Friday, November 28, 2008

Greenhouse gas emissions reduced in Germany?

Latest data issued by German government showed that among few countries that actually have the chance to meet the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions set by Kyoto protocol is Germany. Germany's greenhouse gas emissions were 22 percent lower in 2007 than in the base years of 1990 or 1995 set out in the protocol, and this really looks to be the right example that should be followed by other countries worldwide. But what were the reasons for such significant decrease in greenhouse gases emissions?

Reasons for being able to achieve this success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions are not just down to new energy policy but also because
of mild winter and the fact that consumers mostly bought heating oil in 2006 before a higher tax rate came into force in 2007. There are even some that doubt this data because results are based on the time when fuel is bought and not when it is burned, and since there was an increase in emissions from power stations we cannot say that government efforts to make dominant turn to renewable energy sector were not that successful after all.

These are the reasons why many environmentalist believe that in 2008 we should expect more negative results when compared with 2008, and that there is really no ground for Germany to relax, but on the contrary to continue their efforts to reduce levels of greenhouse gases emissions. The numbers so far have been good for Germany but these numbers need to be even better, and what is more important consistent. However this is still encouraging but unfortunately only on local scale because major emitters are not improoving their numbers, in fact in most top emitting countries these numbers are higher than ever before.

World still awaits positive results in reducing greenhouse gases emissions on global level. This unfortunately doesn't look likely to happen very soon.

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