This table includes additional information to the above visualized indicators, i.e. a short definition of this indicator and a description of the politically determined target values as well as explaining the political intention behind selecting this indicator.
The indicator reflects the share of electricity from renewable energy sources in gross electricity consumption.
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Switching to renewable energies (natural energy sources that constantly regenerate) can reduce the demand for fossil fuels. As a result, the dependency on imports of conventional fuels would be reduced, as would energy-related emissions, and hence the extent of climate change would be mitigated. The Federal Government had therefore set itself the aim of increasing the share of electricity from renewable sources in gross electricity consumption to at least 35 % by 2020 and at least 80 %1 by 2030. Before 2050, all electricity generated and consumed in Germany is to be greenhouse gas neutral. The target for 2030 is based on the amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) in 2023, whereby the “renewable target” was realigned to a higher gross electricity consumption from 680 to 750 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2030 and where 80 % (previously 65 %) has to be covered by electricity derived from renewable energy sources. In 2021, 234 TWh electricity was derived from renewable energy sources. According to the amended renewable energy target, a third of gross electricity consumption was covered by electricity from renewable energy in the same year.
The data published in the indicator report 2022 is as of 31 October 2022. The data shown on this platform is updated regularly, so that more current data may be available online than published in the indicator report 2022.