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Germany’s Altmaier Urged to Boost Energy-Saving Measures by BUND

July 16, 2012

German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, who told Bild newspaper the nation may miss energy- efficiency targets, was urged to introduce stricter measures to reduce power use by environmental group BUND.

Altmaier told Bild that Germany may not reach a goal to cut power consumption 10 percent by 2020. His comments undermine the country’s energy overhaul and international climate-protection efforts just as the minister meets representatives from 30 countries in Berlin today to discuss climate change, said Hubert Weiger, the head of BUND.

“Germany can only demand as much from international climate-protection efforts as it pushes through at home,” Weiger said in an e-mailed statement.

Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear-energy generation by 2022 is coupled with plans to increase energy efficiency and raise the share of renewable-energy output in its power mix to at least 35 percent by the end of this decade.

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