Sustainability: Germany

September 2021

Overall, Germany ranks in the top 20 globally, given strength in the Energy and Biodiversity pillars, but the country underperforms in the Pollution, Water and Environmental Resilience pillars. Strong renewable energy sector, expanding organic agriculture and investments in reforestation facilitate Germany’s environmental sustainability stance. Meanwhile, high air pollution, elevated energy consumption and limited renewable water resources remain among the largest environmental concerns.

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Sustainability: Germany



Germany’s power mix pledge for 2030 to be accompanied by accelerated coal phase-out
Despite tighter emission targets, Germany may struggle meeting future climate goals
Germany to become greener thanks to extensive reforestation programme
New national water strategy to address potential future water shortages
Germany on the path towards more sustainable food system
Government’s climate emergency programme to assist in climate change battle


Chart 1 Environmental Sustainability Index: Germany Chart 2 Global Sustainability Ranking: Germany Chart 3 Energy Ranking: Germany Chart 4 Energy Availability Landscape in Germany Chart 5 Energy Efficiency, Security and Equity Landscape: Germany Chart 6 Pollution Ranking: Germany Chart 7 Air Pollution: Germany Chart 8 Waste and Water Pollution Landscape: Germany Chart 9 Forest and Biodiversity Ranking: Germany Chart 10 Forest and Biodiversity Landscape: Germany Chart 11 Water Ranking: Germany Chart 12 Water Availability, Equity and Security Landscape: Germany Chart 13 Water Security and Efficiency Landscape: Germany Chart 14 Food and Agriculture Ranking: Germany Chart 15 Food and Agriculture Landscape: Germany Chart 16 Role of Agriculture in the Economy: Germany Chart 17 Environmental Resilience Ranking: Germany Chart 18 Environmental Resilience Landscape: Germany

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