Global energy transition could enter same perilous path as the German Energiewende – opinion
The new IRENA report “Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050” finds that renewable energy needs to be scaled up six fold to keep the temperature rise below 2°C, but it turns a blind eye to the problem Germany is facing despite very high renewable energy growth, writes Bernhard Pötter in an op-ed for die tageszeitung – taz. More renewables only benefit the climate if coal, oil and gas disappear at the same time, he says. Germany’s energy transition has not achieved this so far: billions have been spent on wind turbines but emissions have not fallen because the country continues to burn coal, Pötter says.
Read the op-ed in German here.
See the CLEW dossier The energy transition and climate change for more information.