for the First time in years, were launched in Germany again significantly less greenhouse gases. Industry, transport and consumers put almost free 869 million tons of harmful greenhouse gases, which are 4.2 percent less than in the previous year. Showing this Tuesday from the German Federal environment Agency published a preliminary calculation.
The Development of Wind and solar power, but also in the dry summer and mild Winter, therefore, was less heated. The low water levels of many rivers rose but also the transport costs for coal, fuel oil or gasoline, so the cost for Heating were higher. Thus, less hazards, and less coal was burned in power plants.
even Though the emissions have declined so strongly about Germany, its climate targets is still far away. Compared to 1990, greenhouse gas emissions fell by 30.6 percent. By 2020, it should actually be 40 percent. According to forecasts, until then, only a reduction of 32 to 33 percent. In order to achieve at least the internationally binding target for 2030 is 55 percent, environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) submitted the draft of a climate protection law. The design, however, is in the coalition and the government will be very controversial. "This law needs to be decided this year, as well as packages of Measures in all areas, so Germany is back on track," said the SPD politician.
From the decline in the emissions of a total of 38 million tons, accounted for more than a third of the power plants. The transport problems on the rivers, but also the significantly higher price for carbon dioxide pollution rights, led to a series of coal-fired power plants. When traffic especially to the higher Diesel and petrol prices to fall by five million tons. Due to the rise in heating Oil prices and the mild winter in the households, 15 million tons of greenhouse gas produced is less.