Germany’s 2023 CO2 emissions fall to lowest in 70 years but drop not yet sustainable – study

Germany’s carbon dioxide emissions in 2023 fell to their lowest since the 1950s due to less coal-fired power and reduced output by energy-intensive industries, but the decline is unsustainable without climate policy changes, a study said on Thursday.

Germany aims to cut its greenhouse emissions by 65% by 2030 compared with 1990, a step to becoming carbon neutral by 2045.

CO2 emissions in Europe’s biggest economy fell last year to 673 million tonnes, the lowest level since the 1950s, 46% below 1990 and beating the government’s 2023 climate goal of 722 million tonnes, a study by the Berlin-based Agora Energiewende think tank showed.