Energy: Germany misses EU target

18 percent of renewable energy by 2020 is unlikely to be achieved

Germany was once the pioneer of energy from the sun and the wind - we are now lagging behind. © petmal / thinkstock
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From the star pupil to the bottom bracket: If things go on like this, Germany will miss the EU target for renewable energies in 2020. This suggests a current balance sheet. Instead of the predetermined share of 18 percent in energy production, Germany will only make 16 percent. This puts us in the small minority of only five EU states that are lagging behind the climate change plans.

Actually, everyone agrees: to stop climate change, the use of fossil fuels has to be drastically reduced. But when it comes to the practical implementation, so far is something slow. The greenhouse gas levels continue to rise, the CO2 content of the atmosphere has already exceeded 400 ppm. While wind and solar power is booming in many regions, many countries are hesitant to say goodbye to coal.

EU target

The former climate prototype pilot Germany is also part of this: As recent calculations by the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) show, Germany lags significantly behind its self-proclaimed goals - and those of the EU. The EU's climate protection goals envisaged increasing the share of renewable energies to 20 percent in the EU average by 2020. At that time Germany got a quota of 18 percent as a target.

However, the current balance sheet shows that if things continue as before, Germany will only generate 16 percent of renewable energy by 2020 - thereby missing out on the EU target that is actually mandatory. As a result, our country is one of only a few members of the European Union behind Ireland, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, which fall short of the respective targets.

Share of renewable energies in Germany in 2016 and BEE forecast for 2020 © Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energie

More diesel, gasoline and natural gas

The main reason for the poor performance of Germany is an increased consumption of fossil fuels, as the balance showed. Gasoline and diesel consumption rose by 4.5 percent in the first half of 2017, and kerosene even increased by 10 percent for aircraft. In the same period, around 7 percent more natural gas was used for heat, industry and power generation. display

"Germany has not made any progress in the development of renewable energies in the heat and transport sector for years, " criticizes Peter R ttgen of the German Renewable Energy Association. "Even in the electricity sector, compensation can not be expected due to the low tender volumes." The stagnating energy turnaround is hampering innovation potential and economic power in the renewable energy sector.

Model sch ler falls back

In fact, the vast majority of EU countries have already overtaken us in terms of renewable energy, according to the calculations: 23 of the 28 EU countries meet the requirements - and that, though this is significantly higher for some countries than for Germany. The target for France is 23 percent, for Portugal 31 percent and for Spain 20 percent. The water-rich Scandinavian countries cover even 30 to 40 percent of their energy needs from renewable sources.

"The next federal government must accelerate the expansion of renewable energies and sustainably reduce consumption so that Germany can keep its commitment to the EU, " comments R ttgen. Many technological innovations have often failed to meet regulatory requirements. Here must be improved also to create investment security.

(Federal Association Renewable Energy eV, 22.09.2017 - NPO)