more than 50 million tons of emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2 has decreased in the past year in Germany. So, the experts of the Berlin think tank Agora appreciate it anyway Energiewende in its current review of the year 2018.

With a decline of 5.7 percent within a year, this seems to also be a far more achievable target in reach: The German government had undertaken to arrive at the CO2 emissions until 2020 by 40 per cent below the values of the year 1990. The current estimate is accurate, it would be you currently still at 31.7 percent.

But in fact, the value sounds better when he is in truth: For, as it is feared it at the Agora Energiewende, the decline is probably not sustainable, and to explain only a small part of success when it comes to climate protection.

Although the generation of electricity from coal fell to the lowest level since records began in 1950 – because the Reform of the European emissions trading system, the price for CO2-certificates of five euros per ton (the year 2017) to 15 Euro (year 2018) have attracted. The have made the plants uneconomical, and for around ten million tonnes of emission reductions.

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The vast majority of the emissions decline, but I still have other reasons, especially the relatively mild Winter. This was less heated. In addition, a slightly lower level of production in the Share of energy – intensive industries, as well as a temporarily strong increase in gasoline and diesel prices and the stock effects, when oil had played a role.

Renewable equal to

“The emissions decline focuses on the first glance, although the climate protection goal for 2020 within reach, but the next, on average, cold Winter and minor economic changes will make to the positive development will once again be dashed,” says Patrick Graichen, Director of Agora Energiewende. Necessary for sustainable climate protection measures, in particular in the case of the brown coal, as well as in the transport and building sector. Otherwise, the climate protection goals for 2020 and 2030 will not be reached.

The estimate also shows that the use of particularly climate-damaging brown coal in Germany has decreased in the past year, only a minimum. The energy was so cheap that even higher CO2 prices would have no impact on the economy.

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The coal Commission to propose, by February way, how and when Germany leaves the use of brown coal for power generation In the coal-producing areas, especially in North Rhine-Westphalia, Brandenburg, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, calls to billions of Structural support to the economic upheaval cushion.

The analysis shows that renewable energies have delivered in the past year, for the first time, so a lot of power, such as lignite and coal. overall, the share was 38.2 per cent. Increases have been mainly in the solar energy. Also, the electricity production from Wind increased slightly. In the case of hydropower because of the lack of Rain, however, strong had been recorded.

a few days Ago already, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar energy systems ISE, data on the balance sheet of the electricity production in 2018, was presented. It had come – because of a different Calculation – the renewable energies even more than 40 percent.


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