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Press release on Climate | Energy

Renewable energies making the electricity mix more climate-friendly

Every kilowatt hour of power consumed in Germany during 2006 produced an average 596 grammes of carbon dioxide, which is 20 grammes less than in 2005. The lower carbon dioxide emissions per kilowatt hour are mainly due to the increasing share of power produced from regenerative sources. However, preliminary calculations for 2007 done by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) indicate the emission factor will once again climb to over 600 grammes per kilowatt hour. This is because energy suppliers used more lignite and brown coal to produce electricity in 2007. The carbon dioxide emission factor is an indicator of how climate-neutral the electricity produced in Germany is and illustrates the CO2 emissions per kilowatt hour of power.  The statistic is steered by the share of fossil fuels and renewable energies used to produce electricity. The lower the share of coal and other fossil fuels and the higher the share of CO2 -neutral energy sources (i.e. renewables and nuclear energy), the lower the CO2 emissions per kilowatt hour of electricity.  However, the waning share of nuclear energy in the electricity mix was compensated by increased use of coal, but the associated rise in specific CO2 emissions was balanced by the disproportionately greater share of renewable energies. read more

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