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April 15, 2014
Energy efficiency a trump card for German tech exports
Hanover, Germany (AFP) April 13, 2014
An often-ignored aspect of Germany's green energy transition is the one that has most helped its export industry; energy efficiency, the new hallmark of the country's high-tech sector. Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that if the "Energiewende" - the ambitious switch from nuclear and carbon-based energy toward renewables - goes as planned, "I am sure it will be another export hit". So far Europe's biggest economy has not been widely emulated on its radical path to a clean-energy future, but ... read more

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