Germany: Climate Progress Indicators

Increases in overall energy sector emissions, industrial and transport sector emissions (annual statistics); increases in monthly purchases of hybrid vehicles; decline in gross share of renewable energy within gross electricity consumption; and no change in the prices of CO2 for transport and buildings.

Energy Sector: 12.4 % increase from 2020 to 2021 Emissions

  • More coal was used, as three nuclear reactors were shut down.

Industrial Sector emissions: 5.5% increase from 2020 to 2021

  • The increase is strongly related to a catch-up of economic affairs in the wake of the pandemic, increased use of fossil fuels play an important role. Especially in the steel industry significant increase of crude steel production by 12%

Transport Sector GHG Emissions: 1.2% increase from 2020 to 2021

  • Road transport increased. Passenger vehicle traffic continues to be lower compared to pre-pandemic period.

Number of hybrid plug-in vehicles: 1,426,887 new ones since December 2021 (monthly statistic)

The gross share of renewable energy in gross electricity consumption: a 7% decrease from 2020 to 2021

  • The negative development is primarily due to unfavorable weather conditions in 2021. While lower solar radiation compared to the previous year was compensated by the high addition of new photovoltaic lines, the comparatively poor wind year – also due to low growth in new wind turbines – had a significant negative impact.

CO2 price increase for transport and buildings: No new increase since January 2022.


This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Germany Country Manager Cimberley Gross.


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