After 18 years, Europe's largest nuclear reactor to start regular output on Sunday

In 1990 German primary nuclear energy consumption was 1.668 Petajoule. In 2022 consumption from renewable energy was 2.023 Petajoule. So nuclear was already completely replaced before it now was finally phased out.

At the same time Germany had a reduction in primary energy consumption from 14.905 Petajoule in 1990 to 11.769 Petjoule in 2022. A reduction of 3.136 Petajoule. So since a few years we don't need to replace nuclear with Green energy but we are also already replacing fossile fuels. Mineral oil down from 5.228 Petajoule to 4.126 Petajoule. Brown coal down from 3.201 Petajoule down to 1.174 Petajoule. Hard Coal down from 2.306 Petajoule to 1.156 Petajoule.

Annual CO₂ emission of Germany in 2021 was 674.75 million tonnes annual CO₂ emission of China in 2021 climbed to a new record high of 11.47 billion tonnes.

In 2019 Chinas CO₂ emission was 10.74 billion tonnes which means they added 730 million tonnes in just 3 years. So they basically added more in 3 years than Germany could reduce to zero emission.

But but they are more people... yes but they are also overtaking us per capita

Compared to others Germany doesn't look that bad per capita and also the notion that we produce more CO₂ emission than the French is only relevant if France would be the low bar for emissions but viewed with the eyes of someone from Africa for example France is as much a poluter as the rest of us.

In short Germany is not saving the world by keeping a few nuclear plants running. In the grand sheme of things they are basically irrelevant

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