Population: 82.67 million (2016)
GDP per capita: 42,000 USD
Carbon Emissions: 9.47 metric tons per capita
Paris Climate Agreement: Ratified
Number of MPS students: 1
Despite Germany’s efforts to cut back on coal usage, their carbon emissions number has been slowly rising. A Climate Action Plan was announced at the Paris Climate Summit in 2016, with plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 85-90% by 2050. However, Germany is struggling to meet their 2020 climate targets, partially due to the fact that they are very dependent on imported oil.
Roughly 27% of Germany’s energy is renewable, and the goal is at least 80% renewable energy by 2050. Although, in recent studies, it has been discovered that on one single highly productive day, Germany set a record for meeting up to 78% of the country’s electricity demand wit renewable energy.
While Germany is not prone to as many natural disasters as other European countries, they do experience various natural disasters such as storms, floods, and earthquakes that cause damage to the economy and endanger the German population.