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Figures for 2020 corrected: Germany exceeds climate target more clearly than expected

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Germany has exceeded its climate target for 2020 more significantly than expected. This is the result of the final calculations on greenhouse gas emissions that became known on Thursday, which the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has transmitted to the EU Commission.

Accordingly, Germany emitted a total of 728.7 million tons of CO2 equivalents in the first pandemic year 2020, which corresponds to a 41.3 percent reduction in emissions compared to 1990. Compared to 2019, around 71 million tons of greenhouse gases were emitted less, a decrease of 8.9 percent.

The Corona Effect on Emissions

In a first estimate published in March 2021, UBA had assumed a slightly lower greenhouse gas reduction of 40.8 percent compared to 1990 and a total emissions of 739 million tonnes.

At the same time, however, UBA made it clear when publishing the slightly upwardly revised figures that an increase in climate-damaging CO2 emissions in Germany was to be expected as early as the following year 2021. “The corona crisis has caused emissions to fall sharply in 2020. However, this will not last, because according to our first forecasts, emissions will rise again in 2021,” warned UBA President Dirk Messner.

Passenger car fleet continued to grow

According to the data, greenhouse gases fell most significantly in 2020 in the energy industry (minus 38.1 million tonnes). According to UBA, the use of hard coal and lignite decreased significantly. Lower-emission natural gas was used more frequently for this purpose.

Electricity generation from renewable energy sources also increased due to favourable weather conditions for onshore wind energy. In addition, there was a lower electricity consumption due to the pandemic, which had led to “an unexpectedly high reduction in emissions”.

CO2 emissions from transport fell significantly compared to 2019, although the number of passenger cars continued to increase for the 13th year in a row, according to UBA. The next forecast for CO2 emissions for 2021 will be presented by the Federal Environment Agency on 15 March this year. (dpa/mer)

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From the data center:

CO2 emissions in Germany until November 2021


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