Updated April 9, 2018
Germany’s emissions in 2017 were flat compared to 2016 despite having produced 33 percent more electricity from wind.
According to the German Federal Environmental Office, emissions were 909 million metric tonnes (MMT) in 2016 and 905 MMT in 2017 — a 0.4% difference.
German emissions are likely to rise again in 2018 given the closure of nuclear reactor Gundremmingen B in the final hours of 2017.
Despite a nine percent increase in solar panels since 2015, electricity produced from solar power was slightly less (38.4 terawatt-hours) in 2017 than it was in in 2015 (38.7 terawatt-hours). The reason? It wasn’t very sunny.
German emissions are thus at approximately the same level as they were in 2009 — an amount that is 150 million tonnes (carbon dioxide-equivalent) higher than the country’s 2020 climate target, which was abandoned in 2017.
Closures of nuclear power plants wiped out emissions reductions from less coal power.
German electricity was nearly 10 times dirtier than France's in 2016.