Less electricity in German economy; less CO2

According to the German Environment Agency, CO2 emissions in Germany fell by about ten percent last year. This means that Germany appears to be on its way to achieving its climate targets for 2030. The agricultural sector in particular saw significant reductions in CO2 emissions.

At 673 million tons, approximately ten percent fewer greenhouse gases were emitted in 2023 than in 2022, the Ministry of Climate and the Environment Agency announced. Germany wants to reduce its emissions by 65 percent in 2030 compared to 1990. This is currently around 46 percent. Germany must be completely climate neutral by 2045.

Both Robert Habeck, the German Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate, and the German Environment Agency believe that the set goals are within reach, but environmental organizations warn that the report conveys a false sense of security. 

Last year's decline is only partly a result of government measures to combat climate change. But the reduction in CO2 emissions is mainly because the German economy is performing less well and uses less electricity from German lignite-fired power stations.

Minister of Economy and Climate Habeck said that Germany is on track to achieve its climate target for the first time. The pace of climate protection has almost tripled. The Green politician emphasized that this is also possible with an economy that is recovering.

Despite generally positive forecasts for climate targets, environmental organizations called on the government in Berlin to take more measures to reduce greenhouse gases. Greenpeace stated that no one should confuse a struggling economy with climate protection.