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27 Mar 2018

Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions drop slightly in 2017 – estimate

Clean Energy Wire / UBA / BMU

Germany saw its greenhouse gas emissions dip slightly in 2017, as wind power continued to replace coal-fired electricity generation and hard coal power plants were shut down, new estimates released by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) show. The data also revealed that the country has failed again to make any progress in the transport sector, where a growing passenger car fleet and increased road freight transport continue to produce harmful emissions. “In the transport sector, the developments unfortunately are still moving in the wrong direction,” said the new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, in a joint press release with UBA. “We need a fundamental transition in the transport sector toward climate protection and clean air. This must become a focus of this legislative period.”

Greenhouse gas emission trends in Germany by sector 1990-2017. Data - UBA 2018.

Find the joint press release in German here.                                 

Read the full story in the CLEW article Energy sector drives slight drop in German emissions in 2017.

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