By Paul Homewood
In this April 3, 2014 file photo giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany.
In its INDC at Paris, the EU stated that it was committed to a binding target of an at
least 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990, to be fulfilled jointly.
However the UK has gone much further by committing to a cut of 57%, thanks to the legally binding Fifth Carbon Budget, written by John Gummer’s Committee on Climate Change.
But what about Germany, where we hear so much about the Energiewende? Surely they must be at least matching our efforts?
Since 1990, their emissions of CO2 (note – not all GHGs) have fallen by 24%. However, when you look more closely, most of this fall took place in the 1990s, as a direct result of re-unification, when large chunks of obsolete, communist era, East German industry fell by the wayside.
BP Energy Review
Emissions last year were actually higher than in 2009, and have been on the rise again since 2014.
Nuclear power is still supplying 12% of Germany’s power. When this is finally phased out in a few years time, the country will be more reliant on fossil fuels than ever.
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October 30, 2018 at 09:01AM