Germany’s emissions stagnated in 2017 despite higher energy use
A growing population and the economic boom pushed up Germany’s total energy use by almost one percent last year, but the country’s CO2 emissions likely stagnated due to the rising share of renewables and an increase in gas use, according to energy market group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB). Energy-related CO2 emissions “rose marginally at most,” according to AGEB’s press release. In its more detailed review of the past year, AGEB says emissions could have even decreased slightly “in a best case scenario.” The group had said in November that preliminary calculations suggested that emissions would “rise slightly” in 2017.
A strong rise in wind and solar power output pushed up renewable energy production by more than 6 percent, the AGEB calculations show. Gas consumption also rose by around 6 percent, because it was increasingly used for power generation. In contrast, hard coal use dropped by more than eleven percent, while lignite use decreased by a mere 0.6 percent.
Find the press release in German here.
For background, read the CLEW article Germany’s energy use and emissions likely to rise yet again in 2017.