Berlin’s main power provider halves CO2 emissions
Germany’s capital Berlin has halved its emissions from power and heat supplied by utility Vattenfall since 1990. Vattenfall thereby reaches its emissions reduction target three years earlier than agreed in the climate action agreement of 2009 with the city-state of Berlin, a Vattenfall press release says. The utility has invested over one billion euros in the modernisation of its 18 combined heat and power plants, which in 2017 emitted 6.3 million tonnes of CO2. Converting plants from using coal to gas or biomass, such as wood chips, and expanding the district heating network are among the measures credited with reducing emissions. By 2030, Vattenfall wants to entirely phase out coal use in its Berlin power stations.
Read the press release in German here.