Germany is making a bold move towards a sustainable future by setting an ambitious goal to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2035, positioning itself as a leader in the global transition towards sustainable energy sources in the engineering sector. The country plans to increase the use of wind and solar power so that they make up 80% of Germany’s energy by 2030 by doubling the amount of onshore wind energy to 110 GW, tripling the amount of solar energy to 200 GW, and reaching 30 GW of offshore wind energy.
The goal is part of the country’s big plans to go green! The country has set a new goal to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035. That’s five years earlier than their previous target to get rid of fossil fuels.
This drive towards renewable energy has been accelerated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as Germany looks to reduce its dependence on Russian fossil fuels. Economy Minister Robert Habeck stated that increasing the use of renewable energy is crucial in making Germany less dependent on Russian fossil fuels.
However, the massive European country had already announced plans to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030 and to shut down all nuclear power plants by 2022. With these changes on the horizon, the country needs to find new ways to produce energy.
Finance Minister Christian Lindner called renewable electricity “the energy of freedom” and according to a government draft paper, the country is planning to increase the use of wind and solar power so that they make up 80% of Germany’s energy by 2030.
That means they’re planning to double the amount of onshore wind energy to 110 gigawatts and triple the amount of solar energy to 200 gigawatts. Offshore wind energy should also reach 30 gigawatts, which is the equivalent of 10 nuclear plants.
It’s clear that Germany is committed to making big changes to protect the environment and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. We can’t wait to see the positive impact these goals will have on the country and the world.
- Germany aims to fulfil all its electricity needs with renewable sources by 2035, compared to the previous target of “well before 2040”.
- Economy Minister Robert Habeck has described this accelerated capacity expansion as key in making the country less dependent on Russian fossil fuel supplies.
- According to a government draft paper obtained by Reuters, Germany’s onshore wind energy capacity should double up to 110 GW, offshore wind energy should reach 30 GW and solar energy would more than triple up 200GW.
- Finance Minister Christian Lindner referred renewable electricity sources as “the energy of freedom”.