Coal is holding back Germany’s transition to clean energy
Germany’s share of wind and solar has almost doubled since 2015 and it now produces about half of its electricity from clean sources. However, despite coal generation falling by 34% over that same period, it still accounted for 31% of Germany’s electricity in 2022.
Germany’s coal generation looms dark over its climate credentials. Germany has yet to legislate to bring forward its 2038 coal exit, although the new government has announced plans to phase out coal “ideally” by 2030. A rapid shift away from coal is needed for Germany to align with 1.5C.
Last updated: May 2023