Freiburg – Germany has been on a sustainability path setting a new record for renewable power production. In the first half year of 2018 42 per cent of all power generated in the country came from renewables.
The country generated 113 terawatt hours of electricity with the help of renewables, mainly biomass, wind and solar energy. This corresponded to 41.5 percent of all power generated, a 4 percent increase from a year earlier.
According to the website wind turbines provided the highest amount of renewable power (22.2 percent), followed by biomass (8.4 percent) and solar panels (8.2 percent). The remaining percentage was filled by hydropower.
The new record is a positive step but currently the country still depends on fossil fuels for a majority of its power needs. According to the Climate Action Programme a combined 37.6 percent came from coal between January and June, with the highest share stemming from the most carbon-intensive lignite coal.
Currently the German government doesn’t think it is realistic anymore to achieve the goal of reducing carbon emissions to 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. 32 percent seems to be the figure that is judged realistic due to “unexpected” economic and population growth. The target to achieve a reduction of 55 percent by 2030 is still standing though.
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