Germany got 35% of its power from renewable energy sources in the first half of 2017 – up 2% on the previous year, according to new statistics released by the BEE Renewable Energy Association on Sunday.
Solar, wind and hydro are spearheading Germany’s clean energy revolution which, by the middle of the century, the country wants to account for 80% of its power. In the shorter term – by 2022 – it plans to have phased out its nuclear power plants.
BEE insists the government will need to act faster if these ambitions are to be met. On the country’s 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, BEE says – without more being done, it will be closer to 30%.