German Green Party Changing Their Goals?

In this interview former Member of Parliament Hans-Josef Fell (Green Party) says that some of his fellow Greens want to move the goalposts.

The existing policy is to aim for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and 100 percent of all energy renewable by 2040.

The new goals would scrap the 2030 and 2040 goals and call for 50% of electricity by 2020 and a “mostly” renewable system by 2050.

Obviously, these goals are much less ambitious than those adopted as Green policy now.

Those Green politicians supporting the change are joining those from other parties who try to slow down change in Germany. Those efforts have been successful. Solar installations are way down, and there are basically no more new biomass or geothermal projects.

The Green party is not part of the government coalition right now. Therefore it will not change German policy immediately if they scale back their policy goals.

But it certainly is the wrong direction to move.

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003,

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