German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel unveiled an eight-point plan to cut the country’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020.
|Germany’s “wedge” strategy for cutting GHG by 40%. Click to enlarge.|
This is double the amount pledged by the EU in March. At that time, EU leaders said they would increase cuts to 30% if other larger emitters did the same. (Earlier post.)
The eight points include:
Using increased energy efficiency to cut current electricity consumption by around 11%;
Modernizing power stations;
Increasing the share of renewables in electricity production to 27%;
Increasing the use of combined heat and power;
Improving building energy efficiency;
Using more renewables for heating;
Increasing transportation efficiency and increasing the use of biofuels to 17%; and
Reducing the emissions of non-CO2 greenhouse gases such as methane.