By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and Monika Müller-Kroll
A research and industry consortium reports Germany’s energy consumption has dropped by nearly 7% during the first quarter of this year, largely because of milder weather and economic decline.
Coal use fell by around 22% and consumption of lignite — which is the lowest grade of coal — dropped by more than 30%, according to The Working Group on Energy Balances.
Meanwhile, the group estimated climate-damaging carbon dioxide emissions were reduced on average around 11%.
FlixBus is back on the road after more than a two-month-long, pandemic-induced break.
The long-distance bus company resumed services yesterday to almost 50 destinations in Germany. That’s approximately a tenth of the stops they used to make before.
The bus company says passengers are required to wear mouth and nose coverings throughout their journey. The bathroom on board will remain closed and buses will be disinfected after each trip.
FlixBus also restarted services for travelers in Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic, among other countries.
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