• Germany edition
 
Greenhouse gases rise as Germany burns coal
Photo: DPA

Greenhouse gases rise as Germany burns coal

Published: 26 Feb 2013 07:05 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Feb 2013 07:05 GMT+01:00

Germany, which has committed to phase out nuclear power, emitted the equivalent of around 931 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2012, or 14 million tonnes more than a year earlier, the agency said on Monday.

"Greenhouse gas emissions in Germany increased slightly in 2012 by 1.6 percent," it said in a written statement.

"More coal was burned to generate electricity and more gas was used to heat homes, due to the weather," it added. "The development of renewable energies abated the emissions' increase however."

After the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, Germany embarked on an ambitious "energy revolution," deciding to phase out its nuclear power plants by the end of 2022 and bolster renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind power.

But concerns have mounted that this would entail a sharp rise in electricity prices amid difficulties in building a network able to transmit energy from the North Sea coast to the energy-hungry south of the country.

The agency's president Jochen Flasbarth said fears that the nuclear exit would spark far greater greenhouse gas emissions had not happened "because, above all, the further development of renewable energies has countered it."

"However, the trend of again converting more coal into electricity worries me," he added in the statement.

Germany said that despite the slight increase in emissions in 2012, it had more than met the targets agreed under the Kyoto Protocol, with its greenhouse gas emissions having fallen by 25.5 percent compared to 1990.

AFP/mry

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

14:47 February 26, 2013 by Harlan
What do you expect? Nukes were shut down. The energy for a modern, growing economy had to come from someplace.
16:24 February 26, 2013 by berfel
What was it that Old Fritz's friend said? Oh yeah: "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."

(Of course, he probably said it in French.)

Of course power generators will emit more greenhouse gases as shown in the photo.

You will also get water vapour and steam off the bathtubs of the homes who still have heating in an energy-restricted country. CO2 is an invisible, non-toxic gas that is a basic necessity for photosynthesis at the bottom of the food chain for everything that lives on this planet.

It's not "Energiewende"; it's "EnergieABwende".
16:35 February 26, 2013 by mitanni
Where does the energy come from? French nuclear power plants on the German border of course.
18:50 February 26, 2013 by Englishted
Has anyone else noticed the fantastic growth of wood burning fires in Germany if that does not produce a increase in greenhouse gasses it sure as hell increases air pollution from smoke .
20:07 February 26, 2013 by raandy
accolades for Germany, you pollute your neighbors and they sell you atomic generated power.
20:39 February 26, 2013 by Brint
@mitanni.

"Where does the energy come from? French nuclear power plants on the German border of course."

Whilst bowing to your superior knowledge, according to Bloomberg.. "For the first year ever, France was a net importer of power from its neighbor every month in 2012 as German solar output more than doubled."

"Hollande Draws French Industry Ire as Nuclear Edge Fades." http://tinyurl.com/afk7g5z
22:18 February 26, 2013 by Laurence F
You will have some very happy plants and vegetation with greenhouse gases.

It is much better then the government stealing your money to subsidize solar power, wind and electric cars. It about your communist and socialists governments (you don't have real conservatives; only make-believe ones) controlling you, your liberty and your property.

Serfs!
00:34 February 27, 2013 by Brint
@Laurence F

"It is much better then the government stealing your money to subsidize solar power, wind.".. I'd be interested if you can show me an instance where nuclear power generation isn't in some way or another underwritten from the public purse.
17:10 February 27, 2013 by US-TommyBoy
Why is the release of CO2 by burning coal bad? And on the flip side, that would mean that the coal formation a million years ago from plant material was good?

It is not like uranium fuel for nuke plants occurs naturally in nature, and spent fuel has a half life way longer than humans half walked upright.
Today's headlines
Olympic visions compete in Berlin and Hamburg
Berlin and Hamburg mayors Klaus Wowereit and Olaf Scholz on Monday. Photos: DPA

Olympic visions compete in Berlin and Hamburg

Germany's capital and its gateway to the North Sea each released details of their Olympic bids on Monday as the race for the 2024 or 2028 summer games nominations picks up momentum. READ  

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs
Angela Merkel addressing the Bundestag on Monday as her ministers look on. Photo: DPA

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the Bundestag on Monday to explain her government's decision to send weapons to Iraqi Kurds fighting terrorist group Isis. READ  

UN applauds Germany's help to refugees
DPA

UN applauds Germany's help to refugees

UNHCR Commissioner Antonio Guterres is lauding Germany's role in accommodating the influx of refugees in Europe, while pointing at the imbalance of effort within the EU. The federal government has pledged to do more. READ  

Energy-sucking vacuums no longer welcome
Photo: DPA

Energy-sucking vacuums no longer welcome

Starting on Monday, vacuum cleaners drawing more than 1600 watts can no longer be brought into Germany. The ban is part of a an EU-wide environmental protection measure. READ  

Coalition horsetrading starts after Saxony vote
CDU leader Stanislav Tillich with SPD Martig Dulig. Photo: DPA

Coalition horsetrading starts after Saxony vote

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic (CDU) party is in search of a new partner after the expulsion of its former allies the Free Democrats (FDP) from the Saxon state parliament. READ  

Presented by Phorms Education
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation
Photo: Phorms Education

Bilingual education from nursery to graduation

A network of German based schools is changing how students learn languages by introducing English and Deutsch from day one, with the method yielding impressive academic results. The Local finds out more about Phorms Education. READ  

JobTalk Germany
'German bosses need to praise more'
More of this? Photo: Shutterstock

'German bosses need to praise more'

What do German bosses need to do to get more out of their staff? Frankfurt-based business consultant Justin Bariso has this advice. READ  

Train drivers take their turn to strike
A banner announcing a previous rail strike in June is displayed in a station. Photo: DPA

Train drivers take their turn to strike

A train drivers' union has warned of a nationwide strike to take place on Monday evening as it seeks leverage in negotiations with Deutsche Bahn. READ  

State budget in surplus despite weak exports
Germany isn't sending as many goods abroad as at the beginning of the year. Photo: DPA

State budget in surplus despite weak exports

GDP fell by 0.2 percent in the second quarter of 2014 but state coffers are doing well, the Federal Office of Statistics Destatis announced on Monday. READ  

Anti-euro breakthrough
Anti-euro AfD nears 10 percent in state election
AfD politicians Hans-Olaf Henkel MEP and leader Bernd Lucke, celebrate the party's success in Saxony on Sunday. Photo: Daniel Naupold/DPA

Anti-euro AfD nears 10 percent in state election

UPDATED: Germany's anti-euro party, AfD, won its first seats in a state parliament on Sunday after elections in Saxony, according to preliminary results. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten of the oddest things found by German border control
Photo: Gerkan, Marg and Partners/Tegel Projekt GmbH/J. Mayer
Berlin
How will Berlin look in five years' time?
Photo: DPA
Culture
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? 10 reasons why you should
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The best of Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit in 14 pictures
Photo: DPA
Politics
Germany sends burgers and sausages to Kurds
Photo: Matthias Kock
National
Tribes, ties and a movie: A German's Afghan life
Photo: DPA
Gallery
10 things to do before summer in Germany is really over
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The mysteries of Berlin's abandoned theme park
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,418
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd