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Germany must halve coal consumption to reach climate targets

The German Environment Agency (UBA) has determined that coal's share in the electricity supply must be cut in half if Germany wants to achieve its climate goals for 2030. There are several ways of doing this, according to the agency.

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Germany is known as the driving force of green energy in Europe. But despite the country's "Energiewende", which is a plan for massive developments in solar and wind power to replace nuclear and coal power, there is still a need to do much more.

Based on a new study, the German Environment Agency (UBA) has determined that "significantly less than half" of the current amount of coal-based electricity should be produced in 2030 if the country wants to meet its own climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55-56 percent relative to 1990 numbers. As drastic as this seems, the agency deems it possible and outlines four ways to reaching the target in its report:

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