Clean Energy Wire
The energy industry in Germany are the “good guys” of the energy transition, as it is probably the only sector on track to do its part to meet the country’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, Johannes Kempmann, president of industry association BDEW, said at the leaders’ meeting ahead of the E-world energy & water fair in Essen. Kempann welcomed aspects of the energy and climate draft agreement of coalition negotiators from CDU/CSU and SPD, but said the text lacked “a clear commitment to gas”. Politicians have not yet understood that in the long term, gas is “part of the solution” for climate protection, not part of the problem.
For background, read the CLEW factsheet Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets and find more reactions to Germany’s government coalition draft treaty here.