If you travel around Germany you will no doubt notice the countless wind farms. In fact, today more than a quarter of Germany’s electricity is generated using renewable energy. And in the cities the number of charging stations for electric cars is increasing fast. Electric vehicles are destined to become ever more widespread. The Federal Government has set a target of getting around one million electric cars – not powered by petrol or diesel – on the roads by 2020. This is also intended to further reduce emissions of environmentally harmful carbon dioxide.
Wind power and electro-mobility are both core elements of the energy reform, as Germany has a major objective: it is the first industrialised nation to resolve to phase out atomic power. Gradually all the nuclear power stations in Germany will be decommissioned by 2022. The slack will be taken up by expanding generation using renewable energy and further enhancing energy efficiency. Germany is making good progress in generating an ever greater proportion of electricity using wind power, biomass, solar energy, hydroelectric power, and household waste. By 2025, 40 to 45 percent of electricity is intended to come from renewables. With this sustainable concept, Germany is also making an important contribution to achieving the United Nations’ climate protection goals.