Germany set to miss 2020 EU renewables goal
Due to the sluggish advance of its energy transition in the heating and transport sectors, Germany is set to miss the EU target of covering 18-percent of final energy consumption with renewables by 2020, lobby group the Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) says in a press release. According to BEE, Germany will reach a share of 16.4 percent in the target year, contributing to the country also missing its national 2020 emissions reduction target. BEE president Simone Peter said this made it even more difficult to understand why the promise of special renewables auctions made in the government’s coalition treaty was “being delayed or called into question.” Without these special auctions, the gap to reaching our target will be even greater.” Germany not only risks being fined by the EU but is gambling away a much of its political credibility abroad if it breaches agreements and does not pull its weight on climate action, Peter said.
Read the press release in German here.
See the CLEW article Germany on track to widely miss 2020 climate target – government for more information.