Efficient and renewable energies reduce carbon dioxide increase

For the second year in a row, there was no increase in worldwide carbon dioxide emissions caused by the energy sector. This underscores the success of efficiency technologies and renewable energy systems, but additional innovations require a vibrant domestic market.

The International Energy Agency IEA has determined that in 2015, for the second year in a row, the carbon dioxide emissions by the energy sector did not increase. “This is a worldwide success story for the application of efficiency technologies and renewable energies,” says Matthias Zelinger, Managing Director of VDMA Power Systems. “The export success, for example that of wind power plants, shows that Germany is a pioneer when it comes to technology, and that the world market is now developing.”

Zelinger adds, “But reductions in emissions not only come from the successful use of renewable energy. More efficient power plants for fossil fuels and increased efficiency when it comes to energy consumption are also part of the positive overall situation.” German suppliers are technological leaders in all three technology sectors.

“But at the same time: Only if we have a sufficiently large and ambitious domestic market will we be competitive on the world market,” states Matthias Zelinger. “This also means that cost reductions and innovations for system integration, such as storage options, can be implemented faster and with greater efficiency.” The current world market development confirms VDMA’s demand that the Electricity Market Act and the revision of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) must be designed to take the further development of the industry into account.

 

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