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Germany Remains A Coal Hungry Polluter, Despite “Green Agenda”

August 5, 2021

By Paul Homewood


Facts4EU lift the lid on Germany’s climate hypocrisy:


As the article notes, it is not all about coal. Taking primary energy consumption as a whole, fossil fuels account for a similar proportion in each country, 77.0% v 76.8% for Germany and the UK respectively. Obviously however coal emits much more CO2 than gas.

German renewables account for a slightly higher percentage, but this is offset by greater nuclear generation here:



 However this is not the whole story. Primary energy consumption per capita is 35% higher in Germany:


As a result of this and the greater use of coal, CO2 emissions per capita in Germany are 43% higher:


Germany would argue that this is all because it has more heavy industry than the UK. However, that is irrelevant. Emissions, we are told, are bad for the environment, so Germany should forthwith make plans to begin shutting down its industry, just as we are planning to decimate our economy.

Business as usual is not acceptable when the planet is at stake!

Or maybe Germany does not actually believe its own rhetoric. After all, since 2005,when the EU climate agenda began to take substance, Germany’s progress in cutting emissions has been truly pitiful, reducing them by just 17%. In contrast, the UK has cut hers by 33%.

Maybe we should take a break here, and wait for the laggards in Europe to catch us up!




All data from BP Energy Review

  1. August 5, 2021 11:18 am

    Say one thing… another…..

  2. August 5, 2021 11:20 am

    Decarbonisation may be coming to be seen as useless and costly, i n UK at least, even by politicos.
    They will otherwise lose votes.

  3. T Walker permalink
    August 5, 2021 11:24 am

    It’s a post modern world Paul and you keep showing facts – what have they got to do with anything??

    How would they recognise truth these days when they can’t even tell Boys from Girls??!!

    • saveenergy permalink
      August 5, 2021 12:15 pm

      That’s the stupidity of using Averages instead of actual data.
      The human population is ~50% male, ~50% female … therefore the average human has one breast & one testicle.

      • Vernon E permalink
        August 5, 2021 12:37 pm

        And the average Belgian has less than two legs.

      • T Walker permalink
        August 5, 2021 1:05 pm

        Well as George Carlin used to say – “when you see how stupid the average person is, you do well to remember that half of them are more stupid than that”

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        August 5, 2021 2:49 pm

        … therefore the average human has one breast & one testicle.

        MPs tend to have none of the latter.

  4. MikeHig permalink
    August 5, 2021 11:38 am

    To my eyes something doesn’t add up there.
    By my rough maths, the total primary energy consumptions appear to be very close yet Germany’s per capita figure is much higher, despite their population being much greater than ours.
    Of course that does not change the fact that they use far more coal than us. Imho the situation will only get worse when they retire the rest of their nukes next year.

  5. Jack Broughton permalink
    August 5, 2021 12:28 pm

    Germany seem to be preparing for the future properly while pretending to be “green”. We are truly green (i.e. fools) who are unprepared for the windless week or high prices for gas….. Replacing coal with gas was predicted by Peter Odell about 40 years ago and is nothing to do with CO2 really: CCGTs are more efficient and far cheaper than coal firing and there is a vast amount of natural gas under the earth’s surface. The big issue that is being left out is that of fuel security: the Germans will be dependent upon Russia, we will depend on the North Sea (Norway), gas prices tend to follow oil, presently steeply upwards.

    • T Walker permalink
      August 5, 2021 1:08 pm

      Yes Jack – it is just a pity we don’t have any gas of our own – Oh! wait a minute.

    • roger permalink
      August 5, 2021 3:40 pm

      Never sell Shell !!

    • Micky R permalink
      August 5, 2021 8:49 pm

      Coal can be stockpiled at the power station, which is something that cannot be done with gas.

      The UK sits on or near to trillions of tons of coal, although it’s not particularly accessible with current technology at current prices for thermal coal, Underground gasification is a possibility.

  6. Jordan permalink
    August 5, 2021 4:47 pm

    I really don’t like the practice of branding coal as “dirty”. The same emotive language is used against energy from waste. The fact of the matter: both of these types of energy production must comply with the IED (Industrial Emissions Directive) in Germany, and whatever post-Brexit equivalent has been transposed into UK law.
    The article says: “We chose an emotive and relatively undisputed one: that of the burning of coal and its polluting effects. You do not have to take a position on climate change to believe that in general the world would be a cleaner place if we didn’t burn as much coal.”
    I wish they hadn’t built from an emotive argument. Where does it get to – the world would be a cleaner place if we didn’t consume as much iron ore, gold, silver, copper, diamond, bauxite, uranium, lithium, germanium ….

  7. Rasa permalink
    August 5, 2021 5:40 pm

    Germany is way smarter than UK. Germany burns Coal. UK contracts to have trees cut down all over the world then burns them in its “renewable” power Stations in Yorkshire.

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      August 5, 2021 5:52 pm

      Sadly, mainly true. Germany did have a foolish knee-jerk reaction to Fukushima, and, like the UK, has squandered a fortune on windmills and Chinese solar panels.

  8. tom0mason permalink
    August 6, 2021 12:21 am

    Germany is a large rich country with quite a high population density and employs many people in very energy intensive occupations. They require a high amounts energy to keep all the infrastructure, industry, and domestic life going, without coal fired electricity generation Germany would be at the mercy of Russia (and Putin’s) wishes in supplying gas.

    • Micky R permalink
      August 6, 2021 7:20 am

      Isn’t most of Europe at risk from Putin cutting off gas supplies? Approx 500 billion cubic meters total consumption per annum, of which approx 200 billion cubic meters are supplied by Russia.

      • Micky R permalink
        August 6, 2021 2:41 pm


        I blame the US source for the consumption data.

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