The German energy transition does not serve as a role model, as the cost for “early renewables” is a heavy burden for consumers while the country was unable to significantly lower emissions and did not cut back on using coal, British economist Dieter Helm writes in a guest commentary in Handelsblatt. “The harsh reality is that Germany has carried out a transition towards coal since 2000 […]. At the same time, the country shuts down a significant part of its low-emission generation capacity with the nuclear phase-out,” writes Helm. “No wonder hardly anyone wants to follow the German example.”
For background on Germany’s climate targets read the CLEW factsheet Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets.