Germany’s New Coalition Government Agrees to Phase Out Coal, but Will Miss 2020 Emissions Targets. While the new coalition agreement is long on promises and short on specifics, what remains certain is only that Germany will miss its greenhouse gas emissions targets for 2020—an embarrassing stumble for this economic powerhouse, once cited by many as a model for how to address climate change. Perhaps as a way to mitigate this embarrassment, the new coalition agreement pledges to expand renewable production to fully 65% by 2030. Over the past decade, Germany’s Energiewende, the simultaneous action of phasing out nuclear power and switching from fossil to renewable energy sources, has guided the nation to generate a remarkable amount of green energy. However, this has happened largely without a reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions. Currently between 33% and 38% is regularly produced by renewables, with over 60% still being generated by fossil fuels—mostly coal.
Power Mag 8th March 2018 read more »