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31 Jan 2018

Power labelling “greenwashing by law“ – report

Lichtblick /

Germany’s power labelling regulation allows electricity suppliers to declare a higher than real share of renewables in their customers’ power mix, which amounts to “greenwashing by law,” writes Jörg Staude for, based on data from green power provider LichtBlick. This means that generating electricity produces up to 83 percent more CO₂ emissions than according to the label, and the situation can be compared to the Dieselgate affair, said Gero Lücking, managing director at LichtBlick, in a press release. “Regarding electricity, real emissions far exceed the obligatory emissions data demanded by lawmakers,” he said.

Read the article in German here, and the Lichtblick press release in German here.

Find data on Germany’s power mix in the CLEW factsheet Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts.

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