Germany and China record mixed results on emissions

Germany has seen a further reduction in its C02 emissions. In the past twelve months the country has recorded a 2.4 per cent reduction in emissions as compared to 2010 and cites its focus on renewable energy generation as the key to the result.

The Germany Federal Environment Agency (UBA) found that in the first half of this year, the amount of electricity produced from wind and solar power rose from 20 per cent to 25 per cent, bringing the country closer to its targets of 35 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
But Chancellor Merkel’s decision to opt out of nuclear power has also led to an increased dependence on coal fired power plants. The CO2 being produced by these plants could threaten emission targets but are important for Germany’s energy security

While experts said there are no plans for new coal-fired plants, those already under construction will be finished.

Meanwhile China, despite large scale proliferation of renewable energy projects and investment, is still the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses.

The Chinese government say they are “resolute in reducing greenhouse gas emissions but will continue to prioritise GDP growth over green concerns.

Its officials say China will continue to prioritise GDP growth over environmental concerns until capita GDP climbs from its current standing of $5,000 to $20,000 to $25,000.

State newswire Xinhua said, “It’s unfair and unreasonable to hold China to absolute cuts in emissions at the present stage” and the country’s emissions look likely to continue to rise until 2030, when urbanization peaks and population declines.

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