In Germany, the energy transition continues

Peter Friederici

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In 2010, German Chancellor Angela Merkel followed the cue of previous national leaders in announcing that the country would reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020. But consumer revolt about electricity prices, inaction by the country’s powerful auto industry, and technological hurdles made that goal look increasingly unreachable–until the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year. Now, in the equivalent of a come-from-behind goal just before the final whistle, it looks like Germany did reach its target. According to a new analysis ( by the German energy think tank Agora Energiewende, it cut overall emissions by 42 percent from 1990 levels. But as the climate crisis intensifies, is even one of the world’s most disciplined and hard-working climate players ambitious enough?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-85
Number of pages4
JournalBulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • Agora Energiewende
  • Angela Merkel
  • Energiewende
  • German energy transition
  • carbon dioxide emissions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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