The move is part of a pan-European effort to divest Russia of natural gas and oust the president Vladimir Putinn energy stranglehold. Although the conflict in Ukraine accelerated the European Union’s race for renewable energy, fossil fuels are still the fastest solution. More coal must be imported from suppliers such as South Africa and Australia, despite efforts by these countries to reduce domestic coal use. Experts also warn that Germany may find it harder to meet its climate goals as a result of the coal revival, reports the Washington Post.
Germany’s government, whose coalition includes the Green Party, has called the coal revival a difficult but necessary step and promised it would only be a temporary step.
By 2030, Germany has pledged to quadruple its current contribution to renewable energy and set a new goal of getting 80 percent of its energy from renewable sources. It has started to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and simplify the permitting process for wind turbines, which many experts say had stalled under the previous Chancellor. Angela Merkelreported the Washington Post.
According to the government, this initiative will help the country achieve its climate goals and eliminate coal consumption by 2030. However, some experts are concerned about Germany’s short-term emissions growth and whether it will be harder for the country to meet its 2030 target. : reducing emissions by at least 65% of 1990 levels, according to media reports.
The German government on Thursday announced the second phase of the country’s national gas emergency plan after Russian gas supplies via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline were reduced to 40 percent of capacity.
Driven by the rise in energy prices, inflation in Germany was 7.9 percent in May, according to official figures. This was the highest level since the first oil crisis in the winter of 1973-1974.