Germany: More instead of less CO2

Federal Environmental Agency: Carbon dioxide emissions rose slightly in 2006

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The emission of the climate gas carbon dioxide in Germany increased in 2006 compared to 2005 by 0.6 percent. In total, 878 million tons of CO2 were "puffed" into the atmosphere last year - 5.1 million tons of CO 2 more than in the previous year. This has been provisionally calculated by the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA).

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One reason for this development, according to UBA, was the 2.5 percent increase in economic growth in 2006. However, the increased use of climate-friendly, renewable energy sources such as wind power, hydropower and biomass was able to slow down the cyclical increase in CO2 emissions by around eleven million tonnes of CO2.

According to the results of the Federal Environmental Agency, however, emissions from industrial processes have increased significantly. Last year, there was an increase of 4.2 million tons, which is 5.4 percent more than in 2005. The so-called energy-related CO2 emissions - ie the emissions from the use of fossil fuels - increased insignificantly. They went up by about one million tons: that's 0.1 percent more than in 2005.

"The Europe-wide economic recovery will further increase carbon dioxide emissions. We therefore have to increase our climate protection ", UBA President Professor Andreas Troge commented on the new figures. display

Use of renewable energy significantly increased

The energy-related CO2 emissions occur in stationary and mobile combustion processes in the economy and in private households - this ranges from the large combustion plant to electricity generation over the space heat generation for private households up to the combustion in the engines of the cars and trucks. Changes in the fuel mix to the power generation increased in the Total accounting for CO2 emissions by 0.1 percent according to the UBA.

In the case of emissions from industrial processes, the economic growth that took place had a significant impact: in all industrial sectors relevant to CO2 emissions - such as the metal-producing industry or the chemical industry - production volumes increased in some cases and thus CO2 emissions.

According to UBA, it should be emphasized that compared to 2005, the use of renewable energy sources - above all biomass and wind energy - increased by 13.5 percent in 2006. According to initial calculations, this increase avoided around 11 million tonnes of CO2.

Final results only in mid-2007

These initial calculations of the UBA are based on information published in the publications "Primary Energy Consumption 2006" of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen and on "Gross Domestic Product 2006 for Germany" of the Federal Statistical Office.

The UBA determined the emissions using simplified calculation methods. Emissions trading results are not yet available for 2006 and have not been included in the calculations. Improved statements, including information on the various issuer groups, are expected to be available only after the publication of detailed information on energy consumption in the middle of this year.

(Federal Environment Agency, 02.04.2007 - DLO)