Energy supplies

As a result of the Third Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1997 in Kyoto, Germany committed itself, as part of the EU burden sharing agreement, to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 21% by 2012 in comparison to 1990. Such an objective has particular consequences for energy policies, since almost 85% of greenhouse gas emissions in Germany stem from the generation and utilisation of energy. In addition to the economic viability and supply security, environmental compatibility is an equally important component of energy policy targets. Here the focus is on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, e.g. through the sparing use of energy and by developing the use of renewable energy sources.