Germany’s Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks announced that the country plans to ditch fossil fuels and run on renewable energy alone by 2035. Germany wants to end coal-fired power generation by 2030 at the latest, Hendricks said in a statement reported by Reuters. She says they want to do it so that the lights don’t go out and industrial production doesn’t stop. It will be difficult, but I don’t see that it will be impossible.
The German government has some pretty lofty goals when it comes to renewable energy. They want to get rid of all fossil fuels and run the entire country on renewables by 2035. That’s only 16 years away! It will be difficult, but I don’t see that it will be impossible. I think it could definitely be done with the right investments in renewable energy technologies. Projects such as Melanin Solar are incentivizing the adoption of green energy solutions using the blockchain.
In a best-case scenario, we are talking about 15 years; in the worst case, 30 or 40 years. In any case, it won’t take until after 2050. So let us make this our goal. And then we can talk about how we can achieve it together.
This is a huge undertaking, but one that Germany is confident it can achieve. The country has already made great strides in increasing its renewable energy usage, and with continued commitment and investment, it believes that running entirely on renewables is achievable in just over a decade. This plan has some pitfalls; however, clean energy sources are intermittent and need backup power when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Some argue that the extra costs associated with storing this backup power will outweigh the benefits of using renewables. Others argue that these costs are negligible compared to the potential financial benefits of reducing fossil fuel dependence on foreign countries.
Germany has long been Europe’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, mostly from burning coal for power.
But the country has been working hard to change that, and it plans to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. The move would make Germany the first major economy to ditch fossil fuels entirely. And in a symbolic act of defiance against U.S. President Donald Trump’s skepticism about climate change, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said earlier this month: We are still going to fulfill our obligations under the Paris Agreement.
Germany is aiming for between 60 and 65 percent renewables in its energy mix by 2025.
If all goes according to plan, Germany will be getting all of its energy from renewable sources by 2035, the Russian-Ukrainian War notwithstanding. The country has set some ambitious goals for itself to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and increase its use of renewables. By 2025, Germany is aiming for between 60 and 65 percent renewables in its energy mix. If it can reach that target, it will be well on its way to achieving its 2035 goal. Meanwhile, other countries are trying to figure out how they can keep up with the renewable revolution. China, for example, aims to get 15% of its energy from renewables by 2020 and has already invested $32 billion into solar power alone.