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26 Sep 2018

Germany makes no progress in cutting climate impact of heating

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)

Households in Germany spent almost seven percent less on heating in 2017 due to lower energy prices, but there was no progress in climate protection because energy consumption remained unchanged, according to a study conducted by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). The data suggest that the government will clearly miss its target of cutting heat consumption in buildings by 20 percent by 2020 compared to 2008 levels, DIW said. “Without a significant improvement in buildings’ energy efficiency, we can’t reach the climate targets,” said co-author Claus Michelsen.

Find the press release in German here.

Find background in the article NGOs warn govt that tight housing market no excuse to neglect climate.

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