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Explainer: Why transport is holding back Germany’s Energiewende

Autobahn Germany
A recent study suggests a speed limit of 130kph on all German autobahns could bring around €300m in welfare savings from avoided CO2 emissions (Photo: Elxeneize/Envato)

Tensions over how to best tackle emissions from the transport sector and differences of opinion between the various factions in the coalition government are slowing Germany’s move from fossil fuels to renewables

Germany was an early mover on the energy transition. Opposition to nuclear power in the 1980s and 1990s, followed by growing concerns about climate change, means renewable energy sources like wind and solar power are nothing new in Germany.

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