While the coalition agreement of the new German government sets the course for the German climate policy, the UN climate conference agreed on global measures for climate protection. The expected operation of Nord Stream 2 is paused indefinitely as the Federal Network Agency has halted the certification process. The CO2 price is at an all-time high and there is also a new record on the spot market.
In October 2021, new record prices on energy markets are prevailing. The EU Commission launches a toolbox as short-term response to high energy and commodity prices. Another consequence of the price rally: A switch took place from natural gas to oil and oil products in the energy sector. Besides that, there will be a reduction of the EEG levy for 2022.
The European Green Deal presented by the European Commission on 11 December 2019 sets the goal of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The EU has once again taken the lead among major greenhouse gas emitters with the announcement of tightening climate targets and measures on 14 July 2021. The ambitious programme aims to reduce emissions by 2030 drastically.
Although the economy suffered a slump in the first few months of last year, electricity consumption rose by almost 300 TWh over the year 2020 as a whole. The shares of renewable energies in electricity generation increased. Especially in the last quarter of 2020, more PV and wind capacity was added than is installed in Germany up to now.
The targets of the new climate protection law are ambitious. For example, CO2-emissions from the energy industry must fall to 108 in 2030 instead of 175 million metric tons (Mt) as previously planned. Energy Brainpool’s latest modelling shows that such a reduction can only be achieved with an early coal phase-out. In this article, we take you through the key findings of the calculations.
The EU Commission ratifies the German renewable energy act 2021. Hydrogen also continues to boom, with energy giants planning their hydrogen strategies. The EU’s increased climate target agreed on in April could lead to a tightening of the EU ETS in June. Commodity and CO2-prices continued to rise in April, and strong winds caused negative prices on the spot market during Easter.
March 2021 is characterised by low feed-in from renewables, like the entire first quarter of 2021. The results of the heavily oversubscribed second coal tender have also been released this month. Commodity and CO2 prices rose again in March.
Hydrogen is and remains a hot topic in February 2021 with new project announcements. Furthermore, there were outright records in the prices for CO2-certificates. Commodity prices also rose in February, while renewable power generation was weak compared to the same month last year.