Study: German emissions to grow by largest amount since 1990

23rd August, 2021.      //   Climate Change  // 

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BERLIN, Germany (AP) — According to a research released Sunday by an environmental think group, Germany is expected to fall below the threshold it set for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, due to a post-pandemic rebound and poor conditions for renewable energy.

Berlin-based According to Agora Energiewende, overall emissions in Germany will be between 760 million and 812 million tons of CO2 this year, based on statistics from the first half of 2021.

Germany’s emissions would be reduced by 35-39 percent compared to 1990 levels. The German government had promised to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020, a goal it claimed to have met last year, owing in part to the pandemic-related economic slump.

According to Agora Energiewende, this year’s rebound of roughly 47 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2021 will be the most since 1990. Utility firms reported they burnt substantially more coal in the first six months of this year than in the same period last year, while bad weather hindered wind and solar power generation.

In the run-up to a national election on September 26, Germany’s major political parties have made tackling climate change a primary priority.

The government has established more stringent objectives for the next decades, including a 55-65 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 and an 88 percent reduction by 2040. Germany intends to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045.

The new study also reveals a considerable growth in fossil fuel usage in the construction, industrial, and transportation sectors. If affirmed, the government will be legally obligated to take immediate steps to decrease those sectors emissions.

“Far-reaching decisions need to be taken that we mustn’t shy away from,” said Olaf Scholz, Germany’s finance minister and the center-left candidate vying to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel in the election next month.

Environmental organizations such as the European Climate Foundation and the German government provide money to Agora Energiewende.

Last week, experts from all around the world published a significant report claiming that the Earth is becoming increasingly hot, and that temperatures would likely exceed the amount of warming that world leaders have hoped to avoid in roughly a decade. The study was dubbed a “code red for mankind” by United Nations authorities.