German Chancellor Angela Merkel referred to the “huge challenge” that the modification of the energy model and reaching environmental sustainability will entail for her country while speaking at the World Economic Forum.
During her intervention on the third day of sessions in Davos, the leader said that adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals in a country “where the sun is not always shining”, entails great challenges.
She spoke about Germany’s goals to contribute to the agenda of the Paris Agreement. “We intend by 2030 to have 65% generated by renewables. For a country where the sun is not always shining and the wind is not always blowing, that is a considerable amount.”
Merkel: modifying the energy model
According to the chancellor, meeting these goals will require “providing new transmission sources for the country”. German electricity generation from coal is still high.
.@AngelaMerkeICDU, Chancellor of Germany, says ‘time is of the essence and we are called upon to act now’ to achieve sustainability for the future generations https://t.co/YzM8FK22iX #howtosavetheplanet #wef20 pic.twitter.com/8WHl9hEHNM
— World Economic Forum (@wef) 23 de enero de 2020
This nation, regarded as an energy engine in the European Union, “spends €3 billion a year in electricity subsidies,” she stated.
Furthermore, she argued that “the lives that we have grown accustomed to in the industrial age will have to be changed toward a different energy model. We hope that carbon neutrality can be added to the digitalization efforts.”
The G20 and high emissions production
Merkel largely focused on the environment and the progress made in this regard during her address.
“The price of inaction would be far higher than the price of action. In Germany, we are committing to innovation and research. Industrialized nations must act.”
She stressed the world “must act in unison” in its effort to modify the energy model, she said quoting Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General.
Moreover, she reaffirmed that industrialized nations “must act”. In detail, she said that the “G20 members produce 80% of the planet’s CO2 emissions”.
The G20 is formed by the European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil; Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia; Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa; South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Germany’s energy plan
Similarly, the chancellor said that “the German unification took place 30 years ago; we can say we are in a highly positive place regarding, for instance, R+D or job creation.”
In 2019, for the first time in Germany, more electricity was generated from renewable energies than from coal-fired power plants. @LMicalBuchsbaum explores the power generation and electricity market stats of 2019. https://t.co/ZCX1d40lPC
— Energiewende Germany (@EnergiewendeGER) 13 de enero de 2020
Throughout her long years in office, Merkel has been known for being very rigorous with the public accounts in Germany’s robust economy. She is also known for her energy and decarbonization plan, the Energiewende (energy transition).
It is an ambitious plan to supply “low-carbon, ecological, reliable, and affordable” energy. That is to say, energy takes a stepback from fossil fuels and nuclear power generation in favor of a massive boost toward renewable energies, mainly wind power. “Managing to modify the energy model.”
Under her administration, Merkel said, Germany ranked seventh in the forum’s Global Competitiveness Report.
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