German CO2 emissions 1990 – 2017. The picture

From a glossy brochure produced by Green Wire, a German green PR group, boosting green energy but reproducing the official figures on CO2 emissions. Still learning, a bit small but bigger when you click on it. Later I will do it again with the extra categories visible at the bottom.

It looks great to 2009, a 27.7% reduction as they are proud to announce. But the gains came from cleaning up the filthy communist machinery in East Germany (at some cost) and later from reduced activity during the GFC. In 2010 they set more ambitious targets. And then…

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15 Responses to German CO2 emissions 1990 – 2017. The picture

  1. pbw

    Rafe, do you have a printer with a scanner? Any printer you but at, say, Officeworks, nowadays will also be a scanner. If necessary, cut the brochure into individual pages to get a good flat image in the scan. You can then make the images available so we can all get a good look at them.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Pbw – Pierre Gosselin has published the graph in various forms. Here’re links to two versions:

    German CO2 Reduction Targets “Completely Illusionary,” Comments German National Daily (May 2018)

    Germany’s Failure To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Set To Extend To 9 Years! (Aug 2017)

    The second one has a breakdown by source like Rafe’s graph.

  3. Trump’s latest tweet, pure gold:

    In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2019

  4. Dr Fred Lenin

    Those Demmed Chermans , as my grandads colonel used to call the royal family , they have a history of following losers into disaster,kaiser bill,austrian adolf and now red merkel the stasi trained mole .
    Mind you our recent history leaves a lot to be desired ,the krudster ,S&G giliard, abbott turnbull and now compo morrison ,(compo compromise) a litany of useless mouths .
    Good help is hard to find ,innit?

  5. The insanity of Germany and California run neck and neck, with Australia trying to come from behind.

  6. By even mentioning “emission” we are tacitly acknowledging that “emissions” are worth talking about or even that they are relevant.
    The “greenhouse hypothesis” is pure poppycock.

  7. RobK

    Of course there’s more than one way to reduce emmissions.

    Lowering Growth Forecasts

    For the export-oriented German economy, this risk-cocktail is anything but advantageous. Shortly before Christmas, economic think tanks dramatically dialed back some of their predictions for the new year. Instead of about 2 percent growth, most of them are now expecting something closer to 1.5 percent. The Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich has the grimmest outlook, predicting only 1.1 percent growth for 2019.The German government will also significantly lower its 2019 growth expectations in its annual economic report due out at the end of January. It currently looks as though the growth forecast will end up at 1.5 percent at the highest, and perhaps even lower than that. Just a few months ago, in fall 2018, the German Economics Ministry had assumed a growth rate of 1.8 percent for 2019.

    Such changes are not uncommon. In late 2017, forecasts were similarly shifted, but in the other direction. Now, though, a downturn would seem to have arrived, and many are wondering if, after nine years of uninterrupted growth, a recession is on the way. Experience shows that every boom comes to an end at some point, but nobody knows when.

  8. Rafe Champion

    Thanks Bruce, there must be any number of charts around, still I will upgrade mine at a printshop sometime soon because the division into categories is interesting. A slight decline in CO2 from the power industry was balanced by increases elsewhere. There is a lot more relevant stuff about Germany especially the technical problems in the grid but for the short video it is essential to make a small number of points very clearly.

  9. Kneel

    “And then…”

    They realised:
    1) it’s gonna cost ya – up-front and on-going financial cost, plus costs to industrial competitiveness, and costs to living standards.
    2) no matter how many windmills and torch chargers they insist on using, they still need fossil fuels as back-up – even when connected to a pan-European grid!

  10. Neville

    #2920852, posted on January 29, 2019 at 6:55 pm
    No need to go the printer/scanner route, too much messing about. If the chart is on-screen, just click-drag-drop it where you want to save it (or worst case, screengrab it) and save as a pdf or jpg, or even a png.

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