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Energy statistics provide information on electricity and gas production and distribution, heat generation, energy consumption in industry, and hard coal imports.

Furthermore infra-annual (short-term) data are in place on the supplying industry and annual data (structural data) are provided on investments and cost structure in the supplying and disposing industries.

IN FOCUS / 2016-01-28

42% of electricity came from brown and hard coal in 2015

The German Federal Government intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% until 2020 from 1990. According to experts, this can only be done by shutting down old coal-fired power plants one by one.

In 2015 approximately 42% of the total gross electricity production was based on coal. This is a marked decrease from 1990 when brown and hard coal accounted for 57% of the power generated.

Coal still was the most important energy source in 2015 but the importance of renewable forms of energy is on the rise: while renewable energy sources had accounted for only just under 4% of total energy production in 1990, their share had risen to as much as 30% by 2015. Nuclear power, in contrast, is becoming less important: in 1990, 28% of the total gross electricity produced came from nuclear power plants but that figure was down to 14% by 2015.


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Key figures

Gross electricity production 2015
Brown coal23.8%
Nuclear energy14.1%
Hard coal18.1%
Natural gas9.1%
Mineral oil products0.8%
Renewable energy sources30.1%
Other energy sources4.1%


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