Renewable energy to meet German demand by 2050

31 Aug 2010
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Renewable energy to meet German demand by 2050

Renewable energy could be used to power all of the homes in Germany by 2050, it has been claimed.

According to the country's environment minister Norbert Roettgen and economics minister Rainer Bruederle, if investment is made into the sector, it is possible to make the switch to renewable energy as part of the country's attempts to meet carbon emissions reductions targets.

"Energy efficiency is key: more efficient consumption halves energy demand by 2025," they commented.

Moving to renewable energy usage could enable Germany to meet its targets of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent in the next two years, as well as 80 per cent by 2050.

These percentages are based on the emissions levels recorded in 1990, Dow Jones Newswires reported.

Solar power could be one route to increase renewable energy production, after a national newspaper described it as "fantastic".

The Independent suggested solar power collectors could be sent up into space to negate the disadvantages of the energy source. 

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