Germany ‘could increase use of renewables for heat and transport’

Germany has “additional potential” to increase the use of green sources for the heat and transport sectors. That’s according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Germany has “additional potential” to increase the use of green sources for the heat and transport sectors.

That’s according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) which stated the country is on route to reach its 2030 renewable energy target.

Solar and wind generation will grow “significantly” and will help achieve higher shares of renewables in both sectors.

Renewable electricity consumption in Germany has increased “steadily” in the last 15 years from 6% in 2000 to more than 30% in the first half of 2015, according to the report.

The green sector in the country employed more than 371,000 people in 2013, it added.

Rainer Baake, German State Secretary for Energy said: “Our ambitious targets provide a reliable foundation for further deployment of renewable energy sources. A key prerequisite is to ensure energy security, based on increasing shares of renewables, at the lowest possible costs. Our future market design will meet the challenge of synchronising conventional and renewable electricity.

“We address this challenge in close co-ordination with our neighbor countries and the European Union. As this report shows, further integration of the electricity, heating and transport sectors will be needed to further expand the share of renewables.”

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd admitted in a leaked letter the country will miss a major legally-binding renewable target.