Climate Goals Thwarted As German Energy Consumption Data For 2022 Shows A Return To Coal!

German energy monitoring site Agora-Energiewende looks at the year 2022 and it winds up only as it possibly could. The return to coal shows up quite clearly in the numbers, the FAZ reports.

The increased use of coal-fired power plants as a gas substitute has thwarted Germany’s climate goals in 2022, according to a study. Although overall energy consumption fell by almost five percent, mainly due to high prices, the use of coal and oil cancelled out the greenhouse gas savings, according to an evaluation published Wednesday by think tank Agora Energiewende.

Also the transportation and construction sectors could not reach its targets in the past year again. Thus Germany, based on provisional figures, produced 761 million tons of greenhouse gas almost exactly as much as 2021. The self-imposed upper limit for 2022 was missed by about five million tons.”

Thematically, an article from Die Welt (paywall) fits in:

Insulation chaos and nuclear phase-out end the dream of clean energy … Gedaschko went on to say, ‘The experience of recent years shows more than clearly that, with a political tunnel vision, the requirements for the energy efficiency of individual buildings have been unilaterally set far too high. This has led to very expensive compulsory energy measures with far too little savings effect.’

In new building construction, for example, the Efficiency House 40 standard will be mandatory from next year on, and a sustainability certificate will also be required. Many project developers view the requirements as being hardly feasible against the background of high construction costs. The Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Construction nevertheless intends to stick to its current strategy. ‘We will do everything we can in the new year to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in construction, remodeling, renovation and housing,’ said a spokeswoman. There continues to be ‘great potential for reduction.’ That’s why the federal government is currently working on an “immediate program.'”

5 responses to “Climate Goals Thwarted As German Energy Consumption Data For 2022 Shows A Return To Coal!”

  1. John Hultquist

    in construction, remodeling, renovation and housing,

    I can attest to the fact that a well-constructed house is better than a poorly constructed one. Further, it is a great idea to do it right the first time.
    Whether or not the German regulations are good or bad, I can’t say.
    Regardless, “the Climate” won’t notice.

  2. Michael Peinsipp

    For those Germans who laffed at President Trump…
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I hope ya’ll freeze ya’lls asses off while We in Red State America stay warm and toasty with our wood stoves, coal fired power plants and NATGAS backup generators!!!

  3. John Hultquist

    The new German LNG terminal began receiving this week. That and a bit of warmer weather is going to prevent the event suggested by Michael.

    1. Yonason

      Joe Bastardi forecasts cold for Europe following a brief warm spell. See here beginning at t=13:15

  4. OutcastCastaway

    The leadership of Europe has brainwashed their citizens into believing that green energy is feasible when they know full well it is not. Additionally, they’ve convinced their population that if they do not act by shutting these power plants down, climate change is going to kill them all.

    So they’re brainwashing their own countrymen to manifest conditions that will kill them, while promising them salvation for doing so…

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