CO2 away in no time?

ZEIT: Unpublished BDI study shows great savings potential

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According to an unpublished study by the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI), the German economy could cut CO2 emissions in a big way without having to bear significant additional costs. This is reported by ZEIT in its current issue.


"127 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions can be avoided each year without incurring costs that can not be amortized within the respective service life, " according to information from the ZEIT in the draft study, the the renowned consulting firm McKinsey created for the BDI.

An additional 14 million tons of greenhouse gas could be saved in addition to low costs, which could relieve the German balance sheet by 26 percent in total compared to 1990 by 2020. The federal government calls for a reduction of 40 percent by 2020.

With this study "Germany is the first country in the world" to have a comprehensive and objective assessment of several hundred individual measures for avoiding greenhouse gas emissions in all areas of society, "the preface notes. The study will be published on September 25, 2007. display

New energy mix needed

According to the study, a new energy mix is ​​needed to reduce emissions by 30 percent: in future, wind, biomass and solar power plants will have to supply a quarter of the electricity demand, more efficient use of conventional fossil fuels or conversion to combined heat and power: Indirect recommends the study even the exit from the coal.

"If not just half of the newly built power plants, but three quarters of the new capacity would be gas-fired power plants, " this would significantly reduce emissions. At the same time, the consumption of the volatile substance would not even rise because in the meantime renovated buildings less natural gas would be needed for heating. The study is controversial within the BDI, according to the ZEIT. Numerous industries are resisting the eco-trend.

(DIE ZEIT, 20.09.2007 - DLO)