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Carbon dioxide emissions in Germany 2000-2019

The past two decades have seen an overall decrease in Germany’s carbon dioxide emissions. In 2000, emissions amounted to 854.4 million metric tons, but by 2019 they had fallen to 683.8 million metric tons. Despite the country reducing emissions, it is still Europe’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide.

Coals impact on emission levels

Coal is a very important resource in Germany, accounting for almost 35.4 percent of the country’s electricity generation mix. However, coal is also a large contributor to carbon emissions. In fact, seven of Europe’s ten biggest polluters in 2018 were coal power plants based in Germany. Emissions were highest at the Neurath plant, which produced 32.1 megatons of CO2 equivalent. In a bid to address the country’s slow emissions reductions, Germany’s coal exit commission set out plans in May 2019 to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2038.

Historical emissions

Historically, Germany is a major carbon dioxide emitter. Since records began in the mid-18th century it has generated 89.66 billion metric tons of CO2 equivalent. This is only behind the United States, China and the Former Soviet Union.

Carbon Dioxide emissions in Germany from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Supplementary notes

According to the source, the carbon emissions in this statistic reflect only those through consumption of oil, gas and coal, and are based on standard global average conversion factors. This does not allow for any carbon that is sequestered, for other sources of carbon emissions, or for emissions of other greenhouse gases.
Data prior to 2009 was taken from the BP Statistical Review data worksheet.

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