Corona year 2020: record declines in carbon emissions and coal power

As a result of the pandemic, Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions fell significantly in 2020, coming in 42.3 percent below the reference year of 1990. Germany thus met its 2020 climate protection target of a 40 percent reduction. One main driver was recession-induced declines in energy consumption, industrial production, and transport.

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