renewable energies

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Indicator: Share of renewables in gross electricity consumption

A graph shows the share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption. The share increased from 6.3% to 51,8% between 2000 and 2023.

Electricity accounts for around a fifth of the total final energy consumption. This share is set to increase in the future.The share of renewable energies in gross electricity consumption rose from 6.3 % to 51.8 % between 2000 and 2023.The German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) stipulates that the share of renewable energies should increase to at least 80 % by 2030.If Germany achieves its ambit... read more

Indicator: Share of renewables in gross final energy consumption

A graph shows the share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption. The share increased from 6.2 % to 22.0 % between 2004 and 2023.

Gross final energy consumption includes all types of final energy consumption by end consumers, primarily electricity, district heating, fuels and fuels for heat generation.So far, the development has been in line with the previous target of a 30 % share of renewables in 2030.However, as part of the new targets for the EU Renewable Energy Directive, the German target will soon be increased to 40 %... read more

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 250 million tonnes in 2023.

Renewables are increasingly replacing fossil fuels in the fields of electricity, heat and transport.More than ¾ of avoided emissions in 2023 were prevented by renewable electricity.The Federal Government intends to considerably expand the share of renewables to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. read more

News on Climate | Energy

Renewable energies continue to pick up speed in 2023

Wind turbines between agricultural land and a solar park

The total share of renewable energies in energy consumption (electricity, heat and transport) rose to 22 per cent in Germany in 2023. In 2022, this share was at 20.8 per cent. This positive development was the result of a growth of renewables in the electricity and heat sector while overall energy demand declined. read more

Climate | Energy

Renewable energies in figures

The diagram shows how the shares of renewable energies for electricity, heat and transport are developing. While electricity steadily until 2020, the development of heat and transport shares stagnated for several years. The share of renewables in electricity fell significantly in 2021 (to 41.5 percent), but rose to a new high in 2023 (51.2 percent). The share of renewables in the heat sector reaches 18.8 percent in 2023 and in the transport sector 7.3 percent.

Up-to-date and quality controlled data on the development of renewable energies in Germany are an important basis for the evaluation of Germany’s energy transition. The Working Group on Renewable Energy Statistics (AGEE-Stat) provides these data for international reporting obligations as well the interested public. read more

Climate | Energy

Heat pumps

Luft-Wasser-Wärmepumpe

Heat pumps are coming into increasing use for heating of buildings and for hot water production in commercial as well as industrial applications. Heat pumps use natural heat in a very energy-efficient way. 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

Eine Solaranlage auf freien Feld, im Hintergrund drehen sich Windkrafträder

What is renewable energies’ share in electricity production? How can we use biomass sustainably? How do the European mechanisms to promote renewable electricity generation work? What do we need to bear in mind when we burn wood on open fires or in stoves? read more

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