17 Mar 2023, 14:25
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Transition state of play – Germany is emerging from the energy crisis

Wind turbines in Germany set against a darkening sky.
Image: BWE.

A year after the launch of Russia's attack on Ukraine, Germany appears to be emerging from the energy crisis relatively unscathed. Russia’s war has dealt a heavy blow to Europe’s biggest economy, because it was particularly dependent on Russian fossil fuels. But wholesale energy prices have retreated from their peaks, allaying fears of gas shortages, irreparable damages to the country’s prized industries, economic hardships for its citizens, and social unrest. The long-term impact on the country’s landmark energy transition remains uncertain, as Germany redoubles efforts to roll out renewables, but also bets on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a temporary revival of coal plants and a limited runtime extension for its remaining nuclear plants to weather the storm. This article provides an overview of the state of play of Germany’s shift to climate neutrality, which is now dominated by its response to the crisis. It will be updated regularly. [UPDATE 17 March: adds 2022 emissions data]

Find more in-depth crisis coverage:

What’s the energy crisis’ impact on the economy and households?

How has the government responded?

How will the crisis affect Germany’s shift to climate neutrality?

What’s the overall status of Germany’s energy transition?

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