In the global battle against climate change, the German city of Freiburg offers a rare success story. Over more than three decades, the prosperous city in the Black Forest has used every lever at its disposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It has invested in renewable energy, imposed Germany’s strictest building standards, constructed an entire low-emissions neighbourhood, built bicycle lanes and tram lines, and pushed cars out of the city centre. The result is that greenhouse gas emissions in the city of 230,000 people have fallen by more than 37 per cent per head since 1992, significantly better than the German average. As political leaders in Berlin prepare to adopt a far-reaching package of measures to cut carbon emissions on September 20, the city highlights the crucial importance – as well as the limits – of local actors in the struggle against climate change. At the same time, Freiburg has served as a laboratory for the kind of policies that Europe’s largest economy will need to meet its climate reduction targets for 2030 and become carbon-neutral by 2050, as Berlin has vowed.
FT 17th Sept 2019 read more »
Germany must embrace renewables and energy storage at an unprecedented scale if it hopes to offset the void left behind by coal and nuclear phase-outs, a new study has said. A review sponsored by German solar association BSW found Germany will have to drive a structural shift in its energy system to satisfy future demand, set to rise even as the country’s existing generation fleet takes a “massive” hit from decommissioning. The analysis by energy consultancy EuPD says Berlin will require a surge of installed PV capacity between today (48GW), 2030 (162GW) and 2040 (252GW) to plug the energy shortfall, which could soar to 70TWh by 2030. The boom, the document claims, should not only cover the large-ground mounted PV segment (from 15.7GW capacity today to 126.7GW by 2040) but also extend to C&I (from 24GW to 91GW) and domestic (from 6.6GW to 35GW) PV installations.
PV Tech 16th Sept 2019 read more »