IN FOCUS / 2015-11-23
Greenhouse gas emissions down 27% between 1990 and 2014
The 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December. At the conference, the representatives of roughly 200 countries intend to adopt a treaty replacing the Kyoto Protocol. The goal of the new climate protection agreement is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Under the Kyoto Protocol, Germany committed itself to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by 21% on an average of the years 2008 to 2012 compared with the base year 1990. Actually, the reduction of emissions was even a little larger (just under 24%). By 2014 the emissions were down again, that is, by 27% on 1990, according to first estimates. The decrease in carbon dioxide emissions, which by far account for the largest proportion of the total emissions, was smaller than the average of greenhouse gas emissions (-24%) in Germany between 1990 and 2014.
More information on the greenhouse gas emissions indicator is contained in the interview held with an expert of the Federal Statistical Office on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For comprehensive information on all 38 sustainability indicators please refer to the brochure "Sustainable Development in Germany".