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Climate protection : CO2 emissions decreased for the first time since 2014

After four years of stoppage of the emissions of climate gases in Germany in the past year, for the first time, significantly decreased. This is the result of an analysis of Trends and model calculations carried out by the Federal environment Agency. The output therefore fell by 4.2 percent, or 38 million tonnes to 869 million tonnes. From 2014 to 2017, the emissions ranged between 903 and 911 million tonnes in the year.

"climate protection", said Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) to the provisional Figures. So 2018 plan were taken from three power plant blocks of brown coal from the market and in the Reserve is transferred. This was decided in 2015, when it was foreseeable that the Federal government's climate aims for 2020 would not be reached.

The decommissioning of coal-fired power plants had a positive effect from

in Effect, the rise in the price of pollution was, apparently, right out of the European emissions trading scheme: the consequence of coal-fired power plants with a capacity of 1.5 gigawatts to a standstill or went into standby. A total of 14 million tons of CO2 reduction related to the energy industry.

the Expansion of renewable energy for the positive balance is important, said Maria Krautzberger, President of the Federal Environment Agency. In 2018, the electricity would have been avoided generation from solar, Wind and other Renewable approximately 184 million tonnes of CO2. "The largest contribution with almost 75 million metric tons of wind energy. It is even more important, the Expansion of wind power continues to advance,“ said Krautzberger.

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From the target value for 2020 of minus 40 percent less emissions compared to 1990 is still far. Currently, 30.6 percent reduction are to be achieved. The target output of 32 per cent would only be possible with enhanced measures. "The current business is not enough," said Michael Strogies, head of the Department of Emission at the Federal environment Agency.

Self in traffic has done a little

at Least has done in a long time stagnant area of transport. Here, the emissions decreased by five million tons, or 2.9 percent. The decline affects not only gasoline, but for the first time in many years, as well as Diesel. One explanation could be the higher prices for petrol (seven percent increase over the previous year) and Diesel (twelve percent), believed the German Federal Ministry for the environment.

In industry, the emissions decreased by around four million tonnes. For the mechanical engineering and the pharmaceutical industry, the forecast increase in emissions from, for steel, chemicals and the automotive industry is of declining emissions. In agriculture, the emissions increased slightly, by 0.7 percent, due to an increase in animal stocks. In the waste sector, emissions decreased by 5.3 percent compared to the previous year.

The final data of the Federal environment Agency is only at 15. January 2020 publish. Then it will also be clear how high the penalties for Not Reaching the European climate goals in the area of building, agriculture and transport fail. Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) has hired for in the draft budget for 2020, and the two subsequent years, a 100 million euros. The decision briefing, the daily mirror Background energy and climate, had, for the first time revealed that inadequate protection of the climate can't be in the future, really expensive, because Germany is complying with its obligations under European agreements.

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to change this would be To contribute to all areas of your part to reduce emissions, confirmed Schulze. It will be in this year, a climate protection law. What contribution could make a price on CO2 emission reduction, currently being tested in your house.

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