CO2 emissions per kilowatt hour of electricity in further decline in 2019
Germany exports more electricity than it imports
The specific CO2 emission factor of Germany's electricity mix continues to be on the decline, say the latest calculations done by the German Environment Agency (UBA) for 2019. The main relevant factors which contributed to this were increased electricity generated from renewables and less from coal firing as well as prices in emissions trading. Germany's exports of electricity continue to be higher than its imports. Germany's average emissions in 2017 were 485 grams of carbon dioxide as direct emissions for the generation of one kilowatt hour of electricity for final consumption. That is 279 grams per kilowatt hour, or 36 percent, less than in 1990. For 2018 UBA's calculations are based on provisional data, that is, 468 grams per kilowatt hour (-296 g/KWh, -38% compared to 1990 base year). Projected levels for 2019 are 401 grams per kilowatt hour (-363 g/KWh, -47% compared to 1990).