The conservative climate group KlimaUnion (ClimateUnion), which is made up of party members of the governing CDU/CSU alliance, has released a position paper in which the members argue that Germany could become the world’s first industrialised country running on 100-percent renewable energy supply as early as 2030 and simultaneously reduce citizens’ expenses on transport, heating and power use. The group was founded in April with the aim of pushing the conservative bloc to adopt climate policy in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C target. In the paper, KlimaUnion argues that Germany could save up to 63 billion euros ($A100 billion) in energy imports per year if it manages to achieve a complete transition to renewable energy, which could be turned into a “growth booster” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Germany’s nuclear phase out expected to be complete by 2022 as country cuts capacity by over 60% last decade, says GlobalData. Between 2010 and 2020, installed nuclear capacity in Germany declined from 20.5GW to 8.1GW, according to GlobalData, which estimates the country will reach 4.1GW by the end of this year. The leading data and analytics company notes that this progression sets Germany on track to completely phase out nuclear by 2022. Rohit Ravetkar, Power Analyst at GlobalData says: “The German Government has made steady progress towards the elimination of nuclear power following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Under the Energiewende policy, the country’s aim to fill its power generation void with renewable power includes a planned increase of solar PV capacity to 100GW by 2030. The expansion of solar PV systems has been the most successful in Germany, increasing at an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.6% between 2010 and 2020.” Germany has been at the forefront in the adoption of solar PV technology since 2000. The country launched the 100,000 rooftop PV program way back in 1999, providing a significant push to the solar PV technology.
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