22 Mar 2024, 13:30

CLEW Guide – Germany's renewables push brings 2030 climate target in reach

For the first time ever, Germany is projected to be on track towards reaching its national 2030 climate targets - if it manages to implement climate policies as planned, projections by the country's Federal Environment Agency (UBA) show. Positive developments in the expansion of renewable energy sources and new schemes for industry decarbonisation point in the right direction. Germany managed to push coal-fired power production to the lowest level in more than half a century in the same year it phased out nuclear power. However, the government is still grappling with challenges regarding its climate action funding that was brought about by a constitutional court ruling in late 2023 and struggles to find comprehensive answers for bringing down notoriously high emissions in the transport and buildings sector.  This regularly updated factsheet provides an overview of how far Germany has come in its move to climate neutrality by 2045.  [UPDATES UBA 2030 projection on national climate targets]
Photo shows aerial view of wind turbines in Brandenburg, Germany. Photo: CLEW/Wettengel.
Photo: CLEW/Wettengel.

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Graph shows Germany's energy consumption by source 1990-2022. Graph: CLEW/Narawad.
Graph: CLEW/Narawad.






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