In Europe; they’re already declared success in meeting their 2020 emissions targets last year.
With respect to the objectives set by the EU 20-20-20 strategy, nine Member states have already reached the level required to meet their national renewable energy targets for 2020: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, Finland and Sweden. Moreover, Denmark and Austria are less than 1% from their 2020 targets, Eurostat stated. The furthest away from their renewable energy goals are: France (8.7% from reaching its national 2020 objective), the Netherlands (8.5%), the United Kingdom (8.0%) and Ireland (7.4%).
It’s a blunder of arithmetic exorcisms.
Last week, the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy announcing a glorious advance to the rear. There’s a PDF in which the Minister declares:
die Energiewende in Deutschland ist kein fernes Zukunftsprojekt – sie ist erfolgreich und längst Gegenwart
Germany’s Energiewende is no distant future project; it is successful and long established.
Download and flip through the PDF “brochure” and see if you can find images of Germans making stuff. The English-language web pages for foreign consumption have a less triumphant tone.
In the real world; outside of the bunker:
Germany’s coal-powered energy transition gathers pace. Licence has just been granted to complete and operate a new coal-fired power plant. Most of the construction was complete long ago and the plant is expected to be on the grid in the first half of 2018
The Datteln 4 coal-fired power plant will be equipped with an advanced multi-step flue gas purification system, which will eliminate nitrogen oxides, dust and sulphur from the flue gas.
Out of the total electricity produced, 413MW of traction current will be delivered to Deutsche Bahn’s grid for its railway system. The remaining 642MW will be transmitted to the region’s public electricity grid.
Using combined heat and power technology, the Datteln 4 power plant will also produce approximately 1,000GWh of district heating, sufficient to supply for approximately 100,000 houses. …
Note the importance of district heating; something that solar and wind power cannot provide.
It’s estimated by some that Germany’s CO2 emissions from coal-fired power generation will in 2022, after the last nuclear power plant has to be shut down, exceed the levels of 1990. Either that or a deep economic recession/depression.