Household survey: Millions of tons of CO2 savings planned

As of: 12/28/2021 10:09 a.m.

Green electricity, electric cars and low-emission heating: if the Germans actually implement their climate protection plans for 2022, they could use eleven million tons less carbon dioxide.

According to a study, if households in Germany implement their climate protection plans for mobility, heating and electricity, they could save more than eleven million tons of carbon dioxide in 2022. This is the result of an analysis by the consulting firm Energy Brainpool on behalf of the energy provider e.on.

For consumers in the metropolises of Berlin, Hamburg and Munich alone, the total savings potential is almost 650,000 tonnes of CO2. At 2.4 and 2.1 million tons, respectively, it is particularly high in the territorial states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria. A green power supply, climate-friendly heating and the expansion of e-mobility are therefore central levers for a successful energy transition, said e.on.

Many consumers want to become greener

The determined potential CO2 savings are higher than the current amount of emissions that German cities such as Cologne or Munich emit per year, it said. The basis for the analysis is a representative survey by the opinion research company Civey of 30,000 citizens on the topics of electricity and mobility and 10,000 people on the topic of heating.

According to the study, 6.1 percent of respondents have the question “Are you planning to switch to a 100 percent green electricity tariff in the coming year 2022?” answered with “yes”. So far, the respondents have not been green electricity customers. With the help of other sources, Energy Brainpool determined a CO2 saving potential of 2.4 million tons projected for Germany. And the trend is increasing: 63.8 percent of Germans who have not yet used green electricity can basically imagine switching to green energy in the future.

The question “Are you planning to switch to an electric car in the coming year 2022?” 5.7 percent of drivers license holders without an e-car answered in the affirmative. The experts calculated a possible carbon dioxide saving of 3.6 million tons. Also on the subject of heating, only people who can decide on their type of heating were surveyed. 24.4 percent of those surveyed said they wanted to switch to a climate-friendly type of heating in 2022. This could save 5.3 million tons of carbon dioxide.

Share of green electricity in Germany is increasing

According to the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (bdew), there were more than 1,300 electricity providers in Germany in 2020. According to the Federal Network Agency, household customers could choose an average of 142 electricity providers in their respective network area in 2020. Almost 30 percent of all households will be using green electricity in 2020.

According to e.on, Hamburg and Berlin are the frontrunners when it comes to green energy when comparing federal states. In Hamburg, according to the city, 44.5 percent of the population are currently using green electricity, in the capital it is 39.8 percent. Freiburg is at the forefront of the municipalities: There a whopping 51 percent rely on electricity from renewable sources. The most active green electricity users are 30 to 39 year olds with around 35 percent. Among the Germans who are interested in an electric car, 42 percent use an above-average amount of green energy.

Overall, including companies and municipalities, the share of renewable energies in gross electricity consumption has recently shown a continuously positive trend, according to the Federal Environment Agency. In 2020 it climbed to 45.3 percent – after 41.8 percent in the previous year. It has doubled in the past ten years.

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