of Jews in Germany in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate on Sunday, 14 September 2014, at 3 p.m., where German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel, and many other German leaders are expected.WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, who will be one of the speakers at the rally, said the WJC meeting in Berlin came at an important moment: “After the terrible hostilities against Jews we witnessed in the last eight weeks in Europe, following Israel’s legitimate action in the Gaza Strip, we are faced with a fundamental question: What needs to be done to ensure that the next generation of Jews has a future in Europe? This eruption of anti-Semitism has been an eye-opener for many people, and it would be wrong to go back to doing business as usual. Instead, we expect politicians and societies to address the root causes of this hatred, and to take appropriate action against it.”Reports will be given about Hamas and about the threats posed by jihadist fighters returning to their Western countries of origin. Another focus of the WJC meeting will be visits of the delegates to important Holocaust-related sites in Berlin, including the Wannsee Conference Memorial Exhibit, the ‘Gleis 17’ train platform at Berlin’s Grunewald Station from which many German Jews were deported to the Nazi death camps where there will be a wreath-laying ceremony, and to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe near the Brandenburg Gate. This will take place in the morning of Tuesday, 16 September 2014. At ‘Gleis 17’, there will be a short ceremony and Kaddish will be recited.

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Frost & Sullivan: Rising Awareness of Car Sharing Concept Set to Increase Uptake

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 Maggio 2013

LONDON Whilst Car sharing as a concept has existed for several years, the uptake rates and emergence of new players in the traditional as well as “Peer to Peer (P2P)” car sharing market has proliferated in the last 5 years. Member numbers increased by over 90 per cent between 2008 and 2012, growing from 500,000 to over 940,000. According to Frost & Sullivan, this trend is set to continue.In an upcoming web conference, entitled Car Sharing – The Voice of the Consumer, taking place on Tuesday, 14 May 2013, at 3.00 p.m. BST, Frost & Sullivan Mobility Programme Manager, Mr. Martyn Briggs, and Programme Manager, Mr. Mohamed Mubarak, will present latest findings from a customer research study on consumer profiles of members currently using car sharing services, including their preferences and aspirations for the car sharing concept in future. The idea of this voice of the consumer study was also to understand from non-members what would encourage them to join such new mobility services, as well as their idea of a ‘winning concept’.To participate in this complimentary web conference, please email Katja Feick at with your full contact details. Upon receipt of the above information, a registration link will be e-mailed to you. You may also register to receive a recorded version of the briefing at anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.A targeted survey of over 2,300 people was conducted in a total of 12 cities in the UK (London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh), France (Paris, Lyon, Marseille, and Toulouse), and Germany (Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Cologne). The study used the ‘Adaptive Choice Based Conjoint’ methodology that enables the possibility to create different simulations of car sharing models and generate the respective pricing and market share. The web conference will now give an overview regarding transport usage and commuting profiles, the customer’s / member’s perspective on the current and future usage of car sharing services and the willingness to pay for the service, existing car sharing member profiles, as well as familiarity, interest and adoption amongst non-members.“Our research revealed a potential for over 15 million car sharing members in Europe alone by 2020, but there is a lot of education and behavioural change amongst consumers’ mobility patterns that need to take place to achieve such growth,” outlines Mr. Briggs. “The voice of the consumer survey yielded interesting results; for example, the majority of car sharing members (53 per cent) were under 34, degree educated (67 per cent), and did not own a car (51 per cent).”The survey also illustrates that the market for P2P Car Sharing is still in its nascent stage and is expected to co-exist with traditional car sharing. The interest in using someone else’s car is higher than the interest to providing own car to be used by others. Surprisingly, there exists a correlation between the interest in becoming a car sharing member and the interest in providing the own car to be used by others.From those of the whole sample, who currently own a car and are considering joining a car sharing service, over 40 per cent would consider selling their vehicle. This underlines the continued downward trend in car ownership in major cities that adopt car sharing services.This web conference will benefit car sharing operators, and all parties interested in the perceptions of car sharing, such as automotive manufacturers, transport operators, fleet/leasing companies, and technology providers in particular, but also from transport & mobility professionals, researchers and associated media.Frost & Sullivan will be hosting its two-day interactive workshop on 19-20 June 2013 for the 5th time this year, taking place at the House of Lords and the Siemens Crystal Building in London. Day 1 will feature a high-level debate on the “Death of the car and rise of new mobility business models in an Urban Environment”. Day 2 will consist of 5 different panels, focussing on mega trends and their impact on mobility, new business models, such as mobility integration, car sharing, and new fleet/leasing models, urban logistics and online retailing, the future of public transport, including HSR, BRT buses, PRT and hybrid/electric buses, as well as autonomous driving and infrastructure trends. For more information, visit:
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