Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions continued to decline last year, according to a report published Monday by the Environment Ministry. The country emitted some 805 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2019, which was roughly 54 million tons or 6.3% less than in 2018, the report said. With the exception of the 2009 global economic crisis, Germany’s emissions reduction in 2019 was the country’s largest annual decline since 1990. Compared to then, Germany has already reduced its emissions 35.7%. The German government has pledged an emissions reduction of at least 55% by 2030. The report attributed this development to the successful reform of European emissions trading , the low price of gas, the expansion of wind and solar energy, and the shutdown of the first coal-fired power plant units. Read more: Coronavirus and climate change: A tale of two crises Carbon pricing effective Most of the reductions were registered in Germany’s energy sector, which saw a reduction of 51 million tonnes of CO2. That represents a 16.5% drop in emissions on the previous year. A key factor is the use of gas-fired instead of coal-fired power plants. The report noted that the average price for one ton of CO2 in 2019 was almost… Read full this story
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