Germany could soon be a step closer to implementing the December’s historic Paris climate agreement with reports it is mulling a target to reduce emissions 95 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050. Europe’s economic powerhouse joined others this month in calling for more ambitious emission reduction targets in light of the agreement, and a 95 per cent target would add greater momentum to this call. A leader in clean energy – with nearly 33 per cent of power demand met with renewables last year – Germany’s latest plan would still be a “mammoth task” that would leave “no sector… excluded.” Eyes will now be on the German government to see its promise through by moving past dirty energy – namely coal – in favour of a cleaner energy future.
— StollmeyerAlice (@StollmeyerEU) March 21, 2016
- Hashtags to use: #EnergyUnion, #EU2030, #ParisAgreement
- Factsheet to share: Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets (Clean Energy Wire)
- Action to Join: Ende Gelände 2016
- European countries are responding to Paris. As Germany eyes up 95 per cent emission cuts, the UK took its first step towards enshrining the Paris goal of a zero emissions future into law. Last week, EU nations reaffirmed their commitment to ratifying the agreement and many EU environment ministers called on the bloc to go even further and increase ambition levels in line with the deal’s aim of holding warming below 1.5DegC.
- More ambition means more efficiency and renewables. Renewable energy is winning the race against fossil fuels globally, and Germany’s position out front of this transition has already brought job growth, cleaner air, health benefits and cheaper electricity. But only with more renewable and energy efficiency policies will Germany meet its carbon reduction ambitions and help bring the Paris climate goals closer to reality.
- Germany can not meet its target without ending coal. In 2014, German emissions were 27 per cent lower than 1990 levels, but estimates show that the continued use of brown coal saw CO2 emissions increase last year. Chancellor Merkel’s drive helped the G7’s 2015 call for an end to fossil fuels, but the country will compromise its reputation unless it sees through its plans to end coal.
- Germany mulls ‘mammoth’ 95% cut in emissions by 2050 (Climate Home)
Tools and Resources
- Article: Germany and Austria call for higher EU 2030 climate ambition (Guardian)
- Article: German CO2 emissions rise 1% in 2015 (Climate Home)
- Blog: 2015 emissions rise / An international view of the energy transition (Clean Energy Wire)
- Blog: Germany must speed up to reach climate targets (Deutsche Welle)
- Report: What does the Paris Agreement mean for climate protection in Germany? (NewClimate Institute)
- Article: Almost 33% Of German Electricity Came From Renewables in 2015 (CleanTechnica)
- Analysis: The climate levy (Green Budget Europe)
- Blog: Coal puts Germany’s climate credibility at stake (E3G)
- Blog: German government wants to tackle old coal-fired plants to meet emission goals (Clean Energy Wire)
- Graph: Greenhouse gas emission trends in Germany (Clean Energy Wire)
- Photo: Wind Turbine (Flickr)
- Photo: Coal mine (Flickr)
- Photo: Merkel and Wind (Flickr)
- “[It is a] mammoth task with profound implications… No sector will be excluded from this transition.” – Environment minister Barbara Hendricks
- Germany drops ‘coal levy’ but will close most polluting plants
- Citizens call for end of coal as support for Germany’s climate plans grows
- Germany urged to remain ambitious on coal plans
- UK, Germany beat solar records as community power projects multiply
- Germany shows what’s possible with record breaking renewable energy
- RT @tcktcktck #Germany mulls ‘mammoth’ 95% cut in #emissions by 2050 via #renewables transition sumo.ly/gXKo via @ClimateHome
- RT @Energydesk Germany draws up “mammoth” action plan for 95% emissions cut by 2050 http://bit.ly/1Z9dabe