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 10 times dirtier than France's in 2018.