Friday December 19th 2014
Demand for energy in Germany fell by 5% in 2014, research from AG Energiebilanzen has found. The new figures provide encouraging signs that the German government is making a smooth transition to a low carbon energy system.
In more detail, German energy use fell to 445.5 million tonnes of coal equivalent this year, a drop of 4.8% compared to 2013. AG Energiebilanzen went on to claim that it expects 2014 to be the lowest year for energy demand since reunification. Two reasons are given for this decrease: milder weather and energy efficiency gains.
What’s more, coal use is expected to decline by 7.9% to 56.2m tonnes this year, due to an increase in renewable energy output, particularly from wind farms and solar power.
Renewables now account for 27.3% of electricity demand, up from 25.4% from last year. These figures are likely to boost support for Germany’s move to a low carbon system, silencing critics who argue that the new strategy will only push up energy costs. The data also comes just weeks after the German government reinforced its commitment to meet its target to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020, after announcing plans to cut emissions across every sector of the economy.