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Indicator: Renewable energy

A graph shows the share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption and gross electricity consumption. The share in gross electricity consumption rose from 6.2 percent in 2000 to 31.5 percent in 2016. The share in gross final energy consumption rose from 3.7 to 14.8 percent in the same period.

The share of renewable energies in electricity consumption increased from 6.2 % to 31.5 % between 2000 and 2016.The share of renewables in final energy consumption increased from 3.7 % (2000) to 14.8 % (2016).The Federal Government has set ambitious targets for the decades ahead.So far, the energy industry seems to be on track to reach the targets. Nevertheless, additional efforts, especially in t... read more


Indicator: GHG emissions avoided through the use of renewables

A graph shows the trend for greenhouse gas emissions avoided through the use of renewables for power, heat and transport. 27.8 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents were avoided in 1990, and 160.5 million tonnes in 2016.

Renewables are increasingly replacing fossil fuels in the fields of electricity generation, heat production and transport.As a result, avoided GHG emissions are today more than five times higher than in 1990.The Federal Government intends to considerably expand the share of renewables to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. read more

Climate | Energy

Guarantees of origin for renewable energy sources

The market share of green electricity has increased dramatically in recent years in Germany. Electricity consumers need to be confident that the green electricity they pay for does in fact come from renewable sources. Guarantees of origin (GO) prove the origin of renewable energy in a transparent way and provide electricity consumers the necessary reliability. read more

Climate | Energy

Renewable energies - the figures

What is the share of renewable energies in final energy consumption?Renewable energies have undergone rapid growth in Germany. Their share in final energy consumption reached 13.7 per cent in 2014. The electricity sector is the main driver behind this development with renewables already providing 27.4 per cent of electricity consumption (2014).More information on renewables is available from the w... read more

News on Climate | Energy

Who is doing what in the Energiewende?

eine Frau und ein Mann mit blauen Bau-Schutzhelmen stehen mit einem Tablet und Papierunterlagen in der Hand auf einer Wiese und zeigen auf eine Windkraftanlage

Germany's Energiewende is a complex, large-scale project. The tasks and measures by which to achieve it are manifold and diverse, as reflected by the many active players in Germany. The publication "Who is who of the Energiewende in Germany – Contact Partners in Politics, Industry and Society", published by the Foreign Office in German and English, provides an overview. read more

Economy | Consumption

Heat pumps

Heat pumps are coming into increasing use for heating of buildings and hot water production, as well as for commercial applications. Heat pumps can provide a broad range of heat outputs. The use of fluorinated refrigerants in heat pumps can potentially cause leakage and have a climate impact, whereby natural refrigerants are a more environmentally friendly alternative. read more


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