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The Federal Cabinet today approved the Second Progress Report on Germany’s Energy Transition submitted by Federal Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier. The report provides an overview of the current status of the implementation of the Federal Government's Energy Concept, answering the following questions: Where do we stand with the implementation of our energy goals and what will happen next? The progress report is part of the "Energy of the Future" monitoring process launched in 2011. This monitoring process is given scientific backing by an independent commission of experts.

Federal Minister Peter Altmaier said: "The progress report shows that we have already achieved a great deal, but we still have a long way to go. In my capacity as Germany’s Economic Affairs Minister, one thing is absolutely clear to me: Business models will only be successful in the future if they take energy and climate concerns into account. And this presents a challenge. At the same time, this is also a great opportunity for us to create new opportunities for business and industry in Germany. The energy transition is not only a pivotal energy policy project. It is also one of the largest modernisation projects for enhancing Germany’s attractiveness for business and investment. We must make even better use of this potential and show that our energy reforms and climate protection policy foster the creation of new jobs. We can already see that our economic growth has become decoupled from greenhouse gas emissions. While our GDP has risen steadily, greenhouse gas emissions have fallen in the last two years in particular, and even significantly in 2018. Germany is also on course to meet its targets for expanding the use of renewables. The challenge now is to continue to make the energy transition secure, affordable and environmentally friendly."

  • These are the key findings of the report:
    Greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly in 2017 and dropped significantly in 2018. Emissions in the energy sector are declining steadily. Based on our projects to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2030, there is a good chance that the energy industry will be able to meet the 2030 sectoral target.
  • The share of renewables in Germany’s electricity consumption is already above the 2020 target.
  • Germany’s electricity supply is secure. Germany’s energy demand can be covered around the clock.
  • We have made major progress on enhancing our energy efficiency. According to initial estimates, Germany’s energy consumption in 2018 was at its lowest level since 1972. Notwithstanding, it remains a challenge to achieve our ambitious targets as quickly as possible.
  • As regards energy efficiency, the transport sector is still in its infancy.

The report and other documents can be found here: