Climate Goals Thwarted As German Energy Consumption Data For 2022 Shows A Return To Coal!

German energy monitoring site Agora-Energiewende looks at the year 2022 and it winds up only as it possibly could. The return to coal shows up quite clearly in the numbers, the FAZ reports.

The increased use of coal-fired power plants as a gas substitute has thwarted Germany’s climate goals in 2022, according to a study. Although overall energy consumption fell by almost five percent, mainly due to high prices, the use of coal and oil cancelled out the greenhouse gas savings, according to an evaluation published Wednesday by think tank Agora Energiewende.

Also the transportation and construction sectors could not reach its targets in the past year again. Thus Germany, based on provisional figures, produced 761 million tons of greenhouse gas almost exactly as much as 2021. The self-imposed upper limit for 2022 was missed by about five million tons.”

Thematically, an article from Die Welt (paywall) fits in:

Insulation chaos and nuclear phase-out end the dream of clean energy … Gedaschko went on to say, ‘The experience of recent years shows more than clearly that, with a political tunnel vision, the requirements for the energy efficiency of individual buildings have been unilaterally set far too high. This has led to very expensive compulsory energy measures with far too little savings effect.’

In new building construction, for example, the Efficiency House 40 standard will be mandatory from next year on, and a sustainability certificate will also be required. Many project developers view the requirements as being hardly feasible against the background of high construction costs. The Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Construction nevertheless intends to stick to its current strategy. ‘We will do everything we can in the new year to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in construction, remodeling, renovation and housing,’ said a spokeswoman. There continues to be ‘great potential for reduction.’ That’s why the federal government is currently working on an “immediate program.’”

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January 6, 2023 at 11:04AM

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