Policy & Regulation

German power’s emission challenge

Germany is under pressure to move forward with its coal policy and get on track to meet its emission reduction targets Germany is under pressure to move forward with its coal policy and get on track to meet its emission reduction targets.
By Catriona Scott 8 January 2018 0 29008
Industrial emissions. Germany is targeting a 40% reduction in its emissions from 1990 levels by 2020. (Pixabay)

Germany is targeting a 40% reduction in its emissions from 1990 levels by 2020, but it is expected to miss this target. Although it has pushed the increase of renewable generation and led Europe in new wind capacity in recent years, continued coal burning and the planned nuclear phase-out mean Germany is not on track to reduce emissions from power generation as planned.

In contrast to other major power markets in Europe, Germany has yet to set a date for closing its coal-fired power stations. Italy...