Despite the economic upturn Germany is on track regarding its Kyoto Protocol obligations. Greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 were 25% below the 1990 levels (Kyoto Protocol reference year), corresponding to a decline of more than 295 million tons of CO2 per year, the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) informed in a joint press release.
The data for 2010 is part of the National Inventory Report 2012 (Nationaler Inventarbericht 2012), which was compiled by UBA and published jointly with BMU. Under the Kyoto Protocol, Germany committed itself to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 21% compared with 1990 in the period of 2008 to 2012. As Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen pointed out, Germany wants to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reaching a 40% reduction by 2020. Compared with 2009 when the economy was still suffering from the crisis, emissions rose slightly by 2.7% in 2010 due to a stronger economy, but were still 4% below the 2008 levels.
With 87.4% CO2 was the main source of greenhouse gas emissions in 2010. The CO2 mainly stemmed from the combustion of fossil fuels, due to the increase in consumption in connection with the economic recovery. In contrast other greenhouse gas emissions declined disproportionately.