Energy turnaround requires greater energy efficiency
25-30 million additional tonnes of carbon dioxide could be saved in electricity alone
The energy turnaround in Germany is in full swing. Emissions of greenhouse gases are set to be reduced by 40 percent over 1990 levels by the year 2020. These are the provisions of the Integrated Energy and Climate Programme (IEKP) of August 2007 which was extended in the federal government energy plan of September 2010. However, according to a new study by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) there is still potential through implementation that can be realised. UBA President Jochen Flasbarth believes this potential can be easily tapped, remarking “Energy efficiency in particular is an area that can and must be stepped up. Whether it is electricity savings in the household or in industry, or climate-friendly remediation of building stock or fuel-efficient cars, the measures taken to date are not enough to reduce emissions to the extent that is aimed for. Greater effort is clearly needed.“ Flasbarth also called for better integration of renewable energies in the electricity grid.