Friday, 22 September 2023 05:03 GMT

German coal usage is increasing

(MENAFN) Despite the country's commitment to combating climate change, energy shortages and rising electricity prices have led Germany to increase coal consumption, according to Bloomberg on Thursday.

Despite the government's intentions to phase out the fossil fuel, Europe's largest economy is already using coal at the quickest rate in at least six years to keep the lights on. Germany, according to Bloomberg, will be one of the few countries to boost coal imports next year.

When faced with the choice between reducing carbon emissions or ensuring the country's energy security, Germany chose the latter and restarted a number of coal facilities. According to a recent assessment by the International Energy Agency, most nations are employing "a modest quantity of coal power capacity," and "only in Germany, with 10 gigatons, is the reversal on a considerable scale."

According to Bloomberg, using Electricity Maps data, coal usage in the nation has soared at times this month, putting it to pollution levels equivalent to those in South Africa and India.

According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), coal-fired power plants now provide more than one-third of the country's electricity. According to statistics, coal-fired power generation increased 13.3% in the third quarter compared to the previous year.


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