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.
There are more and more indications that the increased use of hydrogen from renewable or non-CO2-emitting sources is necessary for increased climate protection efforts. The Federal Government’s National Hydrogen Strategy aims to set the framework for hydrogen production and utilisation in Germany.
By the end of 2020, the Spanish government approved the reformation of its renewable energy (RE) auctions. More precisely they did that in order to support the achievement of their RE targets outlined in its National Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC 2030). In this blogpost, we will discuss the consequences.