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Corona reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions | Free Press

The corona pandemic has ensured that significantly less energy is used around the world. In Germany, the lockdown and home office also resulted in fewer cars and trucks on the streets. C02 emissions are falling.

Berlin (dpa) – The fall of the crown in the economy is expected to reduce energy consumption in Germany by almost 7 percent this year.

This is the result of an estimate published by the Working Group on Energy Balances. Because renewable energy use has continued to rise at the same time, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions could even decline by 10 percent in 2020. If the course of the corona pandemic forces further action, further decrease in energy consumption and CO2 emissions can be expected.

The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) had already expected a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions at the beginning of the pandemic. “We will experience a reduction in emissions through Corona,” UBA President Dirk Messner said in March. But these are not structural effects that will permanently solve the problem. Last year, according to initial estimates, O2 emissions fell 6.3 percent, mainly because less electricity was generated from coal and more from gas, wind and the sun.

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen based its estimate on figures for the first nine months of this year. According to this, the total energy consumption in Germany was 8.7 percent below the previous year period. The fall in coal was particularly pronounced. After three-quarters, coal was 25.7 percent below the same period a year earlier, while lignite was down 27 percent. Consumption of mineral oil fell 8.7 percent. Renewable energies increased their contribution to total energy consumption by 3 percent.