Greenhouse gas emissions


Indicator: Greenhouse gas emissions avoided by renewable energies

A figure shows the trend for greenhouse gas emissions avoided by the use of renewables for power, heat and transport. 28 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents were avoided in 1990, and 230 million tonnes in 2020.

Renewables are increasingly replacing fossil fuels in the fields of electricity, heat and transport.The annual greenhouse gas emissions saved in this way are more than eight times as high than in 1990.The Federal Government intends to considerably expand the share of renewables to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. read more

Indicator: Greenhouse gas emissions in industry

A graph shows greenhouse gas emissions and gross value-added between 1995 and 2018. Greenhouse gas emissions fell from 238.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents in 1995 to 187.5 million tonnes in 2018. Gross value-added increased during that time.

Greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing industry fell by around 22 % between 1995 and 2018.Over the same period, productivity grew by about 37 % (not adjusted for price).Overall greenhouse gas emissions in Germany should fall by 95 % compared to 1990 by 2050. read more

Indicator: Greenhouse gas emissions

A graph shows the trend in greenhouse gas emissions in Germany, which fell from 1,249 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents in 1990 to 810 million tonnes in 2019. The results of the previous year's estimate show emissions of 739 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents for 2020. The bars are divided into different sectors. The graph shows all target values up to 2050.

Greenhouse gas emissions in Germany declined by more than 35 % between 1990 and 2019. Data from the previous year's estimate for 2020 show a 40.8% decrease from 1990 levels.Germany aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 % by 2020 and by at least 65 % by 2030 compared to 1990 emission levels. Complete greenhouse gas neutrality is to be achieved by 2045.The 2020 target was achieved mainly due... read more

Indicator: Global environmental footprint of consumption

A graph shows the global environmental footprint of household consumption, represented by the indicator’s energy consumption, CO₂ emissions and raw material use. The indicators show the environmental footprint generated by the consumption activities of private households in Germany and abroad

Compared with 2010, energy consumption and the use of raw materials by private households and associated carbon dioxide emissions decreased slightly overall.Since 2014, however, both energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions have been rising again.In its Sustainability Strategy the German government sets the goal of reducing the global environmental footprint of private household consumption... read more

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Environment and agriculture – Overview for Germany

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More than half of Germany's surface area is used for agriculture. Agriculture thus is the largest land user in Germany and a significant contributor to environmental stress. On the other hand, agriculture is also affected, for example, by the effects of climate change. In the flyer "Environment and agriculture 2018" UBA presents key facts about agriculture and environment. read more

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