Critical point of view on climate protection:
The international community is working to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. Germany participates in these efforts, but with the »Energiewende« it has chosen a different route than any other country. This is increasingly becoming a problem. The German subsidy policy leads to frequent overproduction of electricity. This makes the operation of gas and hydroelectric power plants unprofitable and some have already been shut down.
However, these power plants are urgently needed for the energy transition. At the same time, despite the enormous expansion of wind and solar power plants, the climate-damaging lignite power plants cannot be shut down, because otherwise there would be blackouts in windless nights.
In addition, the success stories about the German energy transition are misleading as they only relate to electricity production. The contribution of fossil fuels to the total energy is 80%, which is almost exactly the global average.
The cultivation of energy crops as part of the energy transition even leads to increased methane emissions. For these reasons, the German »Energiewende« will not reach its self-imposed goals for the year 2020. In addition, the German Renewable Energy Law (EEG) undermines the EU‘s efforts to reduce emissions with the method of CO2 certificates. A reform of the EEG is urgently needed.