Germany, one of the largest producers of green energy in Europe

A comparison of the amount of solar and wind energy produced by Switzerland and the 27 EU countries revealed that Germany is one of the largest producers of green energy per capita in Europe.

Germany, third largest producer of green energy

The Swiss Energy Foundation (SES) recently published a comparison of the amount of solar and wind energy produced by Switzerland and the 27 EU countries in 2021. The report showed that Germany was the third green energy producer, behind only Denmark and Sweden.

Although it ranks third overall, the federal republic ranks far behind the two Scandinavian countries, with Germany producing 1,970 kilowatt hours per capita of solar and wind energy, while Denmark and Sweden produce 2,990 and 2,782 respectively. kilowatt hours per capita.

Germany produced 601 kilowatt hours of solar energy last year, which was the second highest in Europe behind the Netherlands (654 kilowatt hours). Germany was also the fifth largest producer of wind energy in the EU (1.369 kilowatt hours), behind Denmark (2.754 kilowatt hours), Sweden (2.637 kilowatt hours), Ireland (1.942 kilowatt hours) and Finland (1.466 kilowatt hours) .

The Swiss Energy Foundation found that Switzerland actually did quite poorly in the rankings, coming in at 23rd place. Switzerland produced only 373 kilowatt hours of green energy per capita last year (356 kilowatt hours of solar energy and 17 kilowatt hours of wind energy). Only Hungary, Czechia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Latvia did less well.

Germany pushes for more green energy production

Germany has long been committed to switching to greener energy production. Last year, Angela Merkel’s government set a goal of making Germany climate neutral by 2045, five years ahead of schedule. The then environment minister announced a package of laws that would help achieve these goals, including requiring homeowners to bear half the cost of the new carbon emissions tax, as well as subsidies for energy improvements and more climate-friendly buildings.

Germany’s new ‘traffic light’ coalition has made green energy a central part of its policy. Last April, the government adopted the so-called “Easter package”, which aims to produce electricity from 80% green energy sources by 2030. The new German government has also been forced to accelerate its green energy production, which included the consideration of hydrogen energy, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Mary I. Bruner