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Germany’s CO2 Emissions Rising

September 30, 2014
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By Paul Homewood  



I discussed the latest CO2 emissions numbers for 2013 yesterday. It is worth looking at the figures for the EU in greater detail.


I have shown below the changes since 2009. (Figures are million tonnes carbon, as used by CDIAC).


  2009 2013 % Change
UK 130 126 -4
Germany 200 207 4
France 97 94 -3
Italy 110 96 -13
Spain 79 65 -18
Rest 374 363 -3
EU28 Total 990 951 -4







The large reductions in Spain and Italy appear to reflect the drastic economic contraction in those countries. Otherwise little seems to have changed, despite much huffing and puffing, targets, directives, climate change acts, renewable subsidies and higher energy bills.

In Germany, supposedly the shining example we should all look up to, emissions have actually increased. And this is all before most of their new generation of coal fired power stations get going, which will be capable of contributing 19% of Germany’s electricity.



Meanwhile, according to data from the World Coal Association, Germany’s consumption of coal, for all purposes, has increased by 5% since 2011, most of this being dirty brown coal.

  1. Green Sand permalink
    September 30, 2014 12:54 pm

    Got to keep making das autos!

    “Green village to be bulldozed and mined for lignite in Germany’s quest for non-nuclear fuel”

    “……. Proschim is just one of a cluster of east German villages and farms set to make way for new lignite mines. The fossil fuel is intended to “bridge” a widening energy gap resulting from the closure of Germany’s nuclear power plants……….”

  2. September 30, 2014 10:51 pm

    I would think this would reinforce the skeptic position that the only way to reduce carbon emissions is to trash the economies of nations. For years, the global warming crowd has insisted that meeting goals won’t hurt economies very much. Yet, the only way countries seem to achieve the meager results we see here is to drop into recessions. If we are going for 50% reductions, we will be seeing third world status (which looking at Green Sand’s comment, lawmakers are a bit wary of cutting out even a small percentage of the population’s jobs and are willing to return to dirty coal if need be). Interesting that villages are being raized for coal mining. Seems like everywhere else, it’s wind plants and solar panels. Could it be we’ve been mislead on those renewables? Seems so.

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