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03 Feb 2023, 14:25
Sören Amelang

Transition state of play – Germany in the grip of the energy crisis

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

The energy crisis fueled by Russia’s war against Ukraine is dealing a heavy blow to Europe’s biggest economy Germany, due to its large dependence on Russian fossil fuels. Policymakers, businesses and households alike are struggling to cope with skyrocketing prices, which are fanning fears of 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: Last checked 3 February, up to date.]

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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