Electric shock: Germany powers itself on 8 TIMES more coal than the UK

We Brits want to keep the home fires burning, thank you Boris

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This week the Government announced that coal for home fires will no longer be available just two months after the UK leaves the EU. It is also banning or proposing to ban the burning of certain types of wood logs in homes.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org took a look at coal usage and production in the EU, in the UK, and in particular at Germany.

As ever, we have used reputable sources – in so far as these still exist when it comes to any topic remotely connected to “climate change”. Our main source was the data available from the International Energy Agency, of which the UK is a founder member, although we also studied many other reports.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

Coal as a primary source of energy

NOTE: We have used the standard TPES (Total Primary Energy Supply) and KTOE (Kilo-Tons of Oil-Equivalent energy) as the recognised international measures, to provide readers with the comparisons below.

  • The UK barely uses coal, nor wood, for power
  • The world’s 5th-largest economy represents only 0.2% of the world’s use of coal as a primary energy source
  • Germany uses coal over 8 TIMES more than the UK, as a primary energy source

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The above is about coal as a primary power source.
The use of coal and wood by UK households is so small
it would not show up on any chart we could produce

Germany’s chaotic energy policies

In 2011, Angela Merkel’s Government made one of its knee-jerk reactions to a world event. That event was the nuclear accident in Japan, at Fukushima. Germany declared it would build 26 new coal-powered power stations and would move to the closure of all nuclear power production in Germany. The German Government’s current aim is to phase out electricity generation from nuclear power by the end of 2022.

Coal was already the largest source of electricity in Germany and this has continued. In 2018 coal fuelled 40% of the country’s massive generation of electricity.

With the EU moving to carbon-neutral policies and the Paris accord of 2016 (which Mrs May signed up to), Germany’s energy policies were becoming increasingly untenable. Last year the Frau Merkel’s Government announced a plan to close all 84 coal plants in the country by 2038.

Chancellor Merkel forced to suck on President Putin’s gas pipe

One consequence of the chaotic nature of Germany’s energy policies in recent years has been its need to increase its reliance on Russian gas.

This is a large and complex subject – one which is deeply worrying to the US administration and most commentators who have any knowledge of history and the Cold War – but it is not something we can go into here.

Damning international report on Germany’s energy policies

Unreported by the “climate-emergency-extinction-rebellion” BBC, the International Energy Agency published a special report on Germany on Wednesday last week.

As ever this report clearly had to be ‘whitewashed’ with some nice comments from the IEA, as it is part-funded with German federal funds, but some of its conclusions are stark.

“Despite progress on lowering overall emissions, Germany is struggling to meet its near-term emissions reduction targets, in large part because of uneven progress across sectors. It faces notable challenges in transport and heating. Now, the government must refocus its efforts to achieve stronger emissions reductions in lagging sectors.”

“Planned nuclear and coal phase-outs are set to increase the country’s reliance on natural gas, making it increasingly important to continue efforts to diversify gas supply options, including through liquefied natural gas imports.”


The whole arena of climate change is one which attracts extreme views – most particularly from those on the mainstream side. We have tended to stay away from this debate for this reason, and because for many years it had little connection with Brexit.

Now we have a new German EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, with a top priority for the EU which has not even been agreed with voters of the 27 EU countries: “the European Green Deal”. She announced this in July last year, before her new EU Commission had even been appointed, and with no popular mandate from any of the 514 million people who were in the EU at that time.

But hey ho. Who needs democracy – or to be held accountable with facts – when you’re the EU?

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[ Sources: IEA data | IEA special report on Germany 19 Feb 2020 ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Sun 23 Feb 2020

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